I was surprised and pleased to see C-Pol listed by NewsReal Blog’s Walter Hudson as one of “The Top 10 Tea Party Bloggers You Need to Read”. Due to my sporadic posting frequency, the daily visit count for C-Pol isn’t all that high, so you can be sure I noticed the spike that came from Hudson’s post.
Hudson gave the following explanation for the inclusion of the ten blogs in his list:
Among the grassroots movement, many voices have emerged to articulate a philosophy of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. We’ve scoured the net to bring you some of the best bloggers championing that message. We sought to bring to light writers whose work deserves more attention than they currently receive. We wanted to introduce you to voices you may not have heard of before and will be glad to know. These aren’t folks who necessarily identify as Tea Partiers, but who boldly articulate the philosophy which drives the movement. Here are the top 10 Tea Party bloggers you need to read.
I’m glad that he used this standard, because there are a lot of folks out there who, like me, champion the constitutionalist philosophy but haven’t hitched their wagon to the TEA party movement.
I attended one TEA party rally in my hometown at the movement’s genesis in 2009, but since then my activism has been expressed at the ballot box and through online advocacy of constitutional government.
On C-Pol, I usually like to go beyond the daily rough-and-tumble of politics to look at the big ideas that are driving said politics. Because of that, my posts are less frequent than you would see with a blog that focuses on the news of the day.
The subtitle of my blog is: “Documenting the twilight years of the American republic”. That sounds awfully pessimistic, doesn’t it?
Given my goal of focusing on the broader currents of contemporary events and cultural trends, and given my understanding of human nature, I believe our civilization has crossed some bridges that have since crumbled behind us.
Our opportunities to turn back the tide of statism and tyranny are rapidly dwindling, and it seems that overall, the American people are not even aware of what is slipping away. I believe very strongly that Barack Obama has provided us with one of our last chances to elect leaders who have the political will to roll back a century of progressive/socialist rot.
I also believe, perhaps less strongly, that the advocates of constitutional government probably won’t be able to agree on a standardbearer in the 2012 presidential primaries (seriously -- is there anybody who isn’t planning to run?), and that the establishment will likely get its favorite by default.
Thus, I am pessimistic about our country’s future, but not fatalistically so. As long as I am able to resist the forces that are destroying our country and its culture, I will continue to do so. My favorite communication medium is the written word, so this blog serves as my ideal outlet.
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I think there are a lot of 'tea partiers' who are not necessarily aligned with organized groups ... people who like you (and me) perhaps went to one or two events and that's it but who then go on to advocate for tea party -like ideals.
I don't agree with a lot of the organized groups in what they choose to emphasize ... but I agree overall with the ideals of the tea party movement.
That's what it is going to take. Millions of people like you and me who identify with the broad ideals. I believe there are more of us than even formal tea party organizations know and certainly more than the media and those opposed to tea party ideals know.
Keep up the posting.
Well said, LW. Thanks!
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