Wednesday, January 20, 2010


The liberal media have consistently tried to portray the Tea Party folks as rabid thugs and yahoos, which is, of course, nonsense. Nevertheless, one comes to expect such mischaracterizations from the left which seems to indulge itself in a classic case of psychological projection when it tries to talk about the Tea Party movement.

By this I mean that the left imputes to its perceived enemies the same character traits it sub-consciously knows that it, itself, possesses.

Consider, for example, these twenty photos taken at left-wing rallies during the Bush years and put together by John Hawkins. Says Hawkins:

It has been enlightening to see how differently the anti-war rallies and Tea Parties have been covered by the mainstream media. The anti-war rallies were given prominent coverage and the radical sentiment was hidden away from the public. On the other hand, positive news about the Tea Parties is buried by the MSM and the ugliest voices are put front and center.

However, here's a reality check: Radical sentiment was much more prevalent at the anti-war rallies and it was much more representative of the participants' opinions. You can tell that's the case because while offensive signs and conspiracy theories at Tea Parties have frequently been condemned by conservatives, you almost never heard liberals disavowing the offensive signage and comments at anti-war rallies.

Tell me if you saw anything as vile or violent as these at a Tea Party.


Update from Haiti

My friend Andy, a missionary in Haiti, writes with an update on what's going on in his village which is several hours drive from Port au Prince:

As things move along here, our town (and every rural town) is starting to receive refugees from Port-au-Prince. All of the young people from here who were in school in the capital are back in our town now...and for who knows how long. Then there people who know people from here, and they are showing up as well. Jean-Pierre's uncle is currently stranded in Port with no house, no food, no water. We sent a pick up (at quite a dramatic price..perhaps up to $200 US) to go pick them up this morning. I count on helping to house the, wife, and four kids. Food is going to be an issue for everyone in the country before long, we expect. [If you're interested in helping, as some of you have mentioned, send funds to the Lutheran church* noted as a contribution to Andy Stump. I haven't yet found a way to cash checks since the quake, but we hope to be able to do so soon. I foresee the chance to help lots of folks...especially with a meal here and there and cash to resolve problems. Plus our church is having meetings everynight this week to 'welcome' people who are suffering.]

Our church may well become a refugee site for our sister churches in Port who have no church building and no homes to go home to. Nothing is planned yet, but they do need somewhere to go.

One of the ironic things about the earthquake is that prisoners became freemen. Our local convicted drug dealer who was in a Port prison showed up here yesterday. There are effectively no police in the country to do anything about it. And no one in town will do anything out of fears of retribution. SO, it makes an interesting twist. We'd heard that many of the prisoners were shot as they tried to escape. Apparently not all of them.

*If you wish to support Andy send your contribution to Andy Stump c/o Christ Lutheran Church, 126 Main St. Dallastown, PA 17313


Vote of No Confidence

It really is hard to overstate the significance of Republican Scott Brown's defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley in yesterday's special election in Massachusetts. The contest was for the Senate seat of Democrat hero Ted Kennedy who had held the post for 40 years. The election was held in a state in which a Republican hadn't been sent to the Senate since the early seventies, a state in which the Democrat party holds a 3-1 edge over the GOP in voter registration, and in which Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 26% just a year and a half ago.

Pundits are speculating as to what it all means. There are questions now about the fate of health care reform and the rest of President Obama's agenda. There are questions about how many more Democrats will resign or switch parties to avoid being clobbered in the regular election to be held this November. There are questions about how a little known state senator was able to overcome a 30 point Coakley lead just three weeks ago and beat her by 5 points.

Whatever the answers to these questions turn out to be, it's clear that the game has changed. People are fed up with Harry Reid's vote buying, congressional corruption, secret negotiations, and broken campaign promises. They don't want higher taxes and they don't want the government taking over major sectors of the economy like finance, insurance and the automotive industries. When they voted for Hope and Change what they wanted, I think, was not a fundamental restructuring of the American system along socialist lines, but rather a president who would project competence, eloquence, and non-partisanship. They wanted an end to all the sniping and bickering in the press. Instead all they got was the eloquence and a whole lot of other stuff they never expected (although they should have).

I think the resulting disillusionment with the President and his party's leadership is the main reason they were defeated in the recent races for Governor in Virginia and New Jersey and now in the Massachusetts Senate race. Democrats were on television last night saying that Coakley ran a terrible campaign, but the fact is she should have been able to prevail in Massachusetts without campaigning at all.

If a Democrat can't win in the bluest of blue states they're not safe anywhere which causes me to wonder how many of them will be willing in the weeks ahead to risk their careers to support the health care bill that the President and the congressional leadership are pushing on us. I doubt there are very many.