Say what you will about the “tea-baggers” – they were, I believe, wholly responsible for the shift in power brought by the 2010 midterms, and the momentum created by the grassroots movement is something worth serious political study. Now the question – will this momentum be again repeated in our midterms this year?
My guess: unfortunately, no. It is with regret that I say this.
But I just, at this point, do not see that same momentum that the tea party had established there before the midterms. Partly, I think by this time the media has figured out every way to de-legitimatize the tea party (as they do with every other conservative movement) and due to the sudden manner in which the tea party rose up, it took the media a little while to do so.
However, there is one point of hope which just may prevent a socialist takeover of our congress.
The first is Common Core, something I mentioned here earlier, but some time ago.
Like any sort of government project it is very complicated and difficult to explain; but to sum up as well as possible, it’s a new set of educational guidelines (to apply in every state) which are based on the hope that all students will follow the path to college. But this is unrealistic; we know that it is absurd to suggest that 100% of high school graduates will follow the college path.
But the outrage lies also in the data collection aspect and the fact that it would be placing more federal control of our schools which are supposed to be run by our local governments (to allow for greater parent participation in the education of the students – something which the federal government finds highly objectionable.)
This is quickly becoming a hot button issue and may influence the election. Pay attention to this; I certainly am. But be aware, as a side note: if we defeat this common core, it will promptly be implemented again, under a different name. We must stay very vigilant, friends.
That, and the “Michelle Obama” lunches which are objected to by parent and student alike, who knows, may have a slight effect. I mean, you’d be upset to if a school lunch was just a tortilla with a slice of ham…