What many of my liberal/progressive friends do not understand about the Tea Party is the strong pro-market, pro-small guy, pro-entrepreneur, not necessarily “pro-business,” pretty much libertarian streak which runs straight through it and which puts it at odds with the establishment GOP. For many the Tea Party is as much a revolt against the wishy washy Republicans and their version of big government as it is against the Democrats and their version of big government. For many within the movement the GOP is actually the greater villain than the Dems. At least the Dems don’t say they are for limited government.
Rand Paul is leading the way in the GOP right now, and there are some who are not very happy about it. Most of those people currently hold office or used to.
My sense is that Rand may be a remarkable political animal. He’s not afraid to lose, but he expects to win. That is a very powerful disposition in poker, business, or politics. It allows one to take risks with confidence, and when tempered with good judgement, can prove deadly to opposition.
I couldn’t agree with Senator Rubio more. The GOP has consistently embraced crony capitalism, just like their Democrat brethren. The Republicans like weapons systems, the Dems like welfare programs. But both parties pick and choose. The object for both clubs is to separate tax dollars from the taxpayers to benefit those who will help a particular politician most. Many in Washington can’t even imagine Washington DC working in a different way.
This is part 1 of an extended essay on the rise of what I call the “New Wave” in the Republican party . We are a non-partisan organization at AgainstCronyCapitalism.org and this bit of analysis should not be construed as an endorsement of the GOP (or any other political party) in whatever form in any way.
However I feel that the emergence of the “New Wave” is the most important development in American domestic politics today. The “conservative” party of the United States is in the midst of an historic shift. I wanted to document my thoughts on this shift.
Probably the most important recent development in domestic American politics is the emergence of the “New Wave” within the Republican Party. Led by Rand Paul in the Senate but with numbers growing in both Houses of Congress, and most importantly in the Party outside of Washington DC, this new group of small government acolytes are engaging in a protracted battle for the Grand Old Party. They are very likely to win.
Rand Paul is a lot more palatable to the GOP than his father but that is not only a reflection of his slightly less strident stands in the foreign policy area. It also reflects the fact that classical liberals, libertarians, are gaining strength within the party. At CPAC the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington DC, Rand spoke for 10 minutes and the house stood with him. A lot has changed since the George Bush years. Heck a lot has changed since last year.