Post free speech appreciation day
Stuff I’m waiting for the day after free speech appreciation day:
- Three major US cities to be sued for practicing official discrimination while promoting official moral values
- The citizens of those cities to demand their mayors issue corrections and publicly acknowledge the First or step down
- The mayor of my town to promote shuttering a chicken restaurant because of its president’s point of view
- Christians to call on their mayors to shut down half a dozen major companies with whose presidents they don’t agree
- Those mayors to actually consider doing so
- Per its preference for empty opinion, four-fifths of the media to fairly and thoroughly analyze the issue’s structural components
On the other hand, carry on and never give up.
“It is time to think differently about the Tea Party,” said Darrell West, a political scientist at the Brookings Institution. “In the early days, the Tea Party was basically a grassroots movement, didn’t have a lot of prominent people behind them, didn’t have a lot of money. But now they have big money. They can bring outside resources into a state election, and prove to be very decisive. So they are getting institutionalized as a movement: They have major political figures who are behind them; they have money that is behind them. So they have emerged as a different type of ‘establishment’ organization.”
Other races this year in which Tea Party-backed candidates have defeated better-known politicians include the victory of state Sen. Deb Fisher in a three-way primary in Nebraska, and the primary defeat of six-term GOP incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana.
Turnout among GOP voters in Texas dropped slightly from the 2008 primary contest in which incumbent Sen. John Cornyn prevailed over fellow Republican Larry Kilgore. In that race, more than 1.2 million votes were cast, as contrasted with Tuesday night’s results, in which just over 1.1 million votes were tallied.
Still, the popular narrative of the Cruz-Dewhurst race was reinforced by the candidates themselves. “Tonight is a victory for the grassroots,” Cruz told an ecstatic audience at his victory rally Tuesday night. “It is a testament to Republican women, to Tea Party leaders, and to grassroots conservatives. This is how elections are supposed to be decided — by we the people.”
For the first time since late 2008, I’m considering being really proud of my country.