Reaction to the Tea Parties

The People and Their Enemies


Andrew Klavan

      If the tax day tea party protests accomplished nothing else, they did this:  they tore the mask off the mainstream news media and revealed the media’s naked hostility to the ideals of our founding fathers.  For years, those of us who hold to those ideals have felt that the news media were biased against us.  Now we see we were wrong.  They’re not biased.  They’re openly on the attack.

      Saying the media are biased is like saying the British were biased against the colonial forces at Bunker Hill.  It’s as if one minute man turned to another and said, “I think those redcoats are shooting at us because they lack objectivity.”

      I think they’re shooting at us because they’re trying to kill us.

      Never was this more clear to me than on Friday, the first of May, when I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary hour of television:  Glenn’s live and free-wheeling discussion with a studio-full of regular folks who had turned out on tax day to protest the recent unprecedented expansion of government and the cost that they and their children are going to have to pay for it.

      These were the very people columnist Paul Krugman called “crazy,” in the pages of the New York Times; the people Susan Rosegen of CNN labeled “offensive,” and that actress Janeane Garafolo called “racist,” on MSNBC.  As for the rest of the mainstream media, well, they tried to ignore them at first and, when their sheer numbers made that impossible, they tried to mock them with the sort of low jokes you usually expect to hear in a middle school locker room or on The Daily Show.

      And yet when Glenn gave them a fair chance to speak for themselves, what did these crazy offensive racists want to talk about?  Their businesses.  Their families.  The constitution.  The founders.  And they wanted to try to answer Glenn’s question:  what is the media missing about them?

      “The media is missing, first of all, objectivity,” said a woman named Nicole, as her fellow tea-partyers burst into applause.  “I think that is the biggest thing that they’re missing…  All of us who attended the tea parties were all ethnicities, all political backgrounds, all income ranges, and we were all there because we’re all frustrated.”

      Then there was Kathy, who had given CNN’s shameful Rosegen a piece of her mind at the tea party in Chicago.  She told Glenn:  “They don’t understand anything, and I mean anything—the media.  They absolutely only talk to each other, so they are living in this bubble.  And the only thing they know is the ideas of the people that they hang out with in the big cities all over.”

      But as I listened to these two well-spoken and intelligent ladies—as I listened to all the people in the studio that day—I was not convinced the media were missing anything.  I think the media understand exactly who these people are—and I think they oppose them and I think they fear them and I think they want to shut them down.

      The mainstream news media are populated by elites who support government by the elites, for the elites.  Their idea of government is an idea as old as Pharoah:  the idea of a mighty state collecting the riches of the populace and redistributing them as it deems virtuous and just.

      The people in Glenn’s studio have a different idea.  It’s a newer, more radical—you might even say revolutionary idea.  It’s the idea that the people can govern themselves, can choose for themselves how to spend their time and their money.  It’s the idea that each person can decide for himself where virtue lies, guided by his God, not his president.  It’s the idea that the constitution sets the rules and the government has to act within its boundaries, leaving the people free.

      The media—and every other lover of the almighty state—hate that revolutionary idea.  They hate it enough to slander and mock the protesters who turned out on tax day to support it.  But despite the media’s best efforts, the protesters turned out again in Glenn’s studio to explain themselves.  And I believe they are going to turn out again and again.  Because they’re the people, and the country belongs to them. 

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What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.