Over at Reason Blog site we have this post that ends up with a video clip of President Bill Clinton♠ talking to Reporter Wolfe Blitzer about people out there who are "less stable". In the clip the former President draws attention to the Oklahoma City bombing, apparently suggesting that the "Tea Party" movement could stir up another such action.
There is no doubt in my mind that there are people on the fringes of the Tea Party movement who are kookie and even one or two who might be prone to violence, but in fact we have not seen such people in action. And, they are on the fringes of every movemkent. Yesterday I was at an academic conference on the consequences of military defeat for the loser and one of the attendees was a person who works at a law firm as a clerk and hopes to one day be a lawyer. His hobby horse was that the way to bring peace is to put a stop to state owned enterprises, which are a source of conflict in the world (his focus being mainland China).
Yes, there is the fringe and always has been. Heck, back in 1970 a PhD researcher I had previously met was killed when some people, still walking the streets (and advising the president), stirred up four students at the University of Wisconsin, who then planted a bomb that blew up a building at the University. The bomb killed the person I knew person and injured another. But, that is not a reason to end political discourse.
Back to the Tea Party itself, if we wish to talk about the focus, the centroid of the Tea Party movement, we could do no better than go back and read Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor, which also touches on the role of the individual and the state (government). It is a very short little pamphlet, which I just skimmed through, again, this morning.
I will grant you the language is a little dated, but the author, Count Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci, was actually born 200 years ago this last month. In the pamphlet the Count makes the point for the principle of subsidiarity♥, which is the basic point being made by the majority of the people who turn out for Tea Party rallies.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Are vests back?
♥ Granted, the EU, which is cited in the Wikipedia article, doesn't come across as really embodying the principle of subsidiarity.
10 months ago