I know I'm late in the What Was Great About 2010 blog entry, but I'm here now!
Indulge me, won't you? No?! Then get the hell off my lawn, you Communist.
For those of you left, or more appropriately right, er still reading, here's what gets my top vote about What Was Great About 2010: The Tea Party.
I was reading this: 2010: The Year of the Tea Party and thought, huh, great minds think alike. Their article is kinda dry, and it's mostly about elections, so I thought I'd add some gravy to the mix by giving you Wonk's take on The Tea Party's kickassery in 2010.
The Tea Party folks are a bunch of legit badass Mofos. They took to the streets, to blogs (to al gore's beloved invention The Internets...thanks al!) to email, to Town Halls in 2009 and then on to Washington as they gained their sea legs in '10. They were not to be underestimated, and if you did, so sad for you.
They organized and believed in destiny. They shut out the naysayers and marched forward. They fucking owned it instead of spinning what they said they owned. Big difference.
You had Granny and Peepaw showing up at Town Hall Meetings and figuratively beating the snot out of fatcat Washington insiders. You had folks like me, who were angry and ready to put their back's into it and lend a hand at rally's all over America like this one:
When I was in that crowd, I knew America as I knew her would never be the same. I knew we were headed for something amazing that most of us had never witnessed before. I knew we as a country had real hope. You could feel the electricity. You could feel folk's intent. This was the real deal, and not some flapping jaws pandering for power.
We The People were back baby!
So many insisted that Tea Party folks were racist, an extension of the KKK, or that it was merely people's flash of anger and it would soon reside, or that Americans were too stupid/lazy/ADD addled ~any left's adjective here~ to make this into something strong and mighty and a force that would reshape American politics.
Damn! They got that wrong (add it to the list), didn't they?!
No matter how many regular everyday Americans told Washington that we were coming for their jobs if they did X,Y or Z, Washington's arrogance/entitlement won the day; they continued to tell us to sit down and shut-it, that they'd be the ones telling us how it would be. Washington, most assuredly, the left, thought us witless to complete the very task we kept assuring them we would accomplish. Even up until November 2nd, even as the actual results were coming in to tell them otherwise, Washington refused to acknowledge what was happening.
The Tea Party brought them to their knees in shock, beating them at their own game, albeit by changing rule #1 from "lie/spin at all costs" to "tell the truth and let the people decide."
What a concept.
So Granny, Peepaw, Young College Student, Hard Working Middle Aged Guy, Stay-at-Home Mom, Working Mom, Unemployed-Looking-For-Work Peeps, High-Rolling Lawyers, Minimum Wage Earner, Home School Kiddo, Public School Geek, Freedom-Fighter and Patriots all (funny how this list is just a list of everyday Americans and not sheet-wearing KKKers), I thank you and I salute you for putting muscle behind your beliefs, for standing up when it was easier to sit it out, for speaking for those who didn't have your courage, for knowing and believing in, We The People and our great Constitution.
You are ass-kicking, names-taking, job-snatching, history-making, badass mofo Patriots and What Was Great About 2010.
Long may you reign!