It seems liberals just can't imagine why someone else would oppose a law/bill/cause/agenda if it doesn't personally affect them. That's ironic, you say, since they champion themselves saviors of all "underrepresented" groups. But that is precisely the point; they imagine themselves as saviors, and no one else ("Democrats serve the people"). Conservatives are routinely painted into a corner, presumed self-centered, often with a contemptuous flourish that is embarrassingly puerile.
The tax day tea party protest backlash fits this theory nicely. Conservatives who- though not necessarily part of the top 2% being taxed to the hilt- favor protest against punishment for financial success (a.k.a. "trickle-up poverty") are mocked and derided for daring to make public their understanding of the Constitution.
Instead of looking below the surface of the policy in question (overtaxing the richest) to discover an overarching infringement on basic rights of U.S. citizens (specifically, the right to "the pursuit of happiness," here defined as financial prosperity), liberal news anchors prefer to tow an absurdly simplistic line and, employing a junior high "everything is a slang term for everything else" mentality, giggle at conservatives attending "tea parties" on tax day this year, attempting to faze them for being unaware of a slang sexual term involving tea.
I won't go into the crude details of the inside joke. You can look it up on the homosexual agenda-pushing Rachel Maddow's show on msnbc. (An aside: Is it consistent to call her a homo-fascist?)
What is my point? As I said in the opener, it's a presumable lose-lose for conservatives, so says the liberal media. If we protest, we are Richie Rich sympathizers and typical money-minded republicans. If we don't say anything, we are part of the disenfranchised GOP, adrift and confused about our fundamental beliefs.
But are we adrift? The general consensus that we lack a leader right now doesn't logically mean we don't have a solid group or our priorities in line. Perhaps we don't like the leaders we've been given - McCain. Michael Steele, etc. - because they don't properly exemplify our fundamental beliefs of small central government and reward-by-merit? If the tax day tea parties prove nothing else, they show an obvious kinetic, rallying spirit is in the souls of conservatives nationwide (1,982 cities participating: click here to find one in your area). Surely the thousands of participants are not doing so merely out of concern for their own pocketbooks? Statistically, we don't have that many people in the top 2%!
But, as Andrew Klavan would say, this is another sad attempt by liberals to tell us, "Shut up." Man, that free speech thing sure is a beast.
* Bonjour Madame - there is a tea party in Metairie!
* PFarmgirl - there is one in McHenry!
* CityFarmer - there is one in Crystal Lake!
* FGirlCyn - there are parties all over MI!
* Centennial Farmhouse - I know your plans are made for Detroit! :)