Raise the rhetoric to the level of the United States Constitution. There the principles, common sense and gravitas qualify as serious, sincere, virtuous and legal. As we wade through all of the issues before America, we can do no better than evaluate every single one of them through Constitutional eyes. Is your point of view about the issue legal under the Constitution? We must be careful not to choose favorites among peoples or factions. Which aspect of Government has constitutional authority on the issue?
If I am making the point here, then might I suggest that I am in hopes that the influence of Tea Party can carry America more towards constitutional discussion and less over time to Conservatism. Well, I hope to press the idea that arguing "conservatism" for 50 years has not protected us from the ravages of the insurgency from progressives, socialists and radicals. Their strategy aimed at taking down the Constitutional reverence and respect is far too successful. Look at what is happening. I think we know what we mean by conservative, but our rhetoric about it fails to coordinate with Constitutional principles...that is, we fail to discuss it clearly and convincingly. Schools lost the teaching points. Progressives planned things to come out that way.
If the people of America bring us out of this mess, it will require a surge of courage at the states level. It will require governors and legislators and people to regain the stopping function that our Constitution assigned the states. We are not here considering the old weak term "States rights." Arguing about "rights" is so obfuscated these days anyway. No, we must bring into focus "States responsibility." The people and officers of every state are under oath to defend and support the Constitution. They must get with it aggressively. Encouraging efforts are indeed coming into focus. The so-called nullification of unconstitutional laws is probably going to be more potent in our recovery of proper governance. State officials say, "Not here. That law passed in Washington is not authorized in the Constitution and will not be allowed here." Republican party or Democrats party cannot handle that much energy. As ignorant and miserable as the governing groups are in states like Illinois, the preponderance of States pounding on Washington does defeat them. State officials pounding on Washington had better be determined and mean what they say. Yes, we have to elect proper people and yes, we have to make sure we learn how to evaluate those people for Constitutional competence and fealty.
The public imagination about government needs to move away from Washington and learn to put more hopes in what each and every state ought to do to STOP Washington. And then be involved and pay carefull attention to your state .The transfer of confidence must accompany focus on self-government. Humans do better that way. We want to recover ourselves that way. Local governments, state Governments have stupidly and foolishly followed the inane principles that Washington and university progressives have inculcated. All of state and locals can recover constitutional principles much more readily than Washington. The reason is that locals and states officials are closer to the influence of people.&..Tea Party. Highly specialized intellectual eggheads in academia will never recover. Well, here we are; back to we the people. Ladies and gentlemen much is up to us. Founders said so, right?
Better us than Justices or so-called Supreme courts or any gang or grouping of lawyers. Thomas Jefferson did tell us that we are in trouble if we put excessive confidence in them or allow them too much sway. Boy was he right! We did just what he said, " Don't do." Those people in the system of justice also are under the oath. But they are much less alert to pressure or influence of the people. Do they care to even bother with Constitutional principles? Likely not while being favored by Washington and being occupied with the minutia of their case law. "Don't bother me with the law of the land."
In this article, I hope to elevate the idea that Constitutional principles are more readily taught and are more inspiring than "conservatism." Well, and the principles are the heart and soul of America. Finally, I take this occasion at the end to reduce the level of discussion to recent remarks by Joe Biden and others comparing Tea Party to terrorists who intend jihad. Wouldn't such comments be expected from REDCOATS on the attack? Pin the Redcoat donkey on Biden.