Times are changing: Politicians, either fight crony capitalism or voters will find another way

This is the what the Tea Party looked like in  it's embryonic stage circa 2007. I remember it well.
This is the what the Tea Party looked like in its embryonic stage circa 2007. I remember it well.

We are in the midst of an historic shift in American politics. As was said by a commentor on the Dianne Rehm show on Wednesday morning, the Tea Party is the most important and successful social movement since the civil rights movement.

A key part of the anti-establishment movement – broadly called the Tea party which is fundamentally a libertarian/conservative coalition – is fighting crony capitalism. The collusion between state and private interests is eating away at the very heart of America. Many who value the rule of law and fair play (and it’s not just libertarians and conservatives) understand that if we as a nation continue down the crony path the end result will not be a good one.

In the attached excellent essay James DeLong gives his take on the emerging anti-crony sentiment welling up within the core of what was once called the American Right. It is a beast and it will change the political landscape. It already is. The question is how hard will the GOP cronies fight the beast?

(From The American)

One can argue that, from the Tea Party point of view (there is no official view, so mine is as good as any), if the establishment refuses to address the government-by-cronyism issue, then upsetting the table is the right move. The fundamental problem is that hydra-headed cronyism is eating the country alive: The green energy boondoggles, which waste billions of dollars and cause the VA to spend money on solar panels while veterans die on waiting lists; turning energy policy over to an EPA captured by a bootleggers-and-Baptists coalition of radical enviros and corporate looters; the 2,280 federal programs of domestic assistance, each defended by an iron alliance of beneficiaries, bureaucrats, congressional committees, and lobbyists; and an Internal Revenue Service that turns itself into both a censor of political speech and a slush fund for the politically well-connected.

Click here for the article.