Disheartened? How about filled with a terrible resolve instead?

John Hayward has quite a rant about what he thinks is the Tea Party Vindication.

“The concept of “responsibility” is now limited to the President or one of his cabinet members intoning the magic words, “I take responsibility” after weeks of foot-dragging.  No one is ever held accountable for anything.”

“Certainly all of that is terrible and infuriating… but dispiriting to the Tea Party?  Nonsense.  Everything that happened over the past few weeks has been pure vindication for them.

They knew things were this bad.  That’s why they got involved in politics, often for the first time in a long and full life. Any disappointment they might feel is tempered by the understanding that their task would not be easy. They’re up against a system, not a few individual politicians, or even a political party,”

“The system has been growing larger, and more corrupt, for a very long time.”

“Throughout the shutdown, we watched the government go to war against disobedient Americans, inflicting needless inconvenience and loss of revenue through Obama’s Shutdown Theater antics.”

“That shutdown deal was no “clean” bill, by the way. Among the other things it contained was a “gift” of $174,000 to the widow of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. ”It’s been a tradition to pay a year’s congressional salary as a death benefit to the spouse of a lawmaker who dies in office,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

What a lovely tradition. Lautenberg was one of the richest members of Congress at the time of his death, with a net worth of over $56 million. On the other hand, the Obama Administration just kinda sorta “forgot” to pay death benefits to the families of fallen military veterans, even though Congress passed a bill to ensure it before the shutdown.”

“Remember how President Obama said we had to surrender control of our health care because over 50 million people were dying for want of health insurance? Where did all those people go? Because they sure as hell aren’t rushing to sign up for ObamaCare.”

“All of this vindicates the critique of kamikaze Big Government that brought the Tea Party together in the first place. We’re being told we have to accept all sorts of things we never voted for. We’re told we cannot change course – we don’t even get to vote on major aspects of our national destiny any more, let alone pursue our own ambitions. The dead hand of the past guides us through programs that cannot be repealed, mandates that cannot be resisted, and a government that can’t be scaled back insulting us as deadbeats if we hesitate to pay its bills.”

Whew! Quite a rant. Good questions to ponder. He concludes “That sounds more like a challenge than cause for despair” which is probably a good thing.

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