Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com and CNN contributor, wrote today that he is giving up on the movement because it is being torn apart by attention-seeking pundits and public officials. Apparently no one told Erickson that the Tea Party movement was political.
Erick described a number of concerns on his blog. Here are a few of his thoughts:
- The birthers decided to show and gave the media a chance to claim the birthers were involved in a grand conspiracy with the Klu Klux Klan...
- The tea party movement, one year later, is descending into a self-parody of infighting, money making, claims of national leadership, protests, unions, federations, amalgamations, etc.
- It is time to stop calling yourselves tea party activists and start calling yourselves concerned Americans.
- [B]y continuing to call ourselves “tea party activists” instead of Americans we have made it easy for politicians and others who disagree with us to dismiss us.
- I would like to say goodbye...I hope the activists on the street will leave with me.
- We have moved beyond the time to protest.
- I hope you’ll leave the tea party protests behind and engage in the process.
- Go to the protests, but then get involved locally and nationally as an American, not as a tea party activist.
Via Melissa Clouthier it seems Erick Erickson is moving beyond the Tea Party movement:"Today, RedState’s Erick Erickson has decided to leave the Tea Party movement behind–to move beyond it. He alludes to the Tea Party movement disintegrating into sects like churches."That doesn't bother me. But this condescending nonsense from Erick, excerpted below, sure does, especially as it triangulates one group of would be organizers, trainers and spokespersons, while linking to the one he seems to prefer. I say that, as he links to American Majority, complete with splash page, sign-up apparatus and whatever else. The best spokesperson for the Tea Party movement I've seen so far was Pam Stout. And she didn't need a federation, or a majority to speak her mind and reach a broad audience via Letterman's show...
If Erick wants to push American Majority, by all means, he should. But running down the Tea Party movement in the effort is as insulting, as it is dumb. We need to build up, not tear down. And if that means encouraging Tea Party people to also become involved at another level, as with this, or that group, fine. But, honestly - maligning the movement as he does, when it's actually operators like Erick who now seem intent on ripping it apart, or doing it in, crosses the line, even for someone I consider a friend.
It is also interesting to note that a number of the people who tweeted Erickson's Tea Party breakup letter (including Dana Loesch, Anita MonCrief, Ned Ryun, Brett Farley and Jessica Wood) are also involved with American Majority, which is offering "Post Party" Summits and other products for your "end of the Tea Party era" needs.
There are so many ways to make a difference. Many Tea Party organizations are doing many of these things. Most aren’t just showing up and complaining. Most are turning their words into action.
Do I think the time for the Tea Party is over? No. I’ll be at a Tea Party event this week and why not? It’s inspiring to be with like minded folks and to hear the stories of triumph. We need that.