Friday, February 19, 2010

The Mad Hatters Of The Tea Party Movement

Tim Burton has done it again! This time it's the casting of his pal Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in his cracked looking glass version of Alice in Wonderland!

It got me to thinking about what a wonderful symbol he would be for our very own Tea Party movement, especially those who need something to differentiate themselves from the Republican right.

As I've listened to the speeches being given at CPAC I sense the Republican right is trying to shape the movement into their image. If they are successful it will be the demise of the Tea Partiers. Their strength is their support for candidates that embrace their core values , regardless of party.
• Fiscal Responsibility
• Constitutionally Limited Government
• Free Markets
If they get sucked into the ideology of the Far Left or the Far Right, they will lose their impact and become spoilers rather than agents of change.

Perhaps there needs to be a movement within the movement. One that makes sure they stay their course. I think the Mad Hatters would be fitting name for this group!. Depp's Mad Hatter is described as a human mood ring, his clothes changing color with his moods. Granted, our clothes can't change color according to the way we think but if they did the most effective Tea Partiers would be wearing purple rather than red or blue. They would be choosing the best ideas and candidates from each party.

Here's to the Mad Hatters! Oh yes. The idea is mad. Quite mad. Considering the political climate today, what could be more fitting?

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