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The New Currency Is Obedience

posted at 1:01 am on April 16, 2010 by

Tax Day 2010 saw massive demonstrations beneath the still-rising star of the Tea Party, coupled with a darkly amusing sideshow: hilariously incompetent attempts by left-wing operatives to infiltrate the demonstrations, setting up fraudulent photo ops to discredit the Tea Party.  The most notorious organizer of these activities, “Crash the Tea Party” founder Jason Levin, turned out to be a middle-school teacher, and is now under investigation by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Crash the Tea Party produced nothing more than a bit of low comedy, but Levin began the operation with lofty goals.  He boasted of having “65 leaders in major cities around the country,” who were attempting to create a vast network of foot soldiers for their grand attack on Tea Party credibility.  Jim Treacher over at the Daily Caller has preserved Crash the Tea Party’s manifesto for posterity.  (Check out that link, and note the incorrect use of the semicolon in the first paragraph – very encouraging from an educator!  I guess his training to work in the “media lab” put more emphasis on Stalinist theory than punctuation.)  You can see from this manifesto that Levin and his chums didn’t see themselves as the low-wattage goofballs they turned out to be.  They were hardcore warriors in the crusade for social justice, man.

Why are these people so intensely furious at the Tea Party?  After all, it’s a community of concerned citizens, peacefully exercising their right to free speech in an attempt to promote positive social change.  Their vision of positive social change is obviously quite different from that of an Obama-supporting leftist, sincere liberals should respect the Tea Party’s actions in principle, responding in kind with peaceful demonstrations of their own. 

Of course, Levin’s group might have considered the tiny size of their counter-demonstrations against the massive Tea Party protests and concluded they would look ridiculous… but I think they also grasped a hidden truth, which average middle-class liberals do not like to contemplate.  It is revealed between the lines of a mission statement that addresses a grassroots movement of outraged taxpayers as if they were a military enemy.

The past two years have seen a profound change occur in the American system.  Our basic currency is no longer the dollar.  People like Jason Levin understand the nature of our new currency, which is obedience.

Obama Democrats worship central planning.  They have repeatedly expressed the belief that only powerful, maternal government can be trusted to allocate the most essential resources, or manage vital industries.  The free market is a playpen, filled with the stuff that isn’t serious enough to merit direct control by the Mother State.  When a particular toy causes the children of the electorate to scream, it is quickly snatched out of the pen.  The free market can’t even be trusted to deal with airline fees for carry-on luggage… which turned out to be a market response to previous government action.  You are expected to sit quietly and swallow your tears if Mother State chooses to beat you over the head with one of your toys.

Central planning is useless if nobody follows the central plans.  Where the free market is persuasive, organizing resources by responding to demand and exploiting opportunity, central planning is coercive.  It must compel obedience to its designs, and compulsion is always necessary.  If people were eager to follow those designs of their own free will, there would be no need for central planning in the first place. 

Obedience to the just laws of a minimal government doesn’t replace the currency of freedom – it enhances its value, by creating an environment of trust and cooperation.  Your time is made more valuable by the knowledge you are protected from murder, theft, and fraud.  This broadens the options available to you in life. 

When the economy falls under political control, the practical value of your freedom shrivels.  Success becomes determined by the favor of the State, and the exercise of political power.  For example, labor unions are rewarded for their loyalty to the Democrat Party, including proposed public bailouts of their unsustainable pension plans, and exclusive access to government contracts.  Such transactions work both ways, as powerful constituencies trade votes for obedient service from politicians.

The Tea Party is the living incarnation of disobedience.  It is driven by the words and deeds of people who refuse to submit.  Its members demand the return of money and power appropriated by an out-of-control federal government.  They won’t allow their lives to be sculpted by the knives and chisels of penalties and subsidies.  They speak out against an ugly reality that President Obama’s supporters don’t like to confront: political control of the economy consists of directives, which require submission, which can only be assured through punishment.  No matter how benevolent the stated goals of such a system might be, there is nothing benevolent about the methods it must use to attain them.

A Russian dissident once said that the gulags weren’t an unfortunate side effect of Communism – they were the point.  Jason Levin and his Crash the Tea Party minions understand this, and embrace it, because they hate the people who will be ground into fertilizer for the system they support.  By helping to suppress a powerful enemy of the regime, they enjoy the exhilaration of despite, while also serving as volunteer guards for the Treasury where our new currency of obedience is stored.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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The Tea Party is the living incarnation of disobedience. It is driven by the words and deeds of people who refuse to submit.

I am having flashbacks to the 60’s…chuckle

percysunshine on April 16, 2010 at 7:01 AM

Maybe Obama-commie agitator sees real community organizing and doesn’t know what to do. As opposed to his obvious AstroTurf, it’s fearful, it’s not controllable.

America will always be free … American exceptionalism, freedom and liberty will return, pronto, as soon as we take out the trash.

This years attendance at our local tea party, about 5000 activists turned out. Last year it was around 3000. We have our own brand of tea party, we line the roads at one of the busiest intersections in the county and wave signs and flags at passing motorists. Talked to a policeman, he was there last year, this year they ordered bicycles and golf carts, it was that large … He said there sure was a lot more people this time.

tarpon on April 16, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I’m intrigued that the agitator is a public school teacher.

Yes, I know the knee-jerk reply is that public employees are stooges.

But think about this: if I were a public employee, doing my job, and cognizant of my role in the scheme of a free society, I would be very upset that the democrat party was debasing my profession and confirming America’s worst suspicions about public employees as useful idiots.

Anyone with an ounce of self-respect would want public employees who allow themselves to be used as Obama’s thugs to have the book thrown at them.

And yet union membership is high, and there seems to be no internal blow back. Which leads me to believe that maybe all public employees ARE in fact mindless idiots who suck off the teats of government.

I can draw no other conclusion.

jeff_from_mpls on April 16, 2010 at 8:50 AM

(Check out that link, and note the incorrect use of the semicolon in the first paragraph – very encouraging from an educator! I guess his training to work in the “media lab” put more emphasis on Stalinist theory than punctuation.)

He also thinks elipses and commas are interchangable.

Disturb the Universe on April 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM

They speak out against an ugly reality that President Obama’s supporters don’t like to confront: political control of the economy consists of directives, which require submission, which can only be assured through punishment. No matter how benevolent the stated goals of such a system might be, there is nothing benevolent about the methods it must use to attain them.

What do Communism and Islam have in common?
Submission.
Interesting how Obama is sympathetic to both systems.

Disturb the Universe on April 16, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Most excellent Dr. Z as always.

My apologies for being a little OT, but could I request that you expound on the tendency of Statists to be always changing their own labeling?

Leftists aways like to play the ‘Name Game’ on who they really are – at one point they were “Liberals”, now they are “Progressives”, tomorrow they will be Pragmatists or some other deceptive labeling.

Presumably they used to be for ‘Liberty’, now they are in favor of ‘Progress’ (Progress to what, I don’t know).

Each time a new version of Statism fails – as it aways will, the Left has to repackage the ideology as something else to fool a new generation.

So let me implore you to take a look at this issue, for all intents and purposes, when you get right down to it, a Statist is a Statist, only the names have been changed to protect the Guilty.

Chip on April 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

The Tea Party is the living incarnation of disobedience. It is driven by the words and deeds of people who refuse to submit.

I am having flashbacks to the 60’s…chuckle

percysunshine on April 16, 2010 at 7:01 AM

There have been a number of allusions to the ’60’s in regards to the left, socialism, peace, love, dove, since the rise of the Obama crowd and Alliskyism. But there were quite a few ’60’s lives that envisaged that era as one of increasing freedom, purely, and without the socialism. More of a Davey Crockett type freedom. None of that made the press at the time of course. The MSM was doing it’s “sensationalist” reporting back then as well; ignoring the boring “leave me alone, I just want to live my life” stories. Many of the Tea Party crowd were these people and passed this vision along to their yung’uns.

Robert17 on April 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I noticed:

The crashers aren’t being yelled at, intimidated by or threatened by any partiers. They are simply being ignored. Hence the sadness on their faces.

Compare that to the reception Protest Warriors get when they couter-protest liberal rallies.

Lothar on April 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Well put, as usual. I find myself wondering who, if the individual mandate is not struck down, will be the first martyr to the ‘obedience’ of buying health insurance? Who will be the first of many hounded to death by the IRS because they couldn’t or wouldn’t buy health insurance? Still, a silver lining, if we wanted a nearly uncontrollabe revolt against the government, mass refusal to buy it would certainly be that in spades. They can’t get us all, can they?

jeanie on April 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM

The Tea Party is the living incarnation of disobedience.

In the eyes of the left we Tea Partiers are devils incarnate. Hope I’m giving them nightmares 🙂

beachgirlusa on April 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I am having flashbacks to the 60’s…chuckle

percysunshine on April 16, 2010 at 7:01 AM

That’s the irony. The people in power now are the radicals of the 60’s or their spiritual offspring. Where once they were disobedient to authority, now they are the authority and are demanding obedience.

Daggett on April 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM

I just find the hypocrisy and self-serving to be too much to take quietly. We did not like the nasty things said about Bush/Cheney and conservatives during the eight years W was in the White House, but we acknowledged that people saying those things were speaking their minds, an important right for every citizen of this country.

Today, these same people, who refused to even give Bush the title he had been given by the election, cannot stand to see anything said or written about the empty suit foisted on us. These people insist their president be given the respect due the office (which, to my knowledge, most on our side haven’t even considered being rude enough to ignore, no matter how nauseous we wind up.)

I firmly believe the biggest differences between libs and conservatives, specifically tea party conservatives, are common decency (just as Doctor Zero said in what I believe is one of the best posts he’s done and that’s sayin’ sumpin!), common courtesy and just plain manners.

After tea party protests, attendees clean up their own trash. There have been no fire bombs, overturned police vehicles, injured bystanders and/or any nasty, foul-mouthed, disgusting signs/shirts/actions. The fact that thousands of very angry protesters can show up anywhere and not cause an absolute headache for law enforcement officials speaks volumes about those involved.

Alas, this doesn’t matter to the left. Instead, they titter like pathetic, unruly children, making up ridiculous nicknames, all the while working as hard as they can to convince themselves and the media assistants that show up that the real racists are the folks NOT carrying nasty, racist signs or throwing anything resembling a racial slur.

Heck, they TRIED to make the term “Koolaid drinkers” a racial slur and in the end wound up making themselves look even more ignorant than they already appeared when they were forced to admit they had no idea where the term had really orignated.

The only thing about all this is, we live in dangerous times. Because these folks have managed to take over just about every position of power the media will listen to, it’s damned hard for those of us who refuse to drink the lefty’s Kool Aid befpre to get the real word out.

That’s ok, though. Let them continue to lie, cheat, threaten and abuse. The more they put the people’s backs up against the wall, the more they threaten and accuse, the more people wake up, rub the liberal boogers out of their eyes and begin to truly see for the first time in a long, looooooong time.

Mad Mad Monica on April 16, 2010 at 12:04 PM

ugh…. excuse the befpre right after the second use of the term “Kool Aid.” I hates me fumble fingas.

Mad Mad Monica on April 16, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Doc, excellent job of summarizing Atlas Shrugged into 885 words. I don’t think I could make it through Galt’s 57 page soliloquy again.

With apologies to AP, an exit question (and this is ONLY a question, not a suggestion): at what point does the “living incarnation of disobedience” justify unlawful (but non-violent) behavior (e.g. refusing to pay taxes, refusing to purchase govt health insurance,etc.)?

lionheart on April 16, 2010 at 1:51 PM

And yet, even though this stunt was disastrous, the president himself got up and openly mocked and ridiculed the very same citizenry that Levin and his “group” tried to.

A sitting president.

I’m in shock that our President has showed himself to be in absolute disdain of the citizens of this Republic.

Opposite Day on April 16, 2010 at 3:55 PM

* CRACK!! *
rrRROOOAAAAARRRRRRRR!!!!

And it’s going…
going…
GONE!!

Another one hit out of the park. Thanks, DZ

RegularJoe on April 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Whomever the GOP does run in 2012:
Please hire Doctor Zero as your speech writer!

Disturb the Universe on April 16, 2010 at 7:23 PM

They don’t understand that lining your own nest with imagined security at someone else’s expense is wicked. Moreover, it’s not going to happen. The only thing central government can do is make everyone poorer (with the exception of the nomenklatura).

If we can keep socialism at bay for just a short while longer, we’ll get to see the financial and cultural collapse of the social democracies of Europe.

disa on April 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM

If people were eager to follow those designs of their own free will, there would be no need for central planning in the first place.

Truths are more likely to be discovered by one man than by a nation.
– Descartes

Obama Democrats worship central planning.

I have always imagined that Hell would have a lot of central planning.

MB4 on April 17, 2010 at 12:27 AM

I have always imagined that Hell would have a lot of central planning.

MB4 on April 17, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Nine layers of it, my friend. And at the center? Global cooling.

Doctor Zero on April 17, 2010 at 12:46 AM

The people who for forty years now have been saying America is a fascist are now in power, and they are the fascist state.

Dhuka on April 17, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Great article Doc! I always share these with non-HA readers.

Inanemergencydial on April 17, 2010 at 1:48 AM

The free market can’t even be trusted to deal with airline fees for carry-on luggage… which turned out to be a market response to previous government action.

What previous government action might that be, pray tell? The requirement that we put our toiletries in small containers?

unclesmrgol on April 17, 2010 at 2:02 AM

As you can tell from my comment above, I have about as little faith in the free market system as I have in a government controlled system.

There’s the middle — regulated commerce, which means, in a nutshell that the Chinese are not free to sell us lead-laden toys.

It also means that the airlines are not free to collude in a given marketplace to charge fees for things previously included in a purchase price without decreasing the purchase price by an equivalent amount. If an airline wants to do this, let them open their own airport and have their own flight controllers. Then, they can free up some of the limited numbers of gates at airports my tax dollars support so that airlines who don’t do these things can use those facilities my tax dollars provide.

I find this behavior to be equivalent to the cellphone companies, who not only charge the originator of the call a fee, but the recipient as well — even when the call originates and ends within their system. Contrast that with land line phones, in which only the originator pays for the call, and with postal mail, in which only the sender pays for the mailing.

unclesmrgol on April 17, 2010 at 2:16 AM

A sitting president.

I’m in shock that our President has showed himself to be in absolute disdain of the citizens of this Republic.

BHO’s been doing that since he started campaigning, and it didn’t let up just because he got into the White House. I think that will be his undoing. It’s off-putting and inappropriate to everyone but adolescent fanboys like Mr Crashtheteaparty.com

YehuditTX on April 17, 2010 at 4:19 AM

Outstanding!

Viper1 on April 17, 2010 at 7:09 AM

That’s the irony. The people in power now are the radicals of the 60’s or their spiritual offspring. Where once they were disobedient to authority, now they are the authority and are demanding obedience.

Daggett on April 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Superb observation, Dagget!! The “do as I say, not what I did” crowd AKA the Democratic Party…
Another GREAT missive, Doc!

Khun Joe on April 17, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Obedience to oppressive authority is not the nature of the American spirit. Thank God for the Second Amendment.

BottomLine5 on April 17, 2010 at 7:57 AM

And yet, even though this stunt was disastrous, the president himself got up and openly mocked and ridiculed the very same citizenry that Levin and his “group” tried to.

A sitting president.

Imagine if Nixon, Reagan or either Bush had said re protesters “You’d think they’d be grateful.” That’s what Obama said about the tea partiers.

Sloan Morganstern on April 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM

They have repeatedly expressed the belief that only powerful, maternal government can be trusted to allocate the most essential resources, or manage vital industries. The free market is a playpen, filled with the stuff that isn’t serious enough to merit direct control by the Mother State.

As you say, until the favored child cries. Or they change their mind.

They want the “Commanding Heights.”

Once they “run” HC and banking, where’s the practical argument to prevent them running everything else? I mean, if you had to have a purely political argument (soon all we’ll be left with) with someone proposing government-run food stores (Sen. Gillibrand, call your office), what could you push back against?

Government will do all it wants, and we’ll be left with whatever it’s not interested in at the moment.

DrSteve on April 17, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Don’t you ever get tired of being right, Doc? 🙂

ZK on April 17, 2010 at 8:26 AM

What previous government action might that be, pray tell? The requirement that we put our toiletries in small containers?

unclesmrgol on April 17, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Nope, it was a change in tax policy for carry-on luggage. Here’s the story:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/15/schumer-demands-govt-intervention-to-fix-problem-caused-by-govt-intervention/

AZCoyote on April 17, 2010 at 8:30 AM

The fact that the organizer of the anti-TP infiltration is a teacher should not be overlooked. This man obviously felt no threat from the teachers union for his actions. We should watch very closely as to what happens to this man as the investigation into his actions take place.

A few years ago, a teacher at my sons high school was caught red handed breaking into my sons car in the parking lot at school while school was in session. A report was filed and an investigation was promised. Nothing happened to that teacher following the supposed investigation. The principal apologized to my son for the teachers irresponsible behavior; the teacher never said a word to my son, but did manage to give my son a fail on his report card. BTW, this teacher taught science and his issue with my son had to do with my sons brilliant essay proving that man caused global warming was phony and fraudulent.

School vouchers anyone?

Keemo on April 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I might add this:

The principle at my sons HS was recently in the news for bringing an antique rifle to school and while demonstrating how to fire the rifle, was shocked to find out that he fired a live bullet into a wall in the classroom.

Reed Point High School, Reed Point Montana.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2467479/posts

Last year we pulled our son out of this school in his senior year due to constant abuse by the teachers and faculty. We had him take the GED. He passed in the 90% group and is going to attend college this fall.

Keemo on April 17, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Jason Levin, turned out to be a middle-school teacher

Not Surprising, but very validating for the point I will always import that public schools imprint liberal ideals on the students. Neither is it intriguing (jeff_from_mpls on April 16, 2010 at 8:50 AM) as this dork’s sole mission is to protect and preserve his teat and supply of public milk.

ericdijon on April 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM

If people were eager to follow those designs of their own free will, there would be no need for central planning in the first place.

My favorite line. Great job, Doc.

JohnInCA on April 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM

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Allahpundit on April 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM


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