Women's March=Tea Party

Comparing the Women's March from last week to Tea Party social movement will make progressive heads spin right off their bodies and into orbit.

Hundreds of thousands of people march through the streets during the Women's March on Chicago on Jan. 21, 2017. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Hundreds of thousands of people march through the streets during the Women's March on Chicago on Jan. 21, 2017. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

True, they're polar opposites in their ideology. Among sponsors of the Women's March was the most extreme pro-abortion advocates while the Tea Party, according to the master script promulgated by progressives, has been home to the most extreme, fanatical, right-wing nut jobs.

But as social movements they share much. The Tea Party was grass roots in the truest sense, just as was the Women's March. The Tea Party sprouted from Rick Santelli, the CNBC reporter who reports from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile. He passionately suggested during the house bubble crisis that we Americans might need another Tea Party to emphasize to the Obama administration that we're tired of the policies that unfairly redistribute income. (Here and here.)

Of course, the left didn't consider the Tea Party movement to be a real social movement but an uprising of blockheads who weren't worth listening to. Until, of course, the movement coalesced behind Donald Trump and elected him president to the horror of the coastal elites. The Tea Party moved from the streets to the ballot box to control the White House, Congress and many American statehouses.

The point here is that the Women's March has the potential to become the same kind of successful political movement that the Tea Party enjoyed. If it carries through, as did the Tea Party.

Let this be a lesson for Trump and Republicans who now are reveling in glory. Ignore budding social movements at your own risk.


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  • It's a good point, if they can coalesce around something and someone.

    The one thing that hit me is that after taking the oath to uphold the Constitution, the administration has disavowed all clauses of the First Amendment:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    And I'm sure what Congress is prohibited from doing, the President is not allowed to do either.

  • Of course time will tell if this new movement has "legs".

    The focus of the rally seemed to be about two things: Trump is a lout and unfettered access to abortion at any stage. The first issue will fade over time, because many of the protesters were more vulgar and disgusting in voice and in dress than the man with orange hair; the second will be short-lived too, because, like it or not, abortion is here to stay.

    Women have the same fundamental rights as guaranteed under the Constitution as men, but it is government privileges as a protected class that they seek to enhance. Let's be accurate here.

    One has to wonder about a rebound and whether men in this country will finally need to have their own "liberation" demonstrations, considering that women control the majority of wealth in the nation, are the majority in universities and are increasing becoming the majority of professionals, among doctors and lawyers and accountants. It's doubtful. Though it's all true it's not politically correct to point it out. And younger men are shamed into thinking that their sex is inferior.

    So, this new movement of women's "rights" will live and die on how much of the government pie that can consume, hoping to have it all.

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    I guess you are talking about a woman's right to seek an abortion when you say, " it is government privileges as a protected class that they seek to enhance." By your line of reasoning a man who claims he has a religious right to grow a beard is also seeking to be a protected class since women cannot exercise the same right.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Again, chef proves again what we know about him--he's a misogynist. And, unlike his hero, he won't come back to deny it.

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