"He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing." -- Paul Muad'Dib, Dune, 1984.
Traveling in a rental car with satellite radio was a new experience for me. I listened to Big Band music much of the time on XM-4. (Got to hear my favorite Benny Goodman riff of Sing, Sing, Sing,done at Carnegie Hall in 1938.)
I would alternate bewteen XM-4 and the various radio talk channels and the hot air folks were all agog at the "damage" the Tea Party movement candidates were allegedly doing to the GOP.
I tried calling into a couple of them with my cell phone, but I often went from tower to black hole, so even though I was on hold twice, I never got in to make my two points which were these:
A. To those who think that Tea Party candidates are "weak," "easily discredited," "wingnuts," and "unelectable," I would remind them that in 1980 Jimmy Carter WANTED to run against Ronald Reagan, believing HIM to be "unelectable."
B. The lesson of the Fremen, the spice and the Empire from Dune quoted above is absolutely true. The GOP is squealing so loud at this point precisely because they understand this. Even if their candidates lose the general elections, they will have at least removed the professional politicians of the GOP establishment from the board, and it is the GOP and its epochal failures which actually spawned the Tea Party. The Democrats are howling as well because they perceive their food trough is also about to be upended.
And, although I would not have said it on the radio, to the opponents of the Founders' Republic whose appetites compel them to try to take more and more of our property and our liberty -- even our lives if we get in their way -- I would also echo the warning of Paul Muad'Dib: "He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing."
Whatever rapacious tyrannical collectivist slugs value can also be destroyed.
"Long live the fighters!"