by Charles Lemos, Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 05:21:08 PM EST
Les femmes fatales des soirées du thé will be the marquee entertainment, if that's the word for it, at the upcoming National Tea Party Convention scheduled for early February at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the sponsors, the convention is aimed at bringing the Tea Party Movement leaders together from around the nation for the purpose of networking and supporting the movements' multiple organizations principle goals. The event will feature a keynote speech by Sarah Palin and a breakfast tea address by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
A number of right wing groups are involved in organizing the event- National Taxpayers Union, American Majority, Smart Girl Politics, and SurgeUSA but the principal organizer is a group calling itself Tea Party Nation, which self-describes as "a user-driven group of like-minded people who desire our God given Individual Freedoms which were written out by the Founding Fathers" that believes in "Limited Government, Free Speech, the 2nd Amendment, our Military, Secure Borders and our Country!"
Beyond the Bachmann and Palin addresses, the National Tea Party convention will offer workshops and a number of panels led by the conservative illuminati. The workshops include: Conservative Activism; Using Social Media; How to get Youth involved in Conservative Activism. The panels will cover topics such as "How to Defeat Liberalism" and "Where the Tea Party Movement Goes From Here." If nothing else, I'm sure that you will be pick up all the Palin/Bachmann 2012 bumper stickers you'll ever want.
This is no media friendly crowd either. The Nashville Post reports that the press will only be allowed in a designated pen, excuse me, section of the lobby of the convention and will not be allowed inside the convention. Furthermore, the media will not be allowed inside for the Sarah Palin keynote address. Not that a media presence is really required, I'm sure that she'll rehash what she said earlier this year at her coming out party in Hong Kong also held behind close doors.
You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we'll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism... Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, we believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual.
We don't believe that human nature is perfectible; we're suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it's trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is. But that doesn't mean that we're resigned to, well, any negative destiny. Not at all. I believe in striving for the ideal, but in realistic confines of human nature...
The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can't fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don't trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.
If she sounds a failed broken record, that's because, that is what she represents - the politics of failure. The three day event will set you back $549 plus $9.95 fee not to mention the cost of accommodation. By comparison, the cost for attending Netroots Nation 2010 is $250. Must be an elitist discount or perhaps the Tea Party Nation is running some sort of populist premium.