Emmett Tyrrell

One of the oddest twists to the tea party story is the comparison with the Occupy movement. Some utterly ideologized observers of the political scene view the often deranged, clearly in decline Occupy as a left-wing equivalent of the tea party movement, and they see the pathetic waifs in the Occupy movement as somehow auspicious -- the 2012 equivalent of the civil rights movement or a peace movement of yore. Yet the Occupy protesters make hardly any effort at engaging in politics at the local level. Ryun says his people are, and he has an active training program around the country to prove it.

He has been crisscrossing the country in recent years, running seminars and other training sessions. They do not attract a lot of attention in the press as demonstrations and other protest actions do, but they matter more. They can effect real change in politics. The American Majority has trained more than 20,000 recruits as activists and candidates. In the past two to three years, American Majority has held 570 training sessions across America on how to be effective politically both in government operations and in running for office. From these 570 sessions have come approximately 2,000 candidates.

So maybe we ought not to write off the tea party movement just now. The tea partyers are not getting the press that the Occupy protesters are with their Defecate for Peace movements and their public masturbators, but they are aiming at office in November.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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