Ken Connor

Consequently, the Tea Party is committed to shrinking government, reducing taxes, eradicating crony capitalism, and restoring the principles of ordered liberty and self-government to these United States. They are not wedded to the specials interests on Wall Street or K Street. They are truly free agents who see all they hold dear being destroyed, and they are prepared to fight as long and hard as it takes to stop it. This recent dustup over Obamacare and the debt ceiling is just one battle in what they view as a war aimed at shrinking government and expanding freedom.

Critics of the Tea Party who call themselves conservative criticize the "scorched earth" tactics of Senator Cruz and his allies. They bemoan the division and vitriol that now characterizes the national political process and long for the days of Clinton-Gingrich bipartisanship. Well, compromise only works when there's a common ground to be had, and President Obama made it clear after his reelection that he intends to use his mandate to realize his goal of "fundamentally transforming" America. When one party is committed to eradicating the political, social, and cultural traditions that built this county in exchange for European-style socialism and the other party is committed to stopping it; when one party believes that printing money and borrowing from antagonistic foreign lenders is responsible fiscal policy and the other party believes it is financial suicide; when one party believes that the American people should entrust their healthcare to the same bureaucratic apparatus that runs the DMV and the other party believes that health care is a private matter best addressed at the state level . . . I ask you, where on earth is there room for compromise in this picture? Ain't nothin' in the middle of this road but yellow lines and dead armadillos.

After decades of decadence and service to the special interests, the Republican establishment is rotten at its core. But the winds of change have begun to blow in Washington, and many Americans couldn't be gladder. The G.O.P. can either get on board or get pushed out of the way.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.