By Lee Cary
October 24, 2011
There's a quiet in the Shire these days. And in Bree in the northwest of Middle-earth, the Hobbits stay close to their Smials, their "hobbit holes." Meanwhile, the legacy media declares their end as a powerful political force. They only wish it so.
The legacy media has declared the Tea Party irrelevant. It no longer matters. Sure, they mattered back during the 2010 election. Even the most dedicated shills have to admit that. But that was back when the Hobbits rallied behind their favored congressional candidates, those who espoused their beliefs. And the Hobbits sent many new faces to Congress.
But in the eyes of the Big People there, those lifelong denizens of the Halls of Congress, those professional politicians of both parties, the Tea Party was made up of rubes, oafs, and peasants. Little People. And the Big People saw that reflected in their candidates.
Near the final scene of the Lord of the Rings films, Gandalf crowns the new king and proclaims, "Now comes the days of the King." The crowd cheers. The new king kisses his queen to be. The crowd applauds. Then the king the approaches the four Hobbits: Frodo, Samwise, Peregrin, and Meriadoc. The Hobbits bow to the king. He stops them, saying, "My friends, you bow to no one." And the king leads the crowd in kneeling before the Hobbits.
That's something akin to what the Founders had in mind for the United States of America.
One year from this November 9th, the Hobbits march to the polls.
[Ed. Click here to watch the closing scene in "The Lord of the Rings" in which the king bows before the hobbits.]