It is the 50th anniversary of the Harper Lee modern classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. A question recently raised is whether the Tea Party movement should make racial preferences/affirmative action an issue. Whatever they choose to say, they should embrace this book, on school reading lists for almost 50 years. Hero Atticus Finch is devoted to the rule of law in a way foreign to our current oppressors and Supreme Court nominees. Conservatism, whether of the more traditional sort or the more activist Tea Party variety, is focused on restoring the rule of law--saving it from bureaucracy, command-and-control economics, hijacked Congresses, runamok judges, and idolators of foreign gods.
So, at Tea Party rallies, everyone come with your copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Singing "We Shall Overcome" would not be a bad idea either.
A related item is lefty Jacob Weisberg's distinction between western (property rights-Tea Party) conservatives and southern conservatives--the first he characterizes by Goldwater and Palin, the latter by George Wallace. The westerners (here he mentions Harry Jaffa) used to have intellectual credentials, but now they are "anti-intellectual." Of course Weisberg wants moderation on the right.