Saturday, February 20, 2010

I am Spartacus

Temple of Mut has a great project that you should participate in. Recommend you read her whole post. The project is in response to this news reported by Andrew Breitbart:
Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign.
The idea is to identify all of us as "The leader of the Tea Party Movement." Here are some entries for Mrs. Daddy and myself.

In his book, The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge talks about the scene in Spartacus, (video at Temple of Mut) where the slaves all stand up to say "I am Spartacus." In Chapter 11, Shared Vision, Senge has this to say about the power of shared vision, that in my opinion, the Tea Party represents:

... the loyalty of Spartacus' army was not to Spartacus the man. Their loyalty was to a shared vision which Spartacus had inspired--the idea that they could be free men. This vision was so compelling that no man could bear to give it up and return to slavery.

A shared vision is not an idea. It is not even an important idea such as freedom. It is, rather, a force in people's hearts, a force of impressive power. It may be inspired by an idea, but once it goes further--if it is compelling enough to acquire the support of more than one person--then it is no longer an abstraction. It is palpable. People begin to see it as if it exists. Few, if any, forces in human affairs are as powerful as shared vision.

Our shared vision is of free men and women ordering our own affairs as we deem best, with a limited government primarily concerned with protecting, not looting, our liberty. It is the vision of the Founding Fathers, and it lives on, because it is powerful and successful and no other political vision in the history of mankind has proved as compelling.


  1. B-Daddy, well said. Thanks for covering for me.

  2. Working on it... But Mrs. Dawg was very amused for the moment.