The recent brouhaha over the Delaware GOP Senate primary winner, the pundits’ reflections and Democrat wishful thinking about civil war in the Republican Party, reveal some interesting dark corners in surprising quarters.
I have alternately read the debate between those who favor the “Buckley Doctrine” (only elect Republicans that can beat Democrats) and those who support the new “Limbaugh Doctrine” (elect the most conservative candidate in times like these because they can win). Then there’s all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over so-called “unsuitable” candidates like Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, or Rand Paul for that matter.
What’s going on? Didn’t the town halls and the vast movements of people to Washington for the Beck rallies the last two years running, and the Scott Brown election tell us anything? Are we so afraid of the negative branding the media has done to “tea partiers” that we fear when a non-establishment candidate actually does what we hoped they would do? That is, WIN at the voting booth? Are we embarrassed by the unpolished?
Have we reflexively become ashamed of the “tea party” movement because of the lies, claims of racism and accusations of simple-mindedness made by the Left? Even Glenn Beck urged his viewers not to dress like Founders and leave their signs at home, out of fear that the media would use these images to further “brand” the movement as extreme and add fuel to their slanderous fire.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. Thomas Jefferson
Don’t a vast majority of Americans favor repeal of Obamacare? Don’t we want Cap and Trade to vanish forever from the lexicon? Are we not convinced of the dangers to our country implicit in this assault on the free market? Hasn’t the irresponsible spending and mortgaging of our future driven us to the brink of disaster economically?
Isn’t the overriding wave of concern for liberty in our country overcoming Media complicity in misreporting and hiding the truth about the agenda and methodology of the Marxists in the White House? Haven’t we had enough of being manipulated, lied to and “crisis” managed to further an agenda that the majority of Americans reject?
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. William Pitt
The Truth is coming out regardless of the lies we are being spoon-fed. Are we indeed not fighting for our collective future as free Americans? So why are we so afraid? Is it because we have bought the “brand?” Is it because we have allowed ourselves to be defined by the elites, instead of taking the fight to them?
The Tea Party in American history was a consequential event. It was an act of rebellion against taxation without representation. It came at a period in our history in which the principles took root that would eventually become the foundations of our country. The idea behind the “movement” today is that government is coming AT the people and is no longer by, for and of them. And that ordinary people can make a difference and the “elites” have to be displaced.
The Tea Party participant is anyone who believes that government has overstepped its bounds and that we are now “ruled without representation,” not just “taxed.” Our elected officials and unelected and unapproved czars are cooking the books; corrupting the electoral process by engineering immigration policies and selectively enforcing voter intimidation crimes; ignoring the will of the people who elected them; using judicial appointment to gut the Constitution and the rule of law; and behaving as though the general population are serfs in their autocracy.
The Tea Party is NOT an organization, or even an event. The Tea Party is kitchen table conversations with families and friends about what’s going wrong in Washington. It’s a business lunch where 50% of the time is spent worrying about next year’s government tax policy. It’s the fear that our children will inherit a mess that can’t be cleaned up. It’s the feeling in the pit of our stomachs every day that something is being taken away from us. That we are losing something precious in this country that maybe we took for granted. It’s the accumulated frustration of years of feeling there is nothing we can do about it, and the glimmer of hope now that maybe we can.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. Thomas Jefferson
The Tea Party is us. Don’t let the establishment politicians and media brand us. Don’t let them “identify” us as anything but Americans who believe that we are best governed by ourselves, not a power elite. They are threatened by our belief in liberty. Tyrants always are. Remember that, and vote for people of quality and character regardless of how they are made to look on television. They may not be lawyers or glib performance artists. They may be rough-hewn and not articulate. But vote for those you can trust to go to Washington and do what is right for liberty. Don’t be seduced by the media smoothies. We know all about talkers who promise change but deliver poverty and stagnation; who lie and steal from the public treasuries and our wallets and our children’s futures. We are about reclaiming liberty. That is the battle here. It’s not between Republican and Democrat, or black or white, or Christian or atheist. It’s about the liberty to “be,” to shape our own futures. The branding being done by the Establishment is a distraction, an attempt to dilute and divide us. Don’t let it happen. Stand for liberty.
Find the candidates who share those values, and give them your time, your money and your support. Don’t let the media tell you who you are or try and pigeonhole you as this or that. Don’t be afraid to stand tall. Keep speaking the truth to your friends and co-workers. It’s in our hands. We are all Tea Partiers now.