As American citizens, we each have a constitutional right to petition our government for redress of grievances. And down through the ages, since the beginning shot of the Revolution, to the last verbal barrage launched at a Tea Party gathering, Americans have engaged in this practice time and time again.
But, for the last 150 years or so, government has learned that the more they ignore the voice of the “common man”, the more power they can claim for themselves and then feign stupidity when an angry citizenry finally makes enough noise to be heard throughout the halls of congress, the cloakrooms of the senate, and the dark, dusty corners of the White House itself.
Last year, as the Tea Party movement gained steam, it was clear that those in power who haven’t been listening, along with their elitist friends in the media and “entertainment industries”, started running scared. Never had the collective anger of constituents scorned ever been so loud, forceful and relentless.
And to this very minute, that anger continues, growing even more forceful, and determined NEVER to relent.
But, as with all political “movements”, the Tea Party is seeing its share of “growing pains”. These “growing pains” are puzzling to some, and a concern for others. Yet, one must remember that without such “growing pains”, one cannot “grow” in the first place. And THAT is what the Tea Party movement is doing…Growing, by leaps and bounds. It is altogether right and good that this happens.
During this season of “growing pains”, we must remember the Tea Party movement is at it’s best when it is allowed to remain free-flowing, decentralized, and mobile. It is a force for political good…An “injection” of common sense into a political system that has lost ALL sense.
In an upcoming “Weekly Standard”, well-known conservative author and blogger, Mary Katharine Ham writes:
Will the tea partiers drag the GOP toward the unelectable fringe? Will the conservative movement tap into the antiestablishment energy of the tea partiers? Will the Republican party adopt the ideas of either? Can they all come together without sullying the grassroots authenticity of the tea party movement? Will they or won’t they form a third party? Is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship, or is someone going to get used?
The tea partiers are often portrayed unfairly as either far-right rubes or stealth agents of big business. Talking to those at CPAC, it was obvious that being new to the political process doesn’t mean they’re bad at it.
It is understandable that some folks are now wondering if the Tea Party movement, as a whole, will go to far right,…So far that those who call themselves “moderate dem” or “independent” will shy away from the movement.
The answer should be, and I predict will be: “NO!”
What the Tea Party movement is doing, and will continue to focus on, is to hone itself into the most powerful political force known in modern times. A force that will serve as a CONSTANT “reminder” for both major political parties that Americans are tired of the political BS! They are here to remind government:
Stop spending so much!
Stop taxing so much!
Stop telling individuals that you will help them, only to reach into their pockets and take more in taxes out of their hard-earned paychecks!
Stop taking over private industry and businesses, masking it as a “rescue”! This is the United States of America, not Soviet Russia!
Stop insisting that money in someone’s pocket automatically means they didn’t work their butts off to earn it!
Stop threatening people into buying a product or service they neither want, nor need!
….I could go on, but I think the point is made.
Above all, the Tea Party movement, at its core, is about government accountability.
For far too long, Americans have not held up their end of the “bargain” by holding their elected officials accountable. Our government was designed for a citizenry that REMAINS aware, alert and active in the daily goings-on of government, AT ALL LEVELS, from local to federal. It’s taken a long long time for this “awakening” to take shape, but it is finally happening, in the form of the Tea Party movement.
There is no way on God’s green earth that this movement should be wasted or distracted into forming 3rd parties. And it shouldn’t be gullable enough to become nothing more than a PAC.
No….This is a blinding force of individual freedom and constitutional vigilance.
And this force will either be reckoned with, or it will “clear the road” and make room for those who realize that freedom and liberty are not to be trifled with, and the constitution should be honored, respected and followed.