The Tea Party - Part II
With the General Election on the horizon, the Tea Party movement is still misunderstood, maligned and mischaracterized by the media, the establishment politicians, and the societal elite. Tea Party supporters are still branded as Extremists, Radicals, Ultra-conservatives and that special Liberal hate epithet - Christians.
Thomas Paine, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, and most other Founders were all extremists by any standard, Indeed, the Declaration of Independence was a radical document, and the concept of God-given - not government granted - rights was an extreme view.
Barry Goldwater was a modern day extremist: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” Of course, he was defeated in 1964 by a non-extremist, Lyndon Johnson ... who cost the lives of 58,000 Americans in Vietnam. Johnson’s non-extremist “War on Poverty” has cost Americans $8-10 trillion in big government social programs over the past 60 years as well – and we still have a record number of poor people (1 in 7 according to a recent survey).
Among the ideas and proposals of the so-called "radical" right are these:
1. Repeal the 16th Amendment (the Income Tax) and abolish the IRS – the most egregious violation of citizen’s rights and the most onerous enforcement agency ever devised by man. Oh yes, that is extreme.
2. Reduce the size and scope of the federal government by enforcing the United States Constitution’s mandate that the federal role be limited to enumerated powers, and that all others are reserved to the states and the citizens.
3. Redesign and replace the giant “Ponzi Schemes” known as Social Security and Medicare with state level systems that are reasonable, necessary, and properly funded to ensure benefits promised are benefits received.
4. Implement the three efforts that will truly assist the private sector in creating jobs and getting the economy going: reduce regulations, reduce taxes, and get the hell out of the way.
5. Stop trying to be “mom” to all citizens and insist on them taking personal responsibility for their lives.
6. Stop fueling the costs of higher education by insisting that all students should go to college, paid for by the public – they shouldn’t. Many should get a job... and get a life.
7. Get “Big Brother” out of our bedrooms – and our kitchens, family rooms, backyards, and garages. If we want to buy solar panels or a hybrid Prius, we will.
8. Stop the flow of money from big business AND big labor that fuels the royal luxury lives of politicians who pretend to serve the public.
These aren’t new "extreme" ideas by the way – they have been around for since the founding of the country. Unfortunately, neither Democrats nor Republicans have supported them. It’s time to elect true representatives of the people who do. Republicans are best inclined ideologically to support these ideals, but they need to scrap their party institutions or get run over by “We, the people.”
The political experts and even their own Party organizations failed to support Republicans Sharron Angle (NV), Rand Paul (KY), Christine O’Donnell (DE), Joe Miller (AK) or Marco Rubio (FL). These “extremists” WERE supported by the Tea Party movement – and some won.
Yes, the Tea Party movement is about taxes, but it’s much more. Destroying the Constitution a little at a time does not make it ok. Ignoring duties, inventing rights, and restructuring the traditions upon which our government and society are based is not ok. Democrats have morphed into Progressive Socialists and Republicans have responded by becoming Democrats. The Tea Party is filling the void created by this political shift to the left by occupying the intellectual area in which most Americans find comfort and agreement. Americans want a Constitutional government - and much less of it. Democrats are destroying it; Republicans haven’t got the guts to return to it; and Americans are tired of failures by BOTH Parties.
AMERICANS ARE TIRED
Americans are tired of a tax system that is a wreck and being made worse. They are tired of tax policies being used for credits and penalties in social engineering; to reward and punish as if we were laboratory rats. They want political courage to repeal the Income Tax and replace it with a single, uniform, unobtrusive sales tax applied to all goods and services, and limited in the amount the government can take.
Americans are tired of politicians being bought and sold as they cater to their own personal desires and the special wants of large corporations, unions, and single- interest advocates such as Environmentalist. They are tired of the obscene amounts of money assuring perpetual re-election of politicians and insulation from serious challenge (until now).
Americans are tired of the never-ending barrage of laws and regulations designed not to foster liberty and happiness, but to control and destroy it. They are tired of 3,000 page laws and the games played with laws like attaching earmarks or the illegal alien amnesty (DREAM Act) currently being pushed by Harry Reid as part of a defense appropriations bill. What a disgusting insult both to our citizens, and to our military.
Americans are tired of a national government making things worse by expanding its reach where it has no Constitutional authority such as education and energy, while doing poorly those things in which it’s primary duty lies, like immigration, border security, and international treaties and trade. They are tired of seeing special benefits such as health and pensions for public employees and politicians, while they are forced into public boondoggles like Social Security and Medicare.
Americans are tired of being told that we are not a Christian nation, but the largest Muslim nation in the world. They are tired of being berated for a nativity scene at City Hall, but forced to accept a mosque at “Ground Zero,” and then using taxpayer dollars to fund Islamic mosque construction around the world.
Americans are tired of Americans living in poverty with bridges and roads falling apart, while spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in foreign countries without Constitutional authority to do so.
Americans are tired of political arrogance, aristocracy and condescension They are tired of the view that only the Harvard/Yale elite can deal with the complexity of government, while their idiotic programs cause financial crisis, housing meltdown, and throw $trillions at social welfare and phony job creation schemes.
Americans are tired of equating time in office with experience and such “experience” as a substitute for character; they are tired of the lack of honesty and true public service. Washington was an amateur of the highest accomplishment: modest, reverent, and revered. He was a military man deserving of the title “Commander-in-Chief.” Obama is well educated yet lacking in accomplishment, arrogant, slavish to Muslim values, and tolerated, at best. He lacks the credentials to serve as a Private, much less Commander-in-Chief.
Americans are tired of spoiled, selfish amateurs running the country. The Founders generally were men of industry, science, achievement, and unselfish giving. The modern political class couldn’t carry their boots – and is destroying their brilliant gift to humanity. Americans are tired of “politics as usual. Status quo has to go.
Americans are tired of catering to the demands of illegal aliens, Muslims, gays, environmentalists, and other special interests, while the general welfare, interests, and values are trampled.
Americans are tired of apologizing to losers, whiners, and criminals for their choices, while punishing achievers, hard workers, and simple, decent citizens for theirs.
Americans are tired of courts deciding against the public will and the public good, and even in contravention of the Constitution itself, to push an agenda of invented rights, arcane thinking, and twisted logic.
A SLEEPING GIANT?
The political analysts continue to underestimate the power of the Tea Party and the anger of the American citizens. They continue to counsel compromise and sacrifice of principle as the road to victory, but Tea party supporters know the failure of that logic: it is the impregnation from which Arlen Specters and Olympia Snowes are born. A Republican Party that supports a Democrat agenda is no victory except for the analyst’s egos.
The Tea Party is not some temporary phenomenon; it is not an unstable fringe of radicals and extremists. It is, in fact, the best hope for America’s return to greatness, short of another American Revolution. Alas, many feel that failure to remove the elites and career politicians will leave no choice but that latter course of action.
They can’t say we didn’t try.
The Tea Party continues to be misunderstood, mischaracterized, and maligned, larely because it is not a "Party"; it is the people the Parties have abandoned.