WASHINGTON, August 8, 2013 — Since 2009, the Tea Party movement has been at the forefront of conservative politics. The tea parties have held rallies, conventions, protests and almost every imaginable type of event to try to influence Washington.
Most of Washington does not want to listen to the Tea Party. Most of the Republican establishment gives the movement lip service, but no more.
Congress is now in its August recess. It will not return until September 9. When it returns, it will be faced with the two most important issues of our lifetime.
The first is Obamacare. Either Obamacare is defunded by the end of September, or it will never be defunded.
The second is amnesty for undocumented aliens.
The Republicans are already working overtime to sell conservatives out on amnesty.
The only way they will see the light is if they feel the heat.
On September 9, when Congress returns, every conservative American who can should be in Washington to greet them.
This welcome back party should not be a rally. There have been enough rallies to last a lifetime. There have been far too many speakers and far too little action.
The tea party has been called a leaderless movement. Now it is time for a leaderless event.
On September 9, every American who can get to Washington should be there with the intent of meeting with their Congressman and their Senators. If this leaderless event works, few if any will get to see their Congressman or Senators because there will be too many people to get in to see the politicians.
For conservatives, this really is the end of the line. If the Republicans in the House of Representatives fold and do not defund Obamacare and then compromise on amnesty, then we will have lost.
If John Boehner raises his freshly laundered white flag of surrender, as he has already indicated he wants to do, America is finished.
There is one thing that politicians understand. That is the wrath of an angry electorate.
In his classic treatise “The Prince,” Nicolo Machiavelli advised it was better for a prince to be feared than to be loved. It is better for an electorate to be feared as well.
The politicians in Washington are listening to their consultants and their big-dollar fundraisers who are telling them that shutting the government down over Obamacare is a losing issue, and that if the GOP doesn’t pass amnesty, it will never win the Hispanic vote.
Politicians listen to these people when the people at home are silent. Nature and politics both abhor a vacuum. When there is a vacuum of input from the people back home, the politicians are all too willing to listen to the so-called “experts” inside the Washington beltway.
A huge number of angry Americans greeting them on their return to Washington on September 9 is a message that they will not be able to ignore. It is a message their big dollar donors will not be able to counter.
If conservatives fail this time, there is no next time.
On Monday, September 9, it is time for conservatives to occupy the Capitol.
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