WAKE FOREST, NC, August 20, 2013 — Many Americans see the Tea Party as a bigoted movement of uneducated white men that caters to big business and the rich. That does not and never has accurately described the Tea Party movement.
The Tea Party is not an officially a political party, though there are Tea Parties affiliated with the movement. It has no central leadership.
People who identify with the movement do not come just from Republicans or identify only as conservatives. Independents, Democrats and liberals are all represented. It lacks any significant representation only from those who call themselves progressives, socialists or communists.
The “Tea” in Tea Party is often considered an acronym for “Taxed Enough Already.” Tea Partyers are opposed to ever-expanding government. The Tea Party also adamantly holds to the principles outlined in the founding documents of the United States: The U.S. Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.
The Declaration of Independence sets out the principles on which our government was founded:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
The Constitution takes the Declaration’s principles and uses them to organize and limit the powers of government. But because they are arrogant, and because many citizens do not know what is actually outlined in the Constitution, elected officials are out of control in Washington.
How many know that the Constitution says this: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
Yet Federal money is being poured into the stock market, foreign governments are being bankrolled, and unions and other organizations receive monetary favors based on political influences, while annual budgets and specific accounting for government spending has not been followed. Instead, we have continuing resolutions and executive orders that dole out public funds without accountability.
The Tea Party arose from spontaneous protests against elected officials who have become non-responsive to the voters. When the establishment saw the broad socioeconomic appeal of the early Tea Party rallies, they panicked.
When Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House of Representatives, she made a strong effort to besmirch, castigate and belittle the Tea Party. The former Speaker even claimed the Tea Party movement was the artificial creation of wealthy interests, not a spontaneous grass-roots movement. The fact that she attempted to discredit the Tea Party movement is evidence that she perceived it as a serious threat.
The national Tea Party is not fundamentally pro-life or anti-gay. The Tea Party (in general) prefers that social issues be addressed, debated and adopted in political party platforms.
Herein lies a significant rub with internal factions of the Tea Party. More can be accomplished to regain control of our runaway government if issues that unite the grassroots — such as smaller government, the end of needless and burdensome regulations, decreased federal spending, and strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution — are agreed to and used as points of emphasis within the Tea Party movement.
Social issues are not unimportant, but the Tea Party is not a centrally organized party. It is a movement, so Tea Party activists would do well to concentrate on issues that a large segment of Americans agree on and work to broaden its base across party lines. It started as a reaction against unresponsive government and high taxes; that is where its emphasis should stay. The movement’s objectives should be pared down to a minimum, not expand to satisfy every group currently served by the GOP.
Mark R. Levin’s new book, “The Liberty Amendments,” gives ordinary citizens like you and me a straightforward blueprint on how to change our country back into the kind of republic that the Founding Fathers imagined. We no longer have a government that represents the will of the people. Nor do elected officials follow the Constitution. For these reasons, it is incumbent upon the constituents to take matters into their own hands.
When Americans have a true epiphany of the power a reawakened constituency, we will see a true threat to the status quo. When “We the People” move to action, things can turn around for the better in a hurry.
For the sake of our children and future generations: Let’s get it done now!
“If not you; who? If not now; when?” (Hillel the Elder)
Bill Randall is a former U.S. Congressional candidate and Tea Party activist. His 2010 candidacy defied the liberal conventional wisdom that asserts that the Tea Party movement is racist: He won the GOP nomination in a North Carlina runoff. He garnered 59 percent of the vote and won all seven counties, including Granville county, where he won 81 percent of the vote.
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