Keep Tea Party A Movement of The People
A brief history lesson.
The Tea Party movement started in February of 2009, and it was just that, a movement of the people. It wasn’t about political affiliation. It was about lowering taxes, reducing runaway government spending, reducing the size of government, and putting an end to government expansion and intrusion.
People of every persuasion were allied against the Erebusic megalith that under Obama was taking us in a direction we as Americans were not prepared to go, and, as a country, our Constitution guarded us against.
I was the keynote speaker at several Tea Party rallies from the very beginning. During that time and subsequent to same, I warned it was to the detriment of the movement to involve politicians. I also warned it would be harmful to the cause to turn the movement into a defined party. I take no pleasure in saying I was right on both counts.
When the Tea Party was a movement of the people, we were an uncontrollable force feeding on our frustration with our government vis-a`-vis our elected officials ignoring our concerns. And we were growing in intensity based on an increasingly disrespectful and dismissive government.
But as soon as the movement of the people was encouraged to transmogrify into a political entity that could be labeled, the Democrats fired up their useful idiots by playing the race card; and the Republican hierarchy — fully understanding the threat such a movement represented to them — sat passively silent, and some believe, even secretly encouraging the malcontents to play the race card against the Tea Party.[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]No person in their right mind would think for a nanosecond that a Democrat would advocate smaller government, less government spending, less government intrusion, and lower taxes; but with that said, no reasonable-minded person would expect Republicans to object to same either.
As Joseph Farah, founder and publisher of WND.com, wrote: “No more games. No more nuance. No more straddling the fence or talking out both sides of the mouth…The Republican establishment is going nuclear on the Tea Party movement…It’s an all-out war. (The GOP Establishment’s War on Tea Party; 4/1/14)
Mr. Farah goes on to reveal that Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, are gathering at a “$5,000-a-head event for the anti-Tea Party group Republican Main Street Partnership, heavily funded by labor unions.” Boehner’s number two sock-puppet Eric Cantor will be there, as well.
It should be clear by now that neither Party is interested in what We the People want. They are interested in taking money from hostile activist groups and retention of office which allows them to continue to enjoy their lifestyles while amassing multimillion dollar retirement packages and becoming multimillionaires in the process.
The Tea Party is a movement of the people, all people. That is what made it so effective. It was truly about the things that were destroying our present and future, i.e., a runaway, fiscally unsustainable government.
We the People of every persuasion were and are tired of the lies coming from politicians. We were and are tired of the government sucking our life-force by discouraging us and engaging in divisionist warfare at our expense.
I say we must return the Tea Party to its roots. If we focus on candidates who are pro-smaller government, pro-less government spending, pro-less taxes, we by default are going to be picking conservative candidates. But we will also be picking up supporters; ones we would otherwise not have standing with us. This is what happened in 2010. That is why I believe it is essential to keep the Tea Party a movement of the people.
I’m not suggesting for even one second that we abandon our core principles. In fact, I believe we should be more dogmatic in opposing abortion and same-sex marriage; and I’m not playing both sides of the fence. What I am saying is that a movement of the people is a force to be reckoned with, and the Tea Party, which I fully support and am willing to stand in front of to be counted, if it is allowed to be branded a party will be typecast. But you cannot typecast a movement of the people.[adsanity id=11817 align=alignright /]
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here