"Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils of misgovernment." Thomas Jefferson.
Other founders expressed their belief that keeping this republic is up to the people. "God Given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people."
Samuel Adams said, "Public officials should not be chosen if they are lacking in experience, training, proven virtue, and demonstrated wisdom."
Millions of citizens young and old, ages 20 to 90+ and spread over every State make up what is called "TEA PARTY." The total of it spells WISDOM. We come to pose the question to each candidate. Explain your concept of wisdom and what is your record of demonstrated wisdom?
Some of us joined local or state-wide Tea party groups, some stay with it in spirit. Some wish they could safely tell everyone, but struggle with us quietly. Some came to it instantly when we saw what had happened. Others perceived over time and slowly realized the enormity of malfeasance besetting America. Some call it other names.
Tea Party is not the national writers on these blogs. They may be part of the millions. The Republicans in Washington are not Tea Party. Smart ones among that group might just catch on. Pundits in Washington or TV analysts are not Tea Party. Some of that group may be trying to decide where they belong.
We represent the fears, fighting spirit, take back our country, get into the battle and go study to show myself worthy of attention set of attitudes that identifies Tea party spirit. The few 2010 elected persons now in Congress or Statehouses are not "Tea Party" but they are part of the millions.
All of us absorb lables of racist, go to hell, SOB drivel and death threats in stride. While such comments and labels are childish, innaccurate and foolish, they might just inspire most of us. The villeness of it teaches much about how the perpetrators respect us. While they may not be thinking respectfully, just so, the fear evident in their invective identifies their respect as just that. They see and feel what they are up against and fear it. Hate may be in there too.
I believe that they also know that Tea Party really is millions of Americans who are older, or wiser, less foolish and more sincere and extremely determined. The very degree of our study to understand what has been going on under our noses for many decades throws fear into them. It was our foolish trust and our laziness in keeping track of what they were doing that gave them entry into the seat of government. It gave them confidence that they could waltz in and get away with it. The jig is up isn't it?
So much for the hateful stuff thrown at us. What should happen in a serious nation of citizens is well spoken discourse. It can be dignified, it can be erudite, it can be poetic, it can be solemn, it can be loud and spirited, it can be oratorical. Within all of those styles, it can not be deceptive, or it will engender more urgent resistance. Right there is the level at which Tea Party has a chance to serve the nation with distinction. We manifest the wisdom to detect deception, identify deception, publicize deception and then teach its opposite.
Citizens, whether called Tea Party or any label, must study to show ourselves worthy to actually mentor anyone elected, any local or national congress. Citizens, I believe will have now to forever be the standard bearer for governing pattern that conforms to our Constitution. Professors of anything have not upheld a standard that is worthy. University of anywhere flunked. The public enmass is not prepared to participate and protect our Republic.
Our founders seemed to realize this would be the way when they warned us that the people are identified as the ultimate protectors. So now we are awakened. We are not mere angry anything. Angry we are, but inspired we are, and educated we are, determined we are, experienced we are. Virtuous we are and by the millions of us, we bring wisdom.
If you or anyone disrespects us, think better of it. If any one fears us, relax and join us. We are a massive school of life that represents what you need in your life. If we seem to push against your politics, check our law school. The U.S Constitution is where we learned. If you are unalterably against our Constitution, then let the contest begin.
If Tea Party as it appears on these blogs appears unorganized or undirected, look deeper into the total of Tea Party as it manifests in hundreds of local groups in every state. Some work on Statehouses or their own local issues. Some educate local groups of citizens, some contend nationally. All aim at knowledge of governing wisdom and Constitutional fealty. That is precisely where we belong. God speed as we make it our life's work.