THE TEA PARTY IS THE CONSCIENCE OF AMERICA
The Tea Party consists of Americans from all walks of life and from many political persuasions, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian etc. and many, not very political at all. They are someone’s mom or dad; grandma or grandpa; sons and daughters just like countless millions of American families. They are of black, white, Hispanic, American Indian, eastern descent, you name it, but they all wear the same label “American Patriot” each and every one of them.
They are taxpayers and are all concerned about the direction their Country is headed; increased entitlements that bring higher taxes and more dependency while discouraging personal initiative; a burgeoning, Constitution flaunting, government that is intruding more and more into our daily lives and increasingly represents a threat to our basic freedoms; and the meddling with the free markets that has become an addiction to many in office.
They have felt the flame of liberty that burns in their hearts, and the fear that knots their bellies, that comes from the assault on that liberty.
Many Tea Partiers are veterans as I am. Many more are reaching their golden years and are concerned about what the future holds for Social Security and Medicare. They are demeaned by some, for being selfish and for only looking out for themselves. May I remind everyone that most folks have paid into the Social Security fund all of their lives and Medicare since it’s inception. It was a contract that the government broke in order to pay for benefits to children, the disabled etc. What was to be a safety net for retirees has become another great social program, another piggy bank for the Congress to pilfer.
They are not union busloads of agitators, they are not racists, they are not terrorists, they are not “Astroturf”; they are your friends, neighbors, families, colleagues, fellow Americans and their message is simple; Be fiscally responsible, observe Constitutional limits and allow the free market to prosper. And most of all; Quit messing with our Freedom and Liberty!
The Tea Party is the “Conscience of America”! Take this message back to your fellow members and encourage them to listen, because the great silent majority has found it’s voice, the Tea Party is your conduit to the pulse of America, the “We the People” of our great land.
The Tea Partiers are proud and responsible. They are exercising their duty to be vigilant and to protect and defend their freedom, which has not come free. Fortunately that defense can be conducted in the streets at rallies, going door to door and by phone and email to raise a great army to carry the fight to the ballot box on elections day. No longer do patriots have to scurry from tree to tree, dodging musket balls; just vile accusations and vicious, demeaning names hurled by those that would steal our liberty, pick our pockets and consign our children and their children to a lifetime of servitude.
We are the Tea Party the “Conscience of America”
(Comments at the House Tea Party Caucus meeting, July 21, 2010)