Recently, a “leadership” of the Tea Party has been emerging. The GOP huddled with “leadership.” A convention was held by “leadership.” A new type of Contract for America has been drafted by “leadership.” And a few other things have cropped up. Who are these “leaders” and are they good for the movement?
The day the Tea Party gets representation is the day it dies.
The Tea Party was started because of principles. The principles are already set in parchment and instilled in our government. They just need to be dusted off by people willing to run for office. Our job, as voters, is to support government officials who are willing to do the dusting. It’s pretty simple in theory. Harder in practice, but simple in theory.
Once you get “leadership” a few negative things happen. First, America is a 2 party system and any “leadership” will get pushed towards one or the other. Third parties will not be able to compete at a national level with the money and support behind both the Democrats and Republicans. So the Tea Party leadership will be courted by a party. Once a party is chosen by “leadership” say goodbye to half of your supporters. Second, a “leader” is a face. That leader, who is not even chosen by the people in the movement, better have his or her head on straight or it’s goodnight real quick. Third, how does anyone get a say in who these “leaders” are? It’s basically a squeaky wheel deal self promotion deal. It’s like me saying I’m the “Champion of Tiddlywinks.” Says who? I applaud people making things happen and say this knowing that some are not asking to be “leaders” they just are putting things forward. But without a formal system to elect a leader, there is no leader. Lastly, once it becomes about leadership, it becomes political, and it becomes less about principles. “We’ll throw you this bone if you get your people to back us.” Done and done.
The principles are already there. They were put into place by real leadership over 200 years ago. Our job is to get them dusted off. Back people in government who believe in these principles and ignore the rest.