Your government is currently not working for the American people. They are not currently focused on their original objectives. They are pushing their own agenda and doing it by pitting Americans against other Americans. The government that does this is an immoral government. People protesting against the government is allowed in America. It is something that should be encouraged. Our current government is trying to isolate citizens who don’t agree with them by leveling false and disgusting charges of racism at them. Rather than discuss the underpinnings of the argument, they want you to take your eye off the ball and look down at those in the Tea Parties. The main stream media is going along for the ride. Immoral.
This whole debate is about collectivism versus individualism. Don’t simplify it. Don’t say it’s about “taxes” or anything like that. Taxes have a part in it, but the big kahuna is collectivism versus individualism. Individualism spurs greatness. Collectivism spurs mediocrity. Collectivism also spurs failure which spurs more collectivism. America should be about bringing people up, not bringing everything down.
This healthcare problem could have been solved without taking individualism away. That it wasn’t done that way is profoundly immoral. Half of our government is immoral. This plan will raise premiums right away and cost jobs right away. That will give the government the ammunition it needs to tell us that they need to take it all over: the public option. Don’t pay attention to the fact that government caused the problem in the first place. They will be the “solution.” They are immoral.
For his putting both Justice Roberts and Justice Alito on the Supreme Court, which may now be the firewall to save America from socialism.
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.
We are a nation that loves polls. There are polls for almost everything. When you say the word “poll” people will usually think of politics. These polls are pretty basic, “If the election were held today would you vote for Palin or Obama?” I’d like to see a poll that asked, “What do you agree with more: the policies of President Obama, the policies of Gov. Huckabee, or The Constitution?” Isn’t that the thing that’s missing? We spend months during election season talking about policies and asking questions about education, foreign policy, the environment, and everything else. Shouldn’t the real questions be simple? “Are you going to be a guardian of The Constitution?”
Politicians put themselves out there as problem solvers. Well, guess what? The blueprint is in front of your faces. A handful of men wrote it over 200 years ago. But if politicians just kept it simple, they and their party wouldn’t get slaps on the back for coming up with “great ideas” and “solutions.”
Want “change”? Want the “party of ideas”? No. I want non-egos who understand they are pretty much just steering the ship away from icebergs while the population rows from below and take their coordinates from a document written a long time ago by men who understood the nature of government and freedom.
Just another example of why President Washington was right about political parties. By nature, 2 competing visions can’t agree. So our most precious document takes a backseat in the argument.
The report is just in from CBS news: Congress spent over $1 million on the Climate Treaty trip to Copenhagen. Let’s not even talk about the fact that Congress has no Constitutional right to negotiate a treaty. By now we should know that Congressional knowledge of the Constitution is seriously limited to the parts they “like.” Diving into this CBS report we see that spouses, staffers, and others took the trip too. Do you think you’d be able to take your spouse on a company trip and have the company pay for it? Doubtful. But that’s the way it is when your company doesn’t pay for anything, like the government. I suggest Congress take a look at video conferencing. It would save us money. But then again, taking your wife to Kinkos isn’t as sexy as taking her to Europe for free. Hard economic times means you, the citizen, sacrifice. It doesn’t mean our elite sacrifice. They “know better” anyway. Think about that next time you skip going out to eat so you can save that $40 for your gas bill.
The tea parties that have gone on around America have gotten a lot of attention. Much, but not all, of the attention has been negative, yet, the tea parties are still effective. Why? The tea parties are effective because the opposition to them doesn’t understand them. The opposition is thinking in broad terms and most of the tea party thinking is deeper than that. Let me explain.
A lot of people in Washington D.C. think only in terms of politics. What is good “politically” or what will help the “party.” They can’t seem to get their head around the fact that many people are Americans before they are Republicans or before they are Democrats. Most people are pretty independent. Many, although independent, will usually vote for one party or the other, but that doesn’t mean they are part of a monolith. The tea party opposition doesn’t get that.
I get some negative comments on this site from time to time. It almost never fails that the comments devolve into politics. For instance:
I’m not sure who writes on this web site, but your knowledge of history is elementary at best. The Sons of Liberty threw tea into the harbor because they were being taxed–but that’s only HALF the story. They were being taxed because they (the colonies) didn’t want to help pay for a war (the French and Indian War) that the Brits had largely fought and financed (albeit with some help from the colonies). Your group opposes higher taxes, but you seem to forget that wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) cost MONEY. Unless the Tea Party is outspoken in its criticism of the wars that the LAST administration started (one of which was unnecessary and cost nearly a TRILLION dollars–and where was your criticism of that money being spent?), then your platform doesn’t make any sense. In short, the American people got a war they supported 7 years ago while incurring no new taxes to pay for it. And now we have to pay (or our debt will continue to cripple us) but none of you Tea Party people want to pay. You guys are just like most Americans–you want low or no taxes and lots of government services (and yes, a WAR is a government service). You don’t understand history, but even worse, you don’t understand math.
I’ll keep away from the fact that this email says my knowledge is thin because the Tea Party wasn’t all about taxation (which I never said anyway) and then goes on to explain that colonists didn’t want to be TAXED for a war. But that ridiculousness simply opens the door to the political rant. The political rant being about President Bush and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Message to tea party opponents: the tea parties are made up of all different people. Some of us supported President Bush’s actions in Iraq, some didn’t. Some of us are Republicans. Some of us are Democrats. Some of us are Libertarians. I know it’s shocking. Some of us even heed The Constitution and understand that the government has its job to do, but they shouldn’t go over the line. Some of us think that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are part of that job. Some don’t. Just because you are for some government expense in one area, doesn’t make you a hypocrite for fighting government expense in another area.
See, politics in Washington D.C. and America in general has been simplified to the extreme. You are either Left or Right. That’s it. It’s easier for people to stick you in a little hole to explain what you are about. This is the age of soundbites and YouTube videos. This is a far cry from the days when Lincoln and Douglas debated for hours in front of live audiences. Do you know why it is simplified? Because for many it’s not about what is best for America. It’s about what is best for the party.