Tea Party Makes History
The major TV networks ignored the Tea Party movement until they no longer could. Then they discredited the movement with impunity. But “We the People” stunningly made historic statements in 2010 at primaries across America and louder in midterm elections. “It has to do with an economic recovery. It has to do with limiting the role of our government in our lives. It has to do with free markets,” declared Tim Scott (R-SC), newly elected U.S. Congressman.
Last century Winston Churchill quipped, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” Through the years Americans got the idea that we could have a little of each. But “We the People” agree with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Progressive George Bernard Shaw understands, “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” And Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), “If you don’t tie our hands, we’ll keep stealing.”
President Ronald Reagan knew full well, “The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.” And President Gerald Ford understanding history, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
So how did this incredible grassroots Tea Party movement get started? There’s no one answer, to be sure. Fox News Channel has been helping “We the People” connect the dots. A month after taking office, President Obama signed a stimulus bill into law. The next day he announced his plan to assist homeowners with their mortgages. CNBC’s Rick Santelli criticized the plan at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, saying subsidizing bad mortgages encourages irresponsibility. He suggested to traders a July 1 tea party for throwing the derivatives into the Chicago River. Many traders expressed their delight, impressing more than the hosts back at the studio.
Nothing had to hit the river to start an e-tsunami, with “We the People” independently coordinating Tea Parties all over the country. Quickly “Taxed Enough Already” added flavor to “TEA.” Independence Day rallies get planned. Conservative, libertarian, populist, and evangelical join the movement. “These aren’t the usual semiprofessional protesters who attend antiwar and pro-union marches. These are people with real jobs; most have never attended a protest march before. They represent a kind of energy that our politics hasn’t seen lately, and an influx of new activists,” observed Glenn H. Reynolds of The New York Post.
But why? It’s more than home, job, and out-of control spending. It’s awesome power grabs. It’s utter disregard of integrity. Remember Dwight D. Eisenhower’s insight, “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” Our liberty hangs in the balance, even as our children die for freedom abroad.
In our founding fathers vision of government, the first (Federal) shall be last: 1. God; 2. We the People; 3. Local; 4. State; 5. Federal. To prevent this from reversing, power in government was divided into Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Legislative was further divided into the House and Senate. They spread the power around. This made government very inefficient, but it proved to be a model for the ages. Because such a government cannot do anything efficiently they had to get their hands into as little as possible. Guard integrity in free enterprise and let freedom ring! And ring she did!
But Ronald Reagan warned, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same…” This is a call to restore America before it’s no more. Remember, even clergy played a vital role in the formation of America. Most did not rise to the occasion in Nazi Germany. What will YOU do for freedom today?