There have been numerous attempts by the Republican Party in the state of South Carolina to usurp the moniker of “Tea Party”. It wont work.
Many who are people who are “Tea Party” members are members of the Republican Party, however, they have become disillusioned with the party from straying from it’s “Conservative” roots. They miss the policies of Ronald Reagan.
Yet, many forget, Ronald Reagan also wooed many Democrats. Have you forgotten the “Reagan Democrats”? Or forget, Reagan’s famous comment; “ I did not leave the Democratic Party, they left me!”
Those who have attended Tea Parties are Reagan Democrats, Conservatives, Republicans, Independents and Libertarians. They have been of all races and creeds. To those who say we are racists, they are blind and probably would have voted for the “Jim Crow” laws. I know, that is harsh, but few remember, it was the Democratic Party that was the party of the KKK.
We, as Tea Partiera, must challenge those who use the derogatory term “Tea Baggers”. Would any of those persons accept it if we call gay men, “Faggots”, or call other ethnic persons using horrid slurs? Just why are we accepting these disgusting slurs and slanders?
Yet, I digress. As Tea Party People, we must stay independent of any political party. Once we align ourselves or endorse a specific candidate, we become beholden to that political party and their stances. Remaining independent, we can educate the people as to each candidate, their views and just how they stand as a Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Libertarian or Whatever!
Do we become 507’s, PAC or organizations? I still say NO! You only open yourself to financial and personal microscopes! Just a group of friends working together is far better that an organized something or other, where donations sources can be under scrutiny and questioning. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to be questioned about.
Finally, just what should the Tea Party People stand for….. Quit simply, One Thing….. The Constitution!
Educate your members, pass out the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and use social networks, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to educate, enforce and promote them! Hold classes locally, online and keep a copy in your pocket or purse.
Knowledge is power! Finally, know your elected officials! Many are on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. If not, they have emails, faxes and postal addresses, Communicate and do it often.
True Story, a local official actually asked my opinion as to whether to run again, only because I kept in contact and wrote often! Writing, calling and emailing do matter. Don’t stop and don’t let anyone c0-op your voice or vote!
I remain independent and free, how about you?