A recent article got my blood boiling! Amy Gardner of the Washington Post fails to understand the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Read the article here.
This is my response:
It is a shame that you did not attempt to contact our group. I am sure that I would have been able to assist you in your research into the Tea Parties. We are easy to find on the Tea Party Nation web site as well as a simple Google search. The web page, which I maintain is located at http://BeaufortTeaParty.webs.com
Additionally, you can listen to my radio broadcast discussing Tea Parties with two other group leaders at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/southern-sense/2010/08/17/southern-sense--news-current-events
Next, you can listen this coming Wed morn to Lenny McAllister, as he & I discuss the Tea Party movement on the radio at http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/954-wvon-am-adds-lenny-mcallister-to-its-line-up
Just as the Revolutionary War began as in ideal and over 2 decades built into our independence, we are slowly changing the face of the nation back to what our founding fathers envisioned for this great country. We DO NOT advocate violence, nor accept bigoted or improper behavior!
As we advocate conservative values, we spread an ideal, reminding our fellow Americans just what made us great. It was conservative values that led to abolition and woman's suffragette. We remind people just how precious our liberties are and how easily they can be snatched from us.
Our strength is in the fact that we are not organized into a single party or organization. No one individual or group can claim all Tea Parties, therefor, none may control us. Our diversity is our strength. For example, Beaufort and Bluffton Tea Parties will not align with or endorse any political party or candidate, where as Hilton Head will. Yet, we unite enforce to promote our core beliefs. Tea Parties are united behind themes of:
Individual Liberty & Responsibility
Free Market Economy
Adherence to the Constitution and principles of the Declaration of Independence
Our purpose is to Educate & Motivate:
Educate the voters on upcoming and existing legislation and candidates. We get them interested in the issues as well as our history as a nation.
Motivate the voters to act by getting to the polling places as well as using all avenues of communication with their elected officials, government regulators and media to get their voices heard.
The beauty of the Tea Party is we do not mandate membership to participate. Our web membership may number in the hundreds or less, but our reach is in the thousands. Grandma on the couch can email her congressman and influence a vote much easier than a picketer outside the White House. We are diverse people and groups, yet we unite in purpose.
We were the Silent Majority and because we were silent, we allowed policies to be implemented that has driven the nation in a direction that is not acceptable. We have rediscovered our voice and will be silent no longer.
Please feel free to contact me should you desire further insight into the Tea Party Movement.
Freedom Of Speech
- Come'ya Conservative
- People can wrap themselves inside the Constitution, spew anything they choose to say, stick their tongue out in your face and declare you can't do anything about what they said. They have Freedom of Speech. Right? Yes! However, Freedom of Speech, comes married to the responsibility for ones own actions. If you say it, write it or draw it, be ready to defend it. Cower in silence, you abdicate your freedom and allow the bullies and censurers to win.