I’m getting more concerned day by day that we are allowing the Left to set the agenda of “our” Tea Party. They have been doing an excellent job of setting us up as racists, haters, crazy people, lunatics, dangerous, rednecks, uneducated southerners, violent, etc. You know what I ‘m talking about. They speak of incidents like the spitting on of Congressman Cleaver and people in the crowd using racial slurs during the passing of the Healthcare Debacle as proof of how radical the Tea Party protestors are yet this is the best they can find. After a year of protests most of the radical things they blame us for have been done by the left posing as Tea Party members. What a joke they and the MSM have become.
Here’s an article by Andrew Breitbart with video of the event that day. He does a great job of explaining how this was nothing more than an attempt by the Congressional Black Caucus, and then later by Nancy Pelosi to incite violence/racism so we “would be” what they want us to be, but it didn’t work.
Here’s video of the alleged spitting incident, which occurs at about 1:20 in. You be the judge. Did this guy spit at the Congressman or was he just trying to be heard and it unfortunately came out with some unintentional spittle?
So here’s my point. It appears to me that we are allowing the left to get away with this kind of behavior and some in the Tea Party are even starting to believe that it’s true.
STOP, STOP, STOP. It’s time to refocus, use our heads, and be very aware of what they’re trying to accomplish. Most of all we need to be able to take a deep breath when these things occur. We need to identify what they are trying to do and then turn it right back around on them. It isn’t hard to do. Most of the time they speak in generalities, no specific person or specific incident. You’ll hear them say Tea Party people are racists, or at this event they had Nazi Signs with Obama’s picture on it but they most always have no proof of anything real, it’s always alleged, or it’s simply their opinion but they state it as if it’s a fact. We have to call them out on this if we are to stop it.
Something else that’s going on is they have set the agenda for what the Tea Party is and we seem to have bought it. From the start they have said we are nothing but Astroturf, just working for big lobbing groups like Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity. They have tried to marginalize us. As anyone who is in a Tea Party movement knows nothing could be more grass roots than us and that even local groups will fight and resist other groups who may want to try and combine, for purposes of synergy or to show strength in numbers. Most groups will have nothing to do with it though because we know we are truly grassroots!! Right?
So here’s what I think is really going on, and it may be a little hard for a lot of Tea Partiers to swallow. The very people who have assigned us as Astroturfers belong to the largest lobbing groups in the country like Organizing For America and SEIU. These groups got the current democratic congress and president elected with $2, $5, $10, and $20 donations. Millions of them by the way, and at the same time they got them to sign up to one of the largest political databases which Obama handed over to the democratic party after getting elected. They are SCARED TO DEATH that if we don’t remain as local only grassroots organizations that the democrats are in even more trouble than the polls are currently showing.
It’s time to make some changes. As a local Tea Partier I understand that my issues may not be the same as the next group’s but we do have common goals and can support each other. There “is” strength in numbers. We have local and federal issues and politicians. We must act as a team on federal issues and should on local one’s. If we truly want to take over congress a lot of work has to be done “NOW” and we have to find a way to come together as a unified team.
One of the most important things we have to do is reach into our pockets and put up the money that will be needed to win, just like what happened in Massachusetts. We also need to take the time to talk to and investigate the people running for congress. We have to let them know what our values are and what our expectations are of the representatives we elect. They must also know what the consequences are if they fail to deliver or if they promote their personal agenda instead. So it’s time to start supporting your local groups with your dollars so they can support the “right” candidate to take back both houses in November and then the presidency in 2012. They/We can’t be very effective without a budget. And it’s time to become the political machine that we will have to fight very soon, if we are to win in November. Stop resisting uniting for this cause, it’s imperative that we come together and show unity as they surely have. THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP US FROM DOING JUST THAT AND HAVE SO FAR BEEN QUITE SUCCESSFUL AT IT. Let’s take our agenda back and ride it to DC in November.
I have found that there are two kinds of Tea Party people. The ones who truly understand and believe that we are at a turning point in our country and there are those that are in the movement as feel good members. Feel good members come to meetings because it makes them feel good about what they are doing but are nowhere to be found when it’s time for the heavy lifting or when it’s time to financially support the movement. If you’re a feel good member it’s time to open that wallet at the very least! Whatever your donation is it will help to turn this country back toward the constitution and away from whatever it is we are becoming.