Thursday, February 9, 2012

Where's The Party?

by Licentia Diligo
  I keep hearing the same question over and over again in the conservative media in regards to the presidential election……”Where is the Tea Party?”  .   The Republican Party establishment can’t seem to figure out why the Tea Party won’t engage on a large level.  This same question is even popping up around local Congressional and State legislative races. 
  I can’t speak for the Tea Party, but I can speak as a Tea Party activist.   It is my own experience that Tea Party people have spent countless hours studying and learning about what made this Nation exceptional.   They’ve learned that the Nation was founded on bedrock principle of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   In their studies they’ve found that this Nation was bought and paid for at a great expense of blood and personal wealth of principled men and women.
It is my experience that the majority of Tea Party people are a virtuous and religious to their core.  They come from many faiths and religions.  Mormons, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Jews and even the occasional deist or atheist can be found in the ranks of the Tea Party. Because of this, the average "Tea Partier" is looking to be involved in something a bit more than just politics.
  So where are we?  From my own experience I can say we are engaged!   Unfortunately for the political establishment this doesn’t translate in door belling for the flaccid, democrat light candidates they keep producing for us to choose from.   I joined the Tea Party to make a difference.  That difference does not include a continual cycle of voting for the lesser of two evils.  That difference does not include working for candidates who have a poor understanding of the ideals and principles that made this Nation great.   I joined the Tea Party because neither of the established political parties was willing to go back to the basic concept of a limited and virtuous government.
   But again, we are engaged.  You see, I and many others in the Tea Party have come to the realization that the best way for us to make tangible and effective differences is to engage on the lowest local level.  I’m talking about becoming Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs), showing up for city council meetings, testifying at public hearings, forming citizen watch dog groups, becoming citizen journalists, encouraging the local Republican parties to put principle and platform before Party, and the list goes on.  
  Of course we do support good candidates when they come along.   The only problem is that the same people that want our energy so badly always seem to fight the Tea Party candidates.
  The answer to the question "Where is the Tea Party?" is that we are in the trenches doing the hard work that we should have been doing all along.  The time of the rallies has past and we now find ourselves in the time of down and dirty activism.

1 comment:

  1. Very well said. Those in the Tea Party Movement are working from the ground up to restore those traditional American values that made our country great. We knew this was a long term investment and we would not achieve our goals in one or two elections. We are in it for the long haul as our children and grandchildren would expect no less from us.