Thanks for this report.
Without commenting on any one particular Tea Party organization, and not attempting to hijack this thread, I want to say again that, as I remember it, the recent Tea Party was and still is a movement that coalesced around one candidate between 2008 and now. Especially by 2010, many others were attracted to the movement and put down claim stakes as members of the Tea Party This or the Tea Party That.
Now, there are several Tea Party denominations, each with some differences of opinions. But the Tea Party designation since 2008 has referred to a movement, a spirit of like-mindedness among many Conservatives to bring about sensible reforms, elect agreeable candidates, and initiate stops to a beastly national government.
Like Franklin Graham said on msnbc this week, “What is a Christian?” He then gave a personal response indicating how he, Franklin, is a Christian. It involved being changed in every way by totally accepting the person and Spirit of the Biblical Jesus Christ, by being completely infused with that Spirit and belief.
A member of the Tea Party Movement is like that and cannot be nailed down to a particular organization no matter it’s name. A member of the Tea Party Movement just knows when he finds a candidate with the same spirit. Fakes are sensed first and confirmed later.
What happened to the Tea Party Patriots is what happens anytime a label is attached to an idea and people try to nail it down. It becomes something other than the idea.
Local leaders in Texas have managed to piece together some of the problems important to Paul supporters and social conservatives. That is the two major factions in the Tea Party here.
Paring the unconstitutional scope and power of government, especially health care, Homeland inSecurity and Agenda 21 (environmentalism) is important and so is removing the power of the government to impose political correctness (social and economic marxism) on the people and their children. People seem to understand corrupt politicans are being bought because they have extra-constitutional power and money to sell internationally and domestically now. These are issues both groups share.
However, when you hear Paul Ryan stand up and propose cutting social security in the name of an account shortage (that politicans caused) while they cut the payments to social security to appease Obama and fail not propose to cut the scope of government power and control, that scatters people. Then it is Washington bs as usual.
The momentum has not been helped by the GOP’s opposition to reform and the failure of Tea Party members to effectively propose and argue for any reform. We need someone like Newt...again.
Great post in #9... well said.
You’re not trying to say that Ron Paul was the founder of the tea party movement. Right?