I receive a Google alert for American Tea Party Politics and a day doesn’t go by when there isn’t a story saying that the Tea Party Movement is dead, dying, irrelevant to American political discourse or just a bunch of extremist racists.
Let me say that I belong to the Jefferson Area Tea Party and have for the past several years. We are based in Charlottesville, Virginia near the homes of three American Presidents, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. I guess you might say that they were members of the original Tea Party, in a manner of speaking.
Charlottesville was also the home of George Rogers Clark who led a small group of American patriots and their native American allies from Kentucky across what is now Indiana and Illinois to capture the settlements of Kaskaskia, Vincennes and Cahokia for his young country. By doing so he secured the Northwest Territories for the United States.
His brother William was to join Merriweather Lewis in the great expedition across the continent that was the springboard to our continent-spanning nation.
To say that I live in a place that is rich with the early history of the United States is an understatement.
Let me make a number of things very clear about the modern Tea Party Movement. First and foremost, the members are freedom-loving Americans who just want what is best for their country.
We are in agony over the damage that the left has done to American society. My late mother would be mortified (her favorite verb) if she was alive to see the depths that some parts of American society has fallen to.
We believe in paying our fair share, no more, no less. The Tea Party Movement was originally formed to protest high taxes.
We are not racists. We welcome any and all to join our movement. The best example is the Tea Party Movement’s support of Herman Cain. The only “color” that you need to be is red, white and blue.
We’re no different than the tens of thousands of Americans who worked each day until the British troops marched onto Lexington Green and tried to take their freedom. We’ve responded just as they did.
The Left still doesn’t get the Tea Parties. They don’t get that we get a chill when we listen to the Declaration of Independence being read on the 4th of July. Or the Star Spangled Banner being sung at a ball game.
Our task is to rescue our country from the clutches of the statists, relativists and leftists. We are normal people who have taken on the biggest task of all, recreating and preserving a better America for future generations.