A Reminder of What the Tea Party Is All About

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
Emperor Haile Selassie


The Tea Party is a group of people who believe that our great country is off on the wrong track.  They are Blue Dog Democrats and non-RINO Republicans, classic Liberals, Libertarians and Conservatives, young and old, black and white and brown and yellow.  They come from all walks of life and all income levels.  What they have in common is that they are all Americans and they all passionately love their country.

The day after the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Trade Towers and the Pentagon, and the incredibly brave sacrifices made by the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, people all over our country came together in common purpose to protect each other, to help each other and to support each other.  The same thing happened after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and after each of the numerous natural disasters this country has faced.

And the Tea Parties believe that this is another time when all Americans must set aside our petty differences and pull together.  More than that, we believe that our political leaders have lost their way, and that control of our country must be taken away from those who want to leave Americans with less liberty, less freedom, less independence and a future that condemns today’s children and tomorrow’s grandchildren to even less than we have now.

So a primary goal of the Tea Parties is to create a way to help each other communicate with the politicians in Washington, those in state capitols and in our home towns, to tell them “enough is enough”.

The goal is to remind them that this is OUR country, not theirs.

The goal is to remind them that their job is NOT to protect those who have, through personal greed or political ambition, ruined our economy, our standing in the world, our independence from foreign nations.

The goal is to remind them that their jobs are NOT guaranteed for life, and they can be replaced, and if we deem in necessary, they will be replaced.  Even General Charles DeGaulle recognized this when he said: “Cemeteries are full of indispensable men.”

The goal is to remind them that the American Constitution is the document that every other democracy in the world has used as a model.  It is NOT irrelevant, even if the Liberal-Progressive-Democrat power elites view it as an impediment to their personal vision of the future.  They must structure laws to comply with the ideals set forth in that document, or they will find themselves outside, looking in!  (See General DeGaulle’s comment above.)

If you agree that there are real problems, then add your voice to theirs.  They only ask one thing.  They will readily admit that it’s kind of a big thing.  You will have to do more than vote every once-in-while.  If you join them, your voice will be heard.  If you join them, your ideas will be listened to.  If you join them, you will be asked only one thing – DON’T EVER GIVE UP!

Ordinary Americans can make a difference if we work together, and the Tea Parties need you to help them connect, to help them restore the feeling all Americans had on the day after 9/11, and to help us restore our future and put the nation back on the right track.


About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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5 Responses to A Reminder of What the Tea Party Is All About

  1. Well written Jim, I haven’t heard about the Tea Party, of course I don’t live in the States so not fully knowledgeable. However, their motives seem, as you said, those of any honourable American, those of whom seek changes within the somewhat crippled and tight-gripped society that has been constructed in the shape of the modern day America. With some of the points you make such as ” This is OUR country not theirs” and “control of our country must be taken away from those who want to leave Americans with less liberty” do you have any opinion on the idea of the presidential seat now being a puppet position. Or would you slid this theory aside with the thought that the president’s position is one which is a leader in change of human rights and freedom?

    • Jim Yardley says:

      Honestly, if you’ve never heard of the Tea Parties, where do you live? I’m not poking fun, but since early 2009 they have been a force in American politics, and after the lopsided Republican victories in the 2010 elections, I’m truly surprised that some foreign journalists haven’t made mention of them at all.

      When I say “OUR” country, I truly mean “OUR” in the all encompassing sense, not a parochial “our” meaning “our” subgroup of the population. We have been faced with that use of the word for decades, and in particular among Progressives, who want to impose “their” view on the rest of the nation, whether they want it or not.

      I’m not sure what you are implying with the term “puppet position” with regard to the presidency. If you mean do I think the current President (or the leader of any nation on the planet) is a puppet to special interests, I can only ask you, do you know of any leader, now or at any time in history, was not beholden in some degree to his or her supporters?

      The President’s oath of office does not charge him or her with defending human rights or freedom. He or she is charged with the duty to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”. The Constitution is the document that protects and preserves human rights and freedom. Of course that is only in the United States. Other nations are the responsibility of their own people, and even though the majority of other nations have constitutions that were patterned after the American version, not all are as revered, nor do they have the Supreme Court, and the respect for law that even politicians must ultimately recognize to protect their human rights and freedoms from assaults from within by individuals or groups who believe that they know better how things should be run.

      • By the term puppet position I’m simply referring to the dedication and commitment of presidents in the latter years of the 21st century. In plain words I mean to question if the presidents position is not only motivated by special interests of his own, but those certain individuals who are not working in the best interests of the people and with that upholding and preserving the Constitution. Even though the Presidents oath doesn’t charge the president with defending human rights, the fact that it requires the preservation of the Constitution is essentially the same thing. I’m sure you’ve heard of the National Defence Authorization Act signed into law on December of 2011, it faced harsh criticism over the indefinite detention. I just feel as if the position, specifically in America considering the fact that it is a Super Power has been weakened in both influence and relevance, its only an opinion of course.

      • Jim Yardley says:

        People not working in the best interest of the citizens? People who do not uphold the Constitution? Those are questions/observations that are spoken about every day in every corner of the country. Proof is difficult to find, and mere suspicion won’t get us a solution to those problems. The only relatively near-term fix is to try and find a president and members of Congress who are not simply cat’s paws for some individual (or individuals) who are either actively anti-American or who simply put their own self interest before any possible harm that they could cause as a byproduct.

        As for the National Defense Authorization Act, it is so clearly unconstitutional that once it harms anyone it will make it very quickly to the Supreme Court and get slapped down hard. Unfortunately it must first show active and unconstitutional harm to someone through its implementation. Until then, no one has “standing” in any court to complain about it. It’s sad that politicians don’t get brains as well as votes. After 220 years you would think that Congress would realize that depending on the President and the DOJ to act honorably is the most dangerous mistake that they could make, wouldn’t you?

  2. Well yeah I do agree that Congress depending on the President to act honorably in today’s society is dangerous, that’s fairly clear. What characteristics of Obama justify that do you think?

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