How About Adding The Tea Party?
Long, long ago, there was a country where statesmen represented their respective districts and constituents with honor and integrity. These statesmen were citizens first, not professional politicians. They sought to serve, rather than accumulate power and perks.
This country, in those days, featured people like George Washington. He was America’s first president and the people would probably have been happy for him to be “King for Life.” Being a man of great character, he did not take advantage of the opportunity and chose to walk away, turning his back on it all. He released the power and the perks, giving them back to the people of the new republic. He said, “The ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone.”
Welcome to America, 2013. George Washington’s ideology is long gone. It is hard to find in Washington, D.C., and it is hard to find in the two major political parties. Democrats and Republicans, generally, are more interested in power than in honor and integrity.
The Democratic Party, at one time, had a moral compass. Now, the party is morally bankrupt. It is the party of abortion and same-sex marriage and high taxation and big government. It is leading the way as America continues its mad rush toward Third World status.
Right behind the Democrats are the Republicans. That party, too, used to know what it believed and was willing to stand up for those beliefs. The shell is still there, but the spine is not. The Republicans were being counted on to be the loyal opposition. Now, instead, they play footsies with the Democrats on almost every major issue and eventually they cave. Once they lose ground in any particular battle with the Democrats, they never get it back.
The result, with both parties failing the America people, is debt as far as the eye can see. The result is record numbers of people on welfare, food stamps and various other kinds of government assistance. The Democrats are pushing ahead at 100,000 miles an hour and the Republicans are right behind them at 90,000. Simple math tells us all of this is unsustainable.
The Democrats have led America into socialism and the people are following like sheep. The Republicans are Democrat light. The Democrats and Barack Obama have cobbled together a coalition that figures to be in control for years to come, barring a miracle. They are the party of the Left. The Republicans keep trying to edge from the Right, back toward the middle. The party’s establishment wants a bigger tent. The Karl Roves of the world want Republicans to be a kinder, gentler party—that is, more moderate, inclusive and submissive—one that no longer really represents true conservatives.
The Tea Party, despised by both establishment Democrats and Republicans, is now, in my opinion, the true representative of conservatives. It stands for the conservative, constitutional, capitalist, small-government ideology that has made America the greatest country in the world. Simply stated, the contemporary Democratic Party represents the far Left, the Republican Party represents the moderates and the Tea Party represents real conservatives who are trying to salvage the greatest force for good the world has ever known.
Currently, both parties suffer from an identity crisis with Blue Dog Democrats supporting socialism and the Republican Party abandoning its base. Since both major parties have abandoned their constituents, it is time for Americans to abandon the elephants and asses and start a new majority party.
In the 2010 midterm election, the American people, by their votes, said they had had enough. Still, even though Americans spoke at the ballot box, in town hall meetings and at peaceful protest events, politicians—both Democrats and Republicans—have turned a blind eye.
The Democrats, especially Barack Obama, arrogantly ignored the results of the 2010 midterms and doubled down on his left wing ideology. Republicans bragged that Americans wanted Republicans in power and Tea Party patriots banged their heads against the wall. Neither of the major parties seemed to get it.
The establishment politician’s response was the standard arrogant rhetoric of the new aristocracy and the ruling elites. The elites of 2013, Democrats and Republicans, think they know more than you do about how to live and survive and how to govern. The Democrats are Nanny statists and the Republicans are their assistants.
The mainstream media demonizes Tea Partiers. They are characterized as racist and stupid and out of touch. These media hacks are the arm of the Democratic Party. They have ceased to be journalists. They are now propagandists. Therefore, they have made it their responsibility to destroy the most significant grassroots movement in this country in years. The Democrats, the Republicans, the mainstream media and Hollywood hope the Tea Party will just go away. As a result of the 2012 election, the establishment believes it has the Tea Party on the run and that it is in the process of dying.
The Tea Party is not dead. Its mission is simple and it is still relevant. It calls for elected officials and the bureaucrats who administer their policies to follow the Constitution, then listen to the people they represent. The Tea Party supports candidates who commit to the founding principles of the Constitution—limited government, states’ rights, free markets, balanced budgets, no deficits and a strong military.
Tea Partiers believe in the basic principles of freedom and liberty as opposed to a Government that knows what’s best for you. They exist to remind politicians that they work for the people, not the other way around. They exist to remind the American people that both major parties seek power at the expense of morals and integrity.
America is at a crossroads. There is a battle for the soul of this great country and, so far, the bad guys are winning. As a result, it is time for the people to closely examine the platforms of both major parties to determine what they actually stand for. This calls for the establishment of a third party to get the attention of the establishment, careerist politicians who meander through the halls of power in Washington, D.C.
That party should be the Tea Party. That would leave us with a socialist party, an establishment party and a true conservative party. Call this third party what you like. It can be the Tea Party or the Conservative Party or the Constitution Party. The name really doesn’t matter. What this party stands for would be what matters. It’s time for a second American Revolution that will be fought with words in the marketplace of ideas.
America’s soul hangs in the balance.
Ed Baswell is the host of Crossfire Radio weekdays from 7-9 am on The Promise, 90.7 FM. The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org.