Many are speculating about the future of the Tea Party. Had these people really understood the true nature of the Tea Party, they wouldn’t call for leaders to emerge, or try to form a political party like the Republicans or the Democrats.
What is the Tea Party?
The Tea Party is a grassroots movement. It has sprouted up all across the nation like blades of grass growing on somebody’s lawn. Every blade of grass is a citizen that rejects career politicians and the messes, fiscal and constitutional, that they made. These citizens want to rein in out-of-control government and restore the principles this country was founded upon. They value life, freedom, and the right to pursue happiness as they see fit.
The future of the Tea Party can never be in jeopardy as long as any citizens are willing to stand up and reclaim what our government has corrupted. The future of the Tea Party does not lie in the hands of any one person or leader. Its members are all fiercely independent – just as Americans have always been a fiercely independent people. The Tea Parties throughout the nation are as diverse as the citizenship of this nation. They are me. They are you. They are your neighbor living down the street. They are the shop owner struggling to make ends meet. They are citizens from every walk of life and every national origin.
What does that special election really tell us?
Some predicted the demise of the Tea Party based on one election. In New York’s 26th District, a Democrat won a seat that Republicans held since 1970. But this speaks to the future of the Tea Party in terms that politicos seldom understand. The Republican that lost the election was a career politician. If there is anything or anyone that the Tea Party detests, it’s career politicians. Party affiliation does not let anyone off the hook. In fact, the Tea Party has coined the name RINO (Republicans In Name Only). Anyone who earns this label can find themselves in the sights of the Tea Party as public enemy number one. (And by the way, Mark Thiessen of The Washington Post reminds us that the Democrats, in 2009, won a special election in New York and got over-confident. And we all know what happened in the next year.)
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What is the future of the Tea Party?
As long as there are American citizens who value the Constitution and its principles of limited government, there will be Americans who will be willing to stand up and be part of the future of the Tea Party, whether it be next week, next year, or 200 years from now. The future of the Tea Party is secure as long as America is secure. As long as America continues to be the land the of the free and the home of the brave, the future of the Tea Party will continue. The same spirit that lived in those Americans in Boston over 200 years ago when they dressed as Indians and threw over-taxed Tea overboard, lives in every member of the Tea Party today.
May God continue to bless America and may God preserve the future of the Tea Party.
Featured image: the Gadsden Rattlesnake Flag, unofficial banner of the Tea Party. Photo: User Vikrum/Wikimedia Commons
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