This past week I received an Email through one of the many blogs that I belong to. It was an invitation from the Republican Party, IE., "The Republican National Committee" to join them in
Washington, DC for a Tea Party".
I have decided NOT to attend this function.
Here are my reasons:
* I have been a member of the Republican Party since I was old enough to vote. While I support the Republican candidates at the local and state levels (most of the time) something happens at the Federal level. My thinking is that successfully elected candidates are either suddenly struck by lightning while traveling to Washington which causes a form of amnesia where they forget where they came from and who they are there to represent, or there is an invisible "force field" around Washington, DC that causes brain damage. Whatever it is it seems to be a reoccurring phenomena because as soon as they leave Washington and return to their districts at election time they somehow regain their memories only to loose them again once they return.
* The fact of the matter is that no matter which party they are from, they seem to check their convictions and values at the door of Congress and bow to those who control the power base within the Party and the National Committees that they belong to. Unfortunately, I have come to the sad conclusion that like the Democratic party the Republican party has become a "PART OF THE PROBLEM & NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION".
* The "Tea Parties" are a "grass roots" effort to change politics as usual in Washington. They are made up of concerned Americans on both sides of the isle. Democrats, Liberals, Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians, from all walks of life, races, and ages and all have come to the same conclusion. "That the current crap coming from the government in Washington is NOT serving the best interests of the citizens and voters of this country.
Our nation is facing serious problems that are NOT unsolvable but have become a basis for power plays by both sides. Neither party is serving the "people" but are more interested in serving the special interest groups and lobbies that control Washington.
The Republican's are trying to re-energize their party by reaching out to those within the Tea Party movement. It is the considered opinion of this writer, that if it is allowed to happen, the movement will die.
Because the common thread that binds the movement together will be lost. The thread is simply this. It is not about parties or agendas, something that neither party seems to understand. Its about a run away government that has become so blatantly corrupt that those in Washington don't even bother to hid it anymore. Its about those who have shown true arrogance in abiding by the Constitution and the rule of law. Its about taking back our government and electing leaders who will again put the interest of "We the People" ahead of partisan politics and actually try to work together to find common ground to solve problems and issues rather than use them to gain life time power.
These are people who believe strongly term limits, a flat tax, running government within its
spending limits, state's rights and will stop throwing money at every single pet project that comes along.
If you take a few minutes to research both the Constitution and the "Federalist Papers", written by those who understood the principles behind the Constitution you will find that term limits actually did exist and that representatives were not elected but to be appointed by the states for a limited amount of time and were to serve without pay.
If the Republican party is allowed to hi-jack this effort it will kill the movement and the status quo will remain and continue unchecked as our country slowly sinks to third world status.
Frankly, I think that are founding fathers, if they were alive today, would be leading the charge and would be both proud and supportive of this effort. Its the same principles that they fought and in some cases died for.
Please continue to support the objectives of the movement, and the party be damned.