The Next Missions...If the Tea Party Will Accept Them
November 5, 2010
message-sending, victory that Republican candidates scored in the 2010
mid-term elections was nothing less than historic. With six pick-ups in the
US Senate, 61* pick-ups in the US House and 7* pick-ups in governorships –
not to mention myriad pick-ups in state, county and municipal elections
across the country – a sea change took place unlike any seen since 1938 when
the Democrats lost 72 seats.
To be certain – and without any doubt – the
motivating factor, the catalyst for this march away from Progressivism was the
advent of the Tea Party Movement. Loyal to the founding tenets of limited
government, limited taxation, a strong national defense, sovereignty,
self-reliance, fiscal responsibility and a jealous adherence to the US
Constitution and the whole of the Charters of Freedom (which, by the way
original platform of the Republican Party circa 1856), the Tea Party
exploded onto the scene empowering a new breed of citizen legislator, citizen
legislators who were not only ushered into office almost everywhere they existed
on a ballot, but who have shaken the very foundation of the good-old-boy,
inside-the-beltway status quo in both political parties.
Many who have been burned by the promises of
political charlatans in the past remain, even if just slightly so, skeptical as
to whether these new citizen legislators, these true Republicans, will survive
the onslaught of pressure from the establishment politicians, the Washington
insiders, the power brokers and the lobbyists, to remain devout to their
campaign promises. As I sniff the political air surrounding this election I hold
a great deal of promise that they will.
With leadership like Michele Bachmann and Jim
DeMint (who, by the way, would make a sensational and, I suppose it, unbeatable
presidential ticket), not to mention John Boehner (who gets little credit for
holding the Republican House members in a cohesive stance since the reign of
Barack Obama began) and the "Young Guns” in the House, we are witnessing the
genesis of an ideological revolution centered on and devoted to Americanism.
Perfect examples of this new devotion to American
exceptionalism come in the form of a statement and an initiative.
First, US Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is
quoted as saying on CNN’s State of the Union, "If ...we don't do what
we say, I think the Republican Party is dead." He is also reported as saying
that if the GOP returns to the inside the beltway, status quo mentality he would
quit the party.
And then there is Michele Bachmann, who is
piloting an initiative for freshman House members – and she says all House
members is preferred – that would literally create an on-going class focusing on
constitutional literacy, the philosophies of Americanism and the tenets of
Both Ms. Bachmann’s determination to preserve the
integrity of US constitutional history and Mr. DeMint’s uncompromising adherence
to principle will not only serve as an example for the freshmen House members,
they will both provide support for the newly elected citizen legislators when
the pressure to acquiesce to the status quo becomes unbearable and provide a
measure by which they can recognize the political opportunists lurking the
hallways of Congress.
So, with regard to the elected members of
government, the Tea Party has done very well by the country; by the Founders and
Framers. Certainly, there is much more work to be done, but the die is cast and
the model is a potently successful one.
So, besides the continuation of farming
candidates true to the Tea Party mold; true to the original platform of the
Republican Party, what else can the Tea Party Movement accomplish? Well, for
starters, two things... and both are going to be infinitely harder than winning
First, the Tea Party Movement must take on the
Progressive cancer that exists inside the mainstream media. Put succinctly, the
Tea Party Movement must affect a change targeting a return to true and honest
journalism at not only each of the mainstream media outlets – which, in and of
itself, will be a monumental task – but at every journalism school in the
The Tea Party Movement, in its figurehead-less
format, so reminiscent of the US Revolutionary War militias who defeated the
most powerful military on the planet at the time, must craft a plan to force the
owners of the mainstream media outlets to purge any and all political agenda
from their reporting of the news. Partisan commentary and analysis is one thing,
but the intentional misreporting and/or convenient omission of the facts of any
given story, the overt championing of an ideology and the blatant partisanship
in reporting the news cannot continue and should not be tolerated. Whether by
the power of the purse – they do exist solely on the revenue generated by
commercials – or by lifting tactics from the Progressives’ playbook,
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, pressure must be applied to expunge
the cancer from out media.
As an aside, there will be those who falsely
claim that any attempt to influence the mainstream media is to tread perilously
close to denying the mainstream media operatives their First Amendment free
speech rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. The First Amendment to
the US Constitution reads,
"Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
No entity or sanction of government is – or would
be – stopping, prohibiting or "abridging” the free speech rights of any
individual at any news organization. This would be citizens stopping just before
crafting litigation based on the
Lemon Law and applying it to the product being sold by the mainstream media
Second, and this is the hardest task of all, the
Tea Party Movement must tactfully engage our fellow citizens in an effort to
enlighten and educate on the superior benefits of limited government, limited
taxation, a strong national defense, sovereignty, self-reliance, fiscal
responsibility and a jealous adherence to the US Constitution and the whole of
the Charters of Freedom. The Tea Party Movement – of which I count myself a
member from its very inception – must pick-up the slack where a corrupted public
education system has failed.
It must fall upon each and every member of the
Tea Party Movement to talk with their family and friends about American
exceptionalism, not in a holier-than-thou manner, not in a lecture, but in a
common sense, warm and open approach; a non-confrontational approach that leaves
great latitude for those being addressed to save face as they gather knowledge.
This can only happen if we, ourselves, are honest enough to admit that we must
brush up – and in some cases actually set ourselves to learning thoroughly –
about our US History, the US Constitution and the whole of the
Charters of Freedom. Once we thoroughly understand the philosophies of
Americanism, then – and only then – will we be able to craft a line of
understanding unique to each individual that we engage.
While this third task for the Tea Party Movement
may be the hardest to execute, it is the most potent and the one easiest to
achieve if executed properly.
In a pre mid-term election poll, Rasmussen
reported that 52% of likely voters polled think Tea Partiers understand the
issues facing America better than Congress does and 47% surveyed say their own
views are closer to the average Tea Party member than to the average member of
So, if approximately 50% of the American
citizenry votes – at 310 million people and change that stands at 155 million –
and of that number 47% say their own views are closer to the average Tea Party
member than to the average member of Congress – that amounts to approximately 73
million people likeminded to the Tea Party Movement – should each Tea Party
Movement member seek out and engage just one person disenfranchised by the lie
of Progressivism, inviting them with facts and accurate history producing an
understanding of American exceptionalism and constitutional literacy, our nation
would be well on its way to healing from the ideological cancer provided by the
American Fifth Column.
So, one down, two to go. My fellow Tea Party
Movement members, are you ready to take it to the next level?
I knew you would be.
* - There are
still contested races at the time of this publication.