With the recent Supreme Court ruling - it's time for each Tea Party member
to look inside of themselves and decide what they want as individuals.
Remember, there is no person or organization that runs the Tea Party
(despite what the media and TP detractors say) this includes the local Tea
Party - we are individuals that get together here in Chattanooga on a
monthly basis to learn and talk, then make up our own minds as to what we
want to do. It's often the same thing since we come from a similar
background of thought.
The TP was responsible for the Republicans winning elections in 2010, and
most TP members will work hard to get Republicans elected in 2012,
especially true conservative candidates running against the Republican
establishment. But for my personal Tea Party, this will be the last time. I
find the Republican Party only marginally better than the Democrats. Both
parties have led us to the brink of disaster with their spending. At least
the Democrats do what the say they will do, the Republicans keep saying they
are for limited government, fiscally conservative spending, and free markets
- then they increase the size of the Federal government, spend gobs of money
while raising the debt ceiling, and partake of the same crony capitalism as
My solution is that after the 2012 elections, if the Republicans continue to
govern in the same big government manner, I will look to third party
candidates. It's a long road to haul and will be marked with few if any
victories, but I can not continue to reward a Republican Congress or
Presidency that talks one way and governs another. There are some great
Republicans in office today and I will support them as well as any Democrats
that mirror my beliefs - but no longer will I blindly support all of them.
I'm sure many other TP'ers feel the same way. It will hurt us in the short
run as big government Democrats win elections over Republicans - but in the
long run it may just be what needs to be done. No more helping someone get
elected and then being marginalized.
One last thing - The difference between the TP and OWS and the left - after
the Court ruling which we disagree with, the TP isn't out violently
protesting, rioting, or breaking windows, we are working within the confines
of the rules to correct what we see is the loss of our individual freedoms
and the destruction of the constitution.
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Mr. Juster says the Tea Party doesn't condone violence or vandalism. Apparently Mr. Juster is ignoring that ex-militia blogger and Fox News commentator, Mike Vanderboegh, who advocated breaking windows of elected officials when Healthcare Reform passed.
Mississippi Tea Party Chairman, Roy Nicholson, Just released a statement encouraging arm insurrection in response to recent ruling. The modern Tea Party, unlike the historic one, is the rabble of corporate elite and unwilling to challenge growing corporate power in our society.
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As the founder of the Chattanooga Tea Party, I can assure Mr. Young that our grassroots organization not only doesn't condone violence or vandalism, but we denounce it. Apparently Mr. Young has purposefully bought into the main stream media's continuous drone about a host of malicious lies about the tea party. Furthermore, while Mr. Young and the MSM are eager to ascribe imaginative falsehoods to the tea party or rely on distortions, he and the MSM are all to willing to ignore the despicable truths of the Occupy Wall Street movement which included rapes, vandalism, rioting, public defecating, public sex, attacks on the police and on and on. Should we assume that Mr. Young is ok with this type of behavior?
I'd be glad to compare photos of every public park the Chattanooga Tea Party has paid to use (yes, I said "paid" to use) after we finished our events or rallies with the condition of the lawn at the Hamilton County courthouse following the multiple-months encampment by the local chapter of the Occupy Wall Street. Did Mr. Young denounce the local OWS group's destruction of public property which has resulted in a cost to local taxpayers? Or is that acceptable to Mr. Young?
Finally, as one who has been engaged in the local tea party movement from day one I challenge Mr. Young on his incredulous statement concerning the Chattanooga Tea Party being the "rabble of corporate elite."
For all those thousands of ordinary, hard working Chattanoogans who have not only attended our annual rallies but who have frequented our monthly meetings (which by the way are the 3rd Thursday of every month), Mr. Young, in using the term "rabble" has just insulted these law abiding citizens, suggesting that they are a disorderly crowd or mob (according to the definition of "rabble"). Anyone who has an honest bone in his body knows that this is totally false. There are ample videos online to discredit Mr. Young on this falsehood and to confirm the peaceful nature of our local rallies as well as the thousands of other tea party rallies across this great nation.
So, I must agree with Mr. Juster's remarks regarding his personal tea party manifesto. The grassroots outcry that gained national attention as millions of Americans assembled on April 15, 2009 to announce that we were "Taxed Enough Already" continues three and a half years later. And that outcry, which began as a non-partisan denunciation of both political parties for their respective roles in the decline of our nation and the mortgaging of our nation's economic future, is even more urgent today as a result of President Obama and Congress' role in adding another $6,000,000,000,000 (yes, that's six trillion dollars). And note that I included Congress as they have failed the American people by refusing to act as the firewall against an out of control Administration who is intent on bankrupting our nation.
So if you are as concerned as tens of millions of other Americans, I challenge you to get up and do something about it. Join us if you care to. But when it's all said and done, make your voice heard. Hold politicians accountable, both locally and nationally. If there is any hope for our nation it will only occur as YOU personally begin to take action.
Finally, but most importantly, will you join me in praying and following the challenge of 2 Chronicles 7:14?
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land."
Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
Mark D. West
Chattanooga Tea Party
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I have a question for Mr. Juster and Mr. West : Where were you and the rest of the Johnny-come lately tea party in 2004? It was us “Commie-pinko’s” that were protesting cutting taxes while waging an immoral (besides unconstitutional and criminal) war that was kept off the accounting books. Where were you when Vice President (Darth) Chaney said deficits didn’t matter? It was us protesting “free speech zones”, the unPatriot Act ( a provision in which government agents can come into your home without a search warrant or your knowledge and download the hard drive of your computer), and the malfeasance of the banking industry and Wall Street. Ohhh, I forgot, the guy in the White House was batting for your team. And golly gee all of these problems magically appeared in November 2008. By the way, Mr. West, tax collection and rates are at the lowest in over 60 years and the promise of “jobs, jobs, and more jobs” is a rotten egg laid by the same goose that promised the same thing when the taxes were cut in 2004. Which never happened. The corporations took the savings and paid it to themselves through dividends.
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I was encouraged to read Mr. Justers letter on the Tea Party, and to see how the thought process is shifting in regards to politics. It's high time that people start paying no attention to the (D) or the (R) in front of a candidates name. It should be obvious to anyone paying attention that the two party system is designed not to give us more options, and candidates that we can count on, but to limit options, and perpetually give us a "lesser of two evils" election.
Surely, there's no true liberal who is excited about a president that has further eroded our civil liberties, continued wars and dropped bombs on more countries, and signed legislation such as the NDAA which paves the way for American citizens to be indefinitely detained without due process. By the same token, I doubt there are any true conservatives that are excited about a big government, mandate instituting, flip-flopping candidate like Mitt Romney. If you look at the liberal and conservative platform, I actually believe most American's could get behind either one if they were actually adhered to. What we have now on both sides of the spectrum is a caricature of their former platform, which has essentially been stripped of most of the good qualities, with the less agreeable qualities enhanced and taken to the extreme.
My only disappointment with Mr. Justers letter is the end, where he calls out OWS. As a Tea Party member, I'm sure he knows how frustrating it is to be fighting for a good cause, and to have what he is fighting for undermined by misconceptions and outliers in the group that don't represent the majority. While OWS' methods are different, much of what they are fighting for are the same thing the Tea Party is fighting for. The end of corporatism, bailouts, bought and paid for candidates, crony capitalism, and the like. In fact, the way people bicker about OWS and the Tea Party is very similar to the overall political discourse in this country.
I doubt many Tea Party enthusiasts were happy when high ranking Republican leaders co-opted, or tried to co-opt the movement, just as Democratic leaders including the president co-opted or tried to co-opt the OWS movement. The very things and people that the two movements were trying to fight against, suddenly declare themselves allies. With the weight of the media behind them, the narrative gets shaped in the manner which best suits the business/financial sectors that control the election process in our country.
And have no doubt about it, the business/financial world owns our politicians. This has been noted by a few of the actually noble members of Congress, as well as past members that have retired. And is it not obvious? Look at who the candidates for president are, and who bankrolls them. Look at how many high-ranking elected officials come from high-ranking business positions, legislate in favor of those businesses, then go back to work for them in the private sector once they leave office. We have been sold out, and it is painfully obvious. Our tax dollars went to bail out businesses that had carried out fraudulent activities. No one went to jail. During the Savings and Loans Crisis of the 80's, thousands of bankers went to jail. Now they are rewarded with tax-payer money and fat bonuses.
Did anyone see the pathetic display the Senate Banking Committee put on when questioning Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan a couple of weeks ago in regards to the companies $2 billion dollars in losses (now projected to be upwards of $9 billion)? The panel, which included our own Bob Corker, looked like they were talking to their boss. That could be explained by the fact that JP Morgan has helped bankroll members of the committee's campaigns to the tune of nearly $1 million, including a cool $63,500 to Corker. How can we possibly expect anything to change when the regulators are being paid by those they are supposed to regulate?
This isn't an isolated incident in Washington, it's an all-out epidemic that is not limited to either party. They are both on the take. This is why any candidates that stay true to their constituency and oath of office have a glass ceiling. Candidates like Ron Paul, who former super lobbyist Jack Abramoff said was the one person he couldn't even talk to, and another former lobbyist and Bush staff member said they didn't even try to talk to because there's no changing his mind, are black-balled by the media because they are a danger to this charade.
To have a chance of winning in this country, you have to "Go along to get along" as Rick Santorum said. You can even watch a video of Mitt Romney summing this up back in 1994 saying, "[T]his race, I understand, Ted Kennedy will spend about $10 million dollars to be reelected…I think that’s wrong," Romney said. "[T]o get that kind of money, you’ve got to cozy up as an incumbent to other people -- all of the special interest groups who can go out there and raise money for you from their members -- and that kind of relationship has an influence on the way that you’re going to vote." He's right.
Quite frankly, there are a very few number of officials on either side of the aisle that take their oath to office and the Constitution seriously. This includes the last several presidents. Perhaps that's the problem, it starts from the top down. The reason I speak to all of this is I hope that people will wake up to the game that is being played. This false left-right paradigm that is trumped up in the media all day, every day. It's a scam, it's fake. It is intended to divide our country so that we're too busy bickering about who's right and who's wrong, rather than seeing that both parties have sold us out, and doing something about it. They take groups like the Tea Party and OWS, focus on certain events to shape public perception and make people hate each other. Their worst fear is that the two groups realized they were largely fighting for the same things, and millions of Americans united and demanded our will be done.
As Mr. Juster said, it's time to stop worrying about (D) or (R), it's time to start paying attention to policy, and to quit perpetuating the myth that limits us all, that a 3rd party candidate or someone outside the status quo can't win. As long as we continue to go along with the narrative that the media lays out for us, we are bound to be stuck with "lesser of two evil" elections. As long as the idiot box tells us that so and so has no chance to win, and we believe it, we'll be stuck with two candidates that really no liberal or conservative should ever be happy about. It's time to change the nature of our political discourse in this country, before the damage is irreversible. That Clint Eastwood Super Bowl commercial was wrong. It's not halftime, America. It's the 4th quarter and time is ticking away.