Saturday, July 4 will be another day of Tea Parties held all across the United States. Many of us are still trying to figure out what the Tea Parties are all about. Originally, I thought that they were about taxes. TEA did stand for ‘Taxed Enough Already.” That seems reasonable. Bi-partisan folks coming together to just say NO to new taxes and new debt. I think I am wrong though. Just looking at the agenda for the local tea party, it is unclear what the real theme is.
A Republican friend of mine suggested that it was just a lot of hot air. Now it seems to me that the Tea Parties are anti-Obama rallies. Can we now say the Tea Parties aren’t bi-partisan and that they are Obama-bashing? The local tea party has the much discussed FAIR guy in attendance. So are the Tea Parties now protests about illegal immigration?
According to the PW Tea Party Website:
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS
We are committed to improving the lives of every citizen of this country. We hold these tea parties with the hope that our elected officials will understand that we cannot leave a legacy of debilitating debt to future generations. We must not permit our leaders to embrace socialist policies that could change the face of America forever.
The list of speakers reads like a far right wing convention:
PROGRAM & SPEAKERS
The Honorable Jay O’Brien, Master of Ceremonies
Nicholas Gossin, Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Matt Hawes, Vice President, Campaign for Liberty
The Honorable Bob Marshall, Virginia State Delegate
John Snyder, Public Affairs Director, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
John Hanson, Founder, Repeal Income Tax- July 12 Movement, Fair Tax Advocate
Ben Marchi, State Director, Americans for Prosperity
Jack Martin, Special Projects Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform
Gerald Adams, Healthcare Policy Director, Americans for Limited Government
Bi-partisan? I think not. As we have seen on this blog, there is a lot of anger out there by those who lost the election. Call it TEA party all they want. I think it is a little closer to the original kool aid so many have drunk.
You can view their issues on their website. I don’t think you will find these issues very bi-partisan.
Rather than going out and waving flags and acting like they own the 4th of July, how about finding some decent candidates? What I see are the same old special interest people out there– Anti-abortion, pro-gun, anti-immigration, no tax representatives still stumping. Republicans lost because that was the best they could trot out. They should not hope to change things without breathing some new life into their tired, old causes.