Thursday, July 22, 2010
Nancy Pelosi has given her seal of approval for the Tea Party Caucus in the house. That is wonderful, right? I think not. I don’t in any way think that Michele Bachmann is not committed to conservative principles; I truly believe that she is. That is not the issue. The issue is does the Tea Party want to become just another lobbying type group?
The beauty of the Tea Party as I see it is the grassroots movement of it all. I am not naïve enough to believe that there are not corporate sponsors and some people pulling strings behind the scenes. But, for the most part the movement is about people who are worried about the type of country we are leaving for our children and grandchildren. People who put up their own money to travel to different events, buy books on the constitution and the founding of our country, and have informed themselves on legislation and how the congress works.
Being located in the DC area, I have had the pleasure of attending virtually all the tea parties about the healthcare reform law. I personally met Michele Bachmann on two occasions. I believe that she is very committed to ridding our government of big spending policies that fall outside the prevue of the constitutional powers of the federal government, and would like to see more power returned to the states where they rightly belong.
One of the things that attracted me to the Tea Party movement is the fact that people are standing up and saying no to an out-of-control federal government. So many of us have been screaming at our televisions for years now, but didn’t do much else. We actually got up off our couches and have started doing things about it.
The Tea Party movement needs to stay away from too closely aligning itself to any one politician and to one party. I realize that democrats are not, for the most part, willing to align themselves to neither movement nor do they really care about the same issues that we do, but that isn’t a good enough reason to align ourselves to politicians that have not proven to stand by these principles once they have the majority.
One of the main reasons we have this far left trifecta is because of the irresponsible behavior of the republicans when President Bush was spending money like a drunken sailor. So why should we trust them now? I am still not so sure that they have learned the lessons and the entire country is suffering due to their own overspending. I don’t think we should so easily allow the republican party to hi-jack this movement, they have yet to earn it.