What is so difficult to understand about the tea party? This is not a tail wag dog situation. This is an organic movement by people who are genuinely angry that our fedgov is completely out of control and spending money like drunken sailors. Our fedgov derives its power from 'we the people'... not the other way around.
This movement, just as the Boston Patriots did , decided to DO something about it. It didn’t start off as a state sponsored activity, it started with 'we the people' and it grew from there. Of course money is flowing to the Tea Party... just as money and materials flowed to the patriots in Boston to hold off the British. As opposed to unions confiscating money from its members to support the dems as well as George Soros and other deep pocketed people purchasing true astroturf ops.
We witnessed several very large protest rallies held by the Tea Party than no one was paid to attend. We witnessed the liberal rally where unions had to pay people to attend and teacher unions bused their kids to the rally regardless if the kids wanted to attend. There is another liberal rally upcoming that deep pocketed liberals are paying people to attend. If this was grass-roots, then no one should be paid to attend because if people feel strongly enough about the issues, they'd attend on their own. No, The Tea Party movement is the real deal.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." -- The Declaration of Independence.http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/
How can I say our fedgov is out of control? Our tax code has thousands of IF statements each designed to make us unequal; when fedgov can force you to buy a certain toilet or light bulb; when fedgov endeavors to treat people unequally solely based upon the color of their skin or gender; when fedgov takes over entire industries; when fedgov passes laws to force a citizen to purchase something just so it can be regulated; when a fedgov refuses to even protect our borders and denigrates states who have the audacity to protect it's citizens; when fedgov spends billions on a nebulous concept that has been proven false repeatedly (global warming) etc. This is the tyranny that 'we the people' fought against over 200 years ago and we must fight against it today.
No, I'm not advocating a new way to selecting our congressmen and president. the Tea Party is working within the constitutional framework and removing GOP via primaries and now removing DEMS via the general election. This is true democracy in action and it should be celebrated. Republicans have ceded the debate when they say 'lets not spend as much on federal program' or 'I don't like their big government ideas so lets try our big government ideas'. The debate needs to be brought back to 'Why should fedgov be involved in these things?'. That, first and foremost needs to be debated.
I am not a cold and heartless person. I share the same values that most people do. The problem with our current fedgov is that it IS cold and heartless, no matter how much money and programs it creates. Once you recognize this simple fact, then you'll then come to the conclusion that these programs do not belong at this level but at the state and local level. Our founders recognized this fact and wrote it into the USC. 'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.' It was this recognition that the values of Massachusetts may not be the same as Virginia. It is the same today as it was back then, that each state has a different set of values . Slavery was an issue that couldn’t be resolved immediately but they understood that eventually the 'all men are created equal' would abolish slavery once and for all.
For example, if California decides it wants to have state run health care then let them. If people feel this is a great thing and want to pay higher taxes for it then move to California. If Alabama wants to allow its residence to choose their healthcare plan thus making it cheaper due to increased competition, then so be it. This is just one of many examples of differences in the approach to achieve the same goals. 'We the People' will decide what is best for themselves and make life decisions accordingly. We have seen over several decades now that people are rejecting the liberal policies of NY, CA, MI, et al. and moving to more business and individual friendly states like AR, TX and FL. We see this in the numbers of congressional seats changing from liberal states to conservative states. This is also the free market at work for people of free will.
I welcome the debate as you can tell. There is a proper role for fedgov, lets debate that first because unless you fully understand our concepts as laid out by the DOI and US Constitution, then what you have left is trying to defend the indefensible.