Tea Party: Patriotic, Not Extreme
The Pilot grossly misrepresented the mission and motives of the tea party movement in its April 8 editorial, headlined “‘Shut ’Er Down’ Has Hollow Ring.”
Tea party members generally want a government powerful enough to protect our nation and our liberty. Indeed, the American colonists nearly got themselves killed because their first attempt at government (the Articles of Confederation) lacked a standing army for the war to come. Our present Constitution, ratified in 1789, made a stronger nation.
The government is so important that God placed his people in its care. God desires civil government to care for his people and his people to be loyal. We pledge that allegiance at public functions and wish your children the same privilege in public school.
Intelligent people inquire about our nation’s prosperity, and religious people credit God. A deeper question is, “What made this country the object of God’s blessing?”
We are not blessed because our Constitution was written by God or for God, but rather that our Constitution guaranteed that the people are free to worship God. Or not worship. We can assemble as we desire to worship or for any other lawful purpose. Christian people have gathered for hundreds of years, and God has blessed us abundantly.
So what brought all these tea party people to the town halls and tea party rallies in the streets? Our country is moving away from the rule of law.
Our forefathers have repeatedly fought this same problem and secured liberty in the famous documents of our history: The Charter of Liberties, 1100. The Magna Carta, 1215. The Grand Remonstrance, 1641. The English Bill of Rights, 1689. The Declaration of Independence, 1776. The document of 2010 was called “election results.”
The basic law of our land is framed in the Constitution. Legislation and government activity outside or beyond the constitutional limits are the rules of men — men in the Congress and the White House.
The Supreme Court is charged to judge all cases before them by the standard of the Constitution. All elected officials and military enlistees take an oath to protect and defend that Constitution. The tea party promotes this practice.
The tea party seeks to battle suicidal government spending and borrowing. Maybe that is what The Pilot termed “extreme fringe attitudes.” We just know that a child born this morning has a $40,000 debt on his head. Debt of that magnitude dooms our liberty, our sovereignty and our prosperity.
The tea party supports the free market and private property, rather than government control of markets and industry. Central economic planning brings universal poverty every time it is tried. After a few years to burn accumulated wealth, you have the likes of Cuba.
The tea party supports personal liberty. The tea party wants to restore the balance of power between the states and the federal government. Imbalance concentrates massive power and fosters corruption, and corrupt officials ignore the electorate.
In support of these principles, last year Moore Tea Citizens gave away 16,500 pocket-size booklets containing the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. People need facts and information in their hands, but maybe these booklets are what The Pilot referred to as “strident literature.”
The Constitution has its enemies. The Socialist Party of America elected John C. Chase mayor in Haverhill, Mass., in 1898. In 1911-12, they elected 18 men as mayors. Avowed socialists from several different groups continue to serve throughout our state and federal governments today.
The tea party simply wants to restore the good old American way and return some common sense to the budget of the out-of-control government. We want free markets, smaller government and low taxes. We want a government that operates within the rules of our nation’s law, which is the U.S. Constitution.
We don’t consider that extreme, but patriotic, and we take our signs and American flags to rallies that promote those ideals. And we are thankful for widespread support from many patriotic citizens.
Bob Mason lives in Pinebluff. He attended the tea party gathering in Washington that prompted last week’s editorial.
More like this story