I heard some very disconcerting news about the Wise County Tea Party meeting last Saturday in Decatur. The keynote speaker expressed his view that the government should legalize dope.
This does not sound like a meeting held by a group that encourages conservative values. It definitely doesn't promote unity among conservatives. The Tea Party movement advocates conservative values, although many believe it's only about government spending and taxation.
If the Tea Party movement is not a local "grassroots" movement, then it's an "astroturf" movement, just as Nancy Pelosi accused. If the local Tea Party group wants to change the platform, I suggest they start their own movement or subscribe to one that fits their objectives.
The Tea Party movement was organized because both parties turned away from conservative values and continue to repudiate our Constitution. By in large, the Tea Party supports the Republican Party Platform, especially those concerning conservative values, despite the problem with RINOS. If Republican politicians don't advocate their own party's values, the Tea Party does not support them, period!
Voting for "the lesser evil" is no longer acceptable. Tea Party members could care less about political party affiliation and all about the conservative values of each individual politician. Keep in mind, Tea Party members still believe politicians are public servants.
Don't take my word for it. Tea Party politicians are dividing the Republican Party over conservative, constitutional values. House Majority leader John Boehner wants the Republican Party to rule the House of Representatives; Tea Party politicians want conservative ideals enforced, no matter whose thunder they steal. Our government cannot survive political party hatred, nor the separation of Church and state.
Boehner and company say they are "less interested in political grandstanding". That's hard for me to believe after I watched them censure and read the Constitution on the floor of the House and then hopelessly vote to repeal Obamacare. No grandstanding my ass!
Even more disturbing is the new Republican leadership want to work "within the system" with Democrats to "get things done". Tea Partyists don't believe they can effectively work within a system that's broken. It's like eating soup with a fork.
During a speech in Indonesia, President Obama said America's motto was "E pluribus unum", Latin for "Out of many, one". In actuality, our national motto is "In God We Trust", adopted in 1956. I can understand why "the one" would prefer "E pluribus unum" over God; take God out of the U.S. Constitution and it is man who gives us our inalienable rights. If man gives us those rights, then man can take them away. Is it any wonder that the world does not trust the United States government?
I, for one, support the Tea Party movement as long as it advocates conservative values and embraces the U.S. Constitution as written. If it promotes secular, materialistic, illegal, immoral, militaristic or unconstitutional ideals, don't expect the American majority to stand around and watch our country continue to self-destruct.
But I could be wrong...
Edit: FYI, Personally, I support the decriminalization of marijuana.