Skip to comments.The Tea Party: Who Are These People
Posted on 01/25/2013 9:44:31 AM PST by Clintons-B-Gone
The Tea Party: Who are these people?
The title offends me.
But Jerry Seinfeld wrote the title.
We attended a Tea Party rally in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. The only mean spirited people there were a foul mouthed group of “Progressive” detractors who were barriered-off for the main group by LAPD.
The rally was very reserved and respectful of each other, and we came away with some Sarah Palin pins and a couple of early American flag repros.
The “party” aspect is difficult to pin down that we regard ourselves more as Tea Party “advocates” and conservatives, and much less Republican in the sense of identification.
A few months ago it was in the newspaper the tea party had split. The president was leaving and there is a new president. the tea party is paying the guy leaving , And had agreed to pay $400,000.00 a year for several (10)(I believe) years.
WHAT HAPPENED? HOW CAN IT BE GOOD TO PAY THAT AMOUNT OF MONIES TO THE GUY LEAVING? And now they are raising money. It is a crazy agreement or something very bad going on here with the tea party. It seemed an astonishing amount of money to be paying the President to leave. Makes no sense to me. Is this the reality with the TEA PARTY as you understand it? Jim DeMint was it?
I am glad you ask.
The Tea Party Patriots are members of a loosely bound grass roots movement who want nothing more than a constitutional government.
The notion of a constitutional government appears to be the primary annoyance for the mainstream media, liberals, progressives, socialist, and others who seek refuge in the Democratic political party.
The movement began with the consideration of a third political party by citizens who finally faced the reality that Americas government is corrupted. Without committees or much fanfare it was determined a third party would take to many election cycles to effect any meaningful improvement.
After pondering several alternatives many felt that the quickest path would be to use the Republican primaries to oust incumbent corrupted Republicans. This proved successful in a few primaries and several of those resulted in those candidates winning a seat in the general election.
Query your mainstream media by asking what the Tea Party Patriots ask of the Federal government. I suggest you will not receive an answer because the Tea Party Movement is not asking for favors from the government.
To understand the corruption in government requires a modicum of American history and the Constitution. Hillsdale College offers a free Internet course on the Constitution. Taking that course would serve many well.
A short introduction follows.
A Revolutionary War got America out from under a King with unlimited powers over them. America then established a central government with limited and carefully enumerated powers by ratifying a written Constitution.
Article 1, Section 1. begins the notion of a government with limited powers by clearing stating
"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
Please note that it does not say ... All legislative Powers
herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Section 8 reveals the meaning of the words herein granted by listing Congresss powers to legislate.
Now lets jump over the species arguments about general welfare as if it were some individual power allowing Congress to legislate in areas the Constitution did not empower them to legislate.
We jump to the 10th Amendment which says "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".
I like to read the 10th amendment this way. Congress, in case we forgot anything, you cant do that either.
I find that the most difficult concept for many to accept about the Constitution is that the Constitution is not about the people. The Constitution is solely about how the government is to function within the enumerated powers. It tells the government what it can and cannot do. It doesnt tell the people what they can or cannot do.
One of Ronald Reagans wise observations was the America is a nation with a government, not a government with a nation.
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