FOURTH IN THIS SERIES: MY AMERICA – I WANT YOU BACK – THE BATTLE PLAN & TEA PARTY MOVEMENT

I have before me a copy of The Tea Party “Contract from America,” which states 365,000 respondents completed online forms to determine the top three planks of the tea party movement platform.

That’s an impressive number of people stepping forward with concerns about the conditions and direction this nation currently faces. And encouraging to know that many individuals realize it’s time to make changes.

When I first heard about the tea party movement, I was encouraged to hear so many were disenchanted with the status quo and willing to step out from the shadows and speak up and stand up for a change in direction. Until I read the proposal as outlined in “contract from America.” To say I was disapointed, is putting it mildy.

I’m going to dissect the proposal of the “contract” and I apologize in advance if I offend anyone. Far be it from me to have any desire to dampen the spirit and hopes of any individual who wishes to make changes in our current crisis. Quite the contrary, I wish to feed that flame, but right off the bat, I voice my disagreement with the proposed plan, by being specific as to why.

Freedom and Private ownership of property is a total concept. It’s a light and unfed flame in the hearts and minds of the people. If one observes the light emanating from an incandescent bulb, which is a result of the energy within the bulb, just before it burns out, the light dims. So it is with the shining light of Freedom, it has been dimmed, but not burnt out.

I see no mention of Freedom and no reference to private property ownership mentioned in the document. No mention of the very core principles upon which this nation was founded.

Secondly, it’s called a contract from America, similar to the previous contract for America. It states its purpose is to reject, secondly to block and thirdly to demand. Further stating it promises a “legislative agenda from the the grass roots, rather than from legislators down.” What does that mean? To me it implies there’s a difference in which end you implement the political process.

No contract can be valid without a boundary. What are the boundaries of this so-called contract? No contract for anything will have any validity with reference to enforcement without specified boundaries signed by two parties. This document does not meet any such criteria.

It’s just a sort of essay titled a contract, expressing an old time-worn notion, if we can just pick the right political candidate, and get out the vote to elect to represent somehow by some magic wand, it will change things. This has been tried over and over, with the same results of conditions going from bad to worse. That’s the change we get.

Many good persons have been elected to represent. Power corrupts, and once entrenched in the power game in Washington there is a metamorphosis which takes place. And I don’t mean a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. I mean a paid individual in a seat of power over the people, who takes on a different persona, frequently manifested in ignoring the laws of the Constitution, and the will of their constituents, acting in their best interests and not yours.

No doubt in my mind, out of the 365,000 Americans involved in the movement outlined in the contract document, most are well-intentioned, good and decent people who sincerely wish to do something about the crisis we face. Willing to use their time and energy for change for themselves and their children, but this approach will fail to meet their expectations. And the next four months of campaign work will not only not resolve the problem, but may serve to exacerbate it.

We must face the reality of the fact we are in a war. Which we will win or lose, and only way to win any war is with a viable Battle Plan. Currently we are losing, as things go from bad to worse every 30 days. Retreating to a political solution will meet with defeat.
It has been tried too many times and failed.

Here’s a great quote from Richard Henry Lee, one of the Founding Fathers who introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence: “Why then sir, do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her rise not to devastate and to conquer, but to re-establish the reign of peace and law. The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of Freedom, that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repose. If we are not in this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American legislators of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens.”

Continued in next article number five

LET FREEDOM RING
JUST ME AC

email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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