What Is The Tea Party?
How Can It Survive Now That Both National Parties Have Sworn to Destroy It?
There were two distinct concepts that defined the Tea Party in 2014. The first concept was that of an organic, grassroots group of patriotic individuals who believed in limited government and who believed the current federal government should be reduced in its size and scope. These were the fiscally responsible Americans who were truly concerned about excessive spending and the frightening increase in our national debt. They were also concerned about the multiple, massive federal bureaucracies that have been built as a result of this reckless spending and debt.
Equally troubling has been our government’s ongoing quest to remove God from government property and seemingly from our way of life. Among those who maintain strong Christian beliefs, these governmental actions create a significant level of fear and concern. Many fear that the removal of God from our nation will have grave consequences.
The Bible is full of warnings of what happens to nations when their people turn away from God. Our Founding Fathers were committed to keeping our nation under the blessings and protection of God. As Bible-believing Christians, they knew that, when nations turn their backs on God, the blessings and protection of God are removed and they suffer total annihilation. Our Founding Fathers did not want to see their creation of our nation destroyed in this manner.
The second conceptualization of the Tea Party was, and is, held by powerful individuals who continue to control our central government. They are the politicians who occupy the leadership of both major political parties. These power-hungry politicians saw the Tea Party as a “game changer” that must be stopped at any cost. In their eyes, the Tea Party still represents a dire threat to the centralized governmental power many have spent a lifetime to attain. To them, the Tea Party continues to have the potential to return a significant amount of power back to the states and to the people, as envisioned by our Founding Fathers. They fear we may once again become a nation of laws, and not a nation of men.
The Tea Party is unique. Unlike other national parties and national organizations, it does not have a single top leader to act as overseer or chief executive officer. Instead, it is made up of numerous small groups spread all across this country. Therefore, the Tea Party has many leaders—and no master. Although the Tea Party is made up of numerous separate groups, they are united in their desire to reduce the size of government and protect our liberty.
Lacking a single master or overseer, the Tea Party is not easily penetrated and subverted by its political enemies. No doubt, if the Tea Party had the same formal status and hierarchical structure as found in the two major national parties, sooner or later it would be infiltrated and subverted by the political enemies who desperately seek to destroy it. As a consequence, we would have three major national parties with corrupt leadership instead of just two major national parties with corrupt leadership.
When Bill Clinton became President of the United States and assumed the leadership of the Democratic Party, he brought with him a staunch liberal mindset. Although he was a practical politician who was willing to work toward compromise to pass legislation, he had a decidedly leftist bent. For this reason, some of the “Old Guard” conservative Democrats felt compelled to become Republicans, stating, as Ronald Reagan did before them, that they did not leave the Democratic Party, but rather the Democratic Party left them! We still had the same people, but they were just in a different party. As a consequence of a transfer of Democrats to the Republican Party over a period of many years, the Republican Party steadily became much less conservative and it has lost its way. This shift away from conservatism within the Republican Party is what spawned the Tea Party movement.
As you will read, repeatedly, throughout this handbook, the two major national political parties have become, in effect, just one party. They play against one another seeking positions of power, but all too often they do not play against one another to advance opposing agendas. True conservatives within the Republican Party recognized this unholy alliance among the elites of both major political parties, and they have taken action to counteract it by forming the Tea Party movement.
I want you to know what the Republican establishment knows and what I know: If there is a massive turnout of Tea Party members and other grassroots conservative Republicans in primary elections, you can most certainly defeat candidates supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Yes, you can take back the party; and you most certainly know that, before you can take back America, you must first take back the Republican Party!
The Republican leadership knows that about 50 percent of Republican primary voters nationwide will be grassroots conservatives and Tea Party members. In addition, about six to 10 percent of the Republican primary voters nationwide will be hardcore, statist Republicans who consistently vote according to the desires of the Republican establishment. Finally, the Republican leadership knows that among Republican primary voters, about 40 percent will be moderates who can be persuaded to vote for the Tea Party candidate if given the proper message. However, they can also vote for the establishment Republican candidate if the only message they hear comes from the Republican leadership. Therefore, a powerful, persuasive Tea Party message is the key to victory!
The conservative 50 percent must persuade the moderate 40 percent to join with them. This can be accomplished by educating them about the fact that Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and other establishment Republicans seek to destroy the Tea Party and everything it stands for, including fiscal sanity.
Tea party members, other conservatives, and every single moderate, must be told over and over again that, when they vote for the Tea Party candidate in the primary election, they are not simply voting against a non-Tea Party opponent, they are truly voting against the Republican establishment that wants to destroy the Tea Party and the liberty that the Tea Party represents. When they vote for the Tea Party member, they are also voting against the candidates who represent Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and every other elitist Republican who is drunk on power and working to destroy our efforts to return to honest, lawful and constitutional government. This message must be conveyed not only by the Tea Party as a group, but, perhaps even more importantly, by every individual member of the Tea Party who must become a walking billboard, targeting every conservative and moderate within reach. Use your individual voice to spread the message about the elite and join with others who are like-minded.
Repeatedly drive home this vitally important point: Tea Party members (or whatever you now call your grassroots, conservative, political group) are the true representatives of the grassroots Americans who have maintained a genuine, deep-seated psychological, philosophical, and political connection to our Founding Fathers. They are the true lovers of liberty who are following in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Patrick Henry. Convince every conservative and every moderate in the party that they must work together, fight together, and pray together. If we do this, we will most certainly win together, just as we did in November 2016.
We are in a war. It is a political war, but it is none-the-less a war. We are fighting for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, and the heart and soul of America! Yes, the Republican establishment has declared war on the Tea Party and lovers of the Constitution. That means the Republican establishment, like the Democratic establishment, is at war with the founding principles that has made this nation the greatest nation on Earth. Surrender is not an option! If we lose this war (a war we did not start), our children and grandchildren will never know what it is truly like to live and breathe as free Americans.
Look around you and note what is most important to you. Fix your attention upon the people you love more than life itself. Do you realize there is much in your life worth fighting for and dying for? Yes, you would risk everything to protect that which you love. Transfer that feeling to love of country and love of liberty. Yes, the America you love is worth fighting for and it is worth dying for!
I would like to close this chapter with a quote from Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States of America. Take this handbook with you and recite Reagan’s words to everyone who will listen before they head to the polls to vote:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.
(Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 30 March 1961).