Bonnie Alba
Tea Party citizens -- forces to be reckoned with
By Bonnie Alba
January 14, 2010

The Tea-Party movement is holding a February convention in Nashville, TN. Why? As planners put it, to provide information, tools and techniques; help tea party leaders network and connect with others in the movement; and, provide unity so leaders can work towards a common goal.

There is some suggestion that lawyer Mr. Judson Phillips, planner and organizer of the convention, is using volunteers to profit from the whole shebang. He's also owner of the for-profit Tea Party Nation. I suggest you follow the money. So much for grassroots. Snake oil appears to be already raising its ugly, smelly head according to an online article — (

A convention is not the answer.

There's talk on the webvine that the tea-party protest movement may form their own (third) party. This is just talk because history proves it won't work. I submit that this grassroots movement's power lies in "Not being organized."

All we have to do is look at past elections and the percentages of votes garnered by third parties such as the Libertarian and Constitution parties. They drew just enough votes to cause the closeness in the final percentages of the major parties.

The 100 years of straws that broke the citizen's back

You've known wives or husbands who save up their hurts over the years and then one day a very minor incident occurs and the dam breaks. They unload all their accumulated hurts, justified or not, to the amazement of their spouse. Women are more prone to do this than men.

The people who gathered in small and large numbers across the country didn't protest because of one wrong thing. It's an accumulation of over 100 years of constitutional abuse.

The straws that broke the peoples' backs are the Healthcare bill and spending but more these are the socialist and liberal purposes behind the bill and other proposed laws and regulations they know are coming from the Obama administration and his collection of appointed marxist-leaning czars.

We're not the Enemy

Unfortunately we tea-party citizens unloaded in more ways than one and what was the response? Certainly not amazement! More like silence and arrogance from the government powers that be. The main stream media actually ignored the biggest story — millions of Americans — who otherwise had gone about their routines for years, voted in most elections and yelled at the television when politicians rubbed them the wrong way or enacted some dubious unconstitutional legislation — were now in the streets marching! Voicing 100 years of hurt!

What was the response? Instead of answering the questions from ordinary Americans, the Obama Government submits that Tea-Party citizens are fanatics, right-wing wackos and are delegated to the Homeland Security Extremist watch list. What universe do these government servants live in?

What the government doesn't know — For every individual who participated in a Town Hall meeting or marched, there were millions who could not due to their work responsibilities or taking care of their children.

Who are the Tea-Party Americans?

Tea-Party citizens are no more than freedom-loving Americans who are fed up with a government who takes and takes, growing itself beyond any recognition as a constitutional governing body; who has spread the wealth for years without accountability or responsibility; who enacted laws in the name of "safety and protection" beyond their scope of knowledge or legality.

Tea-Party Americans are a mixed bag of freedom-loving individuals who wonder what happened to the U.S. Constitution and their representatives in Washington. They wonder about some mental disease inherent in the nation's Capitol that so changes men and women that they are unable to govern the nation under the U.S. Constitution.

Across the American landscape, the mixed bag of individuals making up the movement are from all backgrounds, poor to upper middle class, young to old, members of all parties, and the kicker is that they don't all agree on any one issue. But they do know one thing — they are united in what they see happening to the Republic, the abasement of the U.S. Constitution, and the widespread corruption extending its tentacles into our communities and homes.

Though it is human nature to "organize" and "plan" in uniting groups into one large aggregate, this is not what is needed. We know who we are. Tea-Party citizens — no convention is necessary. You may be wondering where our leaders will come from. Look at your own congressional districts, who are the leaders and potential leaders? This is where we start.

Stay tuned — more to come.

© Bonnie Alba


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