Bonnie Alba
Tea Party -- the Journey of a thousand steps
By Bonnie Alba
October 25, 2012

"We have yet to elect a Congress of which the majority will be intelligently conservative — much though the times cry out for a genuinely conservative renewal, reaffirmation, and restoration of some measure of order and justice and freedom." ~Russell Kirk, The Politics of Prudence, 1993

We don't hear much about the Tea Party lately — where are these dissatisfied citizens who gathered almost a million strong in Washington DC over three years ago? Let me assure you, they are spread out across this country and they haven't quit. They're active in their own communities; some are reaching higher and running campaigns for political office to serve in their state legislatures.

Tea Party citizens' desire a constitutional reaffirmation of who we are and what America represents. We are the loose-knit party of what Kirk calls the "Party of the Permanent Things" and Conservatism.

What is conservatism? Russell Kirk, man of letters, studied the past of human history and was able to foresee what we are now facing, the threat of the destruction of America as recognized in history.

As Kirk expressed it, "We are on that side of the dividing line (opposite liberal ideology), a people who recognize an enduring moral order in the universe, a constant human nature, and high duties toward the order spiritual and the order temporal."

Since this grassroots movement overtly began four years ago, many Tea Party Americans have renewed or sought knowledge of history, the U.S. Constitution and the national identity that has preserved our nation for over 236 years. We have observed for decades the slow erosion of the constitutional oath of office and the congressional actions taken thereafter as contradictory; we have watched as our federal government has become more centralized and corrupt with each passing decade.

This is why the 2010 congressional elections were important. With the 2012 presidential and congressional elections just weeks away, conservatives continue to observe how the liberal mainstream media holds President Obama to a much lower standard than we have ever seen in our history. That media is renowned for their corruptive ideology.

Even the National Republican Party chose to ignore the Tea Party. Yet we're the ones who voted them into office. We no longer will vote to reelect any representative or senator who has been "serving" in that position more than 8-12 years — unless they are sticking like glue to conservative principles.

In the upcoming election the Republican Platform is much more conservative in its presentation. In particular, the Platform presents us with issues that concern most conservatives — balancing the Budget, Debt and Deficits, anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage.

The Party presented us with a candidate, Mitt Romney, who appears conservative but is a moderate. As Massachusetts Governor, he was one of the first in the nation to sign same-sex marriage into law. He signed into law what is called Romney-Care. Pres. Obama later enlarged on Romney's plan adding even more intervention into the lives of citizens. Conservative?

Rush Limbaugh and others keep saying "We must get rid of Obama" and the only way to do that is to vote for Romney. Some wise pundits have expressed that Romney will take us in the same direction as Obama — just slower.

Many conservatives will hold their noses and vote for Romney because they see no other way to make Obama a one-term president. This is why the change must be in the House and Senate. By gaining conservative republican representatives and senators, we will change the face of Congress.

Senator Jim DeMint is doing just that in forming a super Pac, Senate Conservatives Fund, and is vetting conservatives across the country. This is not easily done and will take many future elections to bring a semblance of conservative, constitutional order to our Congress.

So we ask ourselves, what is our motivation? Will we be able to instill in the next generation and the one after that to keep the "permanent things" or is it too late? After all, it took over 150+ years to reach the present degradation of the American experiment and the erosion and disintegration of our national identity and character.

I think we must realize that we are taking the first few steps of a journey of a thousand steps. We have a long road stretching out before us. But we must retain our vigilance, fervor and passion to restore America's civilized culture, just society and constitutional government.

Redeem the Time — Redeem the Dream!

© Bonnie Alba


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Bonnie Alba is a "politically incorrect" researcher-writer. Since 1995, her articles have appeared in California newspapers. Previously she served in various Department of Defense positions for over 16 years... (more)


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