Anita Crane
Calm down: GOProud doesn't equal all tea party activists
By Anita Crane
November 16, 2010

Yesterday, Steve Ertelt of wrote: "The fiscally conservative tea party activists were crucial to electing pro-life candidates in the 2010 mid-term elections, but now they are calling on Republicans in Congress to avoid social issues like abortion."

Let us pause. Perhaps we should take a deep breath. I understand the concern, but is there reason for panic?

These tea party activists answered Rep. Michele Bachmann's call and came from the Midwest to protest Obamacare. Primary reason? To restore the right to life. (Anita Crane © 2009)

GOProud advocates repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and "expanding access to domestic partner benefits" in health care. It published a letter to presumed GOP congressional leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY) and Rep. John Boehner (OH) demanding that the new House majority and Republican senators "avoid social issues and focus instead on issues of economic freedom and individual liberty." Sure it's startling that GOProud doesn't acknowledge individual liberty starts with life. Or that murdering over 1 million babies per year — 1 million consumers — ruins the economy. And GOProud headlined its letter Tea Party Leaders Release Letter Urging House and Senate GOP to Avoid Social Issues.

However, we hope that members of Congress realize that the signatures of 12 scattered tea party activists, one radio host in California, two bloggers and two GOProud staffers does not equal all tea party activists.

Nor does the paltry list prove that pro- and whole-life GOP members of the House and Senate will chicken out. Even Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL) — albeit the lone pro-life Democrat — has proven himself by voting against Obamacare and winning re-election.

Likewise, dear readers, there's no reason to believe that tea party allies in Congress, such as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), are about to wilt. I could name other brave souls elected or re-elected to Congress and we know it will be a tough fight against the culture of death.

Oh, we of little faith. Let's take a little break, pray for more victories, then work with all people of good will.

I've met hundreds of tea party activists and almost every one of them told me that they're fighting to restore the fundamental human right to life. The only things they want to kill are Obamacare and other Marxist disasters.

Primary reason for these Catholic U students protesting Obamacare? Its threats to life and liberty. (Anita Crane © 2009)

So, as we head into Thanksgiving, let's do just that: Thank the Lord and be happy for new hope.

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© Anita Crane


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It is with great sadness to report that Anita Crane passed away on November 10, 2023, at age 62. We offer our prayers to her family at this time, and want to express our appreciation to her for the many years she wrote for RenewAmerica.

Her obituary can be viewed here.

Anita Crane is a writer and editor with B.A. in Catholic Theology from Christendom College. She defends human rights in the light of Christ.


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