The Tea Party Comeback
Thousands of Tea Party activists will gather Monday at rallies across the nation to mark Tax Day, April 15–and to re-ignite a movement that had been written off as dormant by the media and the political classes. SOURCE
Back in December of 2012 there was a fight going on to try and remove Texas House Speaker Joe Straus from his position of power.
The TEA Party here in Texas was trying desperately to work second-term Rep. David Simpson of Longview, a Ron Paul libertarian-Republican and a Reformed Baptist seminary graduate, former church pastoral assistant and owner of a denominational publishing house into a position of contention for that job.
They FAILED and I am convinced that the connection to Ron Paul is the reason why.
The TEA Party and Ron Paul … that just about says it all. Ron Paul and his Paultards are the reason for the downfall of the TEA Party, at least from what I see here in MY particular little section of Texas.
The TEA Party in Rowlett started off well, had some good ideas and presented themselves as knowledgeable political fans of true Conservatism. Then the Libertarians and Ron Paul supporters came out of the woodwork and took over the TEA Party and it all rapidly went to hell in a hand basket.
A former Rowlett TEA Party president ran for City Council a while back, he lost, but the funny part was the number of people that DID vote for him that later told him that if they had known he was a TEA Party person and Ron Paul Libertarian how they wouldn’t have supported him.
As far as I know this person that ran for Council is still a Libertarian and a Ron Paul supporter to this day.
The fact of the matter is this; the Rowlett TEA Party began to fall apart almost as soon as it was started when the founder called for the entire Rowlett TEA Party to stage a protest march on Washington so that *WE* could let *them* know that *WE*, The Rowlett TEA Party, were not at all happy with the games D.C. was playing.
Yes indeed, the entire Rowlett TEA Party was going to MARCH on Washington, all 8 or 9 members of us, and that was going to send a POWERFUL message to the powers that be according to those in charge of the Rowlett TEA Party.
It was right about then that I began to rapidly lose interest in TEA Party politics.
This is the REAL story regarding the demise of at least 2 versions of the Rowlett TEA Party; seriously irrelevant and ineffective plans of action, no effort made to follow TEA Party policy and the declared *core values* of the TEA Party and the TEA Party being taken over by Ron Paul supporters that did all they could to hide their support for Ron Paul until they were in a position of authority.
The Rockwall TEA Party never was threatened by the Libertarians and Ron Paul, you see, the Rockwall TEA Party was/is the operational arm of the Rockwall Republican Men’s Club and I don’t think a Libertarian has a snowball’s chance in HELL over in Rockwall.
The TEA Party was supposed to be non-partisan, it wasn’t non-partisan, at least not here in my area of Texas, and it continues to be, for the most part, lacking in direction and is still leaderless in the true sense of the word. Like a ship adrift with no rudder, with no leaders giving direction and meaning to the TEA Party.
You see, leaders were not allowed, all of the members were leaders and they were ALL free thinkers and they don’t need no stinkin’ leaders telling them how to make TEA … unless you considered yourself to be THE founding member of YOUR TEA Party and then it was more of a *benevolent dictatorship*.
I understand the *all inclusive* suggestions and so forth, and that is great, you need feedback from ALL your members, but for any group to be a success, regardless its size, there has to be a leader, a chain of command if you will.
I saw no leadership in our TEA Party group, it wasn’t allowed, and you can’t LEAD by suggestion.
I saw what should have been leaders, folks needing to exercise their leadership, bow their heads and grovel, “Well, OK, if that’s what you really think we need to do”, that kind of stuff, they gave in to Political Correctness all because they were afraid of hurting some delicate feelings and losing that *delicate* type in the process.
On occasion, the so-called *benevolent dictator* would burst into tears and gave it the old *drama queen try*, as if the over-done emotions were going to persuade members to follow her lead.
I thought the TEA Party, as a whole, was a great idea and I was actively involved for quite a while but I am no longer involved in ANY way.
I hope the TEA Party CAN make a come-back. I hope they can become a very powerful force for true Conservatism, but to do so they WILL have to make some very serious adjustments in their method of doing business and they will have to rid themselves of the Ron Paul people that have taken the TEA Party into a very bad place.
They (The TEA Party) will have to stick to the TEA Party *CORE VALUES* and not allow impassioned members to take the TEA Party off of the course with their own set of personal standards, political issues and agenda.
Barring those adjustments, I am of the opinion that the TEA Party will continue to be as ineffective as they have allowed themselves to be.