Earlier this evening, the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Tea Party had a meeting in preparation for Election Day coming up next week. Although I don’t have an exact count, it seemed to be pretty well attended. Most interesting of all was guest speaker State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26). He spoke to the crowd on a number of subjects: life in Botetourt County many years ago, the excesses of eminent domain, the corruption of V-DOT, and politicians who are fighting against the growing encroachment of the federal government.
Personally, I believe his presence helps establish an important link between the Tea Parties and those in power. Although some politicians try to ignore the Tea Party movement and hope it will go away, others like Senator Obenshain and former Governor Allen are trying to work with the group. I do not believe that the growing dissatisfaction with “politics as usual” is going to disappear anytime soon. Some leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties have sold out the founding principles of this nation and have unconstitutionally usurped power or abandoned their duties. Therefore, members of the Tea Party argue that it is high time that these leaders were removed from power.
Like the Ron Paul Revolution before it, there are still a few conspiracy theories afoot. For example, tonight one person suggested that either the Rothschilds or the Bilderbergers dominate the Federal Reserve. Regardless of the validity or absurdity of such a claim, there are more important issues to consider. Overall, I believe that a majority of folks are fairly levelheaded and simply want their country and their government back from the bureaucrats and career politicians who now ride roughshod over the Constitution. Although it may be easy to dismiss these groups, we do so at our peril. Despite a few bizarre rumors, I believe that these people, not the GOP proper, will have the greatest impact in the coming years, provided they are properly trained, informed, and organized. They should not be quickly folded into the Republican Party, but rather act as a gadfly, insisting both the left and the right follow traditional American principles. What they lack in experience, they make up for in enthusiasm and in numbers.
Like the GOP and the Democrats, the Tea Party too will be handing out information at the polls on Tuesday. I don’t believe that they intend to distribute materials in favor of any particular candidate, but rather a statement of their principles and details regarding their meetings. Then again, given the surprise appearance of Stuart Bain near the end of the gathering, maybe we will see some of his literature at the polling places too.
My advice to you is, if you are a conservative then you should get involved with your local Tea Party. They could use your help and we, in turn, need more allies in the fight ahead. My great hope is that they can help curb the abuses of the liberals and get the GOP back on the straight and narrow path.