On Thursday night, I attended my first meeting of the Jefferson Area Tea Party. As expected, the membership primarily consists of folks from the city of Charlottesville, where they are based, and the surrounding Albemarle County.
The leader of the group noted that there were a considerable number of new faces in the crowd that night. That situation likely stemmed from a general sense of dissatisfaction as a result of the Supreme Court decision earlier that day upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare. Although there were a few topics discussed, outrage over nationalized healthcare and the general belief that the courts failed to defend the law of the land took center stage.
After the meeting, the leader spoke to a local TV reporter who was compiling a story on the tea party. The Charlottesville media was not alone in seeking tea party reaction; an outlet attended the Harrisonburg Tea Party as well. As luck would have it, both that organization and the Staunton Tea Party held their monthly meetings on the same night as Charlottesville’s.
So, the real question is will the tea party be able to harness this overall frustration and disgust into tangible political successes? The answer is a definite maybe. As I reported from previous gatherings across the state, Parke West, one of the leaders of We r Virginia, spoke about the effort to train and mold tea party activists into a grassroots army. The purpose of this work is to influence the outcome of the November elections. In response to this call, a vast number of the attendees eagerly signed up to learn more.
Regardless of what path you take, if you are concerned about the state of our country and the apparent continued demise of federalism, the 10th amendment, and the idea of a constitutionally limited government, you must take a stand, and you must do so now. It is my hope that the tea parties will lead this movement; if they do, they will continue to grow in strength as they work tirelessly to restore our nation.
As I’m sure Thomas Jefferson would tell us, assuming he was still alive, we all know that Obamacare is just one of many federal programs that must be repealed. Isn’t it past time to begin the rollback of the federal government?