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Are Tea Party Members Really Crazy?
By Dan Uffner
October 8, 2013
Democrat Senator Harry Reid has stated that Republican politicos have been scared by Tea Party “crazies” into being intransigent in regard to not funding Obamacare. However, no evidence is ever given to prove that members of the Tea Party are, indeed, crazy.
It seems to be timely to explore this matter further. Just who are Tea Party members, and what do they stand for?
Actually, the answer is fairly easy to come by. The Tea Party movement is an American, grass roots, decentralized, political movement that is primarily known for advocating a reduction in the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government size, spending and taxes.
It looks for guidance to the Federalist Papers and other documents that led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (the first ten Amendments to the Constitution), which instruct that the federal government was to be given limited powers by the states such as protecting citizens from harm from outside its borders (the military) and allowing citizens to protect themselves within its borders (the 2nd Amendment, which ensures each individual’s right to bear arms).
The Constitution also provided for uniform laws of commerce, so that each state and its residents would be treated equally under the law as business is conducted between different states of the union.
The Tea Party believes that the Founders of our country did an excellent job of setting out common sense rules that led to the United States of America becoming the world’s leading country and its citizens attaining the highest standard of living of all major nations.
And one final thing. The Constitution gives sovereignty of America to its citizens, not to some personality called a king, emperor, dictator or other all-powerful being. It was designed as a Republic in which individuals would elect representatives to administer the various facets of government in accordance with the people’s wishes
Through the years, governments tend to increase their power, thus reducing the power of the people. In recent years, the U.S. government’s encroachment on the peoples’ liberty and freedom to act as each person sees fit has accelerated to the point where mandates are everywhere requiring people to follow the dictates of the government. The situation is exactly the opposite of the plan laid out by the Founders.
The larger, the more restrictive government had become, the more money it needed for operations, and the primary source of that money had to come from the people through taxation. That was the reason the original Tea Party acted in 1775.
So many people had become frustrated by entanglements on their personal and business lives caused by thousands of new regulations every year and the commensurate increasing costs that, almost like spontaneous combustion, Tea Parties sprang up nationwide to provide individuals with mutual support to fight back against those encroachments on their liberties and the crushing levies on their resources.
Therefore, as stated earlier, Tea Party members want a smaller, less intrusive, less expensive government in order to recapture the abundant freedoms and joy of living of past days. This is opposed by many of the politicians of today who believe that they know what’s best for the “common good” instead of fulfilling their original role of carrying out the peoples’ wishes.
Basically, it comes down to a simple question, “Do we want elected officials to tell us what we should do and how we should do it, or do we want to make those decisions for ourselves?’ Tea Party members choose the latter. Does that make them crazy?