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  • on 14.04.2010
  • at 12:43 PM
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For Tea Parties, Bigger is Not Better 0


After reading Warner Todd Huston’s article, Tea Parties: The Biggest Mistake We Could Make in 2010, I was incredulous. It seems misguided to suggest top down management in a time when big companies, big organizations, and big government have received bailouts after spending like drunken thieves or failing in the marketplace. Under what premise can anyone make the case that the solution to our nation’s dilemma is a big organization, especially a Big Tea Party? In all cases big leadership has resulted in big corruption, which is at the root of almost every issue before us.

Since the onset of ‘change we can all believe in’, politicians at all levels seem to constantly point to small businesses as our hope for economic recovery. In an era of “too big to fail,” it would seem obvious that people, regardless of party affiliation, could agree that bigger is not better. I haven’t heard anyone speak of the positive impact that CEO-led mega-banks, automakers, or the Fannies and Freddies will have on economic recovery.

The idea that the grassroots tea party movement should become a third political party is counter productive and borders on the ludicrous. Tea Parties are about government accountability, not joining partisan politics in the corruption and incompetence that threatens American liberty. Our City Councils, State Legislatures, and Congress work for us, and it is high time that we reminded them of this and brought them into the fold.

Tea Parties are made up of conservative, hardworking Americans that individually harness the power of the vote and collectively work together toward common goals. These core components of American culture and Tea Party weaponry are what will drive constitutionally grounded, conservative candidates to victory in the 2010 elections. It is these diehard patriots that will flock to the ballot boxes nationwide. They will support candidates who will have been made painfully aware that their job requires ethical behavior and responsibility. By the time the 2010 elections are upon us, all incumbents and candidates will be equally aware that substandard performance comes with consequences.

Samuel Adams said “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

This is the Tea Party, a group of like-minded, freedom loving Americans that have at different times and under different names throughout American History risen to the call to protect liberty.

The Tea Party is governance by the people in its purest form and many opportunities will be presented between now and election day allowing Tea Parties to unite for a common goal without a CEO, Czar, or a General to call the shots. The Tea Party movement is a true reflection of American culture driven by values that have been taught for generations.

Mr. Huston and I agree on the power of the Tea Party. Our difference of opinion is in his underestimation of the collective Tea Parties’ ability to exercise strategic accuracy and to coordinate a precision strike when it counts. Don’t be fooled by the spin-doctors of the mainstream media, as the tea party strikes its opponents at will and with specificity.

I spend most of my evenings talking to Tea Parties from California to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between. You can rest assured political target acquisition for the 2010 elections is ongoing. Make no mistake, there will be an impact and the Tea Party message will be heard loud and clear.

Our energy should be devoted to delivering this message; not building another national organization or institution.

By Steve McQueen

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