Whats The Tea Party All About?

Much of the discussion recently over the Tea party activity has been the challenge of identifying WHY we are doing them, WHAT we hope to come of it, the CHALLENGES we face, and WHO is making these events possible.  A Michigan writer from SW Michigan offers a fairly clear analysis of these current grass roots events.  Enjoy!

What’s the tea party all about?

By Jim Chiodo

There are many reasons why millions of Americans will take to the streets on April 15th.  Some people think it is about party politics and displeasure with the current administration.  While a great many are fearful where our country is headed, it is not party politics.  It is a fundamental disagreement over government’s role.

In particular, we believe the government is far too big already.  Yes, this includes the previous administrations excess spending and the idea of bailouts to banks.  The plans of the current administration are to make it even bigger.  We resent the intrusion and control of government into our lives and liberties.  This is a key factor prompting protests.

Take note elected officials regardless if you wear a Democrat or Republican label.  The message is clear!  Stop the spending.  Stop the additional taxation, especially the hidden taxes in the form of increased prices passed on by industries overwhelmed by government meddling and targeted taxing.

Every member of every level of government should open their eyes as to who is on the streets.  We are not college students who can skip classes at will to party on the street.  Although some of us are unemployed, we are not the life-long unemployed with nothing better to do than attend a rally.  For the most part, we are taxpayers who are mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore.

If you want to know more about us, look to the national figures, personalities and famous people who leaders and organizers of this protest.  Unfortunately, you won’t find any famous, rich or recognizable people.  They don’t exist. Instead you will find the “Joe, the plumbers” and the millions of no-name people who are indeed, mad as hell.

Organizers are the guy who lives around the corner and you didn’t even know his name before.  They are the secretaries, computer technicians, clerks, businessmen, salesmen and any other occupation you can think of. There are also retired people who remember what this country once stood for.

Notice the speakers are not politicians. In fact, party representatives and elected officials offering to take the podium at most tea parties are being rejected.  Instead, the everyday Joe’s of this world will speak.  There will be no teleprompter with carefully worded speeches that don’t say anything or words chosen to be interpreted differently by different groups.

For some in Washington, the protests and the scope of attendance will come as a surprise.  There have been no full page ads in the newspapers and no TV ads.  There are no deep-pocketed promoters or backers of this movement.  The cost of a TV advertisement is far beyond the means of any organizer.  The Major TV stations and affiliates have not even made a single mention on their new coverage of this protest. Fox news and a couple on air personalities or radio talk show hosts are the only medium even mentioning the tea parties.

The biggest way information is being disseminated is on the internet through countless blogs and sites.  It is not coordinated at all.  Duplicity of information is causing confusion among many internet neophytes as to which is the “official” site.  Unlike a promoter like ACORN or MOVE-ON, there is no single source of information.

Despite the odds against a coordinated protest getting off the ground, it is indeed gathering strength and April 15th is only the beginning.  This is an unprecedented grass roots activity like the one which happened in Boston many years ago. It is aimed at any future official seeking election.  This is our lobby.  We won’t make campaign contributions for future pay backs.  The salary you receive as an elected official from our taxes is all you will get from us.  If you want to hold office and want our vote, take note of what we want and expect of you.

Key to the protests is a desire to take back our country.  Just because an elected official or party received 51% of the voted doesn’t give them a mandate to fundamentally change our country.  Even the rhetoric used to gain that 51% has proved false.  A tax break for 95% of Americans and change from politics as usual has proved to be false.

Speaking of 51%, there are indications our boarders will be opened, giving citizenship freely to illegal immigrants.  This goes beyond weakening our security. It perpetuates government taxing productive sector or America and giving it to those who want socialism.

Every country on the face of this earth that has tried socialism has failed.  Why would we want to emulate those failures?  Why would we seek counsel from leaders of those countries, especially those that despise us and seek our failure?  This message is not about our international relations which is yet a different subject.

This message is about our desire to keep American strong on the premise of individual freedom and free market principals.  If you define that as greed so be it. That greed is what applies to any American who gets out of bed and goes to work, trying to make a better world for his children.  It applies to the millions of people striving to learn a skill or get an education to improve their lot in live.  It applies even to the street vendors at the inauguration, who sold souvenirs to those who attended. And yes, it applies to the big “greedy companies and their wall street investors who seek growth and success which allows companies to hire more people.

You can define socialism in many ways but the bottom line message to those who claim the “right” to free housing, free healthcare, free mortgages, free food, and yes to private business, banks, etc, is summed up by the following:

“Your fair share is not in my wallet”

19 comments for “Whats The Tea Party All About?

  1. bmaynard
    April 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Lets make our goverment once again (for the people by the people) once again. We need to start at the local level and follow thru with the national. Just changing the man or party at the top will not change the way our country is ran we must change them all or summit to socialism

  2. April 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

    No one like to pay taxes and they like it less when the resulting government is so bad. On the other hand, no one disputes the necessary role of government. The issue is finding the balance between fulfilling the legitimate role of government and limiting the its expense.

    You might find this link both amusing and provocative [thought provoking]:


    I believe that all legislation should be subject to a “sunset” provision so that legislators are required to put their signature on any legislation or program that is renewed.


    Nothing except the Constitution should be permanent in our system.

  3. jamie
    April 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    how can i support our country as a single mom? Socialism DOES NOT WORK DAMMIT! we fought for our freedoms what can i do ? i cant make the revolt due to working

  4. Sam Payne
    April 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    the tax burden is being increased to pay this absurd debt. it is time that those who put this yoke upon our neck, our children’s neck & our grandchildren’s neck to be ousted from office & impeached

  5. April 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I am taking time off from work. This is very important it’s our country’s future. ‘Single moms ‘.
    , Take the kids with you it is their country also and more so important for them it’s their future country what ever it will be.
    I wish us all the best of luck saving our country from those congressional nut cases!

  6. Chuck
    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 am

    I own my own small business. I have never protested, even through the 60’s. I was always working,(paying taxes) I’m going to the tea party in Tampa April 15th. I’m not working that day! No work, no tax!

  7. April 13, 2009 at 8:21 am

    People will have to start get organized. If such stupid and uneducated people like Ancorn got their organization we can certanly do it. We have to work with media both local and national. We have to put on national referendum limit of two terms for the congress and senat so they will not just sit there for their whole lifes but actually work. May be then someting will change.

  8. Marilyn
    April 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

    This article is one of the best I have seen – I commend all who are involved in the movement , intend to participate and be a part. Thanks to all, Lets take America back!!!

  9. Adam
    April 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Our country was never “for the people, by the people” The people have always been enslaved by a cycle of debt that has only become more complicated and looked over. If this is the land of the free, those who seek social or communal living should be able to leave by their own will and govern themselves.

  10. MotherRedDog
    April 13, 2009 at 11:12 am

    As a single mom with a grown son and a brand new grand-daughter, I’m protesting for all of the children that have no say in the amount of debt we will leave them with these massive bailouts. Our children and grandchildren deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We cannot let the BIG government take that away from them.

    Just one worried grandmother in Georgia.

  11. Charles M. Wilson
    April 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Please, EVERYONE!! Ask everyone you know, and ask them to pass it to everyone they know this mantra: “Vote only for challengers, no incumbents of either party.” In 2010 wwe have to change the entire House of Representatives. It is the only way to restore CHECKS AND BALANCES. We have to block the Obama/Pelosi/Reid troika, and it has to be in the HOUSE !! That’s where the MONEY is.!!

  12. Elizabeth
    April 14, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Incredible piece, thoughtful and provocative. Thank you for expressing what so many of have been feeling like lately. Helpless and hopeless, especially when our own politicians have been ignoring us for years. I come from a very conservative state, Goldwater country. It’s time to go back to what our founding father established and the new versions McCain, Obama, Bush currently stand for. Stop killing us with new taxes, there is no accountability anywhere in Government, it’s time to send them packing back home and have citizen government back. 6 months in Washington and 6 months home so they can hear from us the true constituents, not the special interests, Lobbiests etc. Somehow the voters of each state have been forgotten.

  13. April 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been prophetising Boston Tea Party needs to take place and overwhelmed with how this would ever be a unified effort. May the true pioneer spirit of our forefathers come to life in us the children to get this country back to Of the people for the people principals. May God Bless us all.

  14. Jerry Salas
    April 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    to Jim Chiodo:
    I will attend the ta party in Lansing on the 15th of April. and I will bring a friend. What more can I do to combat this rising tide of socialisim?
    After reading the effects of socialism written by people who have lived under it, I know why I don’t want it here in my country, no matter how Obama trys to justify the stimulus package it is still socialism…. a massive distribution of the nations wealth first nationally and then globally .

  15. June 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Keep pushing The Fair Tax Plan on the National level stripping Congress of the POWER. I believe a Nationwide Strike is the answer. A “run” on the banks withdrawing OUR money for cash on hand. As bad as it is a America with the unemployment at nearly 10% and rising, the pain is here at almost 30 million Americans out of work. A little self imposed pain to shut this Country down is as easy as sitting in a chair. Evryone just walk out. A UPS strike has an impact in a few days. Imagine 50 million more walking out conducting a sit in. Do exactly the opposite of what obama wants or expects. Lets reduse him to a lame duck in the shorest time ever. He’s selling us out Period.

  16. HENRYJ
    March 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    This is one country for it’s citizens. IMHO, don’t protest in the streets, yes you have the right to yell and scream. How is that working out?

    What might work in the near future for the USA, this is my idea, when you take off work on April 15, do file your taxes however, is to organize all of the protesters into a smart group.

    1. Get a measure on the ballots to reduce the pay of ALL politicians, this year, money talks, I suggest
    -35%, and the politicians cannot vote themselves a pay raise to cover the decrease ever….

    2. Once again, money talks, get the votes to reduce current payout of federal pensions, if people went to work for the federal government because the work was easy and were securred a pension, well, times are different now, we the taxpayers can’t afford the pensions any more. Reduce these by -15%

    3. Use your time in a constructive manner, yeah you can carry signs, SCREAM, YELL, THREATEN. Get out the tables, sign petitions for the ballots this November, collect money to GET THE MEASURES ON THE BALLOTS.

    4. People of the USA, lets get organized, get real, you want to protest, protest by the vote, then if the vote is held up by a judge, make sure the writting of the ballot cannot be stayed by a court order.

    5. This salary decrease should also go towards Local, City, County, State, we pay enough, we can’t afford our government any more.

    6. Limit the pensions a career politician can collect ( I suspect this is the same in other states) we have Jerry Brown, this politician will collect 4 PENSIONS, I say he should get the average of the 4.

    7. Above, Chris said, just walk out, I’d think about that one, employers might just fire you, with so many people out of work, it would be real easy to find a replacement.

    8. Petition your congress people to stop the war now, if they don’t, impeach them to step down, we could collect signatures from all the people for the future during the April 15th event.

    9. Decrease ALL government unions, we can’t afford them any more

    10. English is our language, stop wasting money to print the DMV and other publications in 38 languages

    People of the US, please think which course of action would best benifit us, carring signs,yelling and screaming, yes we can do that, we have the right to assemble and protest……………or, signing petitions for salary decreases, limiting pensions, limiting benifits, stoping the war, etc., again, we have the right to assemble and protest.

    The pen may will be mightier than the protest.

  17. David
    June 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I’m with you folks. Throw them all out and start over…if you can find honest and decent people who will do the job. Remove all changes to the U.S. Constitution and go back to what was intended. There is nothing about church and state separation. Get this country back to a Christian Nation so that our Heavenly Father will bless it.

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