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Friday, April 23, 2010

We, The Peeps

They’re such simple words. How could anyone mistake them? “We the People of the United States.”

Not We the Politicians. Not We the Media. Not We the Poor, or the Rich, or the White, or the Black, for that matter. Certainly, not We the Illegal Immigrants. Or We the Mexicans, Mauritanians, or Macedonians. Or We the Islamic Terrorists.

Maybe the words are just too simple. Maybe that’s why they can’t figure out who the Tea Party People are. The Liberal Media is scouting around for people in aluminum foil hats. They think Tea Partiers are scoundrels swathed in white sheets carrying iron cross flags.

It’s taken them a year – a full year – to realize we’re the mild-mannered, casually-dressed, everyday working people carrying home-made signs. We’re not here to overthrow the government. We’re here to rescue a government that’s been overthrown.

They still haven’t gotten that last message. They figure since they took over, by buying votes, that they’re legitimate. Their propaganda machine will bear witness to their victory and their loaded court system will exonerate them.

Every day this week, the Bergen Record has run articles pleading the case for New Jersey teachers. Today’s photo showed a snarling teacher next to a sign that reads, “Respect Teachers.” How did such an ironic photo get past The Record’s editors.

Meanwhile, I don’t recall seeing anything about The Hackensack Tea Party in the paper’s columns the next day. On page 8, they ran a brief story about the Tea Party in Washington. But nothing about the Tea Party going on in The Record’s own city.

The New Jersey papers were full of stories about the travails of the poor Morristown Tea Party, though.

Oh, Morristown had great attendance, though not quite as high as last year. These stories were all about who was the real “leader” of the Morristown Tea Party.

There are actually two Morristown Tea Parties, with slightly different names. The leader of the one group sued the leader of the other, as well as the former secretary of the group and another person.

Well, we won’t go into the nasty details, lest the leader should decide to sue this blog as well.

The point is, when the group was still one, whole, albeit ad hoc, organization, they were told that the most important people to consider were not the politicians, or the media, or even the people who organized the Morristown Tea Party.

The most important people were – The People.

The conservative people, not to put too fine a point on it, who’d been backed into the northwest corner of their tiny state. The reason these Tea Parties were so vital to New Jerseyans was that they’d all but given up on the notion that their voices were being heard.

The loss of the 2008 election proved them all too right. New Jersey’s conservatives have felt isolated. They didn’t know who else was out there who thought and felt and voted like them. Nobody’s listening to them.

The Tea Parties were their chance to make themselves heard. The rallies could give them hope in a hopeless state. Hopelessly corrupt. Hopelessly taxed. Hopelessly outnumbered. This was their last chance. With another wave of welfare-wallowing immigrants, they’d be finished.

Yes, it was important to target the politicians, particularly the Republicans, upon whom New Jersey conservatives placed their meager hopes. But in an already left-leaning state, left-leaning moderates hold the sway. Unless conservatives can stand up for their principles, they may as well move.

It was time for the conservatives to come out of the shadows, fighting. They had nothing to lose. The Tea Parties were about them and for them. The Tea Parties are about them and for them now.

Political sages say that we should abandon the rallies and focus on political campaigns. They claim that the rallies are a waste of time and money, that could be better spent getting candidates elected.

However, the rallies are the most visible asset of the Tea Party movement. Will the Media mock its participants? Certainly. They gnash their teeth daily over our activities. They sit at their terminals, trying to permeate the Tea Partiers’ armor of resolve.

They vow to attack us in the blogs, on the radio, in the chat rooms.

The so-called leaders of the movement quail at such threats. They would have us go underground, work in secret, out of the light of day, where, not being easily seen, we can’t be vilified, insulted, and lied to.

In short, they want us to go back to business as usual. To being The Sheeple, instead of The People.

One Tea Party leader said that if there wasn’t some forward-moving action for the people to take, they’d “moan and groan and go home.”

Very true. And no one is saying that after the Rallies the Tea Partiers should go back home to skulk.

The rallies are a good start, but we do need to elect responsible representatives. There are many avenues of campaigning that activists can travel, some tried-and-true, others high-tech, on the internet, on Facebook and especially You Tube.

Whatever the campaign workers do, the politicians must ultimately remember that this race is all about the people, not them. The rallies are the best reminder of that as we rebuild our country.

We’re just saying that as we rebuild the house, don’t destroy the foundation.

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