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Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Kert_Blackwood » Sat May 07, 2011 8:35 am

Caution !! The following thread should not be viewed by liberals ;)

The following article ran in the Paris Post Intelligencer and was posted online at their website http://www.parispi.net as an opinion column. Following the article is an email that is self explanatory, then are the online posts, both negative and positive. It is my intent to continue posting articles written by me and others with the online comments to create a thread of opinion gathering by our members and rebuttals to the liberals who comment online.

Dave also saw fit to run this piece in ROC.

I encourage TradAM members to log on to http://www.parispi.net and comment there as well.

Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party

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Who, what are Tea Party people?

By KERT BLACKWOOD

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011 1:07 PM CDT

I shall try again to answer the question of who and what are Tea Party people with some basic facts, as well as share a few general opinions as to “why now?”

By and large, Tea Party members are part of what at one time was called the silent majority — the kind of people who simply seek the freedom to serve God; work for a living; and support their families, friends and neighbors without government interference.

Regrettably, our past silence contributed to the national situation in which we now find ourselves. We, the people, were silent too long. This has been said before, many times, in different ways. Unfortunately, it bears repeating, since so many still blissfully slumber, seemingly unaware of our nation’s current dire circumstances. Our $14.3 trillion in national debt — and climbing, if the establishment politicians have their way — is only one of the many challenges now jeopardizing our future.

The Tea Party consists of veterans, farmers, lawyers, business owners, preachers, retirees, old, young and in between. We are a grassroots, from the bottom up, not from the top down, organization. There are some who try to lay claim to being statewide or even national Tea Party leaders. Not so.

We are autonomous, usually county or community level organizations. We do communicate and cooperate across groups for the purposes of positively affecting legislative action in our districts. As we move closer to a national election, there will likely be the need for more organizational effort on that level. However, there will not be a centralized national leadership of this movement. No head, no beheading!

In the last two years, we have become much more educated in matters of fiscal responsibility and the need for constitutionally sound government, as well as the moral obligations to the same. We are Americans who hold to the principle of self-determination, free enterprise and the God-given (not government-given) right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We understand that these rights are not guarantees and must be gained by the blessings of Almighty God and our own due diligence.

A major focus of attack from the Left is that many of those active in the Tea Party are practicing Christians. Based on the undeniable historical record, we recognize the fundamental role Christianity has played in creating and sustaining our nation and will play in producing freedom for generations to come. As Christians, we do not demand this belief in others. We understand belief is a personal decision between each individual and God.

In matters of religion, we also fully comprehend that the efforts of many non-Christians, secularists, etc. to deprive us of our God-given right to freedom of religion cannot be idly ignored. We are not cowed by the mythical cornerstone of the secularist that the “separation of church and state” means the state has the right to restrict our religious freedom or that we must excise religion from public life, especially since the phrase does not appear in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence or any other founding document.

Here, for your edification, are the exact words of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

If Congress shall not “prohibit the free exercise thereof,” then liberals/atheists/secularists certainly shall not prohibit it. In fact, there is no effort necessary to guarantee us that right which we will not exercise!

Many who criticize the Tea Party also make a point to ridicule the Bible, the writers of the Constitution, our nation’s history and other great literary works. Those who admire the departure from the ideals taught by those wise men seem to ignore the results of doing so do not seem to be working in the best interest of the human race.

Those who laud the accomplishments of modern man during the “times they are-a-changing” era seen to be missing the impact of rising crime, drug culture, general lawlessness and the moral breakdown of our society. These critics would do well to remember that those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

We have falsely been labeled as extremists and racists by mainstream media, as well as by local people. A concerted campaign of lies from the Left attempts to characterize and equate the Tea Party with the type of extremists who fly planes into tall buildings, soldiers in the army who shoot other soldiers in the name of Allah, or people who shoot politicians and bystanders in a mall! This despicable tactic is straight out of Marxist Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

In truth, the Tea Party is built on moral and Constitutional principles and welcomes those wish to take a stand on the same, regardless of race, creed or color. Now if you consider Gen. George Washington and the rest of the Founding Fathers to be radicals, then maybe you could apply that label to the Tea Party — just don’t confuse us with the God-hating, America-hating, freedom-hating radicals on the Left!

A truth that bothers the Left immensely is that we are many more in number than most realize. This was proven at the polls last November. Our numbers will continue to increase as more Americans realize they have become disenfranchised by the major political parties. (I am not advocating a third party here; we all know how well that works out.)

Also I must point out that we are not an arm of the Republican Party. The sad truth is that the Republican Party was handed power in the last election, yet they are failing to use it properly. Over all, the Republicans are only slightly less to blame than the Democrats for our gigantic debt and other national problems.

Admittedly, most Tea Party members have voted, and probably will vote, for Republican candidates in most races because of the fact that the Democratic Party has been taken over by progressives/liberals/socialists. However, we also are putting the Republican Party on notice. We may not yet be the majority, but Republicans most certainly can’t win without us.

Some will scoff, as usual, and resort to name-calling, false labeling and all the other tactics of the Left. When you hear this, just ask yourself if you support the principles of freedom, constitutionally limited government, responsible spending and sound economic policy.

If so, then you, too, are the Tea Party people!


The president of the local Volunteers for Freedom Tea Party, Kert Blackwood lives at 365 Bethesda Road, Paris. His e-mail address is blackwood@myapplemail.com.
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Kert_Blackwood » Sat May 07, 2011 8:59 am

The following is an email that I received in response to the newspaper article.

Greetings Mr. Blackwood,

I enjoyed reading your article, "Who, What Are Tea Party People?" in the Friday, 29 April 2011 edition of the Paris Post Intelligencer. Your explanation of Who, What .. and perhaps more importantly, WHY the Tea Party exists was concise and in my opinion, On The Money!

I am a retired U.S. Army officer. I spent the first 9 years and 11 months of my service as an enlisted man and then in July 1970, I received a direct appointment to commissioned status while serving with the 25th Infantry Division during my second tour in Vietnam.

I turn 69 years old in July and have worked 55 of those years .. more than half of my adult life was spent overseas. After 30 years military service, followed by 5 years as a government contractor in Turkey, followed by an additional 19 + years as a company owner overseas, we returned to my roots and settled down in Henry County in July 2007. It was shortly thereafter that, in addition to hunting, fishing, gardening and landscaping, I began to devote a lot of my time to the evaluation and support of Conservative politics. Prior to that time I had always been a Conservative person but I spent more time analyzing and reporting on international affairs than I did on domestic affairs. All Regular Army Officers have a primary and an alternate speciality .. my primary was Military Police Officer, my alternate was Foreign Area Officer .. a form of political-military analyst who spends time on the ground in their area of interest. We are not spies or intelligence agents per se, though we were authorized collectors and analyzers of political and strategic intelligence. We are Army Attaches, Exchange Officers, students at foreign academies and area experts who function down where the rubber meets the road and who strive to develop life long friendships with those who will some day become the political and military leaders in various countries.

I still devote a huge amount of time to analyzing international affairs, primarily to events in the Near and Middle East .. and in Russia .. and those involving Islam and Moderate Muslim affairs .. all areas in which I was involved while in the military and even after retirement. I have spent a lot of time in Africa and the Middle East .. in Moderate Muslim and Hard Core Islamic countries .. and more than 26 years in Turkey alone .. 19 + years just the last trip, which ended in 2007. I still maintain close and friendly relationships with many of the movers and shakers in Turkey .. politicians and general officers who were my friends when they walked to work and carried their lunch but who now ride to work in chauffeured limousines with armed guards.

I understand the language of Real Politik and the tactics of political spin and I can glean the real message from most any report from the news media or the government. There are those who still consider me to be an "area expert" and who call on me from time to time to provide analysis and/or insight into probable decisions or future actions in various parts of the world .. more so in those that were in my areas of concentration.

I became even more devoted to the American domestic Conservative movement when the previously unknown Barack Obama became our Nation's Commander in Chief .. I avoid referring to him as our Nation's Leader because he exhibits no leadership traits or qualifications.

Now that I have introduced myself, I'll get to the point of this e-mail. ;-)

I spend a lot of time writing on Face Book .. countering the radical messages being regurgitated by a large number of Leftists, Progressives and Socialists. I find that bantering with them is like taking candy from a baby because they can not .. for long .. support a position without falling back on the handouts they receive from their Liberal mentors .. or without quoting some Liberal source like MoveOn.Org, etc., or by reverting to name calling in an attempt to marginalize the messenger rather than defend their message. At the risk of sounding like I am blowing my own horn (which I might be doing) I have found that I have been able to knock a large number of people off the fence by simply telling it like it really is .. that we are in deep fiscal Kim Chi today and unless drastic measures are taken NOW we will soon find ourselves in a position where it is not possible to extricate ourselves without suffering great and lasting harm. I try to counter the scare tactics, twisted logic, spin, smoke and mirrors used by the Left (who are now (justifiably) in a panic mode) in order to not lose some of the momentum they have gained under the current Socialist leaning administration. Will these people who are now off the fence also get off their butts and vote during the next election? Good question! Perhaps half will .. the other half may well continue to devote time to watching Reality TV and winding their watches. However, if I can encourage some of them to get out and vote .. or even cause some of them to stay at home .. people who might otherwise get out and vote for the Left because they fear losing their Medicare and Social Security (as they are being told by the Leftists) then I guess the mission was not a total failure. ;-)

Request permission to post to Face Book, your article of 29 April 2011. I would post as is with no changes. I am assuming that this article is your property rather than that of the Post Intelligencer.

I thank you sir for your consideration of this request.

Have a nice day .. and keep smiling. :-)

Ewell M. (Butch) Owen
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Kert_Blackwood » Sat May 07, 2011 9:08 am

Reader Comments
The following are comments from the readers. In no way do they represent the view of parispi.net.

William wrote on Apr 29, 2011 7:47 PM:
" What are you?

You are a bunch of right wing bible thumpers who will never be happy until you cram your beliefs down everyone who doesn't believe as you do until we choke.

I would rather die fighting you than to accept your beliefs. "

David Barker wrote on May 2, 2011 1:30 PM:
" Back at you William! "

Jay Carney wrote on May 2, 2011 3:17 PM:
" William, I'm with you! Where do I sign up?

This Blackwood guy wants to substitute his diluted ideas rather than accept the fact that the American people voted resoundingly to make Barack Obama our president.

William... I'm in. Let's get 'em. "

Honestly wrote on May 2, 2011 4:54 PM:
" I can appreciate your positions on fiscal issues and I value your strong upholding of the United States Constitution... However I can not support a party that wants to mind my business. Discrimination is rampant among the tea party. Not just racial issues but also with sexual orientation. Which is quite ironic considering that you hold the constitution in such high regard. The constitution is designed to extend equal rights to all Americans and to protect us from tyranny and oppression yet the Tea Party still wants to dish out oppression to minorities. Until you can learn how to be accepting your party will remain full of white men in their post 40s. Just my opinion. "

Yep wrote on May 2, 2011 10:18 PM:
" Obviously you're not crazy or bitter or paranoid at all. By the way, you folks don't have a cornered market on the Bible, many of us "Lefty's" own them too. We just don't use it to selectively justify our misguided hate and ignorance. What would Jesus do? Make some coffee and skip the tea I do believe. In fact, I believe people like you were his undoing if you've actually read the New Testament you'd know that. Sad that the mainstream media accidentally gave your group a voice. Enjoy it. Should be short lived. You got some Republicans who stroked your ego voted in on an off election year. Wait until the big one when the real silent majority votes. "

Michael wrote on May 3, 2011 8:22 PM:
" Well said Honestly and Yep. If the Tea Party would stick to fiscal conservatism and elimination of our national debt as their core tenants, I would be a supporter as doubtless many other fellow independents. Unfortunately, like William I would rather die fighting their socially oppressive and honestly fascisits ways. "

tennboy1 wrote on May 4, 2011 10:43 AM:
" I wonder if Kert reads these responses, or does he naively go on thinking that everyone agrees with him? "

wow wrote on May 4, 2011 11:22 AM:
" As my name suggest I can only say WOW to the previous posts here. You all fit the catigory of those who would complain if you were hung with a new rope! And you are bothered when someone else does the same as you do. WOW! Oh and by the way you better hope some "Bible Thumper" comes along your way and shows you
"the Way" before it is to late! "

Yep wrote on May 4, 2011 12:03 PM:
" I too support fiscal responsibility, but for the rest of the local Tea Party views... I take comfort in the knowledge that one day they will be judged by God, and then the tea is really gonna boil. "

Willie Lynch wrote on May 4, 2011 1:13 PM:
" Can’t we all just get along? "

Ryan D Thomas wrote on May 4, 2011 4:00 PM:
" I do beleive that there are "veterans, farmers, lawyers, business owners, preachers, retirees, old, young and in between" in both the Republican and Demecratic parties as well. The Tea Party has not cornered the market on "grassroots" voters. "

idiots wrote on May 6, 2011 3:35 PM:
" your all idiots if you can't see that all political parties are half wrong at least.

Reminds me of a guy I know who once he thinks something will argue all day that he is right even with proof he is wrong.

I think we need some people in Washington who can admit they are wrong, and who have a half once of common sense.

people who can put the people first and not their own pockets.

Why would anyone pass a bill that they themselves do not have to abide by?

One of these days the AMERICAN people will take this country back, I just hope I am still here to see it...at least part of it. "
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: pamelaf » Sat May 07, 2011 9:54 am

Kert,

That was a great article and I'm so glad to see it included in yesterday's edition of ROC. Had no idea you had it in you...good job! :tu

BTW...I tweeted it a bit yesterday. :hd
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Bing » Sat May 07, 2011 12:10 pm

Slightly edited and now on our portal. Thank you so very much brother!

EDIT** I posted there. Has to be approved first. I also used my screen name too! I couldnt wait. When somebody is attackin one of my friends I cant let that slide!
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Liberty4USA » Sat May 07, 2011 1:58 pm

Some are concerned with checking the amount of government spending, while others are only concerned with spending their government checks! That one-liner paraphrase straight from Ronald Reagan.

Great article Kert...

Nothing fires up a liberal worse than being confronted with the plain truth, their answers consist of name calling and senseless vitriol for the most part, but those that are still able to think for themselves eventually must admit how wrong they have been.

I can appreciate your positions on fiscal issues and I value your strong upholding of the United States Constitution... However I can not support a party that wants to mind my business.

The person who wrote this must be blind as to who is really minding or intruding into "their business," and uses force to do so more and more every day!
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: hoodoo » Sat May 07, 2011 3:32 pm

Kert ! You are an excellent writer and you sure brought out the left !! Very well done, Sir !! I commented using my full name and am waiting for approval LOL. I also really loved the email from Buck Owens. The man is a treasure trove of real information and we can help him in his aim as stated in his email: " However, if I can encourage some of them to get out and vote .. or even cause some of them to stay at home .. people who might otherwise get out and vote for the Left because they fear losing their Medicare and Social Security (as they are being told by the Leftists) then I guess the mission was not a total failure. ;-)"

Can we contact him ? Well done Brother !
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Bing » Sat May 07, 2011 5:30 pm

Liberty4USA wrote:Some are concerned with checking the amount of government spending, while others are only concerned with spending their government checks! That one-liner paraphrase straight from Ronald Reagan.

Great article Kert...

Nothing fires up a liberal worse than being confronted with the plain truth, their answers consist of name calling and senseless vitriol for the most part, but those that are still able to think for themselves eventually must admit how wrong they have been.

I can appreciate your positions on fiscal issues and I value your strong upholding of the United States Constitution... However I can not support a party that wants to mind my business.

The person who wrote this must be blind as to who is really minding or intruding into "their business," and uses force to do so more and more every day!


They consider the Constitution as am entitlement document. I think that is the one I replied to. They consider it a extension of rights to people. it has nothing to do with that.

Poor misinformed people.
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Bing » Sun May 08, 2011 8:26 am

It seems they did not like my post as I cannot see it nor Fred's. I only see posts from the 6th and earlier. Do I have to log in or something? I dont even see where to do that.

Anyways a Mothers Day bump for an excellent post! 8)
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Re: Who and What are Tea Party people?

PostAuthor: Liberty4USA » Sun May 08, 2011 4:33 pm

  Who and What are the Tea Party people?  


Alan West stops by a Florida event in his Congressional district (in a union hall reserved by the local tea party) on a hot and humid April 15, 2011!

Recommend that you allow this to buffer a bit so you can enjoy it.
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