TEA PARTY DISCOVERY #5: Identity Crisis

The Tea Party members should consider reading the Constitution and Federalist Papers to better align their stated mission and values with their guiding documents.

Have pity for these lost souls and kindly direct them to review their core values. I would like to emphasize an excerpt from the Federalist Papers, #85 as evidence.

The judgments of many must unite in the work; Experience must guide their labor; Time must bring it to perfection; . . . ought to put them upon their guard against. . . military despotism of a victorious demagogue . . . I know that powerful individuals, in this and in other States, are enemies to a general National Government in every possible shape.

If we can get Tea Party members to accept and understand that these words serve as a part of their philosophy, it would help.  These words highlight three key points:

  1. Collective bargaining that involves time and experience is an underlying principle of the Constitution of The United States of America.
  2. The Tea Party needed to be more vigilant in watching for John Kasich, the demagogue.
  3. Alexander Hamilton tried to warn us in 1787 that powerful individuals like the Koch Brothers are bad news “in every possible shape.”

So the next time you encounter a Tea Party member at a rally and they try to engage you in a shouting match, gently remind them that they have no idea what they are talking about and hand them a copy of their Mission, Core Values, and Philosophy, and a copy of the Constitution of the United States and Federalist Papers.  Remind them that you are a citizen of Ohio, of the United States of America, and that you, like them, are a responsible taxpayer, and you, like them, are The People.

Then smile, hand them your No on SB5 button, and welcome them to your side.



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  • gmild

    To be clear, you are saying “I’m libertarian by philosophy. And, that is what the tea party movement is really about.”

    So you mean Tea Party Patriots, Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity aren’t “real” Tea Party organizations.

    But the Ohio Liberty Council IS a real Tea Party group.

    Is there a certain symbol or secret handshake or tattoo that identifies real tea party groups from fake tea party groups?

  • guest

    Oh yeah Chris, thats why you post stories describing police and firemen as “acting like 5 year olds on a field trip” , calling firemen “guys who look like they work out all day” and insinuating they all can easily be replaced on your Ohio Liberty Council site… you are really a reasonable, thoughtful person.

    You should post this statement above publicly on your site, and reign in some of the tea party members who are turning out to be as anti-cop as your local raging anarchist. I am personally shocked by the reaction from a large group of people that I always felt “had my back” and supported law and order. Here this whole time they think I’m a union slug who doesn’t deserve the benefits I work hard for.

    I mean you reference Glenn Beck all the time, his followers are online calling cops and firemen “commies, socialists, union thugs” etc. Cops and firemen are primarily made up of veterans, that’s how they get hired- veteran bonus points. Now we have to listen to a bunch of people who can’t even be bothered to do jury duty, pretending to be super patriots, calling us un-American.

    F them and the horse they rode in on.

  • Guest

    Thanks Greg, great series.

  • Anonymous

    Chris, I appreciate you coming here to clear things up, but don’t lie. If you receive training and talking points from AFP (we have the video), then they are funding you. Maybe not in cash, but in kind contributions. The red t-shirts you guys wore at the Statehouse to support SB 5? Yeah, they were produced by and being handed out by AFP.

    Who’s sponsoring the State Tea Party Convention in Columbus? AFP. So stop with the “we’ve never taken a dime from AFP.” It’s not true.

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