What's Brewing at the Tea Parties?
by Emery McClendon (bio)
What's going on in America?
Since his election, Barack Obama and his supporters have sought to move our nation leftward at breakneck speed. In the process, they've exhibited a blatant disregard for our Constitution, traditions, military and the general rule of law.
Americans accepted it at first, but now their patience is wearing thin.
Young people are being indoctrinated in left-wing politics, personified by figures such as Mao and Bill Ayers - enemies of our nation's founding principles nonetheless admired by members of the Obama Administration.
Those same people also appear bent on taking us further away from our traditional Judeo-Christian morals and values.
It's shocking that a nation with more freedoms and liberties than most others could fall for such garbage. What happened to the hearts and minds of so many Americans? It's clear there's a battle for the soul of America being waged.
White House ranks are flush with people of an anti-American mindset. Some of these are "czars" with powerful portfolios that are virtually exempt from legislative branch oversight.
But the radical tendencies aren't reserved for staff. Obama calls a known terrorist - the aforementioned Ayers - a friend. Obama is an adherent of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals and studied Fareed Zakaria's Post-American World. He's bowed to foreign leaders, apologized for our nation's strong leadership and is spending America into staggering debt.
Obama, it also cannot be forgotten, was groomed for this day. He was helped by many who would love to see our nation lose its superpower status. It contradicts his campaign rhetoric.
A childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a known communist organizer. Yet communism has never worked in practice and never will. It is the free market system and limited government that our nation's founders wanted and has served us well.
Similarly, how could people believe equitable hope and change could come from someone who worshipped for two decades under the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the hateful "black liberation theology" he preaches? Despite his claims to want a post-racial America, his actions speak louder than words.
The contradictions and radicalism have reached the tipping point.
Witness the growth of the Patriot Tea Party movement. People are waking up and saying enough is enough. They want America returned to its founding principles.
Even those who voted for him are now finding themselves opposed to Obama's "change." They are saying no to government-run health care, cap-and-trade energy taxes, "card check" unionization schemes, wasteful spending, bailouts, back room deals, illegal immigrant amnesty and other proposals contrary to our Constitution.
We of the tea parties are fighting back.
Beginning with rallies and town hall meetings, we are asking our elected officials: "Can you hear us now?" Elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts found actions were even louder than words.
We know limited government and a free market economy makes America work. We see Obama's policies as an impediment to America's future success.
Every day, more people are waking up to this truth. We cannot and will not allow our children to be denied the American Dream while simultaneously being burdened with staggering debt.
America is our land, given to us by those who fought and died to create the greatest nation on earth. We cannot allow a few to destroy it.
We must - and we will - save our country. God Bless America!
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Emery McClendon, a member of the Project 21 national advisory council, organized the "Enough Already" tea party rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 18, 2009. Comments may be sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org.
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