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Friday, July 30, 2010

JOEL SWANSON: FREEDOM, FIRST PRINCIPLES, AND TEA PARTY LIES

As the Tea Party movement in America becomes more and more important, those who don’t understand it or are afraid of its growing strength, ie..liberal politicians and the liberal media, are telling more and more lies about the group. My question, a rhetorical one, is “do you think they lie about other things too?”

 

My definition of what or WHO the Tea Party really is, comes from Mark Alexander, writing in The Patriot Post:

 

The Tea Party is a group of “American Patriots, defenders of First Principles and Essential Liberty; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and other public servants standing in harm’s way at home and around the world, who are loyal, first and foremost, to our revered oath to support and defend our Constitution.” Tea Party members include “grassroots leaders and local, state and national officeholders, who likewise, honor that same sacred oath.” The Tea Party is “mothers, fathers and other family members nurturing the next generation of young Patriots….farmers, craftsmen, tradesmen and industrial producers…small business owners, service providers and professionals in medicine and law…employees and employers…”; men and women “in ministry at home and missionaries abroad…students and professors at colleges and universities, often standing alone for what is good and right.” Tea Party members are “consumers and taxpayers”; and most importantly, Tea Party members are citizens and voters.

 

The ranks of the Tea Party movement across America is full of “Patriot sons and daughters from all walks of life, heirs to the blessings of Liberty bequeathed to us at great personal cost by our Patriot forebears, confirmed in the opinion that it is our to duty to God and Country to extend that blessing to our posterity, and avowed upon our sacred honor to that end.” Those who belong to the Tea Party are “vigilant, strong, prepared and faithful.” They “are NOT defined by race, creed, ethnicity, religion, wealth, education or even political affiliation, but by there devotion to their Creator, and the liberty He has entrusted to them, one and all!”

 

Contrary to what we are told every day by the liberal media, the Tea Party is NOT a political party, per se, but rather a well-defined and uniform slate of principles on which they center their advocacy and support of political candidates.” The principles of the Tea Party “include, first and foremost, advocating for Essential Liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values.”

 

I cannot end this commentary about the Tea Party without quoting two of our founding fathers. Thomas Jefferson said “Honor, justice and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”  Indeed “too many Americans have become complacent in comfort, unable or unwilling to comprehend that the consequences of foregoing Liberty for refuge are dire.” That brings me to the words of Benjamin Franklin who wrote “They that can give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” God Bless the  Essential Liberty and the Patriot Principles that embody  the Tea Party Movement and God Bless the United States of America. I’m Joel Swanson and that is my comment for today.

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