We the people, in order to form a more perfect union,….These words are impressive and over the years patriots from all walks of life have risen up to make them a reality. Congratulations to the Tea Party Patriots. Now that the midterm election is over and the votes have been counted, we see a shift in the House of Representatives. This shift has taken the House from Democratic control to Republican control. The Tea Party proved to be a force in several of the key races. It is safe to say that both Democrats and Republicans took note of the fact that the people have spoken.
Now comes an interesting problem, or perhaps problems. The point of the Tea Party movement was more than just throw the bums in Washington out of office. The emphasis of the movement was supposed to be to hold the politicians accountable to the electorate. Now members of the Tea Party have become the politicians and in 2012 will be the incumbents. Will they remain accountable to the people and open to the wishes of their constituents or will they become as haughty and high handed as their predecessors?
Where does the Tea Party fit in? Will they be the extreme right wing of an increasingly moderate republican party? Will they be a divisive force, sponsoring their own candidates and pitting the republicans against one another, thereby guaranteeing the democrats wins in what should be close races? Where do they go from here? Will the movement become a third party in its own right? A Bull Moose type party that will fizzle out in its own time will not serve the people very effectively.
The goals of the Tea Party are worthwhile. Smaller, less intrusive government, lower taxes, less spending, eliminating earmarks are all wonderful planks in a party platform. The republicans have been preaching these same things for years. The Tea Party needs to take a different route aand get back to its real message. That message is very powerful and simply put, is that the people are the source of power for the government. Our government governs only with the consent of the governed. The people do count and must be listened to. Our representatives in Washington are there to do our will and to translate our will into the national will.
The real future of the Tea Party may very well be as a voters union. The function of the union is to view the races and issues and select and back the candidates that best speak to the wishes of the people. This union would be open to all people from all affiliations. As a union of sorts, it would not have its own candidates as a political party would, but rather selects candidates from both parties that best speak to the goals of the Tea Party. They already have a nationwide following so it might be worth looking at as a solution to a thorny problem.
Hopefully in 2012 the Tea Party will be a constructive force for the hopes, dreams, rights and aspirations of those of us that want to get our nation back on the path it should be on.