Lanterns: A Response to TEA PARTY FOUNDER - Debbie Dooley


A Response to TEA PARTY FOUNDER - Debbie Dooley

The Tea Party movement has no founders. There are no individuals that can claim exclusive rights to ideas and principles that were rediscovered by average and ordinary Americans of many races, creeds, colors and beliefs. Abraham Lincoln said, “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same work may mean for some men to do as they pleas with other men and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name – liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.” America, as our founders warned us, has been moving away from the principles of liberty from the time they walked out of the Constitutional Convention. When asked what the members of the Continental Congress had created upon exiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”


No one on either the right or the left, with half a brain, thinks that having BIG industry and BIG corporations and BIG pockets influencing our elected officials is a good thing. On this we should fight for common ground. But the only solutions are to have BIG aggressive government control, regulate and suppress industry and business to a size that is acceptable to a ruling few or work to return power and sovereignty to the people where our founders placed it originally. A billionaire is almost immediately disqualified from not being included in this ruling class as a contributor to the problems that exist and the donations made by Donald Trump over the years to Republican establishment politicians and entrenched liberal progressives on the Democratic side of the isle should only serve as confirmation of this fact. If a conservative becomes compromised by money, power and acclaim then he or she wasn’t very principled to begin with but that is an indictment on the individual of poor character and not on conservative principles and values.


Trump runs around touting that he is self-funding but loans and like-kind contributions are still contributions and now out of desperation that “winning” might not be as inevitable as once seemed, Trump Super-PACs are popping up ready to do the dirty work and take the big donor donations that Tea Party Trumpeters tout as being anathema. I don’t know what convinces Tea Party Trumpeters that Donald Trump isn’t for BIG business because they never provide evidence and ignore the truck loads of evidence to the contrary. He has his populist rhetoric but so did Obama and Obama supporters were considered to be ignorant, mind numb drones who would think past a speech or a thrill up their leg. If anyone has fought in the political realm for conservative values and principles for 40 years, show me where Donald Trump was ever with you on that front line. I can show you where during the first 35 of those years Donald Trump was ideologically opposed to the work you claim so much pride in being a part of and if you were working for 40 years in the conservative movement, what issues could you have only recently discovered truth and changed a view or two only now after 39 years of not investigating deeply?


How did Trump stand against Wall Street? Did he meet with Senators and Congressmen? Did he give money to non-establishment leaders in both parties? Was he on the drafting floor of legislation to create alternative trade deals? Besides using the media at or above genius levels, what evidence is there that Trump believes in American exceptionalism, Main Street or American jobs besides how it can increase his net worth, his cash flow, his investments and his overall status as the richest of the rich? Trumps believes in himself. Trump is exceptional. Trump wants to own Main Street and he creates jobs to better Trump.


Donald Trump has exploited the Tea Party and especially the part of it that is lacking in principles and has always lacked in principles. The neo-confederate, national-populists and conservatives in name only are only people besides liberals, progressives and the politically ignorant that Donald Trump has awaken or given voice to. Donald Trump, being for himself, will destroy what is left of the unprincipled portions of the people who have identified with the Tea Party in the past. You will not be taken seriously in the future if you don’t course correct and do so quickly. A clear conservative voice, impassioned by the belief in our founding principles on display for American to choose couldn’t be a clearer contrast to progressive Hillary or socialist Bernie. And as Iowa showed us, the GOP nominee will have to go through the Tea Party to get the nomination.


Listening to people talk about Donald Trump winning is like people are supporting Charlie Sheen or something. His track record is liberal. He has not reformed anything. His bombastic interviews, sound bites and speeches should not be equated to actually governmental intervention and action for conservative principles. Candidates who embrace conservatives expect conservatives to support their candidacies. Conservative voters expect elected conservatives to do in office what they ran on as a candidate. All that needs to happen, for landslide victories and for policy changes and government limitations to become a reality, is for conservative Americans to stop listening to the political pundits and talking heads who declare who can and who can’t and let principles be the guideposts to victory. Finding more Tea Party Trumpeters isn’t and shouldn’t be surprising; finding people who identify with the Tea Party and support liberal progressives over principled conservatives, is.


Written by Trey Roberts

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