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Power of the People

by RightHandMan

If you missed Gov. Rick Perry’s speech at SRLC this week, you missed a gem. You can view it here. I must say that I was encouraged to hear bold statements against, not only the Democrats, but against the Republicans as well. At one point Gov. Perry states that in early 2009 he was feeling pretty down about the state of the GOP, but then April 15, 2009 and the tea parties changed everything.

I too was like Gov. Perry in early 2009 as were many of my conservative friends – discouraged by the trend of the Republican Party. Many believed that we needed a 3rd party, one that actually represented the people and held to the constitutional principles we adore. I think that idea has been all but crushed today. We no longer need the 3rd party because we have started the transformation of the GOP and it is almost entirely due to the citizens who stood up and fought.

The reason that the tea parties have been demonized and feared by the MSM is because it robs the media of their ability to frame the issues. Now, the people are telling the politicians what issues are important and they’re basing their decisions on the constitution and liberty. The opposition to the tea party movement has attempted to discredit the “tea baggers” as ignorant and radical. If anything, the tea party participants have proven their knowledge regarding the constitution while politicians have proven ignorant. Also, who knows better the perimeters of liberty than the citizens? Certainly not the government officials.

For too long the American people have felt, and perhaps rightly so, that they were not part of their federal government. How can one make such a statement today? Now, the citizens of this country have arguably become more influential than any time since the original tea parties. Ironically, the widely praised tea party movement of 1773 was far more radical than today’s current movement.

Hopefully this movement has taught us a few things about ourselves. Below is a short list of a few important things that I have learned about the American people and their government.

1. Americans tend to place blame on politicians and claim no responsibility for the state of their government.

2. Americans too often complain about their lack of influence in government and will use this crutch for little more than an excuse to do nothing. (ad infinitum)

3. Most Americans do not know American history or the U.S. Constitution.

4. American politicians will take advantage of lesson #1, #2, and #3 to keep control and power over the unwilling and ignorant.

5. Corrupt American politicians are powerless against responsible citizens who are knowledgeable and take action in politics.

6. Responsible American politicians exist and are only given proper power when lessons #1, #2, and #3 are false.

7. The American people are more powerful than they think and have the ability to make lessons #1, #2, and #3 either true or false.


Filed under: 3rd party, Constitution, governor rick perry, power, republican party, Tea Party, Weak Dollar

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  • Ron Russell April 11, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Great post. I also see little need for a third party and was quite frankly afraid it would do more damage than good. I see third party efforts many times in the past and the result was never good. Rick Perry sounds like my kind of candidate.

  • John Carey April 12, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Excellent post Right. I agree, we do not need a third party. We need to clean up the Republican party.