I was invited to a meeting in a nearby city last night. Folks there are starting a TEA Party chapter. I was told to expect maybe six or eight people. Flattered by the invite, I brought handouts for ten. Hardly enough!
For the moment I won’t say which town. It doesn’t really matter for the meat of this story. I came early and took my customary seat in the back. Many who came in were of my generation, men and women in their sixties, many former Democrats – totally pissed at how their old party has been hijacked. Former Republicans are equally pissed at how wussy and RiNO their party has become. They don’t trust them anymore and they’re tired of holding their noses.
They are lifetime regular voters, and had assumed they were doing what was expected of a good citizen. All their lives they’d worked hard, raised their families, minded their own business, voted, and trusted their government, even when the other party was in control for four years. Not now!
These people are scared and angry, and fighting mad. They’re watching the nation they helped build and protect being deliberately weakened and ruthlessly destroyed. For the first time in their lives they’ve become activists, – writing letters, emailing congressmen, protesting, donating to candidates, and talking politics to friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
They’re genuinely afraid of this president, and they’re totally bullshit at their congressmen. Many are former military – and proud of it. All had military service in their families. They have borne the cost of Freedom, and now see that Freedom slipping into socialism. But they have a lot of fight left in them, and they’re organizing.
There was a mentor there – an apostle from an established TEA Party – to guide them over the initial rocks. His guidance was almost word-for-word lifted from my handout. [Great minds . . . ] The few words I spoke at the end simply reinforced his.
There were thirty people there – not eight. They’ll meet again next Wednesday, – they’ll draft a mission statement, adopt an interim charter, select leaders. They’ll have a web site up and running, they’ll learn to use the new media, – and soon enough they’ll take to the streets. They get it, – they understand how important it is to win in November. They will fight shoulder-to-shoulder as a unit to retake their Young Republic. It’s going to be a really bad year for incumbents.
/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!