“Tea Partiers Have Proven to Be Less Educated on Matters of the Constitution”

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There’s two articles I want to share with you today.

Tea Party Cements Patriot Act Into Place is the first one. My first reaction to reading that story is that, like I felt many times before the 2010 General Election, the Republicans will never be our saviors (at least not in our lifetimes). While it is uniquely true that our best chance at restoring the Republic in short order is by taking over the established Republican Party and kicking the establishmentarians out, this has yet to happen. Of course, they’ll fight tooth and nail to retain their positions of power, but we haven’t really given them a reason to sweat yet, have we?

Worse yet, most Tea Party people, in my humble-and-possibly-wrong opinion, don’t look at the metrics of what taking over the Republican Party really entails. It entails filling precinct committee positions across the nation and actually taking an active role in the local Parties, because they’re all feeders for the upper echelons. Instead, most of the Tea Party people I know, are still sitting on their hands thinking that simply voting for anything but the Democrats/Socialists/Marxists/Communists in the next election is going to fix the problem.

While it solves an immediate problem of stopping the destruction of the country, it doesn’t address long-term solutions because the problem is not the Democrats or the radical elements that have taken them over. The problem is we have gotten away from the principles of the Constitution. So how do we get back to it?

This is where I’ll bring in the second story, Phoenix John Birch Society Members Defear “Con-Con” in Arizona. I really hope Tea Party people will not take offense at the one thing Ms. Holt said, that, “Tea Partiers have proven to be less educated than JBS members had hoped on matters of the Constitution.” As a Tea Party member, I’m not offended in the least because it’s the truth. Unless you’ve taken the Making of America class put on by the National Center for Constitutional Studies or, at the very least, read the 5000 Year Leap, you really don’t have a true understanding of the Constitution, why it was created in the manner it was and what it’s intended to do. Even I, who just attended my first NCCS class a couple weeks ago, learned things I thought I understood, but really didn’t.

The truth of the matter is that, while Tea Party people are on the right track, the difference between what they’re doing and what they should be doing is like the difference between shooting a minute target with a cannon and with a sniper rifle. The broad general strokes of the Tea Party mainly only deal with fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and limited government. Yes, we must have those three AND, from a Tea Party standpoint, that’s the only three things that the Tea Party platform should be concerned with. However, the individual members of the Tea Party need to understand there is a far more wide range of enemies we are facing.

  • Lack of fiscal responsibility
  • Socialistic overthrow of the free market system
  • Tyrannical government intrusion
  • Implementation of Shariah Law in places and the onslaught of radical Islamic holy wars on Western Civilization
  • Lawlessness / corruption
  • Apathy among the electorate
  • Fear of changing the status quo
  • Lack of love
  • Greed and entitlement mentalities
  • Denial of reality in favor of comfort
  • Lack of honesty

The last one is the most important because if we were truly honest with ourselves, we would understand that all of these issues are serious and all capable of destroying our country, our way of life and our lives. If we are to survive and restore our Republic, it will take more than just ensuring fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and limited government. It will take understanding ALL of those principles that our founding fathers espoused and putting them immediately into practice forever.

As I stated in my radio interview with Annette McHugh, you should never stop learning and never stop trying to understand the world around you. My suggestion is this: Absorb the books and publications I have listed below, in the order I put them, to broaden your understanding of why our Constitution calls for certain things and then you will be firm in knowing why and how it is that we will succeed. Beyond that, you can actually share this information with candidates from ANY political party, so that they also know what we seek and why.

While you may not agree with all of the “rabble rousing” of the John Birch Society, they still make quite a bit of sense when you consider their rants in the context of history (more particularly the information below) On a related note, voting for accurate representation is important, but if you choose the Republican Party and you’re not really a Republican, that’s not really voting for accurate representation, is it? As to the fact that 31 of the 41 so-called Tea Party-backed Congressional members voted to extend the Patriot Act, you should be furious and letting them know.

 

The 5000 Year Leap – Dr. Cleon Skousen

The Making of America – Dr. Cleon Skousen

Original Intent – David Barton

Shariah: The Threat to America – Center for Security Policy

The Role of Pastors and Christians in Civil Government – David Barton

The John Birch Society’s An Overview of America Part 1Part 2 and Part 3

Democracy in America – Alexis de Tocqueville

The American Heritage DVD Series – David Barton

American Classic Series (includes The Real George Washington by Jay Parry, The Real Thomas Jefferson by Andrew Allison and The Real Benjamin Franklin by Andrew Allison)

What It Means To Be A Libertarian – Charles Murray

The Constitution Party National Platform

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

The Law – Frederick Bastiat

Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith

The Federalist Papers – Hamilton, Madison & John Jay

The Anti-Federalist Papers

Restraining Judicial Activism – David Barton

A Patriot’s History of the United States of America – Larry Schweikart

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