Terrence Verigan recently commented that the tea party knows neither history nor the process of governance. I believe Terrance should study these concepts himself.
When Bill Clinton was elected president, one of his first acts was an attempt to pass a national healthcare law. The people stood up and voiced their opposition. The act failed, and in the next election the Republicans won both the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years. When Obama became president, a national healthcare law became his prime objective. While polls indicated that the American people did not want national healthcare, the Democrats were again in charge of both the House and Senate. The act was finally passed, but not until several senators sold their votes (and, I believe, their souls) to a high-bidding president. In other words, our representatives in Washington enacted a law which was against the will of the people. Isn’t this a good definition of tyranny?
This act caused many patriotic Americans to become very active at a grass roots level, and the tea party arose out of this movement. Folks, this is how American governance is supposed to work. In the next election, the Republicans took the House, with the help of the tea party. This trend extended into state and local elections. The strength of the tea party was duly noted, and the IRS harassed groups representing the tea party and others that opposed the president’s agenda by delaying or denying them tax exempt status before the next presidential election. They also audited the top three Romney donors multiple times.
I would extend Mr. Verigan’s charge of ignorance of history to the major portion of the American people. History is replete with examples of where we are headed. We now borrow about 40 cents of every dollar the government spends (or worse, just print it). We cannot afford national healthcare. We cannot afford Social Security and Medicare and extensive welfare. These things feel good and we love them, but look at what’s down the road. As an example, a hundred years ago Argentina had the second strongest economy in the world, second only to the United States. Perhaps an Advocate editor or reporter could publish a story on how Argentina ended up in the mess they are in today, and how what they did compares to what we are doing.