I have to say, it was a much more enjoyable one than last year.
Last year, it was cold and wet. As our local organizer said, “Thank God for some global warming, huh?” Instead of being jammed into a small plaza in the new pseudo-downtown development, they managed to rent a bigger park. Which also meant that we had a gorgeous view of the water. Right on cue, the large sailing ship that does harbor cruises went by, cheering, waving, and blasting its horn. (Our local Tea Party has a sailing ship on its logo.)
The news, of course, could be better. Since last year’s tea party, the health care monstrosity passed. On the other hand, Virginia is one of many states that is currently fighting the federal government, arguing that Washington has overstepped its bounds and that it is un-Constitutional to require someone to enter into a contract. As one state delegate pointed out, in Virginia, that contract would be considered legally null, since it was coerced.
We’ll have to wait to see how that goes. Washington can ignore or disparage the Tea Parties, but it’s going to have to do something to answer the states’ lawsuits.
I find it sadly amusing how much misinformation is spread in the MSM about the Tea Parties.
Members are disparaged as racist; when we got there tonight, the speaker was one on-fire black preacher (oh, my gosh, he was great! I’ll post a link to the video when I find it.) who commented that at least they couldn’t call him “racist,” although he usually got called even worse things. A few months back, I had to explain that word to my kids, when they overheard something about Tea Party people being racist. Diva looked at me, gave that utterly disdainful look, tossed her locs, and snorted, “Well, that’s stupid!” [If you have not read the “Cast” tab up top, my older two kids are black. My DH and I are not. I have my faults, but hating or looking down on people for the color of their skin is definitely not one of them.]
The sneer is repeated that the Tea Parties are too disparate in their ideologies. Hmm, really? Almost every sign I’ve seen at a Tea Party has been about several very specific issues:
- government has gotten too big, grossly overstepping its Constitutional bounds
- government has gotten too full of itself and forgotten that the people are supposed to be in charge
- and government has got to live on a much tighter budget and stop making up its shortfalls by adding taxes.
I’d call that a pretty tight grouping of issues: government bloat, both ideological and fiscal.
Although there was a lot of applause tonight at our Tea Party for the state partial-birth abortion ban and in support of pro-life language, abortion has not been a major issue of the Tea Parties. Why? For the same reason slavery wasn’t dealt with at the Continental Congress: if the independence movement sank over slavery, then the moral victory on slavery would have meant absolutely nothing. Currently, since the government thinks it’s God, there’s no way to fix abortion: the government has declared that abortion is fine because the government has declared that what science clearly proves is a separate life is not, according to the government, a life.
If the Tea Parties are the first step to reining the government back in, however, then the re-outlawing of abortion should follow.
It’s ok, though; my kids are homeschooled, so we’ve already had discussions about how the Founders emphasized that rights are from God, not the government. Rights are also basic things (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) or ideas directly associated with protecting those three (freedom of speech, press, and religion; right to bear arms; right to peacably assemble; etc.) by discouraging government tyranny. Rights are neither granted nor provided by government programs.
God is perfectly trustworthy and unchanging. Government is neither. I’d rather have my rights guaranteed by God, thanks.