The Tea Party Movement: Up against any Gripe-of-the-day Scheduled Event...Wins every time!
Today as it was nearly a decade ago (hard to believe) and as it was, closing in...on 250 years ago (Wow)....it is about America!
Well, for most of us, it is..
A Country like no other, emulated but never equaled.
So sought after, that an otherwise stable and grounded man, living in a foreign land, is willing to risk everything, uproot his family, put them on a makeshift flimsy raft, if that's what it takes and head out into the deep, dark blue unknown, in search of something better. While, another methodically maps out the trail that he and his family will someday take, he'll have no way of knowing, if he has chosen wisely.
- They and so many others, contemplate a way, some way, any way to get to America!
As these men contemplate, they hope and pray for the wheels of Immigration to start spinning again, for the Process to enter into America legally, be made simpler by easing the complexities, so that they will not be forced, to take such risks.
While they contemplate getting here....
- Another, born here, will awaken, without a thought or care about the Country they are waking up in. They'll check their schedule for the day, in order to find out where it is, they are to report.
True, a regular job does not typically have one checking to see where they'll be. But, theirs is not a typical job, they are Paid Protestors, they Report as Summoned and then collect.
- A young man/young woman, without direction, lacking that certain drive, that is inherent in most, will roll out of bed, receive a message to get down to Town Square, for it's about to get real! They may receive word that there's a scheduled Town Hall gathering, they should show up and disrupt...just because! Maybe it will be word that a Libertarian or a Conservative is scheduled to speak at the local College and may be (brazen enough) to show up. Their Mission, should they choose to accept it; show up, shout over and hopefully shut down the invited Speaker! This group will not receive payment, they've no real Purpose, just taking too much for granted, with too much time on their hands!
In either scenario, their existence, their Job; to agitate, obstruct, to shut down and to, hopefully, make the News.......
Nearly ten years ago, President Obama was beginning his Presidency. Many of us didn't vote for him, but he was elected, he was our President.
Most of his Agenda didn't surprise any of us. He had already told us that he wanted Transformation. It was very clear that he wasn't impressed by anything about America and so, he sought to change it.
He was always focusing on all of the wrong things. Matters, which did not concern him and had nothing to do with his Role as President. It seemed as if either, he didn't understand or didn't accept his Duties or the words repeated, during his Swearing In.
We watched, waited, kept to our routines. Maybe we could get through the next four years, without too much damage.
He seemed nice enough, personable, etc.
Suddenly, at warped speed, a National Healthcare Bill was introduced. It was thick, (yes it was in fact...Huge) and no one really knew what all was in it. Speaker Nancy Pelosi certainly didn't know, she stated that we should Pass it, so that we could all find out ... what was in it. (yes, this is the way she and apparently many Dems, think)
They did pass it, (the Dems that is) no Republicans wanted to be associated with, this yet-to-be-read, Huge monstrosity mystery Bill.
We started to find out "what was in it" alright... we started to read about Mandates and Fines. This overstepping, overreaching, ginormous Bill, even went as far as suggesting jail time for non-compliance.
It was at this time.....a grassroots phenomenon sprung up. People from all walks of life, white-collar, blue-collar, differing political views, started coming together in City Parks, band shells, downtown venues....wherever there was space, because the numbers of attendees grew and grew....City to City, Town to Town, State by State.
Eventually, we all came together in Washington D.C., September 12, 2009, for a March on the Capitol. We peaceably assembled and petitioned the Government for a redress of grievances, for the Constitution of the United States was not only being ignored, it was being trampled upon.
It was an amazing thing to see so many faces, in all directions, as far as the eye could see, Peacefully assembling, Peacefully marching, but with very Real, very Genuine concerns:
- Families with small children
- College students
- High school groups
- Senior citizens marching the entire route with their canes in hand, as their only aid
- Multiple Moms and Pops, just wanting their Businesses to survive this President
When all of the Events were behind us and we were headed back home, first a Police Officer and then later, a Taxi Driver, told us to please come back any time. They stated that they'd never seen such a large crowd and shared that when there were large crowds, their City was trashed. We had left their City, Our Capital....cleaner than we had found it!
They couldn't say the same about the Environmentalists that visited frequently. Hmm, I found that quite interesting, don't you?
The Police Officers had it pretty easy that day. They only had to deal with the usual stuff and an additional few ignoramuses that chose to verbally or physically attack... us, their Guests from out of town!
I know that we made a difference. The Tea Party got behind and endorsed Constitutional Conservatives for Office. We ended the careers of many Politicians that had probably cared about the Country and their Constituents, at one time, but had lost their way.
We had a lot of People, whether involved or not....Paying Attention! Some for the first time ever.
Affordable Healthcare, aka Obamacare, aka ACA, has been a thorn in our side, in America's side... ever since. We've all heard stories of canceled Policies, Premium increases, unrealistic deductibles and people having to give up their favorite Doctor, for one chosen for them!
We've heard how Small Businesses have had to lay-off to get to a certain protected number or how they've had to decrease hours for some employees, from full-time to part-time status, in order to keep their doors open.
We've heard how the IRS targeted the Tea Party!
Presently, we do not have a day go by, that we don't hear about the ACA. A lot of people are still paying close attention to how this current Administration, this current Congress will respond.
Many will be happy with minimal change, but many expect far more, a full Repeal and a full Replacement. While many of us believe that the Government shouldn't be in the healthcare industry at all. We are watching intently, from day to day to see what they do.
It was nothing compared to what was accomplished here nearly 250 years ago, but 8 years ago, over one million of us, took time out from our busy schedules/busy lives, time away from our Businesses and Jobs and stood together....for a Cause! It was definitely a 'Purpose Driven' Cause which meant something to each and every one of us. Not because we were told to do so, not because we received a message to show up and be loud, be obnoxious and break things. Incidentally, if anyone had sought to do harm to another or destroy property, through all of this, they'd have been instantly stopped, booted and reported! It would have gone over like a lead balloon.
So much experienced and so many great Memories made!