Last week I went to a local Tea Party gathering. My first Tea Party. About 70 people there, and a long-winded speaker with a power point presentation. I stayed for about 30 minutes. Just before I left the speaker said he would take approximately one more hour.
All along I have been sympathetic to the Tea Party. i think they have made a very useful contribution to the political life of the country. Change, reform, and progress in American has often come by way of third parties.
Yet, the Tea Party has to mature, a lot. They know enough about national affairs and Congress to be mad. They are learning about sissy politicians that pretend to represent them. All positive signs. But, the issues are more sophisticated than the Tea Party’s simple solutions.
To be a force the Tea Party will need to extend beyond anger and frustration. They need to formulate and advocate common sense and workable solutions.
They need to read the countries tolerances a little closer. Americans want Medicare reform, but not elimination. Same with Social Security. Ideas like the national sales tax(Fair Tax) is just crazy, and has no chance of acceptance in my opinion.
Once, during the meeting I said audibly, ugh! It just come out on what I thought a senseless idea. Tea Party crowds are boisterous, just as advertised, but the crowd was generally respectful and courteous.
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