Many in the Tea Party movement specifically do not see themselves as Republicans. These comments may partly sum it up:
Many conservatives are quite disillusioned with the Republican Party at this time…but we do all need to get together, and that will have to include the GOP listening to us and not being swayed by people who want them as weak as they were this last election.
Surely the “Join, or Die Again” slogan doesn’t mean to do what happened last fall–join the moderates’ idea of what will embarass them less at their cocktail parties, and then get stomped in the election.
We know that what must be done is to stress and explain ideas. Strong, positive, conservative principles that work every time they’re tried. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has it right when he paraphrases C.S. Lewis:
…if you aim for principled reform, you win elections in the bargain; if you just aim for elections, you get neither.
Was that ever proven this past election! So, what—specifically—must we do here in District 17 to do our part? In the House, our representative is truly part of the problem.
What we must do—through our NUMBERS and UNITY
- Influence who the next District 17 candidate will be. Conservative, fiscally-sound principles first.
- Get this candidate elected. We all know people who either voted for our incumbent without examination, or didn’t vote against him for whatever reason. Our job must be to respectfully show them how they can help fix our country’s dangerous path by voting for the fiscally-conservative choice. If each of us do this we will win.
- Hold this new representative accountable. When united numbers of people encourage right actions and strongly discourage the brain-rot that too often happens in Washington, we can maintain the accountability of our representative.
I heard something the other day that clarified our responsibilities. I’m trying to start meeting with more groups who share the ideas of the Tea Party movement. At a very good recent meeting, one of the very intelligent and knowledgeable attendees stated something along the lines of:
I didn’t vote against our incumbent last November because I assumed the challenger was as poor a contender as the previous two were…
If you heard Rob Curnock speak at the Tea Party, or better yet at the Hilton debate before the election, you know that nothing could be further from the truth. Despite the State Republican Party and the RNC denying him any support, he came much closer (46-53%) to beating Chet Edwards and his more than $2 million (a third from unions), than the previous candidate (40-58%).
But remember, it’s principles first, then elections get won!