Apparently President Bill Clinton and James Carville are planning some sort of smear campaign against "The Tea Party Leaders" - they figure that there are 7-8 national figures active in the Tea Party movement that they plan to identify and drag through the mud. Good luck with that.
The truth is that all the participants are Tea Party leaders. We have no "national figures" that truly "lead" or otherwise "dictate to" this movement, and if anyone says there are then I can tell you they do not understand who or what the Tea Party Movement truly is, and the folks claiming to be its "national leaders" are also not completely telling the truth.
There may be people nationally who want to say they are co-ordinating this - but that isn't quite true, and in fact there ARE forces and people who have looked to usurp and capitalize on the movement. They have been met with fierce resistance as well.
The Tea Party movement is a coalition of many!
Here is the REAL history of the Tea Party movement as documented in my own blog.
The Modern Tea Party movement was actually started with the Boston Tea Party 2008. Committees of Safety and Walter Reddy, held a Boston Tea Party on December 14, 2008, at Faneuil Hall in Boston to highlight freedom and liberty and sound money - The Speakers were Edwin Vieira , John McManus, Katherine Albrecht, and Walter Reddy, to name a few.Santelli's "rant", about having a Chicago Tea Party in July, went viral.
After the December Faneuil Hall tea party event was held, we heard Rick Santelli on CNBC on the floor of the Chicago Exchange calling for a tea party in Chicago - and that is what touched a nerve in this country.
The rest is history.
People began to organize.
There are many people involved and many organizations involved - and rather surprisingly they do not all agree on everything. But what they DO agree on is that We The People demand to have our Republic Restored, our Constitution respected, and the oaths of office that our elected officials take to be abided by.
But here is a good start to understand what the Tea Party, at least here in CT, is:
Declaration of Tea Party Independence
Here is the last bit of that Declaration:
We Declare ourselves INDEPENDENT of self-styled “leaders” who claim to speak for the Tea Party Movement. This movement is not a brand name to be used to sell product; nor is it a logo to be used to justify profiting off its name.
We reject those who seek to personally capitalize on our popularity and momentum by trying to associate with our cause.
We reject the idea that the Tea Party Movement is “led” by anyone other than the millions of average citizens who make it up. The Tea Party Movement understands that as a Free People, we need to SAVE OURSELVES, BY OURSELVES, FOR OURSELVES.
The Tea Party Movement is not “led.” The Tea Party Movement LEADS.
We are united in our common belief in Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets. This threefold purpose is the source of our unityin the Tea Party Movement.
We reject the idea that the Tea Party Movement must all be unanimous in our specific policy views in order to win. We recognize that the current situation requires we come together in confederation to achieve the MANY MUTUAL GOALS we all seek to accomplish.
We recognize that the current situation requires that we concentrate on the many things we have in common rather than those few things about which we may disagree.
We are the Tea Party Movement of America and we believe in American Exceptionalism.
We believe that American Exceptionalism is found in its devotion to the cause of Liberty.
We believe that Liberty is based in rational self-interest, in freedom of thought, in free markets, free association, free speech, a free press and the ability granted us under the Constitution TO DIRECT OUR OWN AFFAIRS FREE OF THE DICTATES OF AN EVER EXPANDING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHICH IS AS VORACIOUS IN ITS DESIRE FOR POWER AS IT IS INCOMPETENT AND DANGEROUS IN ITS EXERCISE.
We believe that either fate or history has chosen this Country to be a beacon of freedom and prosperity to the whole world because of America’s belief in and vigorous defense of political and economic Liberty. The United States has been the instrument of Liberty against the many tyrannies that have threatened the people of this world.
The Tea Party Movement rejects the idea that America has to apologize to a far guiltier world that has been largely unappreciative of the sacrifices made on their behalf by the brave and noble members of our Armed Forces, whose sacrifice and patriotic service in our defense makes all else possible.
The Tea Party Movement rejects the imposition of “transformational change” performed on our Nation by smug elites who call themselves the “educated class”.
The Tea Party Movement understands that our Nation is NOT the same thing as our government and that America is much more than simply a militarily and economically powerful State.
The Tea Party Movement sees America as something exceptional, as something unique, as something that came into existence to fulfill the hope of all previous generations that longed for freedom.
It came into existence because it is more than simply a country with land and population and riches and armaments. America came into existence because LIBERTY is an eternal concept in the mind of both God AND Man.
The United States of America came into existence because Mankind needs freedom the same way it needs food and air and property and security and love.
And what is freedom other than the RIGHT to be free of the tyranny of Government and the elitist, self-styled aristocrats who seek to run it at our expense and to our detriment?
The Tea Party Movement will fight this danger to our Liberty as long as its members have breath in their bodies.
When America didn’t exist men and women were compelled to invent it, BECAUSE MANKIND CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT FREEDOM AND STILL BE FULLY HUMAN.
To this goal we mutually pledge to each other, as our Founding Fathers did over two centuries ago, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Please read the rest.
So I would like to see an "adulterer" and "philanderer" such as President Clinton, and his media campaign mogul Mr. Goebbels Carville come try to smear us all ... just try it.
The 2 million of us who were at the Washington Capitol on 09/12/09 will create blowback that will be unprecedented.
The Democrat brand is already in shambles, and it's Progressive Socialist agenda has been revealed.
I AM the Tea Party Leader.