I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: The "Tea Party" movement arose from decades-old mistrust of and frustration with our elected officials (on both sides) who refused to listen to our grievances. They ignored us, betrayed us, and abused our good graces. And although the result was as predictable as the sunrise, it apparently remains quite unbelievable to many left-of-center. Granted, We The People are partially to blame. We did not live up to our duties as citizens of this nation. Our system of government was designed for a citizenry that remains actively engaged and involved in the goings-on of government, at all levels. We are charged with holding our elected officials accountable. But for far too long, far too many of us shrunk from those responsibilities. "Sorry, I have 2.3 kids I have to get to soccer practice, I've no time". "No can do, I'm heading to the bar to watch the game". "What? Pay attention to politics? No, I don't care about that crap! I just got a new iPod and have to get my tunes transferred!" We became self-absorbed little brats. And, as with most things, we got what we deserved. But, as the Tea Party movement grew (and still grows), a political 'awakening' began. One that harkens back to our nation's Revolution, when ordinary citizens, tired of government's mandates and tyrannical grasp, finally had enough. Back then, pitch-forks and torches were the norm. Today, we don't have to go that far, thankfully. But however far away we are distanced from those days, an alert citizenry must remain on alert, and must always remember that the pitch-forks and torches should always remain an option...The very LAST option...But an option, none the less. Why? Read: "...But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." Over the past year, the Tea Party movement, and those who identify with it, has become a political force to be reckoned with. Its basis for existence is not a hot-button issue or 'flavor of the month' cause. It is the very Constitution itself, and the fact that our system of government has wandered far away from the simplicity and intent contained within. And as the left continues its predictable soros-funded, union-thug enforced attacks against those who would dare claim the moniker of "Tea Party member", it is clear that a very raw and exposed nerve has been stomped on by citizen patriots all across the country. Those opposed to the Tea Party movement wring their hands in frustration at the very notion that We The People are finally paying attention and can clearly see right through their spoken intent, down into the political abyss of their true intent: Maintaining governmental power over the people. Keeping down a section of society, lying to their faces, and telling them that government should always be their savior, while at the same time constantly harassing, bullying and stealing from the rest of us, because we might have a few honest dollars to spend and a warm & safe home in which to live, all WITHOUT the need or want of a governmental 'nanny' to provide anything for us, beyond the bounds of the Constitution. Over at Townhall today, Carol Platt Liebau has a great little piece titled: "[They] Can't Defeat What They Can't Understand" In part, it reads: (snip) Read the whole thing, and access embedded links, at the link above.... Carol, of course, is on-point with this. Those opposed to the Tea Party movement are continually aghast at what it has wrought. They cannot believe that We The People would do such a thing to our governmental 'nanny' who supposedly only wants what's best for us. Fair warning: We The People know what's best for us. We are the ones taking care of our lives, our families and our communties. Without any help from government thugs or chicanery. "How dare they live our own lives", they say. "How dare they take care of themselves!", they cry. We dare just fine...Thank you.