1. I am a strong supporter of the Tea Party. I believe that the Party folks are patriots, and are, largely, imbued with similar motivations as those of the earlier patriots of our nation. 2. Is is not more than a Left-wing talking point to try to blame the Tea Party for the debt ceiling crisis or the downgrading. a. "Blaming the TEA Party for the downgrade is like blaming Paul Revere for the Revolutionary War." 3. Freedom of assembly, sometimes used interchangeably with the freedom of association, is the individual right to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. Freedom of assembly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 4. There are currently several threads about the recall vote in Wisconsin, the issue being the removal the union's right to collective bargaining. 5. My question to fellow Tea Party supporters: how can we cheer the severing of a groups' ability to " promote, pursue and defend common interests"? This is not to say we support, necessarily, what the union asks for, but how can we cheer the deprivation of the 'asking' right? 6. It may be understandable that many on the Right are self employed, or business owners, etc., but I expect that we can understand a basis for the common tactics of unions, and 'political unions.' 7. If the asking price is too high, or unfair to the electorate, then it is the politicians who should be held responsible for refusing them. a. In my state, public unions have no right to strike. The Tea Party and the unions are all groups of Americans, and no laws should prevent what is essentially free speech.