It's been a long journey since 2009 when we all gathered for the first tax day tea party -- gathered in the cold rain, fed up, and ready for action! We were ready to take on the world. We rolled with the punches despite being called racists, extremists, astro turf. No one could quell our raised voices! We are the "TEA PARTY!", we shouted. Proud to protect the Constitution! Our unalienable individual rights are at stake! Proud to protect our Individual Liberty!
We watched in horror as policies and legislation was passed: stimulus, QE1 & QE 2, Obamacare, local, state and federal tax increases, bailouts, and subsidies for GE and Solyndra. We watched as gas prices soared to over $4.00 per gallon. We sighed as unions beat us at the polls, and wondered when was it going to stop? We shouted at our legislators, school boards, county commissioners. We have protested the President, Vice-President, Congress, local and state legislatures. We have gotten mad at our individual rights being violated, yet we felt powerless to stop it.
Governments at all levels were out of control. In hopes to try to stay on top of the fast paced world, we formed issue-based committees, discussion groups and government watchdogs. We decided to meet monthly to learn about the big issues, and receive reports on the news of the day hoping that one or two people will decide to become involved and help change the status quo.
And now, we have come to the biggest hurdle in the tea party existence. We have fallen into a routine. Constantly playing catch up; it seems impossible to get in front of the issues. We meet, we talk, we learn, rinse and repeat for the next month -- knowing what has happened and, the possibility of what could happen – yet letting the same group of people do most of the lifting.
How many of you have gone to your friends, families and neighbors to share your knowledge and help them prepare for the coming storm? I know, I know... I am asking you to break the cardinal rule of our politically correct society. You know the one, never talk politics or religion. God forbid we offend anyone. Don't want anyone mad at you... afraid that anyone might find out that you are a -- *gasp* -- conservative, or worse someone that respects the achievements made by the 1%, or worst of all that you are someone who believes that the American dream isn't dead, and will fight fiercely for the right to protect it. The appeal of our nanny state is great. Do you have the power to overcome it?
We must take a candid look into our fears. How afraid are you that the status quo will remain unchanged? Are you really that insecure in your beliefs to not speak out about those beliefs? If you are, then the tea party has failed. Our gathering theme has always been, you are not alone. When you speak there are hundreds of thousands of us figuratively standing right beside you, who hold 'these truths to be self evident'.
It is YOUR job as a tea party member to wake up those around you. To inform as Paul Revere once did that the "Government is Coming"!!!! We can give you the facts, however it's your RESPONSIBILITY to share your knowledge with your friends and family. Now, no one is saying that you need to borrow a horse, run down Main Street screaming at the top of your lungs how your individual liberties and freedoms are being taken away and violated. That would probably earn you a one way ticket to either the funny farm or jail (and no one has the money now-a-days to bail you out).
What we are asking you to do is -- Start a conversation. For example, ask a neighbor, did you know that your school district is wasting your school tax money collecting union dues? Or ask a friend, did you know that freedom of religion and individual rights are being attacked through ObamaCare’s Health and Human Services edict? Hey, how about that “Big Gulp” soda ban in New York? Did you know that they are now looking to extend that ban to pop corn?
Asking simple questions, THAT is how you become a Minuteman activist. Take a minute, ask a question... start a conversation. When you realize that the person you're talking to feels the same way you do- let them know, guess what? You believe the same thing that the tea party does. How about coming to a meeting? We sure could use the help. Don't limit yourselves to inviting them to a monthly meeting. We have committee meetings throughout the month. If someone feels strongly about a 2nd amendment issue, invite them to that committee meeting. The way we change the world is educating one mind at a time.
Can you be a Minuteman activist? Will you help your friends realize their own power? Once people realize that the power comes to those who exercise their rights, and realize it is up to them to defend those rights. They will realize that it's up to them to make the difference.
Start making a difference today!