What is it About the Tea Party Movement?

February 18th, 2010

Some of the sweetest words printed in any English language document are “Congress shall make no law…”

There is much debate whether the United States is a Christian nation or not. Frankly, I do not care. I know that among the founding fathers there were strong Christians. There were others who had a foundational knowledge of Christianity and a healthy respect for God.

The tyranny of King George forced these men to make a decision, one they did not make in haste. All knew the cost… it could be their lives and fortune. When they met at the First Constitutional Convention, it was Benjamin Franklin who suggested they open the meeting with prayer. This was no ordinary prayer, it lasted three hours! How many of us could sit through that?

When they crafted the Constitution, they knew firsthand the tyranny of a government of the elite. They also knew the great conflict to the other extreme, the God given liberty of the individual. The form of government they crafted was somewhere between these two extremes.

They also knew there must be a moral component to government, since government was bestowed upon men by God. They carefully chose words and crafted the Constitution of the United States. It would be this governing document to which ordinary men would give fealty. It was this document that created a nation governed by laws and not men. A nation founded on a document that constrains elitists from imposing their will upon us.

We come to a crossroads… They say that those who do not heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. We live in a time where those who find themselves in the service of government make every effort to destroy the Constitution. It is not just mere words on paper, but an ideal that nurtured humanity’s free spirit. This freedom created an atmosphere of creativity and accelerated ingenuity, and arguably the greatest nation on Earth!

It is these times we find ourselves at a crossroads similar to those that preceded the Civil War. The two party system then consisted of the Whigs, the materialistic party of westward expansion and fiscal responsibility. The other, who purposed continuation of slavery at all costs, was the Democratic Party.

In the Presidential election of 1856… the Democratic rallying cry was “Anybody but Pierce!” (Sound familiar?) After the election, the Whig party disintegrated, mainly over the morality of slavery. The fledgling Republican Party formed to fill the void.

It was in the next presidential election of 1860… the same pressures of tyranny that the founding fathers quenched had again made inroads into the governance of this nation. This time the tyranny came in the form of the morality of slavery. The controversy threatened to rip the heart from this nation. A young lawyer from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, the fledgling Republican party candidate for president understood the foundation of the Constitution.

It was on 15 October 1858 at his last debate with Democratic Party candidate Steven Douglas that he said…

“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings.”

This is the delicate balance the founding fathers enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Does the Constitution constrain the elite from foisting their ideas upon individual men?

Abraham Lincoln knew the only answer was to abolish tyranny in all of its forms. He continued…

“It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You toil and work and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

Yes, Lincoln knew tyranny. His supporters also knew tyranny. When there is no morality, then all things are permissible. It was this Republican Party that espoused the idea that everyone is entitled to the fruits of their own labor. Lincoln was elected President in 1860.

The Democratic Party and its leaders in the south, broke a national compact and stole states from the United States, creating the Confederate States of America. Lincoln’s only choice was to declare war to keep the Republic and further the moral truths imprinted upon our hearts by God Himself. Eventually right prevailed, and the Confederacy conceded defeat and the nation began reconstruction, but not with a massive loss of life!

As the nation began to heal, the Democratic Party continued to perpetuate the tyranny of elevating one man above another, the Republican Party furthered the moral fight by limiting; and ultimately extinguishing slavery.

It is today where we again find ourselves at a crossroads. We must ask, do Abraham Lincoln’s words transcend time and mean the same as they did then?

You betcha! That is precisely what guides the Tea Party today.

It is the Republican Party that recently has found itself a party of materialists devoid of a moral compass. Since, there already exists a party devoid of morality; it has been around since the inception of this great nation. It is because the Republican Party that wants to emulate the Democratic Party by seeking to deprive men of the fruits of their own labor and bestow them upon another who has not earned them.

This Tea Party movement is an assembly of regular individual Americans who believe as the founding fathers. They want to steer the governance of this country back to the foundation document, the Constitution. Some call the Tea Party a third party… it may well be, but so is the Republican Party. The Tea Party movement is helping to correct the course of the party of morality and thus correct the course of this nation. Those Republicans who choose otherwise should graciously step aside… but, it is the Tea Party that does not need the Republican Party.

Perhaps there is an older lesson in history that our founding fathers, and Abraham Lincoln knew about. It is a lesson God wanted the nation of Israel to learn. We would do well ourselves to heed the instruction given to us by the One Who created governance in the first place. Do we do it His way, as a nation who owes fealty to the law, or one who bows to a king?

Read it for yourself in 1 King 8:1-18…

“When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

Will we be like the Israelites who forsook God by crying for a king?

Air America Radio closing, filing for bankruptcy

January 21st, 2010

Again? How many times is this, now?

Just more proof that progressivism itself is bankrupt! One cannot use the shifting sands of a progressive or liberal (lack of) morality to govern a people. All rules in such systems are changeable at a whim.

It is silly!

Liberalism, progressivism, communism, socialism, collectivism all do not work. They end in tyranny! The only true system that works to PROTECT THE FREEDOM of the individual is capitalism!

What that means, I get to decide what my labor is worth to the person willing to pay for it! This is not a decision to be made by some government policy wonk in a back room!

Air America Radio closing, filing for bankruptcy – Yahoo! News

America Betrayed President Bush

January 20th, 2010

The unspoken irony in the title of this article drips heavily onto my heart. I am no Bush apologist, however, I do think that he did his best in the office. He executed his duties with dignity.

There is a power behind the political machinations of this world that is incredible, but not undefeatable. That power exists, but is subservient to the will of God. That power also knows his time is very short.

We sacrifice our children for the god of convenience. We sacrifice our freedom at the altar of government handouts. We sacrifice our individuality to the god of conformity. We, in America, are reaping what we have sown.

We can no longer see dignity. President Bush acquiesced to his advisors in the later years, and that is my beef with him. But as a whole, he honored his country and its citizens.

And looking back only one year, there is a stark and striking revulsion to the Constitutional freedom of the individual by the current occupant of the office!

Thank you, George Walker Bush!

» America Betrayed President Bush – Big Government

Make Mine Freedom

November 4th, 2009

This is a great cartoon that will make you think about what is going on today. It was created in 1948 but it is timeless.