I do not expect onlookers from afar to understand everything that goes on in the US, especially about The Tea Party, but in the UK Evening Standard article, they say they do.
But, to borrow the title of President Obama's book, I was surprised at the audacity of hope of those who still support what the president and his democratic supporters, have to say about the Tea Party. Maybe that's where the UK news gets its information.
All the democrats who have been against the Tea Party, even more so since the Tea Pary swayed the elections last November, have badmouthed them, and painted them in a negative light.
Take for instance, a story last April at CBS News, with the headline, Tea Party Supporters: Who They Are and What They Believe.
We would think that CBS, with it's long run, would be a reliable source to go to for news, but sadly just like many news outlets, CBS has shown preference with the liberal point of view. In the first line, this piece says,
"They're white. They're older. And they're angry."
Without picking on the use of contractions, and using the word 'and' to begin a sentence, I will let the following sentence contained within the article, to do that for me:
"They are better educated than most Americans: 37 percent are college graduates, compared to 25 percent of Americans overall."
Like Forrest Gump once said, "that's all I have to say about that".
Nonetheless, I would like the chance to tell CBS, and the UK, that we are not over, not by a long shot.
I would also like everyone that has no clue who the Tea Party really is, to know that it grew out of one simple idea. The idea was that we want to be the Americans we were the day after the worst terrorist attack on US soil occurred, on September 11, 2001, whose 10 year anniversary comes in five short months.
This video from The Glenn Beck Program of March 13, 2009 is, according to the YouTube page, the:
first 6 minutes of the live TV broadcast of "We Surround Them - The Unveiling".
The 9-12 Project was founded on these 9 Principles and 12 Values:
The 9 Principles
- America Is Good.
- I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
- I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
- The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
- If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
- I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
- I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
- It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
- The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
The 12 Values
- Hard Work
- Personal Responsibility
So, you see CBS and the UK Evening Standard, this is who the Tea Party Members were, and still are.
We are of many colors and backgrounds, and we are not all Republicans.
We are just people who are concerned with the direction our government officials have taken us.
We are still here, the party is not over, and as this video from August of 2009 explains, and as America saw last November 2nd, no one should underestimate the Tea Party.
Furthermore, we are people who will never forget September 11, 2001, and how we, as Americans felt, on the day after.