This is America. Never hide your beliefs.
Yes, I watch MSNBC's red-faced rant-machine Keith Blobermann so that you don't have to. Last night, when I paused from being awed by his capacious cranium (he's got a really big head), I heard something odd:
Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, one of the main national proponents of the Tea Party movement is advising members of the Republican Party to say that they're not members of the Tea Party because it will hurt them politically. If you ask me, instructing these elected officials to publicly renounce and conceal their Tea Party affiliation damages our cause.
I've cut a selection of the footage for your convenience (minimizing your exposure to Blobermann's bloviation):
Armey's claim that Rand Paul's biggest mistake was his publicized Tea Party affiliation is misguided. The Tea Party support that he received was instrumental to his Republican nomination for the Kentucky's Senate race-- and he was right to proclaim it, "a victory for the Tea Party".
Paul's real error was his inability to handle simple questions regarding his opinion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. His Libertarian stance was philosophically valid, but his delivery-- his inability to say that he denounced racial discrimination in strong language, was a problem. That's just political ineptitude, and it plagues many of us.
Unfortunately, the sound bites that Paul gave the Left actually damaged the Tea Party, not the other way around. What we need is better messaging.
Hiding our political affiliations is not the answer-- especially not in America where we have the right to associate with any party that we choose.
It's our responsibility as Patriots to make sure that America is safe for all points of view, especially when it's a perspective that upholds the highest ideals of freedom, our Constitution, and our Founding Fathers. We've got to encourage our elected officials to proudly proclaim their belief in us and our ideals. When we take control of our message and our image we will reverse the negative press and sliding approval ratings, like I talked about in a previous post "Is The Tea Party Dead?"
I am going to keep fighting for the recognition and actualization of the goals of our cause. I may even run for office myself...
Sorry Dick. You're wrong on this one. If you think you can convince us to stay quiet, keep our heads down and pretend that we no longer exist in the public eye, then I have one question for you:
You and what Armey?
Stand Tall Patriots,