It is an old question, but it is one that it is worth asking. Many men and women have publicly declared their loyalty to the Tea Party movement, but where do they stand now? We have suffered some recent set backs and even some acrimony among ourselves. Such things are natural in the life of any movement. Grass roots movements such as ours have been subject to the ebb and flow of people’s passions. History gives us examples of how this has always been true.
In December of 1777 General Washington encamped the Continental Army at Valley Forge, and he wrote letters to the state legislatures pleading for more support. The commander in chief proceeded to detail the urgent need for additional troops and supplies. Washington asked the state legislatures to take “early and vigorous measures” to raise more men. He saw the outcome of the war depending on it. General Washington wrote:
…The necessity and expediency of this procedure are too obvious to need Arguments. Should we have a respectable force to commence an early Campaign with, before the Enemy are reinforced, I trust we shall have an Opportunity of striking a favourable and an happy stroke; But if we should be obliged to defer it, It will not be easy to describe with any degree of precision, what disagreeable consequences may result from It. We may rest assured, that Britain will strain every nerve to send from Home and abroad, as early as possible, All the Troops it shall be in her power to raise or procure. Her views and schemes for subjugating these States, and bringing them under her despotic rule will be unceasing and unremitted. ...
Stopping these people from committing these atrocities requires hard work and dedication. There are many means through which we are working to reverse this dangerous trend. The Worcester Tea Party is supporting many initiatives that taken together will restore liberty and prosperity in our nation, in our Commonwealth, and in our towns and cities.
- To support Due Process of Law we support PANDAA
- To oppose a government take over of medicine we support the Right to Refuse
- To express our belief in a limitless frontier we support the Tea Party in Space
- To demand representation before taxation we support Tank the Automatic Gas Tax
Through these initiatives and in many more ways we live up to the values and principles that our nation was founded on. If you still believe in the core Tea Party principles of adherence to the Constitution, personal liberty, and fiscal responsibility; if you believe that overspending, waste, corruption and lawlessness must end, then we need you to join with us. There is so much more work that needs doing. There are great things that will only get done because of the hard work and dedication of people like you.
In your heart ask yourself “What do I believe in?” Remember the words of our Constitution, are you willing to stand up and do the hard work necessary to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity? Then ask yourself “What am I doing to further those beliefs?” Remember the words of President Reagan, "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."