I attended a Tea Party meeting earlier this month just after the mid-term elections. Part of the meeting was to celebrate the wins by the GOP. One of the ladies who attended was asking what’s next? I had my opinion but I listened for someone to answer her. No one did. I didn’t either because my opinion would have differed with some of those in attendance.
There was a lot of talk, talk about Agenda 21, GMOs, Common Core, a plethora of opinions about many subjects. But not one said what really was the next step—elect a conservative ‘Pub into the White House and the Governor’s Mansion in 2016 while building a conservative majority in both Houses of Congress and our Legislature.
In truth, I didn’t expect anything more than I heard. It’s the failing of the Tea Party and why it has lost it’s influence in political events—no common plan on what to do next.
When the Tea Party first appeared, there were many agendas driving the Tea Parties, but there was one common theme—No More Taxes, hence the name T.E.A Party or Taxed Enough Already party.
The Tea Party has lost that cohesion and watching many grassroots organizations, I doubt it will recover. The Tea Party is not, was not, a singular organization.
Everyone has an agenda. I do, too. I want to elect conservatives into office. That is the only way to effect change. Once we have those conservatives in office, then, we can change those push-buttons, like Right-to-Work, Common Core, Agenda 21, repealing Obamacare and Frank-Dodd and others. But, without achieving that first goal, there will be no success achieving the second nor the third.
Not only are those other agendas diverting our attention, some of them are questionable validity. Too many of us, now, have no experience in critical thinking, nor interest in validating their viewpoints.
There was a TV ad this last year, one about a dating service I believe, where a woman dates a phony Frenchman with an obvious phony French accent. She met him on the internet and “everything on the internet is true.” We all laughed. But it is an example of the failings of too many.
The left has created a religion of global warming based on a computer model that was created to fit the theory that Man was ruining the planet. Us unbelievers, looked outside an the lowering temperature averages, looked at the average temperature for the last fifty years, and saw no evidence of global warming. Then we watched while the studies supporting global warming were found to be manufactured and filled with cherry-picked and false data. We pointed out these flaws to the believers…and they refused to understand, nor accept any criticism of their beliefs.
We, like them, have our faulty beliefs. Beliefs founded on faulty science and the believers will allow no one to argue contrary to those beliefs. We’re just as bad as are those on the left.
But I digress.
So, what’s next? Is there a plan? Do we have a goal?
I do. I’m going to work to elect conservatives at all levels of government. I will do my own vetting of candidates. I’ll not rely solely on others who may or may not have the same agenda as I. I will make mistakes. I will, at some point, support someone who is not worthy. When I do so, it will be my error, not that of someone I followed blindly.
The lack of critical thinking, a concept no longer taught in school, is one reason why so many are lead astray. The lack of critical thinking like the failings in teaching real science, instead of pseudo-science, is one reason why our attention is diverted from a common goal, why we cannot reach a common consensus. We have not learned to question assumptions or even recognize when arguments are based on unsupported theory.
Like the TV ad, we believe whatever we’re told if the source appears to support our thinking while never questioning its validity…just like the left and the global warming advocates.
I have friends whose sole focus is fighting against Agenda 21. Other friends are strong activists for Right-to-Work, others are against Common Core. I will support them as I can because with my support, they will support me, in turn, towards my goal, electing conservatives.
I will not, however, allow myself to be diverted from my goal to theirs. The fault of the Tea Party today is that too many have no common view, no central goal. They’ve allowed themselves to be nothing more than a debating society with a different discussion topic each month.
The Great Grass Roots Uprising of 2010 has failed. Unless we conservative Tea Partiers consolidate our efforts towards a single goal, the Tea Party will just be another footnote in history, if that. Its epitaph may read, “The Tea Party. Died while dithering about a direction.”