It is not an accident that when we gather under our various banners and signs we do so while invoking the memory of our revolutionary forefathers. To this end, we self apply the term TEA PARTY to our gatherings. We, like this nations founders, recognize that our government has for several generations been traveling down a path that has become destructive to the ends of liberty. What was once a government that was designed to be restricted in nature has grown into a Leviathan that is exceeding our ability to control it. In allowing it to grow, we are becoming shackled to a debt that is exceeding our ability to pay it.
Revolutions, and let me be perfectly clear that by the term revolution I do not mean through violent and destructive means, but rather through peaceful evolution and change, revolutions generally occur only in rare days of civic awakening, when people discover their voice and speak with one tongue. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is that civic reawakening.
You embody the spirit of our forefathers, and make no mistake about it, this makes you a threat to the status quo. To this end, the status quo and its emissaries have for over a year now sought to marginalize us and still…we take to the streets. For over a year now they have tarnished our reputations, and still…we carry our flags with pride. For over a year now they have defamed us with slanderous accusations….AND STILL OUR NUMBERS GROW!
The truth, to anyone who cares to recognize it, is that we are long past caring what they say about us in the smoke filled rooms of Washington DC, or the News Rooms of New York City. We go to bed every night with a comfort that comes only with the knowledge of righteousness in our cause.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not a movement that is simply about policy, although we certainly oppose many of our government’s policies. We don’t take to the streets out of anger, or hate, or blind emotion. No…our motives, which have been called into question over and over and over again, are based in something far greater than all of those things. Something that is conspicuously lacking in the capital these days. Our motives can be summed up in a single word…PRINCIPLE.
PRINCIPLE…now there’s a novel concept.
While emotions fade, it is our founding principles; include limited governance, economic freedom, and individual liberty, are what stand the test of time. We gather, not to simply espouse our principles…we gather to defend them.
Make no mistake about it, our principles have been under attack since long before the current occupant of the White House, and will continue to be under attack long after he has vacated it.
A great man once said: “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” He didn’t say that because there was a lousy president, or an unfriendly congress. He said it because liberty is always under attack.
By coming here, in the face of overwhelming opposition, you show a dedication to those principles. But your obligation does not end at the steps of this post office tonight…they follow you wherever you are. You carry that obligation with dignity and pride and I pray you will continue to do so.
Our liberty depends on it.