For those of us who new about the Tea Party before the term ‘tea-baggers’ became part of American pop culture, we are aware that it is an off-shoot of the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential campaign.
Unfortunately, Wikipedia defines the Tea Party as;
a populist political movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally-coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and a series of health care reform bills.
At least they got the following right;
The stated purpose of the movement has been to stop what it views as wasteful government spending, excessive taxation, and overreliance on regulatory bureaucracies.
Judge Andrew Napolitano gives a speech from the heart about freedom and from where our rights come. The Judge explains the hard core truth about the Constitution, how intrusive the patriot act is and why we must fight to regain and retain our freedoms.
Our collective history as human beings has never been a shining example of the better qualities in man. Wars and violence haunt us and ever threaten the dreams of peaceful men. In all our failings, though, a spark has always existed to bring hope for the future and guide us onward to better times.
Those who came before us were no greater than any one of us. They were imperfect men and women striving to create a better world for themselves and their children. They left us with ideas and inventions and paved the way for our modern civilization. They gave us the rule of law and the concept of individual liberty.
As Lincoln said, “…our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Unfortunately, they brought with them slavery, genocide, and war as well. It is a great irony and a testament to the conflicted nature of our struggle to be free.