By Kevin Fobbs, Guest Author
Originally posted at BuzzPo
Used by permission
America’s history is written upon the ever evolving tapestry of freedom that had its birth in the Revolutionary War and its infancy in the changing political sea turbulence that followed. The Tea Party movement is not just an occurrence that resulted from frustration with a president who has never led, and has never been unattached from his socialist upbringing. It actually was called into existence because of events and actions dating back to the Republican Party’s creation, Rough Rider president Teddy Roosevelt and even the civil rights movement of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Tea Party revolution of 2009 could find its birthplace in the very fabric of principled protests by colonial residents rallying colonialists in Mass., Virginia, Conn., New York and other colonies against British tyranny. It is here that freedom to organize, protest and even move for change in government if and when necessary came about.
History has a way of being an ocean that has currents which move, ebb and flow and take the ship of ideals and principles forward to create a corrective course. This movement can at times become a battering ram against the shore of political complacency. At other times it is a hurricane which topples the walls of political tyrants masked in insipid destructive speeches, used to nullify biblical beliefs and crucify constitutional protections.
History as a living form chooses a few events to course correct America. One of those events which in effect created the first leg of the second constitutional revolution was formed on July 6, 1854, in Jackson, Michigan at a place known as “Under the Oaks”. It was the Republican Party. It has its beginning as an “anti-slavery’ party to address not just the ideals of freedom for slaves, but deal with the core of what America and its founders believed as freedom and justice.
The political system had been corrupted and the birth of the Republican Party in that small Michigan town was the result. Many political leaders had fought against its creation, and the power brokers of the time even discounted its effectiveness. But it took only a short time for the new party to begin winning state elections, which culminated in the election of its party’s presidential candidate in 1860 as President of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln.
The measurement of a movement’s success that embraces its constitutional heritage is not solely based upon the election of a president, but rather upon the movement in the hearts, minds and spirits of a free people. Abraham Lincoln won because his party, though young, derided, and often vilified knew there was a constitutional core which fired their beliefs. America was ready for history to test it again in another few decades and this time history would choose a rough rider, by the name of Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.
As historic movements go, this forerunner of the present Tea Party revolution had its creation out of the run up to the presidential election of 2012. This time the cause was based upon the notion that the Republican Party and the current president, Howard Taft had drifted apart from its original purpose and had become nearly identical to the Democrat Party in practice and in ideology. Something had to change and former president, Theodore Roosevelt decided he was the man to lead the movement called the “Bull Moose Party” (Progressive Party) against his former Republican Party.
Unfortunately for Teddy Roosevelt and his Bull Moose Party, the Democrat Party candidate, former college president and current governor of New Jersey squeaked in. His name was Woodrow Wilson. But even in a loss, the Bull Moose Party and its creator Roosevelt showed the nation that a person should never be afraid to challenge a meandering political structure that has abandoned its constitutional purpose. Roosevelt demonstrated that putting beliefs on the line that embodied the constitution was worth the risk, even for a former president.
Two of the four legs of political constitutional revolution were set. The first with creating the Republicans in 1854, and the second with a former president deciding to risk it all politically against a sitting president to stand for his constitutional and societal principles.
Interestingly enough, the third leg of this journey toward political constitutional rebirth through a second revolution came about in a southern church on December 5th of 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. What was especially moving and transformative about this particular historical event was how history had chosen Reverend , a black man, and a Republican to act upon societal injustices that were not addressed by either political party effectively. In reflecting upon that ground breaking moment he said, “How could I make a speech that would be militant enough to keep my people aroused to positive action and yet moderate enough to keep this fervor within controllable and Christian bounds?”
It is the uniqueness of his Christian militancy ministry that bonded with the nation. Several years passed, and the political structures of the time were both impacted by his civil rights marches, attacks and even the tragic deaths, including those of four little girls in a 1963 Birmingham, Alabama church bombing. Rev. King still kept his eye and his leadership focused on the prize of rights and protections that were provided in the U.S. Constitution. He wanted freedom and justice that was color blind and equal.
In 1963, his historic “I Have a Dream” speech electrified the nation and moved millions to understand and become lifted up by the words that “God” was part of the principle of emancipation and that justice and equality were more than simple words written on paper. But he also showed America that there was something that he referred to as the “fierce urgency of now.”
The political world of 1963 was forced to change, and out of this change came the firm third leg that was now embedded into the solid rock of American politics. The change agent that was essential for the coming of the Tea Party was America was a nation of and by the people with unalienable rights and the civil rights of Americans were protected and held firmly in the bosom of a caring God.
God and the U.S. Constitution would be put to the test, as were the 1854 Republicans in Jackson, Michigan, former president, Teddy Roosevelt and Rev.Now was the time in 2009 for history to create the fourth leg of the chair of Tea Party constitutional political revolution. It came with the election in 2008 and swearing in on January 20th, 1009 of Barack Hussein Obama.
The movement of history toward this pivotal tipping point had its infancy in the years that preceded Obama’s election and eventual constitutionally destructive presidency. Liberals had waged war on God, had bum rushed the U.S. Constitution and had made successful attempts to gut America’s border protection by creating safe havens for millions of illegal aliens and their criminal disease carrying cohorts.
Coupling that with the 2009 Obama billion dollar entitlement giveaways, Muslim nation apology tour, and creating a socialized ‘one size fits all’ medical care system named the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, enough was enough. Obama became the constitutional nemesis that the founding fathers had created the U.S. Constitution to protect against. He was the enemy from within.
The Tea Party came into existence because history demanded it. Millions of Americans were not reacting to this constitutional overstep or disengagement by the nation’s “first black president” because he was black. It was due to his sheer incompetence, administrative ineptness, and his purposeful destruction and abandonment of the biblical principles and values which previous presidents have embraced and been guided by.
Lloyd Marcus, Chairman of the Conservative Campaign Committee has been a stellar leader in the Tea Party movement. He told Ed Berliner, host on Newsmax TV that the movement was “under siege.” Listen to the video and see how Marcus illuminates how tea party supporters are not only “good Americans,” and “love their country, but “still represent the last, best hope for the Republic and its Constitution,” reported Newsmax. Marcus also focuses on America’s exceptionalism.
This exceptionalism is reflected by conservative Tea Party patriot Tennessean Melanie Tipton. She embraces the boldness of Reaganomic conservatism. This is clearly demonstrated in the award winning sportscaster’s upcoming major new movie documentary “Melanie’s Journey Through Chattanoogaville” that The Conservative Campaign Committee / 1 Million People to Defeat Barack Obama is sponsoring.
The national Tea Party movement is the fourth leg of the Second Constitutional Revolution because it has completed the foundation which is essential to stirring the spirits, hearts and souls of Americans in the heartland. Now is the time for this heartland movement to become even more determined.
- Like the originators of the Republican Party itself “Under the Oaks”, Tea Party and leaders are not deterred by political forces that amass against them.
- Like former President Theodore Roosevelt, Tea Party leaders are not afraid of previous attachments to a party that has largely neutered itself from within and all but abandoned the protections and biblical values the nation’s founders embraced.
- Like Rev. , a republican who used the force of a loving God to remind the nation, those civil rights and biblical values is color blind and is not based upon reverse discrimination or affirmative action rights.,
The Tea Party movement is the incarnation of all of these actions and movements in the history of America that strives for a stronger nation that is guided not by changing winds of socialistic theories but holds fast to an America protected by a loving God and the U.S. Constitution.
It is the only true choice for America conservatism.
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Photo credit – Tea Party: Kevin Fobbs/Melanie Tipton