Scripture instructs us to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It’s easy to forget, given the Tea Party’s impact, that the movement is just two years old. What will it be like when grown?
As the Tea Party movement gains power, we must ground ourselves in good policy. As we witness bad practices, we must devote ourselves to sound principles. We must see through, to the end, the training of our youth. If we do, we will never lose our way, as so many have before us. This is critical, given the notion that power without character almost always results in abuse of the people.
Most training utilizes manuals. They standardize training and serve as valuable reference tools. The Tea Party’s training manuals are classics such as the writing of Cicero, Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, Madison, Hamilton, and Jay’s The Federalist Papers, Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative. These works, and others, teach us the necessary principles and help us develop the character to function as responsible citizens.
I hope Voices of the Tea Party bridges the past, present and future of sound civics and good governance by retelling the stories of our foundational principles, chronicling today’s expression of them and and publishing tomorrow’s classics.
I’m both honored and excited to be a part of the effort. Securing the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity has never been more important.
Ken Marrero is one of the top regional conservative bloggers in the country. He can be reached on Twitter at @BlueCollarMuse