In 1776, 56 men committed treason by signing their names on our nation’s birth certificate when they pledged to one another “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Though surely not committing treason, their counterparts in the tea party movement today are likewise making life-altering sacrifices–of their time, their funds, and even their personal honor–for the sake of future generations.
Many in the tea party movement have put their lives on hold. I’m personally aware of numerous members who have sacrificed their careers in order to give more volunteer hours to their local group. Many are also not involved with the same hobbies they were two years ago. Most importantly, an incredible amount of time is being spent away from our families. I hear stories of missed softball games, recitals, family reunions and even vacations. I’d like to see Broadside Books share these personal stories of sacrifice.
I would also like to see Broadside Books tell personal stories of the great financial sacrifice of many in the movement, as well as highlight best practices in local fund raising efforts. The tea party is made up of those leading the movement, those participating in events and get-out-the-vote activities, and those making their voice heard through accountability strategies. Unfortunately, however, we do not represent the “money” side of the equation. In order to balance the need for votes and money, incumbent politicians play to the tea party movement for votes but oftentimes counteract that balance by placating to special interests for money. As we seek purity from our elected representatives, this formula must change.
The trend for the last few election cycles has been to encourage donors to donate straight to the candidate instead of the party. While this still may be true as political parties seem to have no intention of holding elected officials accountable, there is one more layer down that desperately needs the money. Local tea party groups across the country are draining personal funds, operating on shoestring budgets and simply going without while never reaching their potential. Patriots every day are pledging their family’s fortunes for the sake of the movement and I believe their stories need to be told.
Many in the movement have also taken courageous steps by putting their names and reputations on the line. Anita MonCrief has created an enemy in ACORN, Frantz Kebreau in his book Stolen History is challenging what we’ve learned about famous African Americans, and Catherine Engelbrecht has taken on voter fraud and been dragged through several lawsuits.
As the “Voices of the Tea Party” ebook series has set out to tell the real history of the tea party movement, I think it’s imperative that we document and share the amazing life-altering sacrifices so many are making across the country.
As for me, I refuse to wake up one day wishing I would have done more. I never want to wonder, “what if.”