A Better Tea Party Slapdown

By: January 23, 2012

I do not dispute Michael Patrick Leahy’s claim (“Tea Party Slaps Down Mitt Romney in South Carolina”) that a fair measure of Newt Gingrich’s wide victory margin in South Carolina can be attributed to Tea Party influence. I would agree with that claim. The Tea Party is angry. Newt Gingrich is angry.

Gingrich, the winner of our third presidential contest, gives voice on a national stage to the Tea Party’s outrage and frustration over enlarging socialist public policy, liberal media bias and entertainment industry antagonism. He goes after them directly and does not tend to mince words or shrink from a fight. The tea partiers are hearing from Newt what they want to say themselves — and how they want it said. And voting for him over Romney in this Southern primary sends a message to all concerned that this is their attitude toward a whole host of adversaries; some included the Republican establishment.

The question for me is this: Is a primary election the proper place to vent a frustration that could give improper cover to a candidate that does not deserve their attention and which could give the false impression that this candidate, above all others, understands and respects their values and will carry them forward into national policy once in office?

I think not. The stakes in this election are high and missteps along the way are amplified. When the Tea Party calms down and takes a careful, steady look at the candidates still standing, they would be wise to seriously consider the candidate who has been with them all along and even heralded their very emergence: Ron Paul.

Ron Paul is the quintessential Tea Party politician and has been for decades preceding the rise of this populist movement. Physician, veteran and congressman Ron Paul consistently articulates the Tea Party position on a range of public policy issues. He opposes unconstitutional and immoral entitlement programs, corporate bailouts, stimulus packages and capricious military adventures that materially harm our national security. He would happily dismantle federal agencies that do nothing but prop up union power and favored special interest groups at taxpayer expense. He is the primary spokesman for ending the central banking cartel that controls monetary policy, debases our currency, prints endless supplies of debt-based money and manipulates interest rates that trigger devastating economic booms and busts. In Congress, he has steadfastly voted for lower taxes, for a balanced budget, for gun rights, for an unregulated internet and for stricter limitations on the power of the executive branch.

“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 1801

Both the Tea Party and Ron Paul have long agreed that the country is moving in the wrong direction. If you are driving your car toward the edge of a cliff, you need radical change. Ron Paul is precisely that type of change. And we need it now, not later, when it’s too late. And I think it is also important that we lend our considerable support to a candidate who not only has the right message but who delivers it consistently as a seasoned statesman with an even temper.

So, consider wisely and vote accordingly. We all have a lot to loose. A national victory for Ron Paul would be the hardest slapdown the Tea Party could possibly deliver.

Tim Peck was a co-founder of the Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party.

3 Responses to A Better Tea Party Slapdown

  1. Tim Peck hits the nail on the head!

    if individuals of the Tea Party movement sincerely desire to support a candidate for President who truly believes in their core principles of constitutionally limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility, there is only one candidate in this GOP race whose track record reflects just that — Ron Paul.

    however, if individuals of the Tea Party movement merely wish to support a candidate for President who merely panders to the contemporary liberty movement, then they can simply pick one of the status quo establishment choices.

  2. TimPeck says:

    “Tea party support for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina and elsewhere marks a new point — a low point — for the movement.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/23/newts-victory-is-the-tea-partys-loss/#ixzz1kOFDNgIW

  3. wncpatriot says:

    Only one candidate says what they mean and means what they say. This is evident in his voting record. Only RP will truly restore and defend the US Constitution. Great post.

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