There are many tea party and tea party like organizations across the United States. Some are small and some very large and have varying aspirations and goals. But, one of the unifying principles of the Tea Party movement is Constitutionally limited, fiscally responsible government that respects and upholds the Bill of Rights.
After considerable research and much reading, I have learned a great deal about the attitudes and goals of our founding fathers, our Declaration of Independence and our great Constitution. Within the second paragraph of the Declaration are these words:
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” These words are put into action through our Constitution and more specifically identified by the Bill of Rights.
Before the Constitution was ratified, there were many among the American population that thought the 7 Articles of the Constitution was sufficient to insure that Americans would always remain free. But, a growing number, knowing that historically governments trended toward accumulating power at the expense of individual rights insisted that ten amendments (now known as The Bill of Rights) be added to the proposed Constitution in order to safeguard individual Americans against government encroachment. So, adopting the Bill of Rights was the key, the essential element that enabled the necessary nine states to ratify the Constitution. Otherwise, our Constitution would not have been ratified and America might have been a very different place that may have resembled the panoply of small nations that comprise Europe.
The first of these amendments states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Notice that freedom of interference by government in our right to recognize and worship a Creator is the very first thing mentioned in our Bill of Rights.
This is why I am deeply concerned about Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s announcement that all Moslem immigration to the United States must be at least temporarily stopped. Mr. Trump may have good intentions, but his statement reveals an appalling lack of knowledge or else a blatant disregard for our Constitution. This is the very attitude that tea parties across the nation have so vehemently opposed in the Obama administration. Obama and his administration have spent the last seven years pushing the limits of their constitutionally given powers and when they deem it necessary have ignored them in order to achieve their progressive objectives.
I am a conservative and have been a staunch member of the tea party movement for more than five years. I believe that violation of the Constitution’s restraints and principals are just as egregious for Republicans as for Democrats, for conservatives as well as liberal/progressives.
May God bless you all,