Tea Party Women. Thank you.
God Bless the Women When I thought about the women who are active in the Tea Party, tears began quickly forming in my eyes. When I envisioned their passion, their work, their purely selfless dedication to restoring the nation’s honor, freedom, and “best,” I knew I had to attempt in some small measure to recognize them all.
I’m practically sitting here in a weep, trying to do some honor toward them through the blur of eyes that aren’t overly cooperative with me. The women of our movement are great citizens of a free republic who have stepped up to take the country back from forces that have evolved to something quite unbelievable in their gall, their arrogance—as they work to take us into a European Socialist Democracy of some kind. The women who said no to that, knew there were going to be slings and arrows aimed right at them—and they didn’t flinch, not an inch. They didn’t hide away. They did not back up or turn away. They stepped out in front. They took on the fight. They do not give up. They—we—are winning.
We hardly recognize our country. We watch media and court absurdities in the way faith, flags, freedom, and rights are treated—these days usually against them. We hear we are ignorant and uneducated. A left that claims we are racists, a truly abhorrent accusation, pounds us constantly with that awful theme. We are told that we do not know or understand the issues. We are expected to sit back and take it, time and again, just take it and live with a new reality, pay it all and shut up about it. We are told that to object to taxes and spending is to be an ignorant person without a heart for the poor, without a proper attitude toward others who have “not been given the opportunity to succeed.”
We do care about the poor and want them to succeed. We know the way to do that is to expand freedom not contract it. We know it is a matter of helping those who need the help. Do not waste federal resources on research projects of nonsense, or sending funds to enemy states, or bailing out banks or car companies, or failing school administrations/unions that change nothing for the children, and so on. The women knew. The women said listen to us. The women said enough of your lies, enough of your waste, enough of your stealing, enough of your corruption, enough of your legislating away our freedom. The women said, we are here and will not be denied a say.
The women stepped up to fight the fight. God bless the women—and men—of our movement. Out of the workplaces, out of the living rooms, out of the grocery stores, out of the daily routine of making bills and caring for children, women have come to say enough. Women (and men) have come to tell the government that it is they who work for us. We do not work for them. Most aren’t listening and feign interest in listening—except to corrupt interest groups who are eating a share of a pie they do not deserve. A soft tyranny has been rolling us. Thank God for the women.
We know something about the national heroes, the Michelle Bachman’s, Sara Palin’s, Sharon Angle’s, Michelle Malkin’s, and many others who have been under assault for years in some cases. I think it is important to recognize the other women who are taking on the fight and doing a great job.
The women are the glue that is holding the loose confederation of the Tea Parties together—the Tea Party, the most unorganized but most effective movement of thought I have ever seen. They have organized local people of conviction, communicated, worked, written, prepared, packed and unpacked, stood tall in front of legislators and audiences everywhere, went to Washington, sent the messages, wrote the letters, made the calls, and kept us going.
In our area, it’s people like Zan Green, Michele Waller, Brenda Beane, “the Murphy Monkey,” Diana Burlingame, Deanna Frankowski, Vicki Burroughs—and Annette, Gloria, Sonya, Melody, Cindi, Laura, Lisa, “Northshore” in Trussville, and so many others—all of you, who have each taken the flag and are leading the way. I cannot list all your names because I don’t know them but even if you are not listed in this short piece, your importance is just as real, just as vital and appreciated by this little screed writer.
Thank you all. God bless you from the heart. I’m sure all the men involved feel the same way about you. We are proudest when we are standing next to you. You have taken some time away from other pursuits, work, children, and your home to engage the nasty business of politics. That takes courage and sacrifice for as you have experienced, doing so comes at a high price. Still, you have become warriors for the Constitution and fighters for freedom. You have shown that you will not give up when resistance rears up to put you down. You have stood strong and because of you, we see real resistance that finally has a great chance to succeed. November is a start.
I admire you all. Thank you, again. God bless you and your family.
Andy in Birmingham, AlabamaSeptember 29, 2010