During the early days of my political journey, the Tea Party was moving into full gear.
It was gaining traction.
The Tea Party represented a return to what made American great. It represented an attack against everything that was suffocating this great nation.
No more bloated government. When cartoonists start depicting the US government as an obese “fat as a side of a barn” American who regularly eats at McDonalds, you know you’ve got a problem.
No more corruption. Americans were (and still are) sick and tired of all the backroom deals, sketchy lobbying, and lies that went on in Washington.
No more division. Politicians thrive on division, a thriving nation does not. (Click to Tweet)
Other reasons existed for The Tea Party’s creation, but you get the point.
Unfortunately, the media and other elites didn’t. No way were they going to recognize or even ignore this new founded political movement.
And so, the mudslinging began.
The media was constantly claiming that The Tea Party was a threat in some way or another. They were dangerous. Why? Because they supported gun ownership. The media tried to smear one Tea Party gathering as some nut job collection of assault rifle carrying wackos.
They were racists. Why? Because they’d dare state that the welfare system did more harm than good. Or, that it hurt low income black families.
They were violent. Why? Because they carried guns, were loud at some points, and voiced their opinions. In reality, any group who openly criticizes a left leaning administration is violent to the media.
The Tea Party was being hit hard. So hard, I’m pretty sure libertarians got to enjoy some peace and quiet for a while.
Through it all, one slogan stood out to me. Not because it gripped my emotions in some deep manner; I’m more of a logic kind of guy.
But, because it related to the struggles The Tea Party was going through. It outlined a simple, yet effective plan for victory.
No Longer Silent
Simply put, the Tea Party were not (and are not) racists. They’re not racists for criticizing the welfare system. It’s called speaking the truth.
The Tea Partiers knew they weren’t racists. The media might have thought otherwise, but that was of little consequence. The establishment media is 9 times out of 10 against you from the beginning.
It’s what happens when you suck up to bureaucrats in Washington. You turn into a soulless journalist…oh wait, aren’t all journalists nowadays soulless?
Back to you… You know you’re not a racist. That redneck driving down the highway with a confederate flag bumper sticker is a racist.
It doesn’t matter what your friends, coworkers, or fellow students say. You are not a racist. That’s not who you are.
The fact is, that in life people will confuse or mislabel you for something you’re not. It might depend on how you act, what you say, or what you eat.
It’s called assuming. And, it comes out of ignorance. They don’t know you. How could they? They’re too busy slinging mud at you to try.
Violence is not the answer. No group knew that better than The Tea Party (ok, maybe the pacifists knew beforehand…).
You don’t win by shooting guns, blowing up government buildings, or kidnapping politicians’ children.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But, dude, what about the Founding Fathers? They used violence and it was justified.”
There’s a time and place for violence. But, violence should always be your last resort, especially when it’s politics.
The Founding Fathers had no alternative. Britain was completely ignoring them. The English Crown cared little about the American colonies except for tax revenue. Not to mention, British troops were occupying houses, cities and arms stockpiles. War was unavoidable.
That’s not the case now. No matter what over-the-top dramatic demagogues say, this is not the time to grab your gun and go shoot a politician.
No longer Silent
You can’t win the battle by being silent. If you’re serious about changing America for the better then silence is not an option for you.
This principle (I’d go so far as to say fact of life) was embraced by The Tea Party.
They didn’t keep quiet. The whole point of The Tea Party was to speak out, and be heard. I’d say they’ve done a darn good job with that.
Have you ever had that feeling that you should’ve spoken up in class? Maybe a student said something that wasn’t right. Maybe the professor said something that you didn’t agree with.
Did you speak up? Did you voice your opinion?
I guess not, right?
Why didn’t you speak up? I’m guessing you were too scared, or you weren’t confident enough. Regardless of the reason, it’s about time you started raising your hand.
Raise that hand, stand up, and make your voice heard.
Now that I think about it, you don’t have to stand up to do it. You could just lean back in your chair like a boss and voice your opinions that way. That’s what I do (wink, wink).
Your Personal Formula
No Longer Silent
Those 7 words were a banner of sorts for me. They kept me remembering why I wrote what I wrote.
I encourage you to at least remember them throughout the next few weeks. As you meet new people, and talk to people of differing views it’s helpful to remember it.
Not Racist: You know who and what you are. Don’t let what others say about you affect you. Who cares if they think you’re a racist. You’re not one, they’re wrong.
Not Violent: Positive change rarely comes from the barrel of a gun. If you want to make a difference, putting a gun to someone’s head isn’t the way to go. This is why terrorists, guerilla groups and other militant fifth column insurgents are rarely successful. They think the attention that comes from explosions and killing will elevate them in the eyes of the people.
No Longer Silent: Silence isn’t golden, and duct tape isn’t helpful. If you want to make a difference you’ll need to stand up and voice your concerns. Make your opinions heard. Don’t let others speak for you.
For a while, I used this slogan at the bottom of every article I wrote. That was a long time ago. I’ve now ceased doing that, but I haven’t forgotten it.
Hopefully you see the benefit of taking this stance, this attitude toward your life.
It’s also a great position if you’re new to politics. Maybe you’re not comfortable sharing your views on different topics.
No problem, everyone is at first.
This might not seem like much to go on, but I’ve got more in store to help you out. Remember that guide I was talking about last week? Well, if you’re still interested in me publishing it you can let me know by entering your email below. I hope to see you soon.
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