Everybody hates the Tea Party, except the People
“Everybody hates the Tea Party, except the People”, reports David Heimbold, Media Chairman of the Saint Augustine Tea Party (SATP). The Town Criers, a committee of the SATP has been engaging the public in the historic district of St. Augustine for over three years. The audience on St. Augustine’s famous St. George Street is a national audience, which changes daily. The Town Criers have been assessing that audience’s political views since June 2011. Young people’s affection for the Tea Party continues to grow.
St. Augustine has a fleet of bicycle powered taxis. Today, an operator, pictured above, offered to transport Town Crier members to the city gates. He did this free of charge. It was his way of showing support for the Town Crier activities. This reporter has witnessed thousands of supportive people photographing and interacting with the Town Criers. What is remarkable is the fact that young people are showing support in ever increasing numbers, as witnessed by the photographs pictured.
Democratic and Republican Leaders favor Big Government
The Tea Party is about small, limited Government
In the beginning of Tea Party movement, the Tea Party and the Republicans were closely bound. The Tea Party’s involvement with the GOP, during the election of 2010, provided the GOP with a victory. “In return for the Tea Party support, the Tea Party got John Boehner and Mitt Romney. So, by the time the Town Criers first appeared on the streets in 2011, the public was beginning to tease the Tea Party volunteers, as they correctly perceived that the GOP had hoodwinked the Tea Party,” a Tea Party spokesman recalled. During 2012, as it became clear that Romney would be the nominee, the presidential discussion, on the street nearly stopped. It was easy to see that Romney would not be elected based on the public’s reaction. After Romney’s defeat, the Republicans themselves became absent from the conversation. “However, since John Boehner’s and Karl Rove’s attacks on the Tea Party, the public that we encounter has brought the Republicans back in the conversation. The word that best describes the tone of that conversation is contempt. What the Republican leadership fails to understand is that the Tea Party movement is embedded in the People. And, the People are conservative and libertarian. Promoting progressive candidates will not bring the victory they seek,” a Tea Party spokesman said. “So, in this election cycle, vote for the most out-spoken patriot.”
Loyalty to Party or Country is the question.
Within both parties, party loyalty is demanded. The Tea Party believes that we live in a time in which duty requires loyalty to our Country and not to Party affiliation. They believe that doing what’s right for the Country is paramount to saving our Constitution and Liberty itself.
In the recent Republican primary in Tennessee, Joe Carr, a Tea Party backed candidate, challenged incumbent Lamar Alexander. Lamar Alexander prevailed in a field of seven candidates with just over 50% of the Republican vote. Independent voter registration is outpacing both parties. The Republican leadership believes that the independent vote is leaning towards the progressive agenda. The Tea Party believes that the independent vote is decidedly Conservative and Libertarian in nature. “We believe that Joe Carr should break ranks with the GOP and run as an independent candidate in the coming general election in November. This is not sour grapes. The Republican Party no longer presents opposition to the Democratic, progressive agenda. With the conservative Republican vote and the Independent vote, Carr would easily defeat the Democratic candidate. It’s not about Party, it’s about Country,” a Tea Party spokesman said. “Duty requires loyalty to country. Continue to fight in November, Joe.”