|Palin addressing national tea party convention|
Just days after Sarah Palin declared the nation is ready for another revolution, organizers of that first national tea-party convention have announced plans for an event designed to bring together those who are fed up with the Washington status quo.
Officials with Tea Party Nation are organizing a National Tea Party Unity Convention, July 15-17, in Las Vegas.
“President Obama told Americans not to go to Las Vegas so that is exactly where Tea Party Nation will be holding our next event!” Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation president, told WND in the e-mail announcement.
The event is to “bring tea-party leaders and activists in the movement together to present a unified front as we go into the fall 2010 elections,” he said.
Along with speakers and training sessions, the unity event will feature the first Tea Party Nation Conservative Film Festival, he said.
While not all details are available yet, ticketing information and other logistics will be posted on the Tea Party Nation website in coming days.
Palin’s keynote address was the highlight of the first event in Nashville. She told the crowd she supports lower taxes, smaller government, transparency, energy independence and strong national security.
The event at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel attracted press organizations from around the world, including broadcasters from Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Japan.
“America is ready for another revolution,” Palin said. “The tea-party movement is not a top-down operation. It’s a ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way that they’re doing business,” she said.
In a recent column, two-time candidate for the GOP presidential nomination Pat Buchanan wrote how such rebellion, though it now is condemned inside the Washington Beltway, once was “as American as ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.’”
He quoted Thomas Jefferson, who opined, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
Buchanan described how the Founding Fathers in both Virginia and Kentucky penned resolutions sanctioning the concept that states could “interpose their own sovereignty and nullify acts of Congress.”
There is one difference, however, Buchanan found.
“Unlike the issues of yesteryear that tore the Union asunder, tea-party issues are not sectional but national. Yet, they are rooted in a similar set of beliefs – that the federal government no longer serves their interests, but the interests of economic and political forces that sustain the party in power,” he said.
The tea-party events, he concluded, “should be a fire bell in the night to the establishment of both parties. For it testifies to their belief and that of millions more that the state they detest is at war with the country they love.”