MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Retired Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, chairman of Stand Up America, has just unveiled the liberals’ worst nightmare, a plan to unite the tea party into a vast army to turn America back to its constitutional roots.
The plan was one of several steps Vallely announced Sunday afternoon at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention.
“We’re in a battle for America. We must save America and today we’re going to do it,” Vallely said. “America is at a crossroads, and it’s up to us to take the right road and get this country back again. We’ve got to do it. We’ve got to stand up.”
Vallely has been at the forefront of calls to return America to her constitutional roots by removing “usurpers” from office. Among those is a call for a House-led parliamentary style vote of “no confidence” in the Obama administration.
While such a vote would send a message that Congress believes he has violated his oath of office, it would not be legally binding.
Vallely has said the American people are frustrated now because of the lack of leadership seen by those who claim to adhere to the Constitution and conservative values.
“The tea-party people are looking for leadership,” he said. “The next level is where do we go with the tea party?”
In an attempt to provide that leadership, Vallely said he sought feedback from various tea-party groups around the nation and is wanting to integrate them into a coordinated plan of attack to take back the country from the left-wing ideology spearheaded by President Obama.
Among the other plans Vallely has advocated is taking control of the language that is often used to tar conservatives and Republicans. One approach is to have candidates run as an American first.
“We want candidates to run as an American first before being a Republican American or a Democrat,” he explained. “We know that in the end they’re going to have to get on either the Republican or Democrat tickets, but we want to ask each candidate to run as an American before they run as a Republican, Democrat or independent. And then say as an American this is what I stand for.
“There is an appeal if I tell you that I’m running as an American before anything else and I stand for the Constitution, that I have values, I have traditions, I have faith, I love all of those things and that’s what I’m going to run on,” Vallely explained. “This whole concept of running against an American and not even mention Democratic Party/Republican Party is very powerful.”
He also called for getting away from hyphenated labels that tend to divide us: “We’ve got to change the dialogue. So anytime someone tries to identify you as a white, black, or Hispanic or brown set him straight. I am interfacing and working with you as an individual.”
Vallely’s thoughts on hyphenated labels echo that of another great American, John Wayne. In his album, “America: Why I Love Her,” the Duke has a track called “The Hyphen.”
In it he says, “When a man calls himself an Afro-American, a Mexican-American, Italian-American, an Irish-American, Jewish-American, what he is saying is I’m a divided American.”
While the actions proposed by Vallely are certainly formidable, they pale in comparison to his most ambitious proposal yet, to unite the tea party under a common leadership.
Despite the “party” in its name, the tea party is not a nationally organized group like the major political parties. Consequently, the tea party does not have the political clout it could have if it were a more unified force.
To strike this balance Vallely announced his plan to create an organization that will consist of a leadership council that will help the organizations speak as one voice while still maintaining their separate identities.
“What we are recommending is after receiving a lot of feedback and talking to people is forming the American Provisional Leadership Council,” Vallely said. “It will work with all the tea parties to be a voice in Washington, D.C., to direct the government on what they need to do. So we have a common voice.”
Vallely explained that he is not attempting to force the various tea-party groups to submit to the leadership council, but he is creating it to provide a tool to go on the offensive in 2014.
He said his goal is to have at least eight people on the council who come from all walks of life and possess what he calls “common-sense wisdom.” Those he is looking for could be seniors, three- or four-star generals, enlisted service members or even corporate executives.
“They will work in unison with all the tea parties, and we will be a voice to be reckoned with,” Vallely said.