Thanks to the Obama faction's abuse of the "racism" charge against the tea-party movement, some folks in the faction's media claque are pretending to show interest in black Americans who have participated in or helped to organize tea-party events. I always know that something's afoot when one of the so-called news networks breaches my two-party-line nonperson status to contact me for a comment.
Ironically, this confirms that the media claque actually wears the racial blinders. Beyond their willingness to act as tools in the Obama faction's verbal terror attacks, it is these blinders that account for their utter inability to accept the reality evident at the tea-party events. The ones I've attended and spoken to draw people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. What they have in common is that they are Americans, deeply concerned about the ongoing assault on the faith, principles and institutions that are the core of the American identity.
Unlike the empty talk of unity that characterized Obama's rhetoric, tea-party events are manifestations of real unity. At the events I attended the loudest applause lines were reserved for God, rights and the Constitution. Everywhere signs proclaimed the love of liberty and the determination never to give up the battle to preserve it. Hostility to Obama and the totalitarian socialist measures he means to force on the country was not essential but derivative, a function of the threat he poses to the core goods by which the participants define their American identity.
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This fact not only reveals the racism charge for the abusive slander that it is. It also reveals how empty and shallow are the attempts by GOP hucksters to portray the tea-party phenomenon as nothing but a money-obsessed reaction to Obama's insane spending and borrowing. The tea-party participants surely want to end the federal government's expansive spending addiction. They want to stop the betrayal of posterity involved in its mountainous debt frenzy. But they seem to understand that these result from the push for power and control, which scheming elitists intend to achieve by making the mass of the people dependents of the government.
In the speech I gave in Dayton, Ohio, I emphasized that in the original Boston Tea Party the American colonials took something they supposedly had a taste for (tea) and threw it into the sea to make clear that they wouldn't accept pleasing commodities at the price of liberty (i.e., British actions that ignored or abused the institutions of self-government they had developed for themselves). I think this is the core spirit of the tea-party movement. Its participants are rejecting the paradigm of politics that allows politicians to make their political fortunes with promises and government programs that offer people goods and services at public expense, but which instead destroy their self-sufficiency in material and moral terms. They realize that once people are dependent on government-administered benefits and decisions, they can't control its power and must eventually become the subjects of its abuse.
The elites anxious to remake America on the European model need to remember that America never suffered from the centralized control and tolerance for elitists' pretensions that afflicted, and still greatly affect, the Europeans. Americans still see the ability to "make it on your own" as an essential component of their dignity and self-respect. Some have been gulled into pretending that the government dole "liberates" individuals and offers them "independence." But the hatred of the natural family and the rejection of kinship and religious ties and obligations that this exploits are not yet so prevalent that it blinds everyone to the oxymoronic aspect of government-dependent independence.
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Resistance to this hateful mentality is largely the result of the persistence of faith in God and the sense that the arrangement of human ties and obligations He has ordained corresponds to the biblical promise that "his yoke is easy, his burden is light." That's why, despite the grief and deep concern the tea-party participants feel for their country, I also have found a good humor and cheerfulness at tea-party events. It has something to do with the satisfaction people take in doing what they deeply believe to be right; and the surpassing peace that goes along with doing what pleases God.
The American capacity for peace and good humor derived from these sources accounts for much of the extraordinary results for decency and justice otherwise quite regular people achieved in the course of the nation's history. Whether in standing against human slavery or when sacrificing for the defeat of self-worshiping despots and arrogant elites, Americans have never lost the ability to value the intangible goods that money and science can't measure, but that nonetheless are often more real than anything they can measure. It is this common sense of the things that matter most that establishes the identity that transcends race, color and material differences. That's why when I attend tea-party events I do not feel that I am speaking or hearing in tones of black and white. I'm just an American reaching out to others who respond as I do to the truth of our common humanity, and the spirit of the one Creator God that unites in the service of His justice and His gift of liberty.