Why I drink tea — 9.12 flavored, that is.
Below is a copy of an essay/OpEd piece I was asked to write for the Sun-Sentinel as an introduction to the Coffee or Tea Summit that they are hosting on Tuesday, May 11th, at 6:30pm in the Steele Auditorium at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. While it did appear in the “print” version of Sunday’s editorial page, it was — and at the time of this posting, still remains — mysteriously absent from the Sun-Sentinel’s web-site/on-line edition. The link is the essay written by two of the coffee party folks, who spent most of their 300+ words saying the same things we say about what’s going on in government — their claim, as you can read in their OpEd, is that we aren’t civil enough for their brand of protest. Too much “hate speech” and shouting.
While I hope you enjoy it, I also hope that it inspires you to come and support me Tuesday night at this “debate”. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Why I drink tea — 9.12 flavored, that is . . . .
“Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, the people,
if well informed, may be relied on to set them to rights.” — Thomas
Jefferson to Richard Price in 1789
The 9.12 Project is one group of many that are part of the overall Tea
Party movement, and while my reasons for getting involved are not too far
removed from Jefferson’s quote above, I wouldn’t presume to speak for the
entire movement. I believe that most of the people that I have met since
joining would agree.
It is our belief that should anyone that understands and appreciates the
true meaning of freedom and liberty, the rights of man and natural law,
and believes in a power higher than him or herself, should ever find
themselves being ruled by a government with little or no regard for these
principles, would stand to “set them to rights” as reflexively as one
might straighten a crooked picture, or set a lagging clock. We realize,
however, that the government is merely a moral reflection of our society
at large; in short, we get the government that we deserve.
While there are many issues that are important to us, the lynchpin on
which all the other issues like reduced spending, limited government, and
social engineering through the redistribution of wealth, hinges on is
personal responsibility. Before we can demand it from our government, we
must demand it from ourselves. We need to be more honest to ourselves and
each other. If we break a law, we must pay the penalty instead of
exploiting the loophole. If our neighbor needs help, we should reach out
to help them ourselves. When we hold ourselves to that higher standard,
the transformation of our government will simply be a natural extension of
these principles and values. They transcend political parties, and are
too great to be contained by the words Republican, Democrat, or even Tea
Party, for that matter.