Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tea Parties Versus The Two Parties

At tea parties and town hall protests over the past year, millions of Americans showed intense dissatisfaction with the current political situation in the United States. One can haggle over how many thousands of people showed up at one event or another, but polls provide the hard data showing the movement is widespread and a force to be reckoned with. This should serve as a wake-up call to incumbent politicians of all stripes. Given this widespread political discontent, people are looking for answers beyond what the two major parties have been offering. That does not mean, however, that a new political party will come into being, or should. The tea party movement can serve as a powerful force to keep politicians in check and ensure the election of fiscally responsible constitutionalists. My advice to my fellow tea party members is this: Work within the current political structure and make it work for you. Support candidates you really believe in, starting with primary contests, and consider running for office yourself. Activists in Nevada have done just that. By winning multiple precinct committee posts, tea party activists have taken over the state more

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