I see no happiness
All the warmth I gave you
Has turned to emptiness
The love we had has fallen
The love we used to share
You?ve left me here believing
In love that wasn’t there” — Changes Yes
2009 was perhaps the most eventful year in my life, and I’ve led an eventful life. It’s hard for me to write some of the things I’m about to say, both because I’m being very careful of saying too much, and at the same time because I’ve changed so much over the course of the year. I haven’t said much throughout much of the year, and yet I’ve had a lot to say. Especially over the last month, I’ve had more to say than I have ever had before, and yet, I’ve had to sit in near silence.
As many of you know, I am no longer a part of the tea party movement. I simply can’t continue down that road. It seems, overall, heading in different directions. Looking at it in retrospect, I’d say that we jumped the gun and set ourselves up for a potential embarrassment. Fortunately for us, Obama’s arrongance ended up proving us right. Still, imagine had congress and the President backed off the stimulus bill, the bailouts, health care, and a couple of other things? He pushed forward, and proved us right.
Perhaps we fell victim to our initial success and the flies merely swarmed to the biggest piece of meat. The self righteous, the self serving, the politicians, and the heroes all came. They knew more about saving the world than we did, the only problem was, we didn’t want to save the world, we just wanted government to quit throwing money around. There’s a thing called principle which is the payment towards the amount of total debt that we owe, and there’s a thing that’s called interest, which is what we our federal government pays. The percentage of total government revenues that goes directly to the interest on the national debt? Good question, I’ve been searching for the answer to that for a long time. But what do you think will happen when the cost of interest on the national debt reaches 100% of total government revenue? It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out.
Even if it were only 33% of total government revenue, we are still paying 33% of our own taxes to go directly to the interest on the national debt, and that’s 1/3 of total government revenues not going to police, to roads, to education, to NASA, to PBS, the Arts, or a myriad of other things people think government should be spending money on. The problem is that the debt is growing, and between both the Bush administration and the Obama administration, we simply will not recover.
That’s what the Tea Party is about. It’s not about saving our children’s future, it’s about saving our own so that we can pass the ideology of a free nation and of human Rights on to the next generation. A few great men and women fought valiantly for a very noble idea, that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable Rights. They won, and they passed this ideology on to their children, who then passed it on to their children, and on and on until we reach today. Now, we want to throw money around to every single problem and call that compassionate. We’ve ruined countless lives by giving people just enough to get by on, just enough to satisfy their needs, just enough to deprive them of their ambitions, and by default denying them their potential. We’ve come to think that we can demand other people pay for our little projects of the heart and take credit for ourselves for being compassionate, but if we are so compassionate, why then won’t we give of our own wallets instead of demanding somebody else pay? We’ve overspent, now our own share is coming due.
That’s what the tea party means to me, or at least it used to. I could talk about the many things that happened that’s changed me. Some of it was the tea party, some of it was my own actions, but most was an inner reflection. Yes, the recall of Mary Landrieu is a ridiculous idea, using Saul Alinsky tactics is not a healthy way of doing politics. I will not call any Senator that is not my own, I don’t want them calling my Senators and telling them how to vote, regardless of their views. I don’t care if they agree with me or not, I live in this state, along with my fellow Louisianians. Our Senators represent US, not some Californian who’s had too much sun. Not only that, it’s an utter waste of time to call a Senator who represents a different state from where you live… haven’t you ever heard of caller id? (hint- it gives your area code.)
Do I support auditing the Fed? Sure, why not? After all, it sounds like a good idea. But can you tell me why this is a good idea and what you hope to accomplish by auditing the Fed, or are you just running around calling everybody else sheeple while supporting this bill simply because Ron Paul sponsored it? Yeah, the left is snickering, but when was the last time you talked to a leftist with an original thought that you didn’t see from television the night before?
I used to think apathy was a terrible thing, but I’ve come to a conclusion that apathy is really a good thing. When people are happy, they can careless what government does, so long as government doesn’t interfere with their pursuit of happiness. Even if they are miserable, if government isn’t the source of that misery, the can careless what government does. But when government starts interfering with their happiness, that’s when people pay attention.
Later this year, we’ll change our government again, but be careful in your selections, the next tyrant may be worse than the current tyrant. I’d rather take the good, and dream of the perfect than to take the perfect, and for wish for the good. It’s funny how Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin is suddenly the biggest heroes of the Right. I like them well enough, but they’re aren’t the only people who have been standing up for conservative values.
But it would be completely unfair for me to blame my separation from the tea party on them. In fact, the biggest problem is who I am, or rather, who I’ve become. I’m more interested in spreading the love of Human Rights to my fellow man. That six months ago, I did not understand what Jefferson meant when he stated that it’s a great offense against God to offend the Rights of your fellow man, but today I do. That Rights come from God, and because they come from God, they belong to every human being equally. That our system of government works perfectly, but our government can’t withstand a voting public that does not understand Rights. The biggest threat to our freedom isn’t our government, it’s ignorance.
I suppose that’s all I’ve got to say about that, at least for now.