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Tea Party Patriot February 18, 2010

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A great cry has come forth from the people, desperate for leadership who will hear them, heed them and help them. I’m talking about those who call themselves Tea Party Patriots.

We are conservatives whose voice is not being heard by anyone in Washington. A year ago the movement was born and an amazingly simple set of ideals formed the base that hundreds of thousands have rallied around.

As with any great idea, there will be those who will jump on the bandwagon seeking to define it for their own good, thus taking claim to the idea through the law of ‘possession is nine-tenths the law.’ That is happening right now.

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A group of Republicans have created ‘The Mount Vernon Statement’. Fashioned to look much like a Founding Father’s document, (complete with a parchment colored background) it stakes out their position via five broadly stated positions.

Old school Republicans have come to the realization that without the support of the Tea Party, they don’t stand a chance at defeating the Left in the elections of ’10 and ’12. That’s also true for the Tea Party.

Polls have consistently shown that a three party race produces a Liberal win every time. So what to do?

I fall squarely in the Tea Party camp and think the Republican Party needs to adopt our positions. I blogged about this a while back and I am more firmly committed than ever before. I would rather fail because I was unable to persuade enough people to join me than compromise my values.

I am seeking out those candidates who take the positions the Tea Party espouses: limited government, maximum freedom and the values of our Founders.

9 Principles, 12 Values

The 9 Principles

1. America Is Good.
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2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God – “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
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3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty – “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
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4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family – “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
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5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice – “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
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6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness – “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
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7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
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8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them,they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

The 12 Values

* Honesty
* Reverence
* Hope
* Thrift
* Humility
* Charity
* Sincerity
* Moderation
* Hard Work
* Courage
* Personal Responsibility
* Gratitude

Humans fall into two fundamental groups—those that have a predilection to lead and those who would rather follow. History proves there are far fewer leaders than followers at any one time in any society. The skill set to be a successful leader is far more complicated than to be a follower. History also provides the benchmark by which all future leaders can be judged. I will look to history to remind me of what I want in a leader.

UPDATE:  Dr. Zero has a, so-much-better-than-mine, post here.