The Tea Party Federation: Fail Part 2on January 12th, 2013 at 11:56 am
“The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force.” Voltaire
So I woke up this morning and checked my emails and I received a message that I think was supposed to mollify those of us that saw this statement as a carefully crafted sell-out of the 2nd Amendment. And it isn’t just me (with my axe to grind) that has an issue with this statement. I have been hearing criticism of this position from across the state.
So the email I received from the Federation, which according to the author “expresses the Federation view perfectly” reiterates the role that the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League (VCDL) plays in gun lobbying in Virginia and how effective they are and how you should join them and get their legislative updates. No problem so far. But their statement still effectively outsources support of the 2nd Amendment to VCDL. No reasonable reading of that statement could lead you to any other conclusion, no matter how the Federation leadership tries to spin it.
But then there is this gem that made me do a physical double take.
“No matter what, we won’t be able to stop an Executive Order, which we know is O’s favored avenue to by-pass Congress!”
Of course we can’t stop it if we do NOTHING! This is the kind of slavish mentality to the status quo that has us in the mess we find ourselves in today, and the reason that the modern Tea Party movement began. There are certainly ways to stop an Executive Order. If the President violates the Constitution and infringes on the Bill of Rights via Executive Order, here are a list of things that can and should be done;
- Congress needs to bring impeachment proceedings against the president for violating the Constitution. While we all know the Senate won’t convict Obama, Congress needs to set the tone that this is still a Republic and send the impeachment charges to the Senate. The GOP Congress has failed repeatedly to show any spine on the numerous egregious violations of the Constitution by this Administration; but it’s never too late to start doing the right thing.
- Virginia needs to seriously embrace nullification. How about a bill like Wyoming is considering? Their “Firearms Protection Act” bill would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Any and all Federal gun laws are unconstitutional under the 2nd Amendment anyway, but an Executive Order just doubles down on the illegality of the action.
- Citizens need to take to the streets. It worked in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s. It can work in the new civil rights movement of the 21st Century.
Are we supposed to roll over and accept the completion of the gutting of the Constitution? Meekly accepting an unconstitutional Executive Order is EXACTLY the kind of answer you would expect to get from an entrenched politician, not a group like the Tea Party.
Unfortunately, Federation leadership has become exactly that, an entrenched political group trading in double-speak and the politics of surrender. I thank God everyday the leadership of the Roanoke Tea Party is not part of the Federation. If your tea party would like to work with us on a real agenda to save Virginia and the nation. Contact me at email@example.com.
Lets build a new union of Tea Party groups that actually stands for protecting the Constitution.