September 18, 2013

Letter: A giant fracture

“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.” — James Madison

Although the encroachments haven’t been so silent of late, the movement toward usurping power from “We the People” has taken on a faster pace toward removing the power of freedom from the people and placing it in the hands of politics and judiciary.

The direction taken by the Republican Party has been one of separation by committees. It appears that no cohesion can be had among the isolated groups. A tug of war game among the House members and a standoff with the Senate is a likely description. So, the Republicans squander their time discussing what the Democrats are doing and how the Republicans are being blamed for all the troubles of our nation.

Some Republicans cling to the tea party label as if they owned an interest in the title, others would rather not be associated with the tea party except when they want its support. Now and then I hear that the tea party is evil and bodes no good for America. So there is another side of the issue of where the politicians stand with the people. The tea party is the people.

The 2009 tea party isn’t old enough to have a James Madison to speak for it. I’m certainly not one to offer guidance to fully experienced leaders of tea party groups. I do like to observe and take notes, as well as video, of activities from a neutral position as much as possible.

Sadly enough, I see similarities between present day politics and the tea party as it has evolved to present. I hear from tea party folks from San Diego to New York. I see news skits from all over the country of the many tea party groups and listen to the differences. The one thing I see with politics and tea parties is the giant fracture in their armor. That fracture is the lack of cohesion among the groups.

Republicans need a leader who can provide a target and focus on hitting it. Right now they have too many irons in the fire with no cohesion. As much as it pains me to say it, both could learn from a community organizer.

Lawrence Headrick

Tunnel Hill