A recent report from the Office of Personnel Management detailing the loss of taxpayer money due to fraud and a lack of oversight exemplifies the type of waste big government creates.Â In a recent post I talked about the frivolous manner in which government spends taxpayer money.Â As a natural continuation of that thought, this post will discuss how government spending, growth, and failed stewardship not only resulted in the creation of the Tea Party, but also serves to power that movement.Â
Let me start by saying that regardless of what some say, the Tea Party, at least the one I am familiar with, is wholly a collection of mostly disparate individuals who feel the same way about one issue in particular- the size, scope, and financial carelessness of the government.Â That is why the movement defies stereotyping, despite efforts to the contrary.Â There is no type.Â
Now prior to the Tea Party rallies, I had never attended any kind of political or protest function.Â That is not my way.Â Iâ€™d bitch and complain but not act.Â That changed, though, not because of the election of the president, per se, but because of the direction I saw that president planning to take us.Â So I agree that the election of President Obama was a catalyst for my involvement in Tea Party rallies, but because of what he said and what he claimed he planned to do, not because of his race.Â In fact, it seems to me that the people hung up on the issue of race when it comes to this president are the Democrats and the press, but I digress.Â The truth is that, like so many others, I was fed up and thankful that others were also expressing that frustration.Â
That frustration in government is exactly what will continue to fuel the Tea Party movement for years to come or until substantive change is made.Â The thing is, the people that make up the Tea Party arenâ€™t the type that join protests.Â They arenâ€™t activists.Â That is why I know they will be around for a while; if all these folks who normally donâ€™t engage in protests are, in fact, protesting, then there is something big happening.Â
Ultimately, though, the Tea Party isnâ€™t about protesting; itâ€™s about making a stand and declaring that enough is enough.Â And just like a pit bull, those of us that have gotten into this fight arenâ€™t letting go of what we have bit into, at least not until we win.