Connie Lanzisera: Why I joined the Tea Party
The Tea Party Patriots grassroots movement beaconed to me as a lighthouse beacons a ship to safety. It was guiding ordinary Americans back to the tenets of our Constitution. I joined this movement to surround myself with like-minded patriots whose sole goal was to return our country back to its original principles. A country founded on Judeo-Christian values and beliefs; a country proud of its citizens; an exceptional and honorable country.
Before I became a Tea Party Patriot, I thought of myself as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. I was you! I was naïve. I believed my elected representatives when they said they would stand for me. I believed them when they promised to keep our country’s best interest at heart. I believed that while I was a hard-working, tax-paying citizen – raising my children, going to church, leading a Girl Scout troop, managing our household – my government was protecting me from domestic and foreign enemies.
Now, I have discovered that the federal government is subverting our U.S. Constitution. There are over 30 czars that hold positions of power, running our country outside of our constitutional framework. The president, not the Congress, has created these czars. This means Congress does not have oversight of them. This is in direct violation of our Constitution.
The federal government’s out of control spending is bankrupting our country. As I write, our country’s debt is 100 percent of our GDP; this means we are spending more than the country is producing. The debt is currently over $15 trillion and that does not include the interest! And every time the politicians raise the debt ceiling, the debt to GDP ratio goes up. I believe placing our country on the verge of bankruptcy is shamefully unacceptable and irresponsible of our politicians.
The federal government is defying our constitutional protections and taking away our individual liberties by forcing American citizens to purchase healthcare under the new Obamacare law. The Internet has been hijacked. The Federal Communications Commission has overstepped its boundaries by attempting to regulate the Internet. And now the Obama administration is actively attempting to circumvent the First Amendment and censor free speech by bringing back their own version of the Fairness Doctrine to regulate political speech on the airwaves.
The federal government has declared war on free markets. The bailout of banks, auto companies, investment funds, and mortgage servicers indicates that they desire to monopolize and control the markets. When this happens, competition is dead. This causes fear and hesitation so businesses don’t invest or hire. If the federal government controls or owns majority shares in all markets, our businesses won’t have a choice of what to invest in and produce, and citizens won’t have a choice of which products to buy or where to buy them. Sounds like Obamacare, doesn’t it?
- When a government turns its back on its people, it is time to take action.
- When our own government apologizes for who we are, it is time to take action.
- When our own government is destroying the very foundation upon which our country was founded, the free-market, the American Dream, it is time to take action.
- When our own government promotes distribution of wealth and class warfare, it is time to take action.
- When our own government turns off the vital water supply to farmers and destroys crops, business, communities, families and lives, it is time to take action.
- When our own government becomes the enemy, it is time for “We The People” to take action.
We The People must take back our country and replace all politicians who will not adhere to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. As Thomas Paine said in 1776, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”
Today, I am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and a TEA PARTY PATRIOT. I am no longer naïve.