Tea Party shows Washington its Place


At yesterday’s Ways & Means Committee hearing in the House of Representatives, Members of Congress faced down articulate, tough speech by Tea Party leaders. Unafraid of those who hold power – as every American should be in a true “land of the free” – these leaders told America’s elected leaders in no uncertain terms exactly what happened to them.

Two Tea Party leaders who have received a great deal of media attention are Karen Kenney of the San Fernando Valley Patriots in California and Becky Gerritson of the Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama. Karen’s opening statement was eloquent, poetic, and of a far higher quality than even the most articulate politician. It can be seen here and below:

Her best zinger:

I think the IRS needs to fix its labeling machine. We’re the San Fernando Valley Patriots – NOT Occupy Oakland.

Becky was no less articulate, and brought a fierce admonition to the Committee. Her speech can be seen here (the video cannot be duplicated below). Her best line:

I’m not here as a serf or a vassal. I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born free American woman….And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It is not your responsibility to look out for my well-being and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. Your post, the post that you occupy, exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty, and you have faltered.

As the IRS scandal continues to unfold, we’ll see more and more of Congress being slammed by average Americans for its incompetence, corruption, and violations of the Constitution. Congratulations to Karen, Becky, Dianne Belsom of the Laurens County Tea Party, and Kevin Koogogey of the Linchpins of Liberty for sharing their stories in front of Congress and the nation.