The Norman Transcript


October 20, 2013

Stand up for the Tea Party



Consider the President’s attempts during the shutdown to hold the American people and our veterans hostage by deliberately trying to make the “shutdown” as painful as possible.  Apparently, this was an attempt to make the citizens put pressure on the House to compromise their positions on ObamaCare, the debt limit, and the continuing resolution.  In legal circles, this is called extortion. 

It also demonstrates that our President does not have the welfare of our citizens at heart, but views them as pawns in order to achieve his political aims.  There has never been such a situation before in the history of our Republic.

The Tea Party applauds the Republican’s attempts to hold the President and his Senate accountable for this impasse. 

Four things have been accomplished by insisting on compromises.  First, this focus on the debt ceiling and funding has for a time taken the wind out of the sails of all of the other misguided Progressive/Democratic issues, from gun control to immigration to approving the UN treaty on arms control, which most Americans reject. 

Second, it has shown the President’s true colors, his disdain for the welfare of the American people, and his willingness to go to any lengths to get what he wants. 

Third, the Sequester, which has taken the limits on discretionary spending back to 2008 levels, is still in place. 

And fourth, the House has given the American people hope that someone is actually standing up for them and representing their views in Washington.  A small group of citizens can still actually make a difference! 

If you consider the Tea Party patriots as “rascals” for resisting to the loss of liberty being promoted by Mr. Obama, then we accept the title gladly.  But remember, to side with this administration is, among other things, to accept the NSA invading our privacy by spying on Americans; the IRS breaking its own regulations to play favorites and to harass those it opposes; the CIA fomenting problems and meddling in the affairs of other countries; and crony capitalism corrupting our business culture. 

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