Donaldson: The Country is Ours

Sam Donaldson on the Chris Matthews Show, December 23rd 2012:

It’s the Tea Party and the thinking of the Tea Party and people like that, that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don’t know something about the way the country’s changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back 25 or 30 years. The greatest slogan that I hated during this last campaign was ‘We want to take back our country.’ Guys, it’s not your country anymore. It’s our country, and you’re part of it, but that thinking is going to defeat Republicans nationally if they don’t get rid of it.

Mr. Donaldson is incorrect about the 25-30 years because the social and political dilemma started with FDR. He also misses the major points of the Tea Party movement.

Tea Partiers, as they have come to be called, are for strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, which would limit the power of the federal government, reduce government spending, and reform the tax system. They are not for no taxation, but fair and non-intrusive taxation – and progressive taxation. Simply, the present tax system that is complicated, progressive, and unfair.
They are not just against the Democrat Party platform, but also the Republican Party not adhering to their promises of true reform. For example:
  • Identify the constitutionality of every legislation before passing it in Congress.
  • Reject emissions trading legislation like the “cap and trade”.
  • Demand a balanced federal budget.
  • Simplify the tax system.
  • Audit federal government agencies for constitutionality, like the Federal Reserve.
  • Limit annual growth of federal spending.
  • Repeal the health care legislation passed on March 23rd, 2010 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is not within the limited power of federal government.
  • Authorize additional energy reserves and work towards American self-dependent energy sources, reducing unjustified barriers in regulations – as well as other business regulations.
  • Reduce earmarks.
  • Reduce and keep constant taxes. If government is over budget it is because of overspending, not under taxing.
Since Ron Paul became popular, the Tea Party movement has also added foreign policy reformation, as he stated in August 2010 Foreign Policymagazine:

We cannot stand against big government at home while supporting it abroad. We cannot talk about fiscal responsibility while spending trillions on occupying and bullying the rest of the world … I see tremendous opportunities for movements like the Tea Party to prosper by capitalizing on the Democrats’ broken promises to overturn the George W. Bush administration’s civil liberties abuses and end the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A return to the traditional U.S. foreign policy of active private engagement but government noninterventionism is the only alternative that can restore our moral and fiscal health.

The Tea Partiers are saying that America’s problems are not just focused upon one political party – but in various degrees both political entities.
The US Constitution and its amendments are important, not political party agendas.
Since its inception in 2009, the Tea Party movement has developed a Tea Party Caucus in Washington, DC.
Because President Obama received enough votes to a second term, people are saying that the Tea Party movement and its ideology is passé. It is not. It is just that over 65 million Americans have chosen between a constitutional government and a democratic-socialist government whose agenda is the nanny state, which has proven in Europe to be economically a disaster. It is also because too many Americans have the misconception that the Constitution is not in tune with changing times, when in fact the woes of government now, its usurped powers, is because Congress, the executive administration, and the Supreme Court has circumvented constitutional law. They only claim the Constitution is outdated because they want to tailor it toward their political ideology in order to achieve more power and make the People answerable to the government instead of the other way around. If the Constitution requires changing, that is what amendments is for. The Constitution was corrected by two important amendments: abolishing slavery and women’s right to vote. That is how the Constitution works. Every American should be suspect of any politician or political movement that wants to make the Constitution null and void because it is “outdated” or not complying with “modern” society.
Unlike too many bills going through Congress today, the Constitution was carefully planned and discussed thoroughly – it was too important to rush. It also demonstrates the Democrat and Republican Party priorities: a tax reform bill has languished in Congress since 2002 – with no action, but in one month they want to pass a bill that will transgress against the Second Amendment. Getting rid of income tax system would be more beneficial.
Americans should be suspicious when congressional members want to push legislation without oversight or committee research, like the present firearm ban bill being pushed by anti-firearm Senator Feinstein, who has not hidden her desire to remove firearms out of the hands of every citizen leaving firearms only for her elitist group, law enforcement, and the military. The mainstream-national media never reports incidents where citizens protect themselves against violence. She and her cohorts utilize emotional tragedies in order to further their aggressive agenda towards expanded and ultimate power of government – for those few who operate it.

People have either forgotten or not aware that Tea Partiers protested against President Bush when he signed the TARP bill, as one example and against the Bush stimulus is another. They are more concerned with the Constitution rather than loyalty to any specific political party. If they have Republicans who have joined, it is because they claimed to believe in the same thing the Tea Party movement represents, and no Democrats joining is self explanatory.

Very soon, the 65 million people that wanted more of Obama and his ilk will be feeling the brunt of their error.