The TEA Party movement is the most important political phenomenon of my lifetime. Arguable since the country was founded.
The movement itself is far more important than any individual, the sum of it’s parts being exponentially greater than the individual pieces.
The left has endeavored to rip the movement apart with lies, spin and half-truths. Virginia Right! has been there taking pictures, live blogging and documenting the truth, as the truth is the most virtuous weapon in the TEA Party arsenal.
NO INDIVIDUAL! Not Mark Lloyd, not Jamie Radtke, not myself are more important than the honesty and integrity of the Movement.
And the point of the movement is not self aggrandizing and self importance of individuals. The point of the movement is to return to the founding ideas that have allowed America to blossom into the greatest country in the history of the world.
So, pray tell, how is consistent with the goals of the TEA Party to use attacks that are typically used by Progressives in attacking a Republican?
Mark Lloyd needs to soak his swelled head a bit and consider the TEA Party movement before making asinine statements like this:
The Virginia Tea Party Patriots (VTPP), a coalition of over 40 independent tea party groups in Virginia, is continuing its “truth in voting” education drive in the Virginia U.S. Senate primary race. The VTPP seeks to challenge George Allen’s assertion that he is a “tea party” conservative, by focusing on the former Senator’s failure to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2005, three years before the 2008 financial crisis.
Former Senator Allen had a golden opportunity in 2005 to support proposed legislation by signing on as a cosponsor to Senate Bill 190 that would have strengthened oversight of the troubled and unconstitutional Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac government-sponsored enterprises that operate in the mortgage business. Instead, George Allen took money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lobbyists and ran. He fumbled the opportunity to prevent a housing bubble and financial crisis and as a result Senate Bill 190 was never brought to the Senate floor for a vote and everyday Americans were left to suffer from the resulting economic meltdown.
What Lloyd is not telling you is that Allen was officially undecided on this. Freddie Mac was one of the state’s largest employers and was involved in helping lower income families secure homes. This was not something that Allen should have taken lightly. No one knew what was to come, yet Lloyd would have you use 20-20 hindsight to disparage a Senator for not “supporting” a proposed bill.
There were a number of people at the time who believed Fannie and Freddie required oversight and regulation, yet they did not support this bill as the best method to do so.
This “support anything” mentality is what has seen ObamaCare and debt ceiling increases pass. Lloyd complains that bills are pushed through too fast without taking time to look at the impact, to see if there is a better, more effective alternative. And sometimes doing nothing is the better alternative in the long run.
This bill was not even scheduled for a vote during Allen’s time in the Senate. And while he didn’t support this particular bill, he didn’t oppose it either. He was undecided.
Lloyd has made no secret of which candidate he supports. These lies and half-truths have done more to undermine Radtke’s campaign, not only in my view, but in the eyes of many Virginians.
If you have any questions about these reckless accusations, please visit this post. I spent a great deal of time researching these accusations that the VTPP has been circulating. Not as an Allen Supporter, but as a TEA Party supporter insisting on truth.
I am not supporting any candidate at this juncture. What I will support is the integrity and honesty of the TEA Party. And I can truthfully say that Lloyd’s missives he is calling “truth in voting” are exactly the type of “truths” that the Progressives spew about Climate Change and ObamaCare.
And at this point, while I have not announced support for any single candidate, I have eliminated those who are not truthful with Virginians.
If the best case you can make to voters is how bad an opponent is, then that doesn’t say much about yourself.
And that’s truth in voting!