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ETHICS of a Tea Party Activist: Part IV (ACTIVISM)

This was supposed to be the first article in a series of five, but then I thought it would be too preachy. Then it was supposed to be the second article in a series of five, but then I thought it could be hypocrisy. Then it was supposed to be the third article in a series of five, but then I conveniently had a better idea.

Look, I believe that we have to act. I’ve written about how much those of us who are the freedom movement love life and how much we’d rather be living our lives than trying to govern the lives of others. Governing isn’t exactly in our DNA, after all, and we’ve all seen so many good people get involved in the business of governing, and we’ve seen what happens to people after they get to Richmond, or Baltimore, or Washington D.C.

There are a million repugnant reasons not to get involved with government. Corruption, Corporatism, and Bureaucracy are like contagions that freedom-loving people want to avoid at all cost. We’ll vote, when there is someone good to vote for, but we never actually want to be that person. We detest our school boards, but we don’t run for school board. We loath our county supervisors, but don’t seek to hold those positions ourselves. We find so much fault in our House of Delegates, but hardly any of us have actually considered being a delegate.

Then we sit at home, scouring the internet for hope, watching our televisions with fear and loathing, and condemn in our own minds “The Government”; the Government that isn’t us.

Then there are people like Anthony Riedel. He doesn’t want to govern you, but neither does he wish to be governed by the kinds of people attracted to government. He works hard, and for an organization he believes in, but that isn’t enough. He is articulate, but he doesn’t just sit at home posting links to Breitbart or writing articles for a blog. He lives in Virginia’s First District, our most historic district, and he didn’t like the representation he was receiving in Washington DC. He didn’t just write a letter to the editor. He didn’t just attend a rally.

The first thing he did was volunteer for several local, state, and federal campaigns, including Ron Paul’s Presidential Primary campaign. Then, he did what most of us will never do. He ran for Congress himself. You probably cannot imagine the amount of time, energy, and emotional fortitude it takes to run a campaign against a thoroughly safe establishment Republican, a Republican comfortably feeding at the trough of Eric Cantor’s Virginian Republican Party. Anthony Riedel isn’t being backed by the Chamber of Commerce, or the RNC, or Exxon Mobile, like Eric Cantor in his primary. He’s backed by Joe and Jane, John and Janice, residents of Norfolk, Fredericksburg, Kilmarnock, Lively, Montross, King George, Gloucester, and the watery rims of Mathews County.

Now, we don’t all have to run for Congress. But what about the school boards? County Supervisors? House of Delegates?

We don’t all have to run for an office. But what about attending the meetings of the school board, the county supervisors, or the House of Delegates?

Meeting Anthony Riedel has taught me something. Rallies and writing and connecting is not enough.

Look at what is happening out there in America, Ladies and Gentlemen. The TEA Party isn’t overwhelming the establishment Republicans. Ted Cruz isn’t running the Senate and Justin Amash isn’t Speaker of the House. Sarah Palin, who would make an outstanding President, probably won’t even be able to make a go of it. We’re all sick of our government. We’re all T.axed E.nough A.lready. More to the point, the largest minority in America sides with us; they just won’t run for School Board, or County Supervisor, or House of Delegates, or Congressman, or Senator. They won’t become teachers in public schools, bureaucrats in Washington D.C., or journalists at the Richmond Times Dispatch.

It’s too dirty, too disgusting, and too difficult. And so, it would seem that Eric Cantor and Rob Wittman, Bob Goodlatte and Bob McDonnell are the best we can expect from the Republican Party in Virginia. I’m just not satisfied with that anymore. I saw this eat away at North Carolina for years. It is eating away at Virginia today and we’ve got to do more. I’ve got to do more. And we’ve got to do it together.


About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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