The tea parties are showing that they will not be content to be kingmakers. They really are patriots, and their aim is nothing less than to preserve and restore this country. At every turn, they have been accused, by the “progressives,” of being actual social reactionaries in patriots’ clothing. Why? Well, because many of the candidates they supported happen to have a history as social conservatives.
Now they are proving these critics wrong. They are not going to rest simply because many of their preferred candidates have been elected. They are following through on the principles to which they agreed during the campaign. They said they wanted to forego social issues in favor of constitutionalism, limited government and lower taxes. Lo and behold, they actually meant it.
They are now reminding those who stood on their shoulders to get to the top just why they put them there. They are reiterating that they want not social reaction but constitutional fidelity, smaller government and lower taxes. If anyone changes course, it will not be the tea partiers. And if their candidates forget who put them in office, they will fire them — just as readily as they did their predecessors.
So, as we hear again, from the whiny and dishonest Left, that the tea party put social conservatives in power to accomplish socially-reactionary ends, we can see that it is a lie. I am satisfied that the tea party people are sincere. And I will support them as long as they stay sincere. I stand by them, because I can now see that they are indeed perhaps the last, best hope We, the People have of saving America.
I urge all right-minded gays and lesbians to recognize that our real allies are those in the tea party movement. Those in its ranks who may consider the moratorium on social issues merely temporary will return to them later on only if the true libertarians in the movement let them. Our active presence in their ranks will help to assure that this does not happen. By standing outside and impotently griping, we can change nothing. We must do our part — and we can only do that if we TAKE part.
Vigilance requires participation. If we ever meant it when we asserted that we must “be the change we want to see,” the time has come to prove it.