Thoughts on Upcoming Tea Party

Since I was just a wee lad, I’ve not been one to jump up on the stage and dance with the band.  Nonetheless, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage those of you in the general vicinity of Sioux Falls, South Dakota to make your way to the July 2 Tea Party which will be held at the Sioux Falls Fairgrounds.

Disclaimer: I am not an official sponsor or leader of this particular Tea Party gathering. The thoughts which follow are my own and do not necessarily correspond with the thinking or approach of the official organizers of this event.

  1. Protesting does not come naturally to those who believe that they should take care of their own problems. After all, those of us who believe that we are responsible for our own successes and failures do not generally make a point of complaining about how hard we have it to anyone who will listen. Despite this, and the likelihood that such was also true for those engaged in the first Tea Party in history, there comes a time when we not only must complain, but we must do so by joining in solidarity with others. If you believe that you are personally responsible for taking care of yourself and your family and that further government intervention in health care will make it nearly impossible for you to fulfill those responsibilities, come to the party.
  2. Not everyone who will be at the Tea Party agrees with me. In fact, most of the people at the Tea Party may well disagree with me on many matters of public policy and law. The strength (and weakness) of the gathering is that people from a variety of backgrounds and political leanings are growing increasingly concerned about the financial path our federal government is taking. If you can handle healthy disagreement on many issues, while sharing in general agreement that government’s spending (and the taxing it does to support this spending habit) is picking up steam on the way down the mountain, come to the party.
  3. The party will last about a half day. Some people can come over lunch break. Others can be there for the whole time. Still others may be able to pop in after work. If there is one thing that most of us understand, it the the principle of needing to perform work in order to be paid. I’ll be taking the afternoon off from other endeavors. If you can make it for 15 minutes, come to the party.
  4. We all like to be healthy. Maybe you are in excellent health and plan to die young and leave a beautiful/handsome corpse. If so, you are probably in the minority. Most of us understand the costs and burdens of caring for ourselves and others when things simply don’t work like they used to. We understand that despite problems with our current health care system, we are still largely able to make our own decisions with regard to taking care of ourselves and others.  If you would like the freedom to consult with your doctor and make decisions regarding your health care without getting permission from Uncle Sam to do so, come to the party.

That’s about it for right now. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Upcoming Tea Party

  1. Point 4: so will you be calling for the government to reduce its spending by eliminating Medicare and Medicaid… you know, that public health care option that covers every retiree in the country? Please poll the attendees at the Tea Party and ask them if they are willing to take care of themselves by paying private insurance premiums until they are 95.

  2. CAH

    Yes, I would like the government to reduce such spending. (I’ve made the same mistake of conflating the two programs.)

    Bottom line is that it is not government’s job to care for me (or my parents or my grandparents). It is my job to care for me, whether by use of insurance or direct payment. Further, it should be my job to care for my parents and grandparents as well, should they become unable to do so. Between family and churches, labor under the belief that we could get it done–and done well.

    As far as I know, you are welcome to come and poll the attendees. Stopping the new entitlement train is more critical to me at present than slowing down the old one.

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