The evening of Election Day 2012, I spent pacing the makeshift studio, located at the Marshall Student Center, on the campus of University of South Florida, in Tampa, as a panelist for BBC. They put together a sort of morphing round table, representing a mix of politicians, students, activists and “personalities,” for the broadcast, which lasted 8 hours.
BBC was bringing the feel of an American election to their audience all over the world and the experience in our studio was repeated in a number of American cities to give listeners a “real feel,” of things here in their old colonies. Students were invited representing campus Democrats, Republicans, both campaigns and a smattering of single issue clubs.
Early on the host asked me to do a one on one interview and introduce the TEA Party to an audience that had only heard the horror stories of “old, angry, white, racists,” and I expect he thought he would paint me with that brush. When I led off reminding the listeners that the TEA Party of Florida was all in for Herman Cain and very saddened when he dropped out, the racist tag was retired. As I explained our concern that our country could reach the end of our borrowing capacity, become suddenly unable to fund the federal branch and simply go out of business, exactly like the old USSR, he scoffed but soldiered on to talk about our position on the 2012 election.
He asked why the TEA Party of Florida reluctantly gave our endorsement to Mitt Romney. I answered, "Governor Romney is not our cup of tea, but he is the cup of tea we have been served." When the host stopped laughing, he wanted to know what that meant. Remember, they were British and a Tea joke goes far with them. I told him that the TEA Party desperately hoped for a serious fiscal hawk willing to ignore politics and do what's right.
We know how determined the GOP was to force America accept their choice to go up against Barrack Obama, at any cost. We also know EXACTLY how that turned out.
After two failed presidential elections and a House takeover largely fashioned by TEA Party candidates, we are free to enact a new set of rules and no longer allow ourselves to be hemmed in by the duopoly that is the political landscape in the USA.
America has finally reached a place where it is possible that a third party can be effective and achieve serious support from those who have been failed by the self-centered policies that are enacted to preserve power, instead of promote the general welfare of all citizens.
The never ending rush to divide, label and dismiss any and all opposition brought the GOP another stinging rebuke from an electorate that expected better and got less. When an election costs billions, not millions and the end result leaves people more partisan that when it started, something is seriously broken and it is this two party system that exists to take in money and put out influence.
We invite all Americans to investigate the TEA Party, for themselves and decide if we are worth taking a chance and joining. It costs nothing and just might change the tone of American politics by taking partisanship out and putting common sense, fiscal sanity in.
October 1, 2012
Colonel Allen West Endorsement
The TEA Party of Florida announces our endorsement of Congressman Colonel Allen West in the Florida 21st Congressional District race. In this time of Radical Islamic attacks on our embassies, murder and rape of our Ambassador, and the lack of focus, direction and attention on the part of President Barrack Hussein Obama, a strong voice is necessary in furthering the cause of American strength and security.
We believe Colonel West is that person and urge all Floridians in Florida's 18th Congressional District to cast their vote for Colonel Allen West.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the senseless, murderous acts of Muslim terrorists, in Libya and Egypt and the families of the dead and wounded. The TEA Party of Florida condemns the Muslim terrorists responsible for the murderous attacks on US Embassies in Libya and Cairo yesterday, September 11, 2012. The actions of these terrorists amount to an act of war, especially since the Libyan Government refused to properly defend the embassy and should be treated as such. Pretending that the government of Libya is not responsible for this outrage is tantamount to surrender, which seems the intentions of Mr. Obama.
Mr. Obama has failed to lead, again, in the interest of America. His lack of swift and strong action endangers every American on foreign soil and here at home. The United States cannot afford another weak, directionless leader like Mr. Carter, who is just as unable to stand up to thugs, terrorists and state sponsored assassins, as Mr. Carter. Mr. Obama has pursued a policy of "leading from behind", or simply appeasement, as described by his press secretary. Such a policy leads to this type of aggression by despotic regimes and murderous Muslim terrorists. By refusing to lead, Obama allows US interests to be hijacked whenever violent thugs wish. Giving the Muslim Brotherhood well over a billion dollars, as a taxpayer funded "gift" looks as ill-advised today, as it did when Mr. Obama made "gave" it.
The TEA Party of Florida calls upon Mr. Obama to turn away from his policies of weakness and fear and embrace a policy of resolute strength, and never again allow Muslim terrorists to murder American citizens without a swift and decisive response. Americans deserve a leader who understands that backing up, bowing down, and bending over are not the American way.