Since their inception in 2008, TEA parties across the nation have been actively watching and affecting county and state legislatures, culminating in the success of the 2010 election. Now, according to most television news stations and newspapers, the Tea Party is dead. Nothing could be further from the truth.The fact is, TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) is only a name given to common, everyday Americans who are concerned about the direction in which their country is moving. If you believe the government should be increasing drilling for natural gas and oil to keep prices lower, and should not be cutting oil drilling permits on public controlled land; the government should not interfere with our religious beliefs; hunting and fishing rights should be protected; your land should be yours, protected from death taxes and Agenda 21; the military must remain strong and our warriors should receive the respect and benefits theyve earned; a safety net must be provided for all children and disabled; taxes are too high and the government must stop wasting money; health care prices should be as low as possible and purchase should be available to all, then you are a part of a majority of Americans which include the Tea Party groups.
Here in Johnson County, TEA party attendees are folks who are concerned about these issues and are farmers, nurses, realtors, teachers, business owners, ministers, veterans and many parents and grandparents who are alarmed that their children and grandchildren may inherit a country where American liberty and prosperity will be compromised. These folks do more than meet and discuss. Because of this dedication and commitment of everyday people like these, the Tennessee legislature (this year) passed the following: Nullification of ObamaCare in the State of Tennessee (signed into law), Schools in Tennessee must institute curriculum on American History and courses in Civics where the Founding Documents (i.e. U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers) are required for all students (signed into law).
On April 4, 2012, the Tennessee Senate voted 24-8 and passed Bill SB 893, Creationism/Evolution, which would allow teachers to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the strength and weaknesses of existing scientific theories like biological evolution, global warming, and human cloning.- Senator Bo Watson. The Health Care Compacts topic was shown as a presentation by TEA Party Patriots Jenny Beth Martin at the Knoxville, TN Summit in December, 2010. This is a formal governmental agreement between two states and must have approval from Congress, but not the President. Once in place, they would supersede Federal laws that exceed the Constitution Enumeration of Powers in the US Constitution. This has not yet passed is on the fast track.
The TEA Party is a conglomerate group, made up of conservatives, independents, libertarians, and even non-politicals that believe in the Constitution, and want any changes in our laws to be Constitution based. If you have questions or would like to join in discussions, the group meets every 4th Tuesday. This month we meet on April 24th at 6:30 pm at the American Legion on Church Street. Newcomers are welcome. Sandwiches, tea and coffee will be served.