Are You Ready For The Next Wave?

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Do you ever feel like Dan Blackford?

Dan is an original Tea Party organizer. He’s been at it since 2009. And he’s just about worn out. According to the Wall Street Journal, Blackford’s given up his position in the  Houston Tea Party.

All the protests, the organization, the fundraising, the block-walking, has it done anything? Are we better off than we were two years ago? I say ‘No.’

How many other people feel the way Dan feels?  Do you think the past two-and-a-half years were a waste?

You Are Not Alone

Sometimes I do.  Since the end of 2009, I have been ready to throw in the towel many times.  Each time, my friends bolstered me.  They reminded me how far we’d come since February ‘09.  The reminded me that nothing has stopped our movement, locally or nationally.

So now it’s my turn to bolster the spirits of those like Dan Blackford.

Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day

First, let’s get something straight: your expectations must match reality.  The United States has been on the path to bigger government, more debt, and less liberty since the Constitutional Convention.  Larry Elder points out:

Congress began ignoring its lack of authority for charity before the ink dried on the Constitution. When Congress appropriated $15,000 to assist French refugees in 1792, James Madison – a Founding Father and principal author of the Constitution – wrote, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution, which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
Read more: Charity: Not in the Constitution

The tendency of government to grow is not new.  Nor will it go away. Let’s accept what we cannot change and move on.  Please don’t make the mistake of assuming we could roll back sixty years of rapid government growth with a single election. 

Everybody’s Talkin’

Next, let’s look at what we have accomplished.  Let’s begin with the fact that Dan Blackford gets quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal more than two years into the Tea Party era. 

Do you know how many nascent movements and organizations are born and die in any two year period?  Do you know how rare it is for a movement to survive 30 months?  Do you realize much rarer it is for a movement that’s only two years old to drive 100 percent of the conversation about government?

Sure, it’s easy to say, “conversation” is all the Tea Party’s gotten for its work.  That’s what Ellen Gilmore of LaGrange Tea Party told WSJ.  I would tell Ellen that driving the conversation is a very big deal in a republic.

Tomorrow’s decisions—in primaries, in general elections, in school board meetings, and in Congress and the Supreme Court—evolve from to today’s conversations.  In 2008, no one cared what Ellen Gilmore  or Dan Blackford thought about anything. Today their thoughts are on the front page of one of the most read papers in the world.

If we give up now, Dan and Ellen will be correct: it will have been a waste of precious time, money, and energy.

But we’re not giving up.  We’re not standing still.  We are still advancing.

The After Party

Over next several weeks, we will roll out a plan. The plan builds upon our accomplishments and strengths.  It looks reality squarely in the eye.  And it begins to fill the void we feel in our movement and in ourselves.

Once we fill that void, we’ll begin moving the debate a little faster.  We’re going to launch an upward spiral of effective action.

Beginning  Sunday, August 7, read every episode of The After Party series on  And put a placeholder on your calendar for the 3rd Thursday of every month. 

It’s time to launch the next wave. And you won’t be alone.


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  • Bob Keough

    Last night’s meeting was one of the best I have attended.  Keep up the good work.

  • Gman

    Bill, the Tea Party is making a difference.  Let us not be discouraged.  I saw a so called poll that says for the first time the public does not have a favorable view of the Tea Party.  If the poss has merit, and that is a big if, we do need to figure out how to change that…..or maybe we dont.  Have not decided.  We fight on. 


  • Celticreeler

    “Launching an upward spiral of effective action”–bingo!  (Sorry my comments are long.)

    Thanks for everything you have done and continue doing.  It’s vital!

    I’m an “out-state” tea party organizer, pretty “burned out” on the whole passive rally thing.  I’ve been yammering at people in my area, saying that the time for passive gatherings is past, and now the patriots must engage locally.  This is where one individual can make such an impact!  Attend the meetings of the bodies that spend local taxpayer $$$:  county commission, city council, and school board, for starters.  Don’t even make any comments, necessarily…just sit there, soaking it all in.  If you can go online and get the meeting agenda, and maybe even a packet for the meeting (warning:  first go buy a new ink cartridge if you print the whole thing); go to the meeting with it on your clipboard.  Make those people “do what they do” in front of your eyes.  They’ll never know what you’re thinking.  I thought my tea party group should have set up a group of 4-6 for each board, rotating responsibility for attending among those individuals, who would later post a short summary of what happened.

    About a dozen of us got fired up about an unjust extension of a sales tax in our city, that originally passed with a date for its sunset.  Several months of pretty hard work later, it failed 2 to 1.  People committed to good governance and fiscal integrity can make a difference!

    The people whose wealth is sometimes being totally squandered, whose communities are being centrally planned, and whose lives are being micromanaged must start locally.  They must demand transparency (i.e., when/where are those darned meetings?) and accountability.  The local scene is the proving ground!

  • This is great…hope voter fraud will be addressed!

  • Anonymous

    Like the Russian Revolution, the political ‘change’ in this country has been driven by a handful, literally a handful of people.  the Tea Party is not a ‘handful’ it is he largest grassroots movement in this country since the civl rights movement, or he Abolitionist/Underround Railroad.  It’s work.  It took the Abolitionist nearly forty years of supporing the Underground Railroad to wipeout slavery in this country, but they perserved.  the Tea Party’s work is not done. And it is gaining support daily as people watch the antics of Congress.  Fresh horses?  Yes.  this work needs fresh horses.
    more conservative candidates need to run, and, given a clear choice, the nation will throw out incumbants this election cycle as never before.  It is a very bad election cycle to be a Democrat, and there is work to be done.  Look how the tea party congress members shocked with resolve and incorruptable stance.  there are patriots out there to encourage to run.

  • Dee

    Gandhi spent 7 years before his goal was accomplished.  Its really amazing how many insults from the media we have withstood and still refused to shut-up.

  • Finally someone is rejuvinating the Tea Party.  What I have seen in the past couple of months is the St Louis Tea Party sitting around, playing with their cell phones.  The objective of Tea Party’s is not power and prestige and not social networking in comparison to political networking.

    I totally support your article.  Keep up the good work.