I often refer to the tea party movement as an "Awakening". Read how one liberty-minded friend-of-the-movement went from an everyday Republican to an educated constitutionalist. In the tea party movement, at the end of the day, we seek the truth. And in this great "Awakening", our responsibility is to just do the next right thing.
If anyone would have asked me on Friday, February 27, 2009 at our first Orlando Tea Party rally what the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution is and how has it affected the relationship between the state and federal governments, I wouldn't have been able to answer the question. Did we rise up because we knew what James Madison wrote about federalism in The Federalist Papers or because we understood the purpose of the legal system from Bastiat's, The Law? No, but like me, the American electorate arose from it's slumber because, simply put, we knew something was wrong.
On Thursday, February 24th, 2011, I flew to Dallas, TX to join the Dallas area tea party as a presenter at their Grassroots Bootcamp. To my surprise, there were over 230 Texas patriots in attendance and just as you'll find at any tea party group, they were the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.