Tea Party Friends 2010 was a massive election win and historic by all measures, those of us that believe in limited and controlled government and fiscal responsibility won big! The fact that the win was so big and so many voted shows just how powerful the TP message is in America, we are now on the verge of our biggest vote since that election; the budget. It’s important that we now stay focus on tactics and strategy going forward.
On tactics we have to continue to fight each battle to the end. In the case of the current debt vote and future votes we keep fighting until the vote is cast for the deal WE want and voted for! Don’t back down because the progressive left is pulling out all the stops again with same the ugly name calling and rhetoric we dealt with going into the 2010 election. I’m here to tell you it will get worse and the name calling and charges will be stronger than ever so it’s a must we keep a united front. When our debt gets downgraded, and it will….they (progressive left) will blame us vs. the real cause, out of control spending and unchecked government. There is no value to giving in early as it will weaken our position in future negotiations. Fact is, we stopped the progressive movement dead in its tracks in 2010 and are now backing the train off the tracks to fix the mess. Call your reps, attend meetings, and make your voice heard until there is a vote on our terms!
On strategy, we need to always be looking at the larger war on fiscal responsibility, liberty, limited and non-intrusive government, and we have to continue to be the voice of reason and responsibility in the room. It does us no good to attack others on the right in the heat of a battle to cut the debt. It gives the left and progressive movement that is trying very desperately to divide us free ammo. It takes us off message and further gives the message to the far left in this country. They will make us the story not the debt and the issues facing America. In short….it’s very BAD strategy to fight two battles at the same time when one is internal to the ranks. Dealing with political leaders on the right that we feel are not fighting hard enough is best saved for the 2012 election and after the core issue (debt) has been won. Having the major outlets and online blogs talking about a fight form us with Speaker Boehner is shortsighted and gives ammo to an enemy with and an empty gun…why do it???
Advocate openly, aggressively, and publicly about this issue (debt) until the vote is cast. Don’t get sucked into side conversations about the Speaker of the House and side deals. Once the bill is signed or not we access and build a plan for the next steps that ARE required to save the country from collapse and ensure political leaders report to us, elections count, we proved that and 2012 we will again. Stay strong, stay focused and keep a wary eye on those that seek to divide and concur!
Victor Luebker is a conservative blogger, speaker, and serves as the national coordinator for the Armed Forces Tea Party.
More at www.victorluebker.com