The Tea Party Movement and Thomas Jefferson

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

Engaging in the process of reasoning and the often enlightened thought it brings can be a very intimidating and even threatening process. It quite often requires one to analyze not only the views of others, but also to analyze ones own {often long held} beliefs as well. The result can be, and often is, the realization that our most "sacred beliefs" can be legitimately brought into question.

I offer the words of one of America's great early thinkers. A philosopher and the third President of these United States, Thomas Jefferson.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Jefferson, who ought to be viewed as the forerunner of the modern day Tea Party Movement {and his words of truth above} are, I fear, being misrepresented and manipulated to serve the special moneyed business interests that have long been working at gaining control of the machinations of our government and our lives.

Just the opinion of a 21st century independent conservative.

Rational Nation USA welcomes yours!

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA


  1. I don't disagree with your statement about Jefferson as the "forerunner..Tea Party" (though I certainly think he would despise the current Tea Party for reasons unrelated to issues of states' rights/limited federal government) but I am curious to whom you are referring when you say he and his words are misrepresented. Not trolling, I'm simply drawing a blank as to who or what that refers.

  2. Looks like this was inspired by the Danforth/Lugar comments.

    Kick Lugar out of the Senate. It would be a crying shame not to do so. He's abandoned the base of his party. Thirty years in the Senate tends to produce that drift toward statism.

    Watch Lugar take GOP money, lose his primary and then follow in the footsteps of Crist, Murkowski, et al.

    Enough is enough. The GOP, and more importantly, this country, can't afford business as usual. We've drifted so far away from common sense and our founding principles, people like Lugar and Danforth can't even see them anymore.

    I hear no talk of principles or concern for the health of the nation when people like Danforth make their passionate case for entrenched incumbency. It's truly disgusting.

    No Senator is too important or "respected" to cut loose for rejecting Natural Law and the constraints of the constitution.

    As for any electability concerns for a more conservative candidate in Indiana, if Lugar can win with 80% of the general election vote, surely someone to his right can put together a 50% +1 coalition.

  3. Jeff - "are, fear, being misrepresented and manipulated to serve the special moneyed business interests that have long been working at gaining control of the machinations of our government and our lives."

    Follow the money, study the organizations and or groups who support candidates and contribute to their candidacies. Look for the "special interests."

  4. RightKlik - I concur with all points made.

  5. I guess I was looking for something a little bit more specific at least...

    I also imagine I might come up with different names than you, so like I said I'm not really sure who you think are the special business interests.


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