My wife and I attended an anti-tax rally at the Commonwealth Capitol in Richmond. The protest was put on by the Virginia chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
The event was attended by more than three hundred persons who met on the lawn outside the Capitol building and then we visited our various legislators’ offices and watched them in session debating our fate. A lunch followed where the organizers continued to pump up the crowd to oppose those in government who would squander our treasure and future.
While I am very supportive of the TEA Party movement and its ideals – I remain exceptionally concerned about them looking or acting as a third party. I was approached by one of the organizers of the Richmond TEA Party and we had a short discussion. He seemed to be recruiting and I told him that I was uneasy about the future of the movement. He asked why and I told him that I would support the TEA Party until the day that they put a candidate in a general election against a Republican. He interjected, “What about getting rid of the RINOs?” I invoked the Coulter principle (There are some bad Republicans; there are no good Democrats) to which he conceded the point. Further I added that 40 good Republicans and eleven RINOs would mean that there would be no Harry Reid, and a mixed majority of good Republicans and RINOs in the House would mean no more Nancy Pelosi. I don’t like RINOs, but Democrats have to be defeated – to do that I can live with Olympia Snow and Lindsey Graham. I told him that the TEA Party did it right in Texas (their candidate entered the Republican primary) but they did it wrong in New York (a third party candidate split the Republican vote and the Democrat won). TEA Partiers are going to have to accept the results of primary voters – if not – they will guarantee Democrat victory. My new TEA Party friend excused himself – I think the recruiting interview was over.
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