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Semantic Distinction

May 5, 2012

A passage in the Patriot Post article entitled “A $6 Billion Bribe for the Youth Vote” caught the attention of a Seward County Tea Party member as being the perfect example of how we often unwittingly perpetuate the myths of those who believe that government is the ends, and not a means to protect individual liberty. This dialog is not challenging the conclusions of that article, or the logic of its argument, rather the semantics of the language used in one simple passage, and how the chosen language may feed the misplaced ideology that pretends government redistribution is good, and that lowering taxes creates fiscal hardship on government agencies.

The discussion is in the context of student loan subsidy, which of course begs the questions of the overall budget, authorities, political motivation, and using the resources of one subset of the population to fund the “needs” of a faction which will deliver votes to the political faction represented in the article as a couple of our presidential candidates.

The passage: “Both tax and spending cuts will be needed, not merely to put more money in the pockets of Americans, but to starve the ravenous beast that is the central government.”

This passage sounds bold and authoritative, so where is the problem? Do tax cuts put more money in your pocket? Do spending cuts put more money in your pocket? NO! On both counts. Tax and spending cuts leave more money in your pocket. This distinction may seem semantic, yet it is fundamental. Our government has no money aside from what you’ve lent it (communist China notwithstanding).

Next; do spending cuts starve the central government? Again, NO! Spending cuts sufficient to maintain fiscal sustainability may affect hiring and retirement rates within our bureaucracies, which may trim them down into the energetic athletes the founders envisaged, as opposed to the obese couch potatoes we live with now.

Do tax cuts starve the beast? NO again! Tax cuts will halt the punishment of industry for creating American jobs and spur economic activity and generate increasing tax revenues. Tax cuts do not represent a model of starvation for our government, but a model of prosperity-dependent growth for our government and a path to prosperity for the governed.

You borrow your dollars by your consent to our government. They are paid back in kind through protection of your individual liberty and your ability to be secure in your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. To say that government puts money in your pocket is to assent that you have no influence, no authority, no power, and further presumes that all resources belong to government, and that blessings are granted through the government. Government is not an end, not a benefactor; it is a means. A means to security, individual liberty, and prosperity, but only if we are willing to honor the vision of our founders and reshape it into the athlete, energetically focused on its few simple tasks, NOT the couch potato, surfing the channels looking for new hobbies to dabble in.

SENATE GOP PUSHES BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

April 5, 2011

Manu Raju, POLITICO March 26, 2011

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-TN) and other senior Republicans are building a united front behind a constitutional amendment that would require a balanced federal budget, a measure that could serve as a bargaining chip in the debate over raising the debt ceiling.  McConnell’s leadership team circulated documents on Friday afternoon to GOP Senate offices, laying out a new legislative plan to bridge internal differences, and sent an unambiguous call for unity among the 47-member conference.  ‘Leadership strongly encourages members to co-sponsor the amendment and will be actively seeking support at the Tuesday policy lunch,’ Tori Gorman, chief economist of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, said in a memo … If all 47 members sign onto the plan, it could give Republicans new leverage to demand a Senate vote as a condition for agreeing to take up the politically thorny issue of raising the national debt limit” http://bit.ly/dEgrVx Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex): My hope is that we would force a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment as a condition to voting on the debt ceiling. … By next week, or shortly thereafter, we will have all 47 Republicans unified behind the effort, and then begin to reach out to our Democratic colleagues. http://bit.ly/f7luWi

Senate GOP “one-pager” on the bill http://politi.co/hCDnQw

PDF of the 4-page proposed bill http://politi.co/gpNxkS

Welcome!

December 3, 2010

We’re excited to welcome you to the Seward Tea Party Website!

Joining your local Tea Party is a noble call to citizenship. This means that you will join with your friends and neighbors in informing yourselves and those around you to understand fiscal and governmental issues that affect us all. Our Tea Party members come from a broad cross-section of society; we are native Nebraskans and those who moved here to achieve the good life; we are tradespeople, business owners, and service professionals brought together by our desire to make our community better informed, more active and in continuous contact with our elected representatives. This makes our community a better place to live, our state more responsive to our needs, and our nation more respectful of its citizens.

We hope you will join us in this endeavor and walk the path of citizenship in a way that would make our founding fathers proud.

Browse this website, find us on Facebook, send us an email, use the subscribe button, link to the many resources available; and Join with us today!

YCTP Election Night Patriot Caucus – Remarks shared by the Board Chairman

November 3, 2010

The results of what is happening at the polls today do not matter.

Why? Let’s talk about the results:

What is the best result we could expect… Democrat majorities? A 50-50 split? Republican majorities?

What result is worse?

Electing members of a party with a socialist platform, that promotes that platform? Or electing members of a party with a capitalist platform, which enacts a socialist platform? I might argue that the latter is the worse evil.

So why do the results of today not matter?

Because our course of action following this election is the same regardless of its result. To use “progressive” terminology, the political parties in power are simply greedy corporate interests. Greedy for power, and dominion, and your money.

The Seward County Tea Party course of Action:

We must frame every argument or issue in the context of the principles espoused by our founding fathers –“First Principles” as they are sometimes referred to.

We must force our representatives to make decisions within that context, and not in their selfish corporate interest.

And we must begin building the framework of government operation that rewards representatives of “The People” and punishes those representing divisive constituencies.

This is the mission of the Seward County Tea Party; to begin the long and arduous task of creating a foundation and restoring our American vision for future prosperity that it has taken a century of persistent progressive activism to undermine.

Thank you,

Three Principles

October 23, 2010

Fiscal Responsibility – Your parents and grandparents enabled you to surpass their success and prosperity by working hard, saving money, and not spending more than they had. This means that you, your children and grandchildren, will be prosperous and financially successful when you exercise fiscal responsibility. Why would you expect anything different from your state or your nation?

Constitutionally Limited Government – The framers of our Declaration of Independence knew that governments seek to subjugate their constituents by breeding dependency. This is why they drafted a constitution that prohibits the government from limiting your free exercise of liberty. They knew that citizens are not the subjects of government; rather that government is subject to its citizens. Our Constitution provides a guide. Which candidate do you think will follow it?

Free Markets – It is well documented that when individuals have many choices and bear the costs of their selections, they select the best product offered at the most economical cost available. Individuals are free to weigh the benefits of purchasing a product or service against the costs to arrive at a reasonable compromise. When government bureaucracies control markets they breed dependency for the purpose of subjugating the citizens. Free markets guarantee a variety of choices at the best prices possible, as well as providing wages and profits commensurate with the level of expertise and skill required to create a product or render a service.

These three principles were important to our founders more than 200 years ago. They are important today since they established the course that allowed our prosperity. They are important for your children and grandchildren because your choice today will help sustain their hope of a prosperous future or subscribe them to a lifetime of servitude, and leave our nation weakened in a world of tyrants.

The Seward County Tea Party is guided by three principles that were derived by the founding fathers through their Christian faith, education respecting thousands of years of history, and profound understanding of the foundations of the rule of law. They instituted this as a government for the benefit of all classes, faiths and cultures recognizing the benefits for all people; we the People! Consider these principles, and GO VOTE!

What is a Tea Party?

October 4, 2010

If you watch the news coverage of the Tea Party closely, you may notice that every demonstration has one common theme and one common characteristic.

The common theme – “We’re ticked off and we’re not gonna take it any more!” The common characteristic? A common characteristic that kept sticking in my mind was that every demonstration had a huge number of different messages. Some of the demonstrations look like each INDIVIDUAL has a unique message! So, is this a problem? If we imagine for a moment that we are elected officials, what would we do? Would we cater to every individual that is upset? Address every poster? Which issue that we observe is the most important action we can take that will begin to earn the trust of our constituents? Healthcare? Judicial nominees? Budget deficits? Gays serving openly in the military? Socialism versus capitalism? Free trade versus isolationism? Our USA apology tour? Negotiating with terrorists as peers? How is a representative to make sense of it all?

So in thinking about forming this Tea Party and what it is that we need to do, we began asking “What is the Tea Party?” The tea party movement has conveyed several messages, T.E.A. = Taxed Enough Already, some have promoted it as a political party, some have promoted it as NOT a political party, some have implied it is anti-government, some anti-incumbent and so forth… ALL have tried to capitalize on the notoriety of the historical version bearing the same name. That Tea Party, as you all may be aware, was the final straw in a string of events; the Sugar, Stamp and Townshend Acts, that spurred an act of civil disobedience. The reaction was of course followed by the Intolerable Acts. James Madison summed the results up this way:

“The people of the U.S. owe their Independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.”

So, if we stop to ponder for just a moment… the very independence of our nation precipitated from a single act of civil disobedience, December 16, 1773. Let’s think about that. What does it all mean? It means that those Tea Party Patriots recognized the inherent meaning in the sequence of events preceding that day. Now let’s visit the part that is important still today: “Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.” Or, “be vigilant forevermore, because the same thing is certain to happen again.”

Our concept in the Seward County Tea Party is that we NEED to identify not with each disparate issue individually, but to identify the precedent and follow it to its logical conclusion, and to promote a mechanism and a path forward by which we can bring about a lasting solution, which not only rights the wrongs of the past, but also serves to prevent them from recurring. These mechanisms will stem from and lend support to, the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.

But we still have not answered the question. What is a Tea party? Perhaps we can discern a definition by examining what the modern Tea Party is comprised of. Mark Alexander, editor of the online journal The Patriot Post, describes the composition of our modern Tea Party this way:

“We are American Patriots, defenders of First Principles and Essential Liberty.

We are Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and public servants standing in harm’s way at home and around the world, who are loyal, first and foremost, to our revered oath to “support and defend” our Constitution.

We are grassroots leaders and local, state and national officeholders who, likewise, honor our sacred oath.

We are mothers, fathers and other family members nurturing the next generation of young Patriots. We are farmers, craftsmen, tradesmen and industrial producers. We are small business owners, service providers and professionals in medicine and law. We are employees and employers. We are in ministry at home and missionaries abroad. We are students and professors at colleges and universities, often standing alone for what is good and right.

We are consumers and taxpayers. We are voters.

We are Patriot sons and daughters from all walks of life, heirs to the blessings of Liberty bequeathed to us at great personal cost by our Patriot forebears, confirmed in the opinion that it is our duty to God and Country to extend that blessing to our posterity, and avowed upon our sacred honor to that end. We are vigilant, strong, prepared and faithful.”

In reflecting on these words, I would respectfully submit to you that our modern Tea Party is synonymous with “We the People”, and I would invite each of you who has yet to accept the responsibility and duties of citizenship, to “Be the People” today by joining your local Tea Party; join our work to bring about productive change and restore the vision of prosperity constructed by our founding fathers, that generated the most prosperous and positively uplifting nation in the history of the world for all peoples, regardless of class, color, or ethnicity. God bless you all, and may he watch over our work and bless us with a journey worthy of the respect and admiration of those men and women who formed this vision so long ago.

Welcome to the Seward County Tea Party!

August 17, 2010

Greetings!

We’re excited to welcome you to the Seward Tea Party Website!

Joining your local Tea Party is a noble call to citizenship. This means that you will join with your friends and neighbors in informing yourselves and those around you to understand fiscal and governmental issues that affect us all. We come from a broad cross-section of society; we are native Nebraskans and those who moved here to achieve the good life; we are tradespeople, business owners, and service professionals brought together by our desire to make our community better informed, more active and in continuous contact with our elected representatives. This will make our community a better place to live, our state more responsive to our needs, and our nation more respectful of its citizens.

We hope you will join us in this endeavor and walk the path of citizenship in a way that would make our founding fathers proud.

Browse this website, find us on Facebook, send us an email, subscribe with the button to the right, link to the many resources available; and Join with us today!

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