electorate is to the right of center. The federal
government, however, is hard left. Thus was born the
Tea Party, 21st Century version.
our Senators are Democrats
Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Things are no
better in my new home state of
Pennsylvania, where two more
Senate Democrats Arlen Specter
and Robert Casey
This is not to suggest that the
Republicans are more representative, something the Tea
Party goes out of its way to make clear.
GOP`s support for
trillion dollar medical plans or
massive bail outs for failed Wall Street banks.
Those programs represent big government at its worst at
a time when the grass roots wants less government.
The Tea Party movement is the most
exciting political phenomena in decades and has
demonstrated it muscle in a series of
recent special elections in New Jersey (Democratic
incumbent Jon Corzine
defeated by Chris Christie), Virginia (Republican Bob
McDonnell won comfortably in a state carried easily in
2008 by Barack Obama)
Massachusetts (Republican Scott Brown improbably
ascended to the Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by
In perhaps its biggest victory, the
Tea Party`s influence stopped Obamacare dead in its
Earlier this week,
Republican National Committee
Chairman Michael Steele invited disgruntled Tea
Party representatives to the GOP`s
headquarters to make nice. Instead, they vented.
its detractors as extremists or radicals, the Tea
Party more accurately reflects the nation`s mood—angry
and disgusted at Republicans and Democrats alike.
Citizens, concerned that too much
authority is concentrated in the central government,
have a profound mistrust of power in
The most invigorating element in the
Tea Party is that it has caused the deep, private
apolitical Americans who through their prior
indifference are indirectly responsible for the rise to
power of our non-responsive government into activists
who claim that they are prepared for tyranny.
What`s going on within the Tea Party
movement has been building for years and, if it doesn`t
have it already, merits the immediate attention of all
in Congress. With 5
Senators having resigned in recent weeks and with dozens
of other Congressional seats clearly
in play in November, the political stakes are high.
One of Congress` most vulnerable up
for re-election is also its most powerful,
Accordingly on March 26, the
Express III kicks off with what it describes
as a mega rally in Reid`s hometown of Searchlight,
Nevada and then will continue east until appropriately
ending on April 15 in Washington, D.C.
Along its way, the Tea Party will
politicians in Washington have failed We the People with
your bailouts, out of control
deficit spending, government takeovers of sectors
of the economy, Cap and Trade, government-run health
care and higher taxes! If you thought we were just going
to quietly go away or that this Tea Party movement would
be just a passing fad, you were mistaken. We are taking
our country back!”
The short version reads simply:
“Just vote them
As someone who cast his first
presidential vote in 1964 for conservative Republican
Barry Goldwater, based on the Arizona`s
Senator`s strong commitment to
government and individual freedoms, the Tea Party
gives me more hope for America`s future than I`ve had in
the last 50 years.
If I still
lived in Lodi, I`d be in Searchlight on March 26th.
Instead, on April 11th I`ll join up
with the tour in nearby Erie, 100 miles north of
Pittsburgh, no matter how much
snow and ice may remain from our winter storms
is a California native who recently fled the state
because of over-immigration, over-population and a
rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to
Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth
A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the