Patriot Groups throughout Arizona
One of the things that turned me off so much about working in the Corporate World was the "water cooler gossip". There was always someone that had a gripe with someone else on the team, and we all knew to avoid the person with the gripe. Why? Because those not involved with the drama didn't want to get caught up in something that could lead to the loss of employment.
The Tea Party Movement is a lot different from a place of employment. This is the place that we have all turned to in the hopes of 1. finding like minded individuals, 2. standing together for what we love and believe in, and 3. working together to restore our constitutional values that have been raped and battered by those in power, and also by those who really don't understand what our country stands for.
Do I like everyone in the Tea Party Movement? No I do not. Would I stand with everyone in the Tea Party Movement in defense of those who wish to rob us of our lives, liberties, and the pursuit of happiness? Absolutely.
What makes standing together a little difficult is when WE engage in activities that undermine what WE are hoping to accomplish. By that I mean when WE engage in gossip about other individuals, when leaders decide to place personal professional gain over the best interest of the group as a whole, and when WE focus on the issues that are wrong with the organization, rather than focusing on the positive aspects of our organization, and working TOGETHER to correct the issues that cause concern.
I never came into this thinking, "Maybe I will get a political career out of this." Or, "Maybe I will achieve 15 minutes of fame and I will get to be a celebrity." or even, "MY idea and MY agenda is so much better than everyone else's that if they don't want to go along with ME, I'M going to take my toys and go home, or better yet, I will create MY own group, and do MY own thing."
I came into this thinking, and surprised actually, that there were other people who believed as I did on ONE strong point, and I wasn't really the crazy one. The ONE strong point was I wanted, and still do, to save OUR COUNTRY.
Over the past few months, there has been some "in fighting" as with any organization. As Patriots, its okay, and even healthy for us to have differences. But when those differences overshadow and cause a rift in what WE are trying to accomplish, then it makes all of the work that WE have done over the past few years in vain.
Which brings me to my point. It wasn't one individual Founding Father who was able to draft the constitution, but rather a group of men who were able to "Make the WE stronger than the I" and no matter how much they fought, or disagreed with each other, the common bond they had was stronger than their petty differences. Imagine how much of the constitution would have gotten written if Thomas Jefferson or John Adams, or George Washington had said, "Screw you guys, I'm going home."
There are some groups who are talking about leaving Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, and there has been talk surrounding the leadership or the lack thereof. Have we had a lack in leadership? Not really, since everyone wants to lead in their own way. That is getting us only so far. Imagine, if you will, how much more WE would have been able to accomplish to this point if each one of us could be big enough to say, "I may not agree completely with that person, but hey, maybe his idea will work." Or, "You know, that person seems to be having a hard time, and they are so busy, maybe I could help ease some of their burden." Or, "You know, I'm not sure if I agree with how that person or this person leads, but I really don't want that much responsibility. Maybe I can try to understand their reasoning, and talk with them about it to gain a better understanding."
WE are all here for the same CAUSE. When WE win, WE can worry about the details later. Lets not be distracted anymore from why WE are all here. Lets work together, Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots, and while WE can and WE do stand with the other groups, (after all, aren't WE all just one big family?) and still maintain the integrity of the organizational rules.
Not endorsing candidates is really NOT a bad thing. It leaves room for you to look at the candidate options, and make an educated decision for yourself. If we as a group endorsed a specific candidate, that would be the same as telling you who to vote for. And it would also open the door for our group to be on puppet strings and would present the opportunity for our integrity to be undermined.
Or WE can just keep allowing petty differences, and heated arguments to stand in the way of what we are doing. Do WE all have to be on the same page every time? NO. But on the main issues YES. Keeping our candidates, REP and DEM alike, accountable, fighting to lower taxes, securing our border, and restoring OUR constitution to its original intent.
The more we break off from each other, (and no I'm not talking to everyone) The Opposition won't have to work very hard to accomplish their mission.
WE will have done it for them.
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL