Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea Party Fringe

Bill Maher has said that the Tea Party movement is a cult. Many others have called it a fringe group. So what does the Tea Party movement stand for? The Tea part of it stands for “taxed enough already”. It is less a party and more a sentiment; a growing sentiment that stands for less taxes and less government intrusion in our lives. The movement is against statism and stands for freedom. It is not a fringe movement by any means. 71% of Republicans now support the Tea Party movement. I am a supporter of the movement.

We mainly have two parties: Republicans and Democrats. Until recently, these two parties have both been more moderate. The Republicans, as a party, leaned right, and the Democrats leaned left, but in recent times, both parties have actually moved the country toward socialism. One of the most recent examples of Republican socialism includes the Medicare Part D that George W. Bush signed into law. Conservatives may not have liked many of the socialist policies, but they put up with it because it was gradual and it felt like they didn’t have other options. Then along came Barack Obama. He has taken the country to the extreme left with his policies that follow socialism and even Marxism. The more extreme “right” of the Tea Party movement has come along because of the more extreme “left” of the presidency of Obama. With the two extremes before us, we are increasingly coming to a point where we are being forced to choose between the two. It is becoming harder and harder to be moderate in your views. President Ezra Taft Benson had some things to say about being moderate in your beliefs.

“But our civilization and our people are seemingly afraid to be revolutionary. We are too ‘broadminded’ to challenge what we do not believe in. We are afraid of being thought intolerant, uncouth, ungentlemanly. We have become lukewarm in our beliefs. And for that we perhaps merit the bitter condemnation stated in Revelation 3:16: ‘So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’

“This is a sad commentary on a civilization which has given to mankind the greatest achievements and progress ever known. But it is an even sadder commentary on those of us who call ourselves Christians, who thus betray the ideals given to us by the Son of God himself.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1960.)

I believe that this lukewarm belief can be encapsulated by those who choose to describe themselves politically as a moderate. This is refusing to take a stand on the issues.

I must note here that people may have different ideas of what a moderate is. I am speaking of a moderate as someone who is not partisan. This would include those who have not made up their mind, do not subscribe to any ideologies, or believe in centrism and “reaching across the aisle”.

I would never vote for a moderate for political office. To me this means that the person running for office does not stand for anything except power. They simply want power and will follow which way the wind of public opinion blows issue by issue to keep power.

To consider oneself a moderate is to be a fence sitter during the War in Heaven we are still waging here on earth. To not choose a side is to by default choose the side of statism (socialism/communism). As I said earlier, the country has been moving toward socialism regardless of the political party in power. In this manner, when you don’t make a choice to stand up against statism, then you by default choose the side of statism. To buy into the notion that Tea Party candidates are all “kooky” is to vote for Obama’s agenda. Moderate politicians, even moderate Republicans, may even say they do not favor Obamacare and Obama’s agenda, but most will not act to stop it. Only a vote for the most conservative candidate will help to stop the march of socialism and communism in this country; a candidate who will openly say they will do everything in their power to stop Obama. This is why we need Tea Party candidates. We cannot get caught up in the disparaging of the Tea Party candidates that is going on by the media. We are waging the raging War in Heaven, and the time to choose a side is now. A Tea Party candidate who will actively work to repeal Obamacare and stop Obama’s agenda is the only way to save our country. Rush Limbaugh has said that if Mickey Mouse were running for office and were able to make Rush believe he would work to stop Obama, then Mickey Mouse would be the right person to vote for, no matter any other baggage Mickey Mouse would bring along with him. Because even a vote for a moderate Republican will not do what it takes to stop Obama’s agenda and to save our country. To vote for a moderate then is actually a vote for Obama. And in this manner, a vote for a moderate or to be a moderate or to not choose a side or to be a fence sitter is then actually a vote for Obama and along with it a vote for statism. If you don’t choose your side, the choice is made for you.

“This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it. But it is still God's world. In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves-including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom—God will interject himself, and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency. And then shall those complacent people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decisions. To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country.” (Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 62.)

“The scriptures make clear that there was a great war in heaven, a struggle over the principle of freedom the right of choice. In the war in heaven, what would have been your reaction if someone had told you just to do what is right—there's no need to get involved in the fight for freedom? Of course, the war in heaven over free agency is now being waged here on earth, and there are those today who are saying ‘Look, don't get involved in the fight for freedom. Just live the gospel.’ That counsel is dangerous, self-contradictory, unsound.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1966.)

We are increasingly reaching a point in time where here on earth we are being forced to choose. We must choose statism or freedom. The extreme of Obama on the one hand and the Tea Party movement on the other portray this choice. We must actively stand up and fight for and vote for freedom before it is gone.

2 comments:

  1. A couple of things:

    1- I did not vote for someone who wasn't pro-life, pro-marriage between a man and a woman, or pre-DODT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell), among a few other things. I am not a fence sitter when it comes to politics and the things that I am passionate about. BUT, I suppose I consider(ed) myself moderate on a few things, pertaining to life, I guess I need to re-check myself. It's those who are moderate or fence sitters who will fall away from the Church the quickest.

    2-The last few months have been a telling time for me. I had a few friends (who consider themselves members of the Church) post a petition against President Packer for what he said in his most recent conference address. Are you kidding me? I un-friended one of those people on Facebook and let another one stay because she's young and naive. Sounds kind of silly right? Well, not to me. You either believe the Church's teachings or you don't. Don't think for one second that the talk wasn't approved my our Prophet, so are you going to petition the Prophet too, really?

    Anyway, my two cents. I hope now that we have control of the House and a better hold on the Senate, we can change some things. I appreciate the Tea Party Movement...it's about time!

    Thanks for your thoughts Shari, I really appreciate and respect them.

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  2. Deb- I appreciate your comments. We all need to re-check ourselves constantly, myself included. My biggest wish is that those who are proud to be so "open-minded" (moderate) on the freedom issue (socialism) will re-think this stance and realize the significance of it. I have also experienced a rude awakening for the past couple of years in my encounters with those members of our Church who feel that when they disagree with our prophets it is okay because the prophet must have just been speaking opinion and not speaking on behalf of the Lord. Or that they can just pick and choose which of our apostles' words they will believe. And yes, the gay marriage issue has been especially telling.

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