I’m reading some of the dispatches from Tea Partiers who are in Washington D.C. this week (including some locals), and they sound like “kids in a candy store,” visiting all the tourism sites like the Capitol and Air and Space Museum, as well as knocking on the doors of offices in the Rayburn building for a “high five” — or a quickie “freedom lecture” for the uninformed.
Tea Party co-founder Mark Meckler is in D.C. for the swearing in of a new Congress. On his blog, local tea party activist Barry Pruett discloses he is tagging along with his wife, who is a staffer for Tom McClintock, in our county. I’m sure there are more.
Having brought my wife along on a few business trips over the years, I know how you can leverage the hotel room bill, for example, for a little getaway. I jokingly asked if Barry’s trip was partly funded by “We the people.” He promptly erased it. BTW, I’m OK with “an excellent adventure” every now and then; I just find that ideologues are often just like the rest of us when you dig deeper: only human.
The tea party means business this week. “Join us on January 5 as we walk the halls of Congress to welcome the new members and make our expectations clear,” according to its website. “We will remind them that when push comes to shove, the American people will support the principled positions they hold, despite the heat they may feel in standing by those values.”
Wow. Make our expectations clear. There’s more:
“On Friday, January 7, we encourage you to visit, call, fax or email your Congressional district office to deliver the Tea Party Patriots message in 2011: defund Obamacare; cut spending; tax reform; entitlement reform; devolve power to state & local governments; greater transparency and accountability.”
I guess environmentalism isn’t part of list of expectations, because that’s a lot of fax paper. Come to think of it, Tom is among the biggest spenders around when it comes to Congressional mass mailings. I personally prefer email.
Meanwhile, having lived and worked in Washington, as well as visited there regularly over the years, I enjoy the travelogues. We’ve taken our son to D.C. for education and sightseeing.
Now, as it turns out, there’s a tea party coloring book to go with a trip to D.C. — for parents and children alike. “This book is designed by the official Tea Party Patriots Organization. So children and parents may learn more of freedom. This book is mixed with songs, puzzles and tons of coloring fun.” It’s only $4.99. More details here.
Just like this week’s Tea Party trek to D.C., there’s a serious side to the coloring book too. If you recall the Tea Party’s 40-year plan, it includes influencing culture and education with their own values. Here’s a review of the plan, presented by Mark Meckler: