Unity in Diversity – Wisdom in Warfare
I just wanted to put some thoughts out there for consideration in regards to our Tea Party Movement.
We all need to realize that one of the principles that makes America great is UNITY in DIVERSITY. Perfect unity is not possible because there are very different worldviews in play here, and the war we fight is based on ideologies. The reason THEY are in power is because they found ENOUGH unity in their ideologies to win over the hearts and minds of the masses (deception notwithstanding).
Let’s face it, we are fighting an uphill battle here. We can pat ourselves on the back about our numbers, but the truth is until enough Americans realize the value of the Constitution, Socially Responsible Capitalism, Freedom, Liberty, et al., we have a monumental education mountain before us.
I believe most of us are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore. However there is a great deal of diversity here on WHAT we are prepared to do. Some are only prepared to attend a protest. This is a huge step for most of us who have never protested in our lives or considered ourselves activists. Others are prepared to engage in civil disobedience. Still others are ready to take up their arms and storm the Capitol. (For the record, I could easily fall into the latter category).
I believe wisdom calls for lots of discussion. The simple truth is that to win, we need each other, and we need to convince the masses who voted for those in power today to change their minds. The left is masterful at leveraging discontent into unified action by pitting people against one another and pretending to have the answers to the problems they created. But let US stand for UNITY in DIVERSITY, where people are free to respectfully disagree on finer points, but our main message is one that can be embraced by nearly everyone. This means we must avoid alienating those that are currently under the Obama spell by name calling, villainizing, etc. This battle IS personal, but we must choose our words carefully lest we fortify the very walls of division that allows the opposition to win yet another election.
Obama and the Democrats went into this year with the wind in their sails. Those winds are still blowing, whether we like it or not. If the Tea Party Movement gets labeled as a right-wing conservative movement, we cannot win our country back at this time and it will take a great deal more pain for things to turn around. The masses voted AGAINST right-wing conservatism just a few months ago (or so they thought that’s what they were voting against). Rather, we must be united around the things that appeal to everyone – life, liberty, freedom, etc. and educate people on how the current administration is moving us away from these great principles.
We need to stand FOR things and not just AGAINST things. And we must always seek the higher ground and not stoop to the greasy expediency of politics as usual where our ends justify our means. We must be able to articulate a plan that makes better sense than spending our way out of this mess. That shouldn’t be too hard. Make the battle about ideas, not about people or personalities. Yes, people ARE the problem, but don’t demonize them or you empower them.
In movement, let us be UNITED wherever we find common ground, and not allow how we present our differences to dissuade others who may be considering stepping out to join us. Leave room for people to move forward at their own speed. We have time, the world is not coming to an end. Let us wage this battle with wisdom and thus ensure our victory.
I welcome your comments.
May God be with us, and we’ll see you all on the 15th!
Rich Carey – Site Admin