Several of you are receiving appeals from the Dallas TEA Party to join the Dallas TEA Party. You ask, “Who is this guy?” – I don’t know him, but I know his organization.
2008 Elections spawned a plethora of “TEA Party” groups around the country. Collectively and independent of one another, we held Tax Day protest rallies April 15, 2009.
Our April 15th rally drew over 2,000 conservative Americans to City Hall in Rockwall. It was a glorious event because it was a spontaneous movement by concerned citizens. We collected no fees, rented no equipment, paid no salaries and we left the property undamaged and clean. Local leaders like Col. Jerry Hogan, Rockwall City Council members and other conservative spokesmen inspired our people to resist socialism and radical government spending.
Our July 4th Independence Day rally around the Historic Courthouse was, likewise, a stellar event where we were encouraged and inspired by Gov. Perry, Cong. Ralph Hall, State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg and other conservative leaders. Once again, we collected no fees, rented no equipment, paid no salaries and we left the property undamaged and clean. It was a genuine grassroots production.
The Dallas TEA Party started off right with its first rally at Dallas City Hall on April 15th. But, what happened next? Ironically, the Dallas TEA Party held its July 4th rally in Collin County.
What’s the difference between the Dallas TEA Party and the Rockwall TEA party? We are a grassroots organization of independent citizens who work to promote conservative legislation by involving ourselves in the government process by communicating with and influencing lawmakers and other elected officials. The Dallas TEA Party claims to stand for conservative principles and expects to influence government apart from working with elected officials. How is that possible?
Before I went abroad in April, I encouraged Rockwall County conservatives to participate in the Lone Star TEA Party. About 27 area TEA Party groups were planning to attend. At the last moment, the Fort Worth 912 Project withdrew from the event. Why? The Fort Worth organization, like our Rockwall group, understands how government works: we must elect conservative candidates and give them a forum to lead. The Fort Worth 912 group wanted to feature Stephen Broden, an eloquent conservative statesman and political candidate. That experience discourages me from future participation with the Dallas TEA Party.
What is the strategy of the Dallas TEA Party if not to support conservative candidates? I truly don’t know, but they behave a lot like a third party. Third party? Do we need to split the conservative vote, thereby facilitating Democrat victories? I think not.
Should you join the Dallas TEA Party? This is America, friends – we are still a free people. If you need “marching orders”, it’s probably a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you are an informed, independent-minded conservative voter, you might want to investigate the organization.
Meanwhile, what is the Rockwall TEA Party doing?
April 15th, 2009 – TAX Day rally in Rockwall County
July 4th, 2009 – Independence Day rally in Rockwall County
July 17th, 2009 – joined with other TEA Parties to protest Obamacare in front of Sen. Hutchison’s Dallas Office
September 4th, 2009 – Participated in the TEA Party Express in North Dallas
September 9th, 2009 – Protested Obamacare in front of WFAA studios
September 12th, 2009 – Participated in the Fort Worth 912 Project
April 15th, 2010 – Participated in the Lone Star TEA Party (and, yes, I also made a financial contribution, even though I was not in attendance)
Along the way, we held a Property Tax TEA Party at the Rockwall County Library where State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg and Cong. Ralph Hall led the discussion on property tax.
Many of us worked to re-elect Cong. Ralph M. Hall who won the Republican primary election.
We meet every month, the first Saturday, 9 am to 10 am at La Madeleine Restaurant in Rockwall, where we educate and inform conservative leaders on important and relevant issues.