Otherwise entitled How The Power to the States People Are Being Hoodwinked.
Once upon A time(about 5 minutes after Obama was inaugurated), the Tea Party thought that it was gathered together to protest government spending and government power. They thought so anyways. And to their credit, most of the grass roots part of the organization were true to that premise. In the beginning. TARP was one of their first activities. They immediately went on to protest the Affordable Healthcare Act. But opinion on what they started out to be will go on forever and at this point is meaningless.
Thats the short version, lets leave that there for the time being.
ALEC is an entity comprised of national & internationalal Corporations who write laws that enhance their positions in business. Ever hear of getting rid of corporate taxes? Yep, your right, ALEC. I am sure we all know who ALEC is by now, but I am not sure if we all know how deeply it is embedded in the republican state legislatures. In fact every state has GOP legislators that are members of ALEC. I have to assume that for one, they are incapable of or too lazy to write laws for themselves, and that this membership is through peer pressure as well. In any case, it appears that it is a nationwide commandment of the GOP that you belong to it in the legislative positions at the least.
This effort on the part of ALEC is NOT responsive in any way to the people of the states. ALEC gives money to both partys, 38% of it goes to the Democrats and 62% goes to the Republicans 1. There is no area of your life that they are not writing laws for.There is nothing you can do or say to stop the writing of laws that may or may not be in your best interests. You can vote your local legislator out of office, but if you vote a republican back in, he will become a member of ALEC.
Are you a worker? Office, construction, shop floor? ALEC is doing its best to change the laws that give you the things you have at work. Get rid of unions and you have no one to compete with. No regular raises, vacation time limited. High costing healthcare if any is offered, ALEC written rules will remove any shop/office floor grievance rules and working hour laws. And it doesn’t matter if you are a tea party member, a Republican or a Democrat. You do not get extra points for your point of view. Remember, ALEC is run by corporations, not by people who segregate conservatives from liberals.
The paragraph above is one example of what ALEC intends. Schools, education, our prisons, healthcare and criminal penalties are all involved. Everytime you think or say that regulations are not needed you support ALEC and you jeopardize your food, air and land. And your children to whom you say are saving them a debt but giving them a poisoned environment. This is a FOR PROFIT organization not a save the seals group. Every time you support a state taking away voter rights, remember that the voting rights someone loses could be the same rights YOU lose in time. The goal of ALEC is not the Constitutionally run country you think you have now, but a corporate run country. One that you pay the bills in. If you are a conservative, and are laughing right now, go read up on the laws ALEC is getting passed and proposing. They do not say conservatives are exempt. And as much as you want to think so, they are not written for your benefit.
By now you are wondering what has this to do with the tea party. I had hoped you had figured this out. If you support Ron Paul, the current crop of candidates or any entity that wants all the power to go back to the states you support ALEC taking over your state and you are really saying give everything to ALEC. Why do I say that? Because ALEC and the corporate world owns your state legislators. YOU / WE don’t.
Activism is necessary in this situation. Writing to your representatives should be mandatory either through their web pag forms or Congress.org. Do not expect it to do much good, the odds of as representative bowing to your wishes are not good unless you have a very large group of people backing you.
Partial Reference page to look up your Legislator
ALEC Exposed is an excellent resource to find out what is going on in your state and in our country as ALEC writes your laws