For the last two years we have heard ad nauseum that the TEA Parties were not formed simply to rail on President Obama. The timing of their formation and what they were protesting did not exactly support them but let us for the second take them at their word that their organization is not purely anti-Obama.
We were originally told that the TEA Party was organized to fight against the taxes that Obama was forcing on all of us. The problem with is at the time of their founding Obama had not raised taxes and in fact had been in office long enough for him to raise taxes. By the time of their big anti-tax protest on April 15, 2009 Obama had actually cut taxes. By the time of their next tax protest on April 15, 2010 Americans were paying taxes at the lowest levels in 50 years. So this argument fell flat.
They then moved onto the Health Care debate but more specifically on the fascists, Nazi, communist, soviet country that Obama was trying to force on all of this. Let's forget for a moment that the four main areas that they claimed Obama was taking us down the path of were not even ideologically similar (fascists fit Nazis but neither fit communist or Soviet or let's not forget socialist).
They decried Obama tearing up the Constitution, though they could not specifically point to a single point in the Constitution that Obama was denying them. One of the Amendments that was shouted out the loudest that Obama was violation was the 2nd (the right to bear arms). The only problem Obama had only two gun bills go across his desk both of which he signed both of which strengthened gun rights not weakened them. There typical answer to this was "Well he will eventually". So they are protesting something from the future that may or may not happen.
So here we are the TEA Party Patriots are fighting for our Constitutional rights and civil rights.
They have been charged with being racist and bigoted. They have been charged with being mostly conservative (which they deny and claim that most of the members are Democrats and Independents, which, is true IF you combine to two poll numbers. But funny thing they do not believe in the polls, unless of course the polls favor them). They have been charged with only being an anti-Obama or Democratic crowd which they vehemently deny and say that they are an anti-government group fed up with the over-reaching arms of the government of the people.
So when the new law in Arizona was passed that gave the police the right to detain any person they suspected of being here illegally and further detain them if they did not have the correct paperwork, this should have been their big opportunity.
Arizona politicians and it's supporters claim that this is simply an anti-immigration law that will not affect regular US Citizens in any way. If you believe that I have some prime ocean front property I'd like to see you outside of McCook.
This law at it's very simplest is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution that specifically outlaws illegal searches and seizures. Let me explain this. If a police officer in Arizona sees a person of Latino or Mexican descent they can by law pull them over or stop them on the street on the justification that they may appear to be here illegally. If this person does not have the proper papers to show that they are an American citizen they can be detained. Most people that are American citizens do not make it a point to carry their birth certificates around with them. This at it's worst is racial profiling. But what it truly is, is illegal search and seizure. If the police are detaining people of a certain race just because they look "illegal" then it is an illegal search and seizure.
This is also a civil rights abuse because American will be stopped and asked for their documents simply because of the way they look, not that they have done anything wrong.
So here is my question. In Arizona we have a government that has overstepped it's bounds and not only has put the rights of Arizonians but Americans at risk. They have forsaken the majority to catch the minority. They have become a police state which is the essence of a fascist government. Where are the TEA Partiers? This is the perfect opportunity for them to prove to the rest of America that they are not racist, that they are not just a group of Conservatives, that they are not simply an anti-Obama and Democratic organization.
This is their opportunity to prove to everyone that they are fighting for all American rights under the Constitution.
Yet .... they are silent.
The silence is deafening.