The Ripon Forum

Volume 44, No. 4

Fall 2010 Issue

“What Do We Do Now?”

By on October 21, 2014

“We expect Republicans to be focused on the People’s agenda, not the party’s agenda.”

by AMY KREMER

On November 2nd, the people across this country sent a loud message to Washington that they are sick and tired of politics as usual and are demanding that things change. While most of the country literally changed from blue to red overnight, it is important to realize that the Tea Party movement is a direct result of the American people being angry, frustrated and feeling disenfranchised with both parties, especially the Republican party. The results of Tuesday night were not a vote for the Republican Party, but a vote against the progressive agenda of Obama/Pelosi/Reid.

Looking forward to the 112th Congress, the American people are expecting the Republican Party to no longer just talk the talk, but to the walk the walk as well. Over the past months, we have heard on many occasions what the Republicans planned to do when they regained power, and although they do not control the Senate or the White House, we still want to see progress. The time for talking is over and now we want action.

The people of this movement are focused on reining in the out of control spending, limiting excessive taxation, and stopping overreach and intrusion. The people expect this new Congress to extend the tax cuts, repeal Obamacare and lower the deficit. American families are cutting back all across America and our federal government should be making cuts too. No one, including a government, can spend their way out of debt. It is simple – you cannot spend more than you make. The American people understand this, and no matter how complicated the U.S. economy is they want to see our costs reined in and liabilities minimized.

If … Republicans continue to play party politics and focus on self-serving interests, they will be the first targets for the Tea Party movement in 2012.

The Tea Party movement has become a powerful political force over the past year and a half. Never before have the American people been so engaged in the political process. Going forward, we will remain engaged and continue to lobby our officials for fiscal responsibility and smaller government in Washington. We the People are tired of party politics and are focused on the issues. We expect the Republicans to be focused on the People’s agenda, not the party’s agenda. If the Republicans on Capitol Hill actually listen to the People and focus on the issues, we can have a productive working relationship over the next year. If, instead, the Republicans continue to play party politics and focus on self-serving interests, they will be the first targets for the Tea Party movement in 2012.

We expect our Representatives and Senators to respect us and to remember that they work for us. We hired them and we can fire them, just as we did to some this past Tuesday. The objective of the Tea Party movement is to send true constitutional and fiscal conservatives to Washington, not Republicans. After November 2nd, Republicans and Democrats should understand the power of the people and the power of the movement.RF

Amy Kremer is the Chairman of the Tea Party Express. Prior to the Fall of 2008, she had never been involved in politics.

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