We are going to have to start thinking about a Platform and Mission Statement for the Tea Party. I think that this will happen on the National Level very soon. Right now what we can do as a start is agree on a few things that we all would like to say to any person that wonders what the Tea Party is all about here in Kalamazoo. Mostly I think we are all fairly well in agreement that we want to see Federal power returned to its appropriate level and the authority that has been usurped from the states returned to us. That is pretty much a start. But we need to educate people because this usurpation has gone on so long that many are not even aware that the Federal Government has overstepped its Constitutionally defined boundries. It might be nice for us to figure out how to draw a picture for people of what America was intended to look like.
I was surfing around and looking at other Party Platforms that might make a good template for us. And in the first place wanted to say that a Platform is fairly long winded, it is not the same as a Mission Statement which is just generally a paragraph or two that explains what we want and what we intend to do. A Platform goes through point by point and enumerates beliefs on practically every issue. Now just for an example, here is a link to the Libertarian Party Platform. http://www.lp.org/platform Not saying that we agree or disagree I just see it as a clear template for how to put together a simple, intellegent and easy to read platform.
Although we don't need a platform the way a Political Party does, we do need to be clear on what we think about most questions, because we are going to be asked. I have been fielding questions such as, what is the Tea Party's stance on tariffs, trade deficits, embargos, green energy, extra. I have answered with my own beliefs on these matters, but if we are all to be on the same page we may want to have a clearer statement.
As far as Mission Statements we need to ask ourselves what we hope to accomplish, where we want to go, and how we want to move forward. A good mission statement is short, pithy, and to the point. We need to keep in mind that we are not the National Party, just the Kalamazoo Tea Party and so what we have to say needs to be targeted towards an audience of Fellow Michiganders. We understand that they are losing jobs, watching the schools fall apart, and seeing homes all over foreclose. After all its our jobs, schools, and homes values too. I think we need to emphasize the fact that it no longer matters what party you have supported, or who you voted for. These problems did not begin with Obama, but he is continuing and magnifying previous improprieties in the government and we are indeed equally disgusted with all those Republicans that have also taken part in the spending.
Anyway these are just my thoughts on the matter, and I want to hear what everybody thinks. I know not everyone can come to the meetings, but I will print out everyones comments and take them with me when I go.