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The American voter has a single vote for a person to represent them in Congress, the Senate and the Presidency. The citizen has no vote on policy.Jubilant tea party eyes GOP with suspicion
Politics is about power. The politician craves power. Fortunately this week, the voters have exercised their individual but minuscule power and many members of Congress were removed from power.
The next gigantic step for the Tea Party revolution is to force Congress and the President to enact legislation reducing the size and scope of government, which will facilitate opportunities for all Americans to invest time, talent and money. This is essential for freedom and prosperity.
First, We the Citizens must appreciate the power of independent voters and Tea Party organizations. Frank Lutz recently analyzed the growing power of the Tea Party: “Given this new data, the tea party is just as viable as the Republican and Democratic parties. It’s vibrant, it’s sustainable,”
Dick Armey, former Republican Majority Leader of the House, knows and has witnessed that politicians fear their constituents - a united group of voters, who time after time influences public policy. Armey, now Chairman of FreedomWorks, was recently interviewed by Kenneth Vogel of Political:
“The fact of the matter is most of the most prominent people in the Senate have within the past four months been in touch with me to try to figure out ways in which we can have a better working relationship,”
…. I’m seen as a liaison to the tea party. And (lawmakers) are saying ‘you know, these folks are carrying a pretty big influence across this country and I sure want them to love me.’ So all of a sudden, I’m a matchmaker,” said Armey, whose group was among the earliest national supporters of victorious tea party Senate candidates Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah….
Unfortunately, the establishment remains overbearing Big business, labor and a hoard of special interest will always attempt to buy the vote of all elected officials. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) warns incoming members of Congress: “The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy.”
The countervailing power for the independent voter is to continue participating with action organizations that monitor proposed policies: Tea Party organizations that reward politicians for good policy and punish politicians voting for harmful policy.
Vitally, the Tea Party movement must continue to spontaneously unite to collectively exert their power to influence good public policy.