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Put down the protest signs and pick up the campaign signs

Reasons like this are why Mark Tapscott is worth always reading.

Being nonpartisan, the Tea Party movement must identify and encourage like-minded candidates in both major parties. That means a Tea Party Movement Seal of Approval, or a Tea Party Pledge, to point voters of all stripes to the new blood needed to replace the current calcified cast of establishment insiders running Congress.Most Americans are fed up with business-as-usual in Washington and they want real change, not more of the Democrats’ power-grabbing slogans, or the “Me-Too” timidity of Republicans who talk the reform talk, but love the perks of power too much to actually walk it.Yes, getting a loosely organized grass-roots movement like the Tea Party Coalition to agree on a set of fundamental principles is tough, and I don’t claim to know how to do it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Tea parties do little good if all the people do is protest. They must at some point put down the protest signs and pick up campaign signs. A “buycott” of Whole Foods may make you feel involved, but you aren’t really involved until you’re making politicians permanently scared of you.The best way to do that is sign up for your local political party, encourage and support like minded candidates, and throw the kleptocrats out of office.

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