By Todd Cefaratti
Editor of TPNN
On Wednesday, representatives and senators from Capitol Hill joined with TheTeaParty.net and other leading Tea Party activists to discuss the fiscal cliff and submit over 160,000 individual petitions signed by Tea Party members, demanding that our voices be heard and that no tax increases occur as a result of a deal made by the Republican Party in the fiscal cliff negotiations.
The event was held at Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill Club and was hosted by the Tea Party News Network’s Scottie Nell Hughes. I was lucky enough to be joined by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and John Fleming (R-La.) as well as our Chief Strategist Dustin Stockton and leading Tea Party activist Niger Innis.
The purpose of the event was to remind both Congress and the American people that the Tea Party is here, looking to represent the shouts from millions of people all across the country that demand some semblance of fiscal sanity in Washington. While we will be dealt disappointments from time to time, it is encouraging to see that not only do we have hundreds of thousands of people willing to affix their names to petitions to make their voices heard, but that we have conservatives in Congress who have refused to “move to the left” as a means of political convenience.
Senator Paul began the event by stating,
“The Republican Party is the Party of limited government and low taxation. I don’t think it’s time to change who we are or what we stand for. Some have said, ‘Oh, you know, this idea of pledging not to raise taxes is a bad idea.’ I disagree… I know of no other way to stimulate the economy than to leave more money in the private sector…
Until they cut out the waste, the fraud, the abuse and the nightmare of spending up here, why would we ever even consider as Republicans thinking about raising taxes? I tell them, ‘Come to me after you have gotten rid of all the spending.’”
He was absolutely right. We have a political stance rooted in logic. It is irresponsible to change political positions and deviate from what is right simply because the more reckless political Party asks us to.
I was proud to stand with those leading conservatives to remind America that we are at a perilous point in our nation’s history. We are amassing debt quicker and quicker and while we are overspending by over a trillion dollars each year, our government’s conversations are revolving around promises of minor cuts against renewed stimulus spending, more borrowing and increasing taxes.
The stacks and stacks of paper that piled up to over 160,000 petitions needs to serve as a reminder of what, exactly, “We the people…” means. We decide what our government does, and we have stated our point loudly- we do not want tax increases.
I thank the Tea Party activists who helped host this event. I thank the conservative leaders who joined with the Tea Party to adhere to fiscal responsibility. And, most importantly, I thank all Tea Partiers who have not forgotten what it means to make their voices heard.