As a male participant and witness of the phenomenal political change that materialized over the last two years in reaction to another “change,” and with the year coming to a close, I wished to share what should be an undeniable observation. The revolution against an elitist, out-of-control, big spending, big government establishment was spearheaded by courageous women. An often heard complaint in the tea party movement is that supposed conservatives in government seem afraid to stand for that they profess to believe in. We wish those in government would heed the example these ladies continue to exhibit.
While many sat on the sidelines and wrung their hands over what was occurring in DC, it was women who took the bold, fearless steps in opposition to it. They inspired us by the millions eventually, and ignited something never before seen in this country which came to be known as the Tea Party movement.
To be sure, there where also many deserving men to be credited as well– who were also out in front. However, the top spots belong to these lady warriors in my book.
When this observer thinks of the tea party beginnings, and its amazing growth, these five women are at the very top of the list as major catalysts for propelling the movement.
Michelle Malkin– The conservative blogger and syndicated writer who pulls no punches to expose government corruption, or their hypocrisy and irresponsibility. She constantly proves that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.
Keli Carender-An inspired Malkin reader and someone that decided to take action despite living in one of the most liberal places in the country. On February 16, 2009, Keli organized and conducted the nation’s very first “Porkulus Protest” days before the infamous Rick Santelli rant in Chicago. ( Malkin even sent trays of roasted pork for the event) Keli then went on to organize the Seattle Sons and Daughters of Liberty as a resource for other grass root participants.
Michele Bachmann-The Congresswoman targeted by Soros, and the worst elements on the left, for her outspoken and strong stance for constitutional, limited, and fiscally responsible government, who became one of the earliest elected officials in support of the tea party movement, and went on to found the Tea Party Caucus in the House.
Sarah Palin-The former Alaskan Governor and Republican Vice President Candidate in the 2008 election became an even more hated target of the left when she appeared at the national Tea Party convention in February 2010 as the keynote speaker, and encouraged the grassroots movement to continue in that vein, and resist any attempts of top down direction– and in the process pushed the “upstart” tea party movement into the mainstream political discussion for good.
Amy Kremer– An early organizer for Atlanta Tea Party, one of the nation’s largest tea party groups, and later as a spokesperson on the Tea Party Express bus tours that traversed the country, Amy often was the face of the tea party for the media in its early stages, and at other major national events.
These warrior women were not alone, but they were fearlessly out front– many, many times. You have to respect their guts, and wonder if the tea party movement would have ignited the way it did without any of them.
We are indebted to these fearless and relentless fighters, and this is just a very small blog’s recognition for what they have accomplished. These women battle for what this country stands for, and deserve to be recognized and thanked for it.
Beyond this, is the hope that their example might inspire many of our elected representatives to take the same fearless and bold steps toward restoring a principled, and respectful style of government that knows the limits of its contract with the people.
These women have shown us all how much can really be accomplished by their examples of guts and determination to do what is right, and getting it done.
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