BY ANTHONY MELE
Any political analyst with a keen eye for observation and knowledge of history can plainly recognize it was the Tea Party phenomenon that rescued the Republican Party in the 2010 mid-term elections.
The phenomenon described as “Tea Party” swept across America, as a great awakening of political enlightenment, which seeded the Republican Party with Constitutionally aware candidates, electrifying the voters, who then recaptured the 2010 House of Representatives.
George Washington advised all future leaders to follow his example, when he said: “The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.”
Constitutionalist voters wanted Constitutionalist candidates because they advocate the principles of individual liberty, limited government power and fidelity to the Bill of Rights. These are long-standing Republican Party traditions. So it is a clear historic fact that the Tea Party voters can be credited with igniting their own Party’s evolvement, driven by the constitutionalist minded voter.
Charles Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory best describes the political evolution of the Republican Party during the 2010 mid-terms, since some party leaders who vehemently opposed the Constitutionalist candidates, like some extinct species, were just too stupid to evolve. The leadership that fails to nurture this metamorphosis from crawling caterpillar to winged butterfly will go the way of the Whig Party and the Dodo bird.
I can bear witness from my personal experiences as the 2010 Republican nominee for the 17th Congressional District. In my campaign, the Constitutionalist minded voters taught the party bosses a lesson in civics, politics and campaign strategy. The message to them was simply clean up their act and stop with the back room dealings. It fell on deaf ears.
The 2010 Republican primary for the 17th Congressional District serves as a model to this day that exposed the back room deals for what they were; impotent and desperate.
That Primary election remained the only undecided race in the entire nation because the vote counters inexplicably took nearly one full month to hand count a mere 7,000 votes, despite the fact New York spent $7 million dollars to buy brand new, vote scanning machines that could count the ballots in minutes.
The unconscionable delay in the vote count exposed the illegitimacy of panicked ridden party bosses, who would try to steal an election from the will of the people by such an insidious manner. This conduct made plain for all to see, the Republican Party is in need of rescue from their own baneful leadership.
What the voters rejected is the morphing into a one party system masquerading as a two party system, which is what the geriatric minded leadership sold us as compromise.
The Republican Party will be rescued again by the candidates, who most resemble the politically evolved advocate of Constitutional principles, selected by a replenished Committee of Constitutionalist membership, heeding the wisdom and guidance of General Washington’s advice.
All politics are local, and so too, will be the rescue of your local Republican Party. Without a vibrant, loyal opposition, we will be ruled by a one party system. George Washington would not approve.
Anthony Mele is a TEA Party activist and was the 2010 GOP candidate for Congressional District-17. He is a former intelligence staff NCO for high ranking national security officials at the Pentagon.