When was the Tea Party movement most successful? Well, in Virginia that is simple. In January of 2010, 3000 tea party activists flooded Richmond in support of the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA). The Health Care Freedom Act, in part stated that “a resident of the Commonwealth shall not be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage…” And with massive support from grassroots activists, this measure passed a Republican controlled House and a Democrat controlled State Senate and was signed into law.
Now the HCFA isn’t perfect by any stretch, but what it did show was something that should be clear. People are moved by big ideas. And fighting for their rights was a way to get people off their couches and into the political fight. And the tool that the HCFA used (albeit weakly) was nullification.
The idea that the state could stand up for their rights excited people. And it excited us here in the Roanoke Tea Party.
So where has all the excitement gone? Soon after the passage of the HCFA, (which was passed with the sole intent of giving Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli standing to sue the Feds) it was obvious that state leaders in the GOP wanted to shut the tap on exploring nullification. And when the Roanoke Tea Party continued to advocate for additional stronger nullification actions, our group was soon expelled from the Virginia Tea Party Federation (VTPF).
The concept of nullification became something that you just didn’t talk about in polite GOP and tea party circles. How did that work out?
Subsequent schemes, like the Repeal Amendment failed to excite the grassroots. In 2011, the Federation held a Richmond rally in support of that flawed idea only drew about 300 people. Interestingly 50 of those people were from the Roanoke Tea Party who traveled 3 hours to Richmond on the same day to lobby for our own initiatives.
While the Federation does work on some worthwhile legislation (particularly in regards to Agenda 21) they have become just another activist wing of the GOP. And their successes in Richmond will not turn back the avalanche of federal tyranny that is likely to roll over the citizens of Virginia in the foreseeable future.
After our expulsion from VTPF, the Roanoke Tea Party continued to work with other groups locally and regionally on a variety of issues, but our passion was always for nullification and the possibility of truly striking a blow for our God given rights and we continue to bring in new converts to our cause every day in the Roanoke area, while looking for partners to help further the cause of freedom. The excitement is growing again.
And we now have a new partner in the fight to help us reach our goals.
I am pleased to announce that I am now the co-coordinator of The Virginia Chapter of the 10th Amendment Center and we are launching the state bog site here. The 10th Amendment Center is the epicenter for the national nullification movement. We are excited about the possibilities of working closely with this excellent organization,
You will now see posts on the 10th Amendment site from a variety of authors as well as posts on the Roanoke Tea Party site.
The 10th Amendment Virginia Facebook page already has over a 1000 likes. Our plan it to unite supporters of nullification and tea party activists across the state to demand that our leaders fulfill their oath of office and protect our rights. Help us by joining one or both of these great organizations. Information on joining the Roanoke Tea Party can be found here. Information on joining the 10th Amendment Center can be found here.
While the VTPF plods towards irrelevance, we are looking to re-energize the fight for our rights in the birthplace of the state nullification movement; the Commonwealth Of Virginia. Won’t you help us today? For today if you can like both the Roanoke Tea Party Facebook page and the Virginia 10th Amendment Center Facebook page, that would be a good start at bringing these two communities together in the fight for individual liberty.
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