The Washington, D.C., political culture is intoxicating to most politicians. The Republican or Democrat who arrives in "the belly of the beast" quickly realizes he is in the world of the rich and powerful.
These newcomers may not be wealthy when they enter Congress but they are immediately confronted by seductive financial offers to join the insiders. These representatives' loyalties switch to the ruling class, ignoring the rights of the people. The founders' concept of the government serving the people has been the guiding light of the Tea Party movement.
Tea Party members are law-abiding citizens who believe in the Constitution, limited government and the rule of law. They will not sell out their convictions. These patriots are being labeled as extremists, terrorists, tea baggers, racists or worse by members of Congress and the media. Their sin is they have not accepted an out-of-control business-as-usual government.
They are unwilling to compromise with progressive policies, which makes them enemies of the establishment.
Ironically, many of those now in the ruling class were themselves anti-establishment revolutionaries in the 1960s and '70s. These same radicals attempted to destroy the establishment. Today, these power elites have the audacity to disparage and viciously attack these rational, non-violent political novices.
The ruling class is beyond arrogant. They are pompous hypocrites. Congressmen and other government officials want to be able to maintain their platinum health care plan for life paid by the taxpayers while forcing the Obamacare debacle down our throats. They vote themselves privileges, forcing the middle class to finance their exorbitant lifestyles. Meanwhile, they graciously redistribute not their money but the taxpayers' money to nonproductive people to create dependent voters and keep themselves in power.
The Tea Party members are united nationwide to put an end to corruption and wasteful spending and to limit the size and power of government, to regain our freedoms as a people. This is not an agenda of radical madmen. It is a commitment to return America to its roots with the people being in the driver's seat.
Of course, patriotic Tea Party followers are demonized by Washington elites. These smug political insiders do not want to relinquish their power to the voters. Power and privilege are their addictions possessing them to trash the freedoms and property of the people.
The three branches of government and the fourth estate, "the media," are no longer performing their role as checks and balances. They have merged into a ruling class that is blatantly ignoring the Constitution and the good of the people of the nation. They are passing laws without debating or reading them. The president is declaring edicts from above and is curtailing our freedoms.
The establishment talks about transparency but does not practice it. The Benghazi, IRS and NSA scandals show the administration is stonewalling congressional committees. These fiascos show our so-called representatives and media are not serving the nation's interest.
These "rulers" do not accept debate before passing legislation. Instead they corruptly buy congressional votes without any apparent guilt. By Congress not passing a budget in four years, they did not do their constitutional duty, although they had the audacity to repeatedly propagandize to us that the Tea Party members are the ones unwilling to compromise.
For all the talk of compromise, there cannot be compromise when the ruling class is not following our Constitution and the laws of the land. We did not compromise with the brutal repression of the British Empire and we should not compromise with the progressives transforming us into a freedom-less totalitarian nation. Their idea of compromise is for us to follow exactly what they dictate to us to do.
Patriotic Tea Party members are wrecking the status quo and thank God they are. This is a peaceful revolution. Nevertheless, they are not winning favor with the media or with either political party. The media and progressive members of both political parties are attempting to delegitimize them.
Americans are learning these Tea Party members are not extremists but people who love their country and have the courage to stand up to the establishment. They are unequivocally stating that the erecting of a dependency dictatorial government must end. To save our great nation, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rule of law have to be adhered to, putting the power back in the hands of the people to save our great nation.
Dr. Maglio is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.