In 2009, I got to the point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired … so I decided to get involved. I was sick of the corruption in our state government agencies, I was disgusted by all the conflicts of interest … that did not help the taxpayers, but DID help those who were involved. The TEA party was new; I felt that was my direction.
On November 11, 2009 I held my first TEA party. I asked people who were involved in the TEA party movement to be speakers. The topic was “Defending our Constitution”. I really got to see and understand the “Grassroots” efforts. I paid for all the things needed to pull off the event, but I did not pay for the speakers or entertainer. Groups like Americans for Prosperity and Greater Phoenix Tea Party promoted the event on their sites, for free. Joe, a photographer, donated his time and equipment, to take professional photos. I met gentlemen, Marcus, who had never coordinated a TEA party or event, who gave me great starting points, especially when it came to reminders about needing permits with the city of Phoenix. Things were rolling.
A week before the event I met Alyson, Bill, Harley, Ples and his wife Donna. We met at the Capital and got a layout of the property.
The event takes place, we had about 200 people, and it was a success. I did not speak, I wanted to learn. I felt bad I did not thank everyone for coming; thank goodness people like Paul Porter, emcee, who came from Florida, ON HIS OWN DIME, thanked the people many times. Many people were asking me when his radio station will come out to Phoenix, he had many fans.
After the event, I went back to Twitter and face book for my daily TEA party updates, along with Fox News, ALWAYS in the background. I was pumped, I was a TEA partier! I was excited, MANY were talking about God; I wanted him back in our country too … till it got hijacked!
I am not exactly sure when it happened, but all the sudden, more and more people started defending Israel and attacking Islam. I noticed it on face book, it started with the, “I Support Israel” flags, when facebook had this feature. I had one too, till I started thinking about it more.
Quickly much of the discussions went from Taxed Enough Already (TEA) … to Save Israel … if you want to save America. I was OFFICIALLY confused!!!!! Every day, people were talking less and less about American issues, and focusing more and more on Israel. It was ALL about Israel being God’s “chosen” people, because of that, they were entitled to ignore UN laws, and TAKE land, that was promised to them by God. I was also seeing NON STOP, facebook posts about followers of Islam who are killing Christians, around the world. I could not imagine that American Christians … were the ONLY Christians who would stand up for themselves. I did not see the world going crazy about Christians being slaughtered around the world, the way it was portrayed from many of my facebook friends. I saw glimpses of the other side, and saw that Israel was also killing Palestine’s, yet FEW would report that. I quickly noticed there were two sides to this story. I have yet to find one source that gives both sides, let me know, if you know.
Obviously I am thinking WTF! Why does God care about land? Why does Israel get to break UN laws and America is supposed to back them up, regardless if they are wrong or right? Why is America a puppet for Israel, the puppet master? How is this good for America? How am I an American Patriot, if I support Israel first? Why does God not love me the same, because I am a gentile? What is the Chinese planning, because of all the distractions going on with the United States?
I start researching different religions …
To be continued …