We must work within the parameters of the two party system and restore the GOP back to its principles, but we now have an alternative in Florida when the Republicans do not provide a conservative candidate for conservatives to elect. The Tea Party has become an official registered political party in Florida. The official website is here. At the Orlando Tea Party in March 2009, an updated Declaration of Independence was read from the stage and this Declaration has been adopted by the Tea Party.
Communications Director of the Florida Tea Party sent me this message I would like to share:
Florida TEA Party has been registered as an official political party with the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. This means that just like you see Republican and Democrat next to a candidate’s name, you’ll now see TEA Party as well!
This is a bold step that is required in these times. The excitement and energy that has exploded on the scene can now be harnessed in a very constructive way.
We know that it is important to protest, wave signs, and call our elected representatives. But we have done that and yet most of our elected representatives still don’t listen.
The next step is to run actual citizen-patriot candidates as opposed to career politicians. The Founding Fathers never envisioned life-time appointments to elected office that most Republican and Democrat candidates now have.
Most of you know that the political process has been dominated by the big two parties. We have been told by ‘experts’ that we must work within this structure. The answer? “So how has that two party system been working out for you lately??”
Others espouse that if we could just get rid of the ‘few bad apples’ or ‘get more constitutionally mind’ people to run the party’s, we’d see some change.’ Friends, let me remind you: THEY’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR DECADES!
The basic premise of the Florida TEA Party will be that Constitutional based candidates will only run when neither party offers a conservative alternative.
At this time we are also not asking you to change your current party affiliation. This will allow you to take part in your original party’s primary. For example, many Republicans want to be able to vote for Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist.
Florida TEA Party will welcome you no matter what your party registration. Just remember that this country was founded on principles in the US Constitution.
Soon, a convention will convene in Orlando, Fl. where we will debate the platform and elect officers of this new party. Please be patient and allow the process to work.
Finally, JOIN NOW OR DIE! (hyperbole, but this is politics;-) In a real sense though we are facing the rapid demise of the two party system. Now you have a choice!