The notion that the TEA Party Movement is some “rightwing” machine going after “beloved” long time candidates is beyond silly. However, when the long term incumbents cry wolf, we are pouncing. There is no longer a quiet America, there is no longer a built-in incumbency, We The People are taking back this beautiful country that God gave us and putting it back in the hands of the people of the United States of America. If that is extreme, then honey, I’m extreme, my husband is as well, my boss, my friends and my children. We didn’t wake up one day and decide to fight a Goliath up on the hill in DC. We were forced to take action when the federal government took our hard earned dollars – from both the rich and the middle class – and bailed out banks…BANKS, that was the final straw that broke the camels back.
We The People of the United States of America believe that no one is too big to fail and most certainly the rich should never be bailed out from hitting the skids. We have all failed in our lives and no one stepped in to bail us out, we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and started anew and prospered. It is the federal government of the United States that has decided that the rich are more important then the masses. It is the federal government that has grown so large that it is picking winners and losers in business. It is the federal government that must be turned upside down by We The People at the ballot box. We Are Not Going Away
Success of congressional incumbents has become something of a half-funny joke recently. These are the figures for those Representatives who sought reelection in the 13 biennial national elections for 435 U.S. House seats from 1982 through 2006: 95.17% of incumbents who sought reelection were successful. What’s more, an average of 396 of the 435 incumbent seat holders sought another term, leaving only 39 “open seats” each biennium for new Members of Congress (Jacobson 2008, 28-29). You can see these effects graphically via thirty-thousand.org — Reelection Rates of Incumbents in the U. S. House, and Duration of Representatives’ Incumbency in the U. S. House. Rounding the 4.83% of winning challengers to 19 freshmen, another 39 get there the easy way by filling a seat vacated by a departing incumbent. So about two-thirds (39 of 58) of freshmen only get there from good fortune of facing no incumbent.
The Senate has not been much better: 86.98% of incumbents were winners in the 1982-to-2006 period. Only 33.3 Senate seats on average are up each biennium (a first 33, another 33, then 34 to tally 100; and back to the first 33). In the 13 elections of 1982 to 2006, that’s 433 senators who could seek reelection; and 361 of them did so, leaving just 82 vacated open seats for new senators. By rounding the 13.02% of challengers who broke through against incumbents to 38 freshmen, that’s 85 of 113 freshmen who got there by virtue of avoiding a collision with a senatorial incumbent. And in 2006, there were six incumbent senatorial losers, all Republicans. At least one, George Allen of Virginia, was a surprising loser considering that he was prominent among those expected to contend seriously for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination …
Something isn’t quite right with this picture. The constitutional idea since the 1913 amendment to adopt direct election of senators is “build it” (elections, that is) and “they will come” (challengers seeking to oust old ballplayers from positions in this Field of Political Dreams). Apparently since 1982, the democratic mechanism of refreshment and change has ceased to work very well.
The name may change over time from the TEA Party back to We The People but make no mistake about it, they are one and the same. When the Democrats and Republicans and their media owned operation up and down the 95 corridor attempt to destroy us – they do so at their own peril, because a majority of Americans damn well know this country is on the precipice of disaster. Yet, if we had conservatives in Congress we could stop this drop off the cliff. We also know that when a real conservative runs as a conservative, they win. We will continue to fight to make the Congress and Presidency answerable to their bosses, We The People of the United States of America!