It was a sunny day as I stood on the Capitol steps in D.C.
There was a great sea of people on the lawn before me
What brand of protestor be these with signs not vulgar or profane
Who called for prosperity, lower taxes, less government caused pain?
They invoked God and his forgiveness as they did pray
They said the pledge and sang the Anthem at each meeting day
So many people and yet they left behind not a speck of trash
For as far as you could see there was only green grass!
This new kind of protestor was without doubt a rare breed
All colors, all races, all faiths, all avocations and all creeds
Proclaiming their love of Country, patriots one and all
Honoring the Veterans and all, who had answered the call.
The Tea Party movement had been born at long, long last
Their name harkened back to patriots from our revolutionary past
We would know them by their patriotic garb, slogans and signs
Some on the left called them Astroturf, terrorists and worse at times.
They advocated for free markets, fiscal responsibility, freedom and liberty,
For Constitutional limits on the State and Federal government’s authority
They believe that “We the people” are the rightful masters of the land
And that the government works for us through God’s guiding hand.
At last the great silent majority had awakened and loudly they spoke
This November past, the Left and the media learned they were no joke
They stood proud for God, Country and principles with character so hardy
Taxed Enough Already became the battle cry of the modern day Tea Party.
What a counterpoint to the protests of the left in the past
With their signs advocating for peace, but that didn’t last.
No short sleeved shirts for their police guards on duty
Full riot gear was the order of the day, to control the unruly!
The Left would invariably espouse their green philosophy
Yet their trash left behind was an environmental catastrophe
They carried signs with nooses round necks and heads lopped off
Of religion and family values they would most often scoff!
I always wondered if any Liberals realized the hypocrisy of it all
“Do as I say, not as I do”, must require a great deal of gall
Or was it as simple as they couldn’t think, they were sheep
They were just out there protesting together, their minds asleep.
These days the lights and cameras are on the Tea Party
The newly awakened and no longer silent majority
What a pleasure to see patriots standing for their God and Country
Knowing their actions won’t embarrass us here, or over the sea.
The job is not done for the Tea Party; indeed, it just started
There is bad legislation to repeal and earmarks needing to be parted
A balanced budget amendment would be a good place to begin
Make the tax cuts permanent and the wasteful spending reign in!
The voters have spoken, Tea Party principles they embrace
They have flipped the House, the Senate, they'll finish next race
It is now for the new Congress to show they are up to the job
Or else next Election Day they will face, yet another angry mob!
.Copyright 2010, Thomas J. Whitmore