Speaking recently on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated “The Tea Party will disappear when the economy gets better and the economy’s getting better all the time.” Separate from the fact that Senator Reid’s statement on the economy is a complete fabrication, Mr. Reid misses the point of the tea party movement entirely.

The tea party movement is not simply a reaction to the Democrats driving the American economy into the ground with a trillion dollars of kickbacks to their union supporters, combined with more new government regulation than we have suffered under since Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society.”

The right of every American to choose how to spend their own money is just one of the rights upon which the United States government is trampling. The Congress has been passing laws for decades with absolutely no concern for their Constitutionality — and the courts have not been stopping them. Jefferson’s delicate system of checks and balances has been subverted by judicial activism. Jefferson himself foresaw this. He wrote, “The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone.”

Harry Reid and his band of criminals believe themselves to be above the law. The Constitution is the highest law of the land and they believe that their wishes are more important than the Constitution. The tea party will not disappear until people like Mr. Reid are thrown out of government and replaced with Americans who believe in the rule of law — not the rule of men.

In considering his political future, Mr. Reid would do well to re-examine the Tea Party Principles:

  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Lower taxes
  • Less government
  • States rights
  • National security

Improving each of these items will improve the national economy, but an improving economy will not make the tea party irrelevant. The tea party will never be irrelevant as long as Mr. Reid has a job in the United States government.