BRANSON TEA PARTY REFLECTS A VISION FOR THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT
On Saturday April 17, Dana Loesch, Paul Curtman, and I spoke at the Branson, Missouri Tea Party. Eric Farris invited us two months ago, and after being involved with this event, I think I see his vision without him telling me what it is. By bringing us to his beautiful city, and allowing us to see the great community that the people of Branson have created, he has created a bond between the St. Louis School and the Branson movement. The people of this of town reflect the America that the Tea Party is working to preserve.
When I say preserve, I mean that we are still have a great nation, and American has not been lost yet. We hear many say “American has been ruined” and “Our liberties and freedom are gone.” Sure, it is important to take these problems seriously. But the state of affairs is not just determined by what people do in Washington. The people have to actively work to make their world what they want it to be.
When we arrived in Branson, we immediately noticed that things were different here. You saw a lot of American flags, and many of the stores had names like “God and Country”. We went to dinner with the Matt Grindstaff, the pastor who gave the prayer to start the Tea Party. He informed me that Branson still had prayer in schools, and “here in Branson, it is still in vogue to be Christian.”
That struck me, because we are inundated with stories of how the Christianity is under attack from the Left. But we don’t get to hear enough about places like Branson, where the people were able to retain the values and practices that they believe in. They, and other people throughout the nation are successfully resisting the Pelosi Cabal’s version of “transformation”.
When Laura Roth, national radio host, interviewed country singer Clay Cooper, he said ” Branson is a conservative, family oriented town.” A woman who was friends with Eric said “We do not need the Tea Party in Oklahoma, it is conservative everywhere.” Another woman from Oklahoma said “well, the governor is a Democrat., because of the direction that the people have taken the state, must still operate as Democratic governor has to recognize this fact. “We like it there,” she added.
Branson and the accounts of my new friends from Oklahoma were a microcosm of the real story. Even tough Team Obama has hit us with an authoritarian, punitive agenda, we have kept this nation from collapsing, as it could have. Supporters of the Stimulus Package keep saying that “it saved us from the Great Depression.”
I see that it was the people who saved us from the Great Depression II. Instead of always talking about all the bad things liberals and progressives say about conservatives, why not through in a few stories about people like the ones in Branson. So far, they have been able to control their destiny, that is the story of the American Experience.