Chuck Baldwin: ‘A Warning To The Tea Party Nation’

By Chuck Baldwin

As far as grassroots activism goes, the surge in Tea Parties across America is one of the more encouraging developments to recently take place. It reminds me of the “Conservative Revolution” of 1994, when the GOP reclaimed both the US Senate and House of Representatives. At that time, it had been over 40 years since the Republican Party controlled both the US House and Senate. And, between the two, the House victories were the most significant.

Spurred mostly by the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, a host of young, energetic freshman Republicans marched into Washington, D.C., determined to return a burgeoning and out-of-control federal leviathan to the constitutional precepts of limited government. I’m talking about then-freshman House members such as Helen Chenoweth, Steve Largent, Bob Barr, Joe Scarborough, Sonny Bono, John Shadegg, J.C. Watts, etc. These young conservatives went to Washington, D.C., determined to reduce the growth and size of the federal government.

The vehicle used to transport these young conservatives from grassroots activism to US House and Senate seats was the highly touted “Contract with America” (CWA), which was orchestrated by House Speaker-to-be, Newt Gingrich. The CWA included a promise to the American people that if they would give the GOP a majority in Congress, they would eliminate up to 5 federal departments–such as the Departments of Energy and Education–and many federal agencies.

Obviously, not only did the GOP-controlled Congress not eliminate a single federal department or agency–or even shrink the size of the federal government at all–it expanded the size and scope of the federal government at every level. And there is one reason for it: Big Government neocons posing as champions of conservatism co-opted and destroyed the Conservative Revolution of 1994.

If one wants to put names to these treasonous wretches (and I do), I’m talking about charlatans such as Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott. Anyone who thinks that Newt Gingrich is a real conservative or that he will do anything to reduce the size and scope of the federal government needs to speak with any of those Republican members of the freshman class of 1994. (Sadly, too, some of the members of that great freshman class went on to become Big Government toadies themselves. Such is the power of that Putrid Province by the Potomac.)

The Tea Parties of 2010 remind me very much of the Conservative Revolution of 1994. And if the Tea Party Nation is not very careful, they will succumb to the same fate. The signs of a silent takeover of the movement are already appearing.

First of all, the Tea Parties were actually born during the Presidential campaign of Congressman Ron Paul of Texas in 2007 and 2008. For all intents and purposes, the Tea Parties and the Ron Paul Revolution were one and the same. These were (mostly) young people, who were sick and tired of the same old establishment Republican Party. They were tired of establishment Republicans selling out the principles of limited government; they were tired of the US Constitution being ignored and trampled by both Republicans and Democrats; they were tired of an incessant interventionist US foreign policy that keeps sending US forces overseas to advance a burgeoning New World Order (NWO); they were tired of perpetual war; they were tired of the bank bailouts; they were tired of the Federal Reserve; etc.

I know this because I met–and spoke before–the Tea Party Nation in State after State as I campaigned for Dr. Paul during the Republican primaries back in 2008. And I met them again all over America, as I was running as an Independent candidate for President–with Ron Paul’s endorsement, no less. I was with them in scores of meetings (big and small) from Washington, D.C., to Spokane, Washington, and all points in between.

But now many of the Tea Parties are distancing themselves from Dr. Paul and embracing establishment players such as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. Even Newt Gingrich is being courted. Watch out, Tea Party Nation: you’re in danger of losing your soul! Newt Gingrich is not one of you. He is not your friend. He is an imposter. He will destroy you just like he almost single-handedly destroyed the Conservative Revolution of 1994.

Plus, be careful about Sarah Palin and other establishment Republicans. Palin is currently playing both sides. She is promoting Big Government neocons such as John McCain on the one hand, and sincere conservative-libertarians such as Rand Paul on the other hand. But if one wants a real barometer of Palin’s true colors, look no further than her endorsement of Rick Perry in Texas.

Perry is the quintessential establishment Republican. Perry has been in office for some 9 years, and what has he done to thwart the NWO in Texas? Nothing! Perry is even a Bilderberg Group attendee. What has he done for State sovereignty in Texas? Nothing! In fact, he supports the North American Union and the NAFTA superhighway. What has he done to resist Obama’s universal health care proposals? Nothing! What has he done to protect the citizens of Texas against an emerging Police State? Nothing! What has he done to fight illegal immigration? Nothing!

As a result of both Rick Perry’s establishment business-as-usual politics in Texas and the proliferating grassroots Tea Party movement, counterattacking establishment politics, a Tea Partier herself has entered the race for Texas governor. Her name is Debra Medina. As the Tea Party Nation in Texas already knows, Medina is one of you.

Medina is committed to preserving Texas’ independence and sovereignty. She is opposed to the Patriot Act. She will secure the Texas border. She will give Texas Vermont-style open carry freedoms for gun owners. She wants to get rid of unconstitutional property taxes in Texas. She will stop the NAFTA superhighway. Medina is the real deal.

So, what did Sarah Palin do? She went to Texas and endorsed Rick Perry! I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, playing political games in order to rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars on the speaking and book-signing circuits is not what the Tea Parties are all about.

Tea Parties are supposed to be about putting principle over politics, supporting and defending the US Constitution, supporting limited government and personal liberty, getting rid of the Federal Reserve, abolishing the IRS, ending preemptive and pervasive wars, and putting truth and integrity back into government.

Don’t get me wrong; there are things about Sarah Palin that I like. I especially appreciate her pro-life and pro-Second Amendment stands. I also appreciate her signing the Alaska State sovereignty resolution while she was governor. By all indications, she did a good job as Alaska’s chief executive. At the national level, however, she favors the Patriot Act–and even wants to expand it. She supported the banker bailouts. And when it comes to foreign policy issues, Palin is just another neocon. Plus, as with most Republicans at the national level, I think she is clueless about the NWO. And please remember, it was Mr. New World Order himself, Henry Kissinger, who vetted Palin on behalf of McCain.

The Tea Party Nation should expect better!

The Nation also needs to be careful about Glenn Beck. He says many of the right things. He is likeable and charismatic; but he’s also dead wrong on a number of issues–issues that are critical to the Tea Party Nation. He’s dead wrong when he attempts to disparage and impugn Congressman Ron Paul, saying Dr. Paul is a “crazy, kooky guy.” He’s dead wrong in supporting the banker bailouts. He’s dead wrong when he supports raising taxes (which he has done on several occasions). He was dead wrong when he supported the Patriot Act. He is dead wrong when he viciously attacks the 9/11 victims’ families who demand further information about what happened to their loved ones on that fateful day. And he is dead wrong when he mocks people such as Alan Keyes and Joe Farah for demanding that Barack Obama release his birth certificate–if he indeed has one.

And now I hear that there are some self-professed members of the Tea Party Nation who are actually running for Congressman Paul’s US House seat in Texas. If this is not a sign that establishment Republicans are hijacking the Tea Party movement, I don’t know what is. Remember, the Tea Party movement began as a support base for the Ron Paul Revolution back in 2007.

I strongly encourage the Tea Party faithful to read Jane Hamsher’s recent column on this subject:

I say again, be careful, Tea Party Nation. You are being infiltrated. You are being compromised. You are being neutered. Stick to your principles. Stick with the Constitution. Keep opposing unconstitutional, preemptive wars. Keep calling for the abolition of the Federal Reserve. Keep fighting for less taxes, reduced federal spending, and states’ rights. Keep opposing the Patriot Act and the New World Order. Don’t abandon Ron Paul. Be wary of people such as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. You don’t need “big name” celebrities to give you credibility. As Samson’s strength depended on keeping his hair uncut, your strength lies in keeping your principles intact. And unless you want to wind up like the Republican freshmen in 1994, avoid Newt Gingrich like the plague!

28 thoughts on “Chuck Baldwin: ‘A Warning To The Tea Party Nation’

  1. David F. Nolan

    I agree with most of what Mr. Baldwin says here, even though I disagree with him on several issues – notably his “pro life” (fetus fetish) stance. The Tea Party movement HAS been co-opted and Palin is a neocon shill.

  2. D. Frank Robinson

    The manufactured celebrity Pied Piper technique has been used time and again against anti-establishment populist dissent to demoralized and defuse citizens’ legitimate grievances. Tea Party people will get the full media monty over the next few months. The goal is obvious. The Tea Party movement must not find a platform, a strategy and financial infrastructure to challenge the rigging of the 2010 and 2012 elections.

  3. Trent Hill


    “screw Debra Medina” seems like an extreme thing to say. Why would you support Daiell over Medina, when Daiell himself has been all over the blogosphere making positive comments about Medina? They have essentially the same positions, except Medina is polling 24% in the GOP primary.

  4. Third Party Revolution

    Personally I don’t care who gets the LP nomination for Governor. I just hope that the LPTX won’t drop the nomination for Governor and endorse Medina if she gets the Republican Party’s nomination, since going back to the Republican Party won’t make things better (probably another Bush-like regime).

  5. paulie Post author

    While there are issues I disagree with Medina strongly on, for instance immigration, let’s be fair…not all Republicans are created equal.

  6. Bob D

    I admire Chuck Baldwin and think he is a good and thoughtful leader even though I don’t always agree with him. Has he read the blogs lately? I’m afraid the situation is much worse than he is aware. The tea-o-cons are up to their usual “rewriting of history” and claim that the Ron Paul movement did not start the tea party movement. Are they just ignorant or is this just another oppertunist’s lie?

  7. Allen

    “putting principle over politics, supporting and defending the US Constitution, supporting limited government and personal liberty, getting rid of the Federal Reserve, abolishing the IRS, ending preemptive and pervasive wars, and putting truth and integrity back into government.” Sounds like Chuck supports Libertarians like Ron Paul and others.

  8. NewFederalist

    Once again the issues that divide us are so much more important than the issues that unite us. Losing is fun… get used to it!

  9. AmericanVoter

    Notice that Baldwin calls himself an independent candidate in 2008. Why doesn’t he say he was the Constitution Party candidate?

  10. AnOldIdea

    The LP has used the Tea Party theme and held “tea parties” along with tax protests on April 15th going back to the early 1980s and late 1970s, if not before.

    This theme was included in a tax protest at the DC post office in 1982 that included coverage of a libertarian tax protest song on the local late news and on a nationwide morning news program the next day:

    “Oh, Mr. Taxman, it’s time you set us free,
    ’cause what you call taxation is what I call larceny …
    We’re going to have a party and we’ll all drink Boston Tea,
    but, this time it’s the taxman that we’ll throw into the sea.”

  11. Don

    Much of what Chuck Baldwin says is true but I strongly disagree with his support of Debra Medina. This woman is a nut who believes that 9/11 was an inside job. Hell she was asked directly by Glenn Beck about it and dodged the question. Realizing the damage it could do to her politically she issued a statement afterwards stating that there was no government involved in 9/11. She’s a Truther that should never be allowed to run any state let alone one like Texas.

  12. NewFederalist

    Perhaps Medina could get support from Ventura if she really is a “Truther”. He has gone ’round the bend on this as well.

  13. Shirley L.

    IF the Tea Party movement was around several years ago, it has only become the force to be reckoned with that it is because of people like GLENN BECK and SARAH PALIN. My big comment is about GLENN BECK. I believe you owe him some respect for teaching the American people so much about progressiveism and the radical Obama administration. If not for him, and even Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, the people of the U.S. would still be asleep and letting their country be taken over by power hungry “liberals”.

    I associate myself with the “Tea Party” people, however, if they (and I believe there is more than one group out there who think they are “THE” Tea Party) start trying to distance themselves from the Republican Party and start running candidates as “Tea Party” candidates rather than Republicans who the Tea Party approves of, the movement will die. It will not sustain. This cannot be. There are people who want smaller government and a United States that sticks to the Constitution which they believe is inspired by God who the “Tea Party” people can encourage to run and then support in any way possible.

    If you cannot consolidate this movement and “take over” the Republican party with it, the American people have a sorry situation to deal with. Please, do not downplay Glenn Beck’s role in getting Americans to stand up and be heard. I pray for his safety because, I believe, he has almost single-handedly brought down the Obama administration to this point.

  14. Patriot

    I wonder why so MANY groups wish to take claim of the “teaparty” movement?? They are arguing among the groups and thus WILL NEVER be taken seriously, and will be seen as
    a bunch of disgruntled white people with too many chef’s and not enough cooks. Thats the whole problem with EGO and politics. The person who really can represent and have empathy for all PLIGHTS of the people…will be the victor. Fringe groups will always represent a small portion. YOU cannot force people to join “your” cause. A true politician of the people..would not alienate in such a broad way. Its okay to be middle of the road as MOST people if they truly delve into their heart are not hardliners. I say MOST people….most people just want what is fair. So many people are disassociated
    with politics and are just worried about their own family and life…they don’t have time to nitpik every policy that politicians bring. Should they be more aware? Yes…But, feeding your family and having a roof over your head comes first. We can only control so much….lets start with our own backyards.

  15. Jill Pyeatt

    Don @ # 16: Maybe you should read some of the new evidence on 911. 9/11 was almost certainly an “inside job”. There are hundreds of professionals who can tell you why. Why don’t you do some personal research before you decide who’s nuts?

  16. Don Lake ........... rearraigning the deck chairs ??????

    Don Lake ……… Don who ???????????
    // Feb 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Don // Feb 17, 2010 at 9:31 am

    quit putting words in DONALD R. LAKE’s Mouth

    Dear Jill ‘I just got up ????’ Pyeatt: I said nothing about sanity and EVERY THING about Identity. Now about room temperature intelligence ………..

    You must be one of them George Phillips, Edward Tessiler, Wayne Root, Richard Rider, Bruce Cohan libertarians, making stuff up [‘fabrication’] as you go along ………..

  17. David F. Nolan

    @24: Hmmm. Don Lake manages to misspell 3 of the 5 names he drops in his comment. And there’s no such word as “rearraigning” I suspect he means “rearranging,” but who knows?

  18. Don Lake ........... rearraigning the deck chairs ??????

    paulie // Feb 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    “Lake, it was clearly someone else named Don.”

    pauli, and David F. Nolan: thank you both, and apologies to Jill as it is obvious that I was the one whom just got off the pillow.

    Snide remarks on disabled vets with medal plates in their heads and spilling trays of pills:

    How ever, I did notice that no one came to the rescue of the errant Libs Phillies, Edward T, Root, Rider, or Cohan. No one is perfect, least of all I (and most of all those %@$#%$# Democans and Republicrats), but I have repeatedly caught these five in ‘inconsistencies’ —- as with Don Grundmann, Cory Quirk, and most national Deform Party/ Reform Party national figures!

    Again, thx, and ‘my bad, ole Dad’

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