- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I constantly hang out with great Americans from every imaginable walk of life all over this great country. We all know a self-evident truth when we see it. Truth, logic and common sense drive our lives and remain common and sensible to us all. We clearly understand that the American dream is all about being the best we can be, working as hard as possible and being accountable in order to be an asset to our families, communities and country. We expect our government to secure our borders, keep us safe from our enemies and play by the rules as laid out in the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, golden rule and Ten Commandments and otherwise pretty much stay the heck out of our way. We the people know that the government is supposed to work for us, not run amok and abandon all accountability as the out-of-control, gluttonous, criminal Fedzilla is now overtly guilty of doing.

The Tea Party is so simple, it’s stupid. It is named after the uprising of Americans sick and tired of tyrants usurping the new American freedom, lifestyle and dream. Taxation without representation was merely the tip of that 1773 culture-war spear and now accurately represents the spirit of the 2010 Tea Party movement. This glorious experiment in self-government is not supposed to be a spectator sport, as it has been reduced to being for so long. As the boss of government, we the people were supposed to stay in touch with politics and politicians, making sure our will was the force behind policies and lawmaking.

Remember that? The Tea Party Americans do, and we are demanding its return immediately. The New Deal was a raw deal, and the Great Society was for losers. A handout creates the curse of dependency. A hand up is nationalism at its finest. Know it.

It is no surprise that the Glenn Becks and Sarah Palins of the world are so inspiring and in direct accord with the Tea Party. To listen to these great leaders is to hear the pulse of the best that America has to offer. Faith, hope, charity, honesty, a herculean work ethic and a vapor trail of positive energy is what the Tea Party stands for.

We don’t believe in bailouts; we demand accountability.

We don’t want an exit strategy; we want a victory strategy.

We can’t believe that Navy SEAL warriors were indicted for roughing up a murderous terrorist leader in their heroic, professional military action to bring in evil criminals.

We are deeply offended by the speaker of the House telling us that we can find out what’s in the health care bill after Congress passes it and it becomes law. This is outrageous, and it must stop now.

We refuse to accept any longer the rampant corruption, cronyism and outright abuse of power by willfully disconnected, arrogant bureaucrats.

Who can believe that Fedzilla is taking Goldman Sachs to task while denying that government waste and idiotic policies are behind the economic ruin?

How can such a rookie president with zero experience call the shots when it comes to dealing with Iran developing nuclear arms?

We are shocked that the president of the United States surrounds himself with self-avowed communists, Marxists, socialists, tax cheats, lawbreakers, far-left animal rights goons, Mao and Che fans, and czars whose records are so far out of whack with American values as to make the head spin.

We are mad as hell that Fedzilla continues to spend and waste more and more of our hard-earned tax dollars on laughable programs, bailouts, ridiculous so-called stimulus packages and other boondoggles that have failed miserably every time in the past and are failing miserably again. It is sheer lunacy to repeat actions and expect a different outcome. It is time to rein in Fedzilla. The Tea Party is just that force to reckon with, and it clearly has the logical voice and dynamism to get it done.

A prime motivator for the Tea Party is the example of Martin Luther King Jr., who so eloquently stated, “Those who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We are merely bringing to the surface a tension that is already there.”

Dedicated to standing up for our rights and the American way through nonviolent direct action, just like the glorious and pivotal upgrade of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, the Tea Party represents a long overdue wake-up call for America and, more important, American politicians and their lapdog media megaphone.

All that being said, anyone with a working brain knows that Fedzilla is behind every problem America faces today. And the real tragedy is that behind Fedzilla’s failures and abuses is apathy. America is a nation wall to wall with citizens who have abandoned their prime responsibility to stay on top of things. We need to monitor our government, to research candidates, to vote intelligently. The burden falls squarely on the shoulders of we the people who have bent over backwards and let these rotten bureaucrats trample the American dream.

Better late than never. The Tea Party is a return to paying attention, remaining engaged and good-old American activism - the very soul of America.

I salute the Tea Party and pray to God that it builds steam, galvanizes energy and focus and enlightens enough Americans to begin the take-back of our country in November - and beyond.

Ted Nugent is an unstoppable American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political-activist icon. He is author of “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

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