By Bryan Fischer
A Tea Party was scheduled this past Sunday for Lexington Green -
you know, where the shot was fired that was heard ‘round the world - but it got
canceled at the last minute.
Why? Apparently because big tent Tea Party Republicans are scared
to death of social issues.
Brian Camenker, the president of MassResistance, was slated to
serve as one of the speakers at Lexington. He has spoken at numerous Tea Party
events in the Bay State. Mr. Camenker’s organization is one of the leading
pro-family voices in Massachusetts, and he has been the most visible opponent
of the radical homosexual agenda in the bastion of liberalism.
Camenker’s organization has perhaps been the leading pro-family
organization in the state to expose and oppose the imposition of homosexual
indoctrination in the state’s public school system.
According to Camenker, a Republican leader of the Boston Tea Party
(you can read Camenker’s account here and the account from the Lexington
Minuteman here) apparently got spooked that such a
staunch pro-family speaker was going to be on the roster with precious Republican
candidates, and warned the candidates that as long as such a firm opponent of
the homosexual agenda was on the slate, they shouldn’t get anywhere near the
When the organizer of the Lexington Tea Party, Jesse Segovia,
wouldn’t yank Camenker from the roster, Republican candidates began pulling out
of the event. The ostensible reason is that, as Eric Dahlberg, a GOP candidate
for state senate said, “Some consider MassResistance a hate group, I don’t want
to be within a mile of an event that gives someone like that a stage.”
Well, the only outfit I know of that has classified MassResistance
as a “hate group” is the Southern Poverty Law Center, which slaps the same
“hate” label on people such as Glenn Beck and Michelle Bachmann. Not a lot of
According to Camenker, the leader of the Boston Tea Party, the
woman who managed to get the entire Lexington event scrapped, avoids social
issues like the plague at Boston Tea Party events, in order to keep the focus
exclusively on fiscal issues.
But most folks in the Tea Party movement recognize that it is far
worse for a nation to be morally and spiritually bankrupt than to be fiscally
bankrupt, and are in the movement, at least in part, because they are alarmed
at the moral drift in this country and want to do something about it.
This strain of moral libertarianism is a threat to the Tea Party
movement. If the Tea Party is to be an effective voice, it must
unapologetically press an agenda of fiscal, constitutional and social
conservatism. Authentic conservatism is holistic, and knocking one of the three
legs off the stool will prove fatal in the end to the Tea Party effort.
Authentic conservatives are economic libertarians and cultural
conservatives. Not one or the other.
Cultural libertarians are not conservatives at all. They have far
more in common with the hippies of the ‘60s than they do with George Washington
and Thomas jefferson.
The Tea Party will forfeit its claim to reflect the values of the
Founders if it does not affirm the message of cultural conservatism as well as
economic restraint. Let’s not forget that it was the father of our country who
said that religion and morality both are “indispensable supports” of political
prosperity, and that no man can rightly call himself a patriot who would labor
to subvert either one.
To my knowledge, this is the first Tea Party event to be canceled
because a social conservative was on the platform. Let’s hope it’s the last.