Michael Patrick Leahy, author of “Rules for Conservative Radicals” and co-founder of the National Tea Party coalition, said he believes the rising influence of grassroots activists may impact both parties, and is here to stay.
“These victories by tea party candidates are merely indications of the changes going on in the American political system,” he said. “We’re entering what I call a new era of grass-roots democracy. And it’s one where you’re going to see a decline in the power of the national establishment of both parties … in setting the agenda.
“The agenda is increasingly going to be set by the grass-roots conservative activists who comprise the tea party movement,” Leahy said. “This is just the opening act for a complete change in the way politics takes place in America.”
A large number of Americans now believe that their government is going in the wrong direction. The National Tea Party (a conservative political movement to address these conservative concerns) is seeking to change the way government works. This movement however could lead to a popular demand for Sunday legislation.
GC 592, “Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard
for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to
secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance.” Great Controversy, p 592.
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