First, People before Politics
When the TEA Party first began, we often said "Principles before Party!" After about seven years in the TEA Party, I changed my mantra to "People before politics!" I made a decision about a year ago to let this blog die because I had gotten to a place where politics were no longer my passion. Politics had become that thing that was sucking the joy out of my life. I had been so active for so long with very disappointing results. The Liberals kept winning because of the complicity of the so-called RINOs, many who posed as Conservatives to get elected. We had become the Uniparty of corruption where Republicans were and still are willing to sell our country out and the Republican platform for financial gain and personal status. We had the TEA Party now actually becoming an arm of the Republican Party, no longer making any effort to hide it, even when it spit in their face over and over again. What really burned me up was with every loss the establishment Republicans and the TEA Party would both try to spin them as obscure victories in order to keep the funds coming in. Come on, does the leader of a national Tea Party really need to make $400K and still beg for money even though wins are rare and unimpressive?
On a personal level, I was facing tough times taking care of my mother until her death and also dealing with my own health issues. I realized that I had become my politics. Lynda Givens Evans was politics with not much else to offer. I really had no stand-by-you kind of friends...I had connections. It was my own fault. I was so busy being an activist that I failed to nurture friendships. People only saw politics and what I may be able to do for or against their agendas. When I was no longer able to jump on their causes I had no purpose. Again, my own fault. So I decided to lay down politics, during an election year, and try to reorganize my priorities. I knew that politics would go on without me. No one is indispensable. You'd be surprised how quickly that hole closes up around you when you step out of a picture.
Of course, I still love my country, and I am still opinionated, and I will still be a good citizen and vote. I had decided that I was not going to "promote" anyone this campaign season. I wasn't going to waste one more second of my time promoting people who only use you to get into office and then kick you and your principles to the curb.
Not a Trump Blind Devotee
We had many choices on the Republican side. Right from the start I supported Ben Carson. To me he was the best choice and I still believe it. His quiet strength and intelligence was no match for Trump's loud and proud rhetoric. I get that. When Carson dropped out I supported Cruz. I saw Cruz fighting the Liberals and RINOs all along, so I felt I could reasonably trust him to continue once elected. I was disappointed at how much special interest money that he took, but I get it, it takes money to run an effective campaign. I voted for Cruz in the primary, knowing that Trump already had a large enough lead to make it feel like my vote didn't count. Besides, this is Maryland. It doesn't count, but I voted for Cruz.
I didn't jump on the Trump bandwagon, even though his rhetoric made me want to stand up and shout amen, because his actions in the very recent past gave me pause. In particular, his use of eminent domain (the power of a state or a national government to take private property for public use) in his business dealings. To me, that is the most un-American act one could use on a fellow citizen for your own gain. I thought if he would do that in business, what would he do as the leader of the free world? To me it wasn't worth the risk, even though at the time he was saying everything that I wanted to hear on some important issues.
I Respect the Voters