As you have heard over the several months, Tea Party Patriots is preparing to launch the Yellow Card Project. Before we can do that, we need your input so we can finalize our issues for this project.
It is an axiom of politics that the side that wins the communications battle is not the side with the better argument; it’s the side that controls the subject of the argument. That is, controlling the subject of the debate is more important than determining the content of the debate. The Yellow Card Project is an initiative that will spotlight seven key issues that unite the majority of Americans, and drive them to the center of the nation’s political argument over the next 18 months. By controlling the subject of the debate – making our nation’s political leaders focus on the issues agenda we set for them – our principles and values will shape the agenda.
Our main objective is to encourage all candidates for federal office to adopt the issues and agenda that reflect Tea Party Patriots’ values and mission – with a commitment to take specific action on each one by a date certain. It’s only been a few years since our movement was born, but already we have run into the problem of politicians who say one thing to garner our support when campaigning, and then behave as if they’d never heard of us once they’re in office. Consequently, we are not looking for simple statements of support or opposition; we are looking for hard commitments on tough issues.
Just as importantly, we want to use the Yellow Card project as a means to demonstrate to the American body politic – and, yes, even to reporters at The New York Times and MSNBC – that the Tea Party Patriots agenda has broad support among the American electorate. We have conducted research and reviewed the results with our Local Coordinators, so the issues that make it on to the yellow card will have broad appeal – not just among conservatives, but with a wide cross-section of American voters. The more candidates we get to agree with our key issues – and the more an educated citizenry learns about our issues of concern, and the TPP agenda – the greater chance of building a strong mandate for action as we look toward October 1, 2017.
This project is designed to build on our strengths, and one of our greatest strengths is you. You are the heart and soul of Tea Party Patriots; you spread the message of the tea party movement to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and fellow voters. We need your feedback. Please take the time to fill out the survey (link below), and give us your final input. Help us shape the agenda for 2016 and beyond.
Please take this survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11r5gRkANBU-71pmscqtY-kDrrd-e9H9hmzXJ71vLSzk/viewform
Jenny Beth Martin and Tea Party Patriots National Support Team