The Tea Party phenomenon that began last February with a protest organized by a mother against the stimulus package revealed a deep and previously untapped well of citizen passion and energy. It empowered hundreds of thousands of people to express deeply-held views and realize that they were not alone in holding them. The rush was extreme, and gratifying.
After April 15, the question became, what next? Some people opted to become involved in local Tea Party organizations, while others sought out other groups whose goals matched their own. A patchwork of groups sprung up, all dedicated at their core to advancing the cause of freedom. I myself attended the April 15 Tea Party in Valparaiso, Indiana, and as a consequence ended up becoming part of the effort. Any northwest Indiana readers, feel free to check out our group, Northwest Indiana Patriots. That was my answer to that question.
But not everyone has the desire or ability to get involved with Tea Party groups. What’s next for them? One answer is the American Liberty Alliance. In the organization’s words,
We needed to address many issues and concerns at the same time. We understood we couldn’t do it alone. We needed the strength in numbers; the mutual support of an alliance. When we realized the infrastructure to do that didn’t exist, we started the American Liberty Alliance (ALA). Our vision is to network existing groups with activists looking for a cause and start a few of Sam Adams’ “brushfires of Liberty”! Our method is not to tell you what to do from a national perspective or to lead a charge in support of this or that issue. Rather, we want you to tell us what you are willing and able to do, at your state and local level, and we’ll put you in touch with like minded folks.
The American Liberty Alliance may be your answer.