Will Michele Bachmann’s Retiring From Congress Hurt the Tea Party?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on May 30, 2013

800px-Bachmann_at_Tea_Party_rallyWith the retirement of Michele Bachmann from congress, one of the sterling voices that was so impactful in the growth and development of the Tea Party will no longer be on Capitol Hill. Many liberals in the congress and in Washington D.C. spent an inordinate amount of time attempting to skewer her because she was firm in her conservative convictions which squared with an emerging American conservative movement that rejected Obamanism and its socialistic overreach beginning soon after he took office in 2009.

In fact in many instances, Bachmann’s rise as a sometimes lone voice for conservative values was predictable based upon her positions taken in congress soon after she took office in 2007 as the first Republican woman to be sent to congress from her state of Minnesota.

Bachmann was a leader for the right to life and was a member of the Pro-Life Caucus in the congress. Her leadership to protect the Second Amendment led to co-sponsoring the Second Amendment Enforcement Act in the 111th Congress on behalf of the citizens off Washington D.C. to restore their Second Amendment Rights.

It appeared that the more Michele took the heat for her conservative views the more celebrated and endearing she became to the new fledgling conservative movement members in 2010 who sought to create a grassroots revolution to preserve and protect U.S. Constitutional values. This movement became the Tea Party Patriots.

The push by President Barack Obama and his administration was intense as it waged war on Capitol Hill, as well as in the states, to build a wall against the voices of the new conservatism in 2009 and 2010 that Bachmann was part of. The liberal pundits became his henchmen and labeled her an alarmist and likened her to fire-throwing radical domestic terrorists groups that they claimed wanted to destroy America.

The liberal detractors had a steadily growing membership in the mainstream media as well as the national comedian roster. They hammered her for her hair, her voice, her appearance when they could not marginalize her fierce ability to fight for constitutional values that are alien to liberals.

What Americans are now seeing is that the Tea Party is made up of regular folks: fathers and mothers, grandparents and housewives and factory workers and just common folk trying to exercise their constitutional right to free speech and assembly. This for some reason terrorized the liberal media as well as the White House and soon the IRS.

Bachmann appeared to know the challenge that lay before her and the growing Tea Party movement and worked to help recruit candidates for congress that would eventually take back the House of Representatives.

After the resounding congressional defeat in 2010 of the Democrats which tossed Nancy Pelosi out off the Speaker’s chair, a new conservative sea change was building. Bachmann was there to help give it more definition in the congress by helping to create the House Tea Party Caucus. This is now a viable important force in the congress. It can only grow stronger in 2014 during the mid-term elections, thanks to Obama’s current array of scandal-ridden administration activities.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.