Scottie Hughes

The majority of Tea Party groups and candidates were undeterred. They continued to push through the bureaucratic mud, hoping that eventually their persistence would pay off, that if they answered all the questions – as costly and time-consuming as they were – that ultimately their First Amendment rights to speak freely about their political views would prevail.

Now we know our worst fears have been realized. Friday’s revelation marks a milestone in the history of our Republic – a sad one where our Constitutional rights have been trampled. For all the talk of the Patriot Act and Guantanamo and any of the other imagined Constitutional crimes committed by the Bush administration in the eyes of the left, here we have an affront against our citizenry and a blatant disregard of the Constitution that should make every American, Republican, Democrat and Independent unite in outrage.

Now, the rallying cry has been sounded and the Tea Party movement has been united. The last thing a Patriot ever wants to hear is that a corrupt Government is targeting them. Now that they are emboldened, people will be ready to share their story with hopes that by unifying in large numbers there will be little or no retaliation.

I hope the American people will listen to these examples and realize that no one is exempt from being targeted and every right that we as American’s enjoy is currently under attack. Tyranny is knocking at America’s doorsteps and it is only those who are paying attention who are keeping the door from swinging wide open.

It is a national disgrace that those of us who have been part of the Tea Party movement over the past several years – regular Americans trying to make a living to support their family – have been targeted by our own government because of our opposition to tax-and-spend policies of both Democrats and Republicans. Yet now that it is public, now that we vow to continue to search out who authorized this, when and why, and how high up the chain in the Obama administration this scandal reaches, we will hopefully turn aside this sad chapter in American history.

I don’t claim to speak on behalf of millions of Tea Parties across the nation, but for me at least, I’m proud to say that being on President Barack Obama’s enemies list is the highest single honor I’ve ever received.

Scottie Hughes

Scottie Nell Hughes is the news director and chief journalist for the Tea Party News Network as well as a contributor to Patriot.TV and