Scottie Hughes

Anyone who doubts the great future ahead for the Tea Party – I’m looking at you, mainstream media – should have paid more attention to the Tea Party’s press conference two weeks ago. Alongside Michelle Bachmann were dozens of Tea Party patriots (including Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz). Before them were about a hundred journalists (and whomever MSNBC sent). And with them in spirit was every American appalled by the latest abuse of power by (pardon the expression) the I.R.S.

As the backlash against the IRS’s lawless assault on the Tea Party shows, that which does not kill the Tea Party makes it stronger. Americans everywhere are Lerning (pun intended) that the I.R.S.’s respect for the law isn’t merely Nixonian – it’s Dillingeresque. They are seeing what the founders warned about – that power corrupts. And they’re rightly concluding that a law like Obamacare – which gives vastly more power to the already out-of-control I.R.S. – is a threat to American freedom.

How do I know the Tea Party will survive Michele Bachmann’s departure from Washington? Because Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and their job-killing, tax-raising, big-spending agenda aren’t leaving with her. So long as liberals try to take away freedoms, patriots will need to defend them. For five years, we patriots have called ourselves the Tea Party. And we “have not yet begun to fight.”

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