On November 8, three groups of tea party organizers began a cross-country tour to raise awareness of the California farmers’ water crisis, which is a classic case of big government disrupting the lives of its citizens. But rather than merely protest proposed legislation, these tea partiers intend to raise money for the victims suffering from overbearing regulation.
The Tea Party Express is a cross-country fundraising exercise for a Republican-aligned PAC. But this effort? It hopes to send aid to California farmers who need help heading into the winter and holiday season. It also aims to bring hope to farmers whose livelihoods have been destroyed and who live in an area with one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
The Farmer Relief and Freedom Relay will take two weeks to reach Fresno for a large rally, stopping along the way in places like Sioux Falls and Lexington, Kentucky. Though winter is fast approaching — or has already made an appearance — in these areas, these brave and kind souls are determined to aid the farmers.
Each tour group will have a California farmer with them to speak of the current situation. Each group will also include a featured speaker who will be along for the entire ride. Groups will travel in SUVs to handle any road conditions. One route — which I am taking — will travel roughly 4,000 miles across the top of the country and down the West Coast.
Tour plans have been greeted enthusiastically by activists across the country, especially in remote places that generally do not receive much attention. If citizens want the tour to show up in their town, the organizers make as much effort as possible to add the tour stop.
In actions that can only be described as lacking the most basic humanity, the U.S. Congress has turned off the water to Central Valley farmers, leaving their land dry, their fields fallow, and their dreams and ambitions scattered in the dust. Tens of thousands are unemployed and waiting in food lines. The federal government is proving once again that the government is the problem, not the solution.