I got into a conversation with a very hard working organizer in the Midwest who said to me that they disapproved of the Tea Party Convention's price tag. I've heard this complaint before, over and over. But when it comes to my small business, I've paid for conventions out-of-pocket because it has always seemed justifiable to pay those people who worked hard to put up a great event and train me to be to be better at my job. I mean that's capitalism: come up with an idea or product and sell it based on what the market is willing to pay.
I don't understand why people such as Tea Partiers who are out there shouting that government has gone too far and become too intrusive in our lives would turn around and contradict their values. Why criticize an individual who is participating in the free enterprise system? Tea Party Nation came up with an idea for a convention, developed it and marketed it. If the event was overpriced, basic economics would have kicked in. People would refuse to pay that price and the venture would have failed. Instead critics for some unforeseen reason began to target speakers and attendees of the event and resort to name-calling in order to ensure that the event would fail.
Another big area of criticism of the convention is the keynote speaker. The Midwest organizer mentioned that they were disappointed that Sarah Palin had chosen to stay in the convention while everyone else had pulled out to escape coming under attack by the critics. Again I am confused by these Tea Party advocates since I believed that another quality they feel has been lost on Washington is INTEGRITY. Sarah Palin is a great example of fortitude and stick-to-it-ness! She promised the Tea Party Nation that she'd attend and speak at the event and she will. America needs more people like Governor Palin to stand up to opposition and go against the grain. I'm proud of her willingness to put herself in front of the firing lines to push the grassroots movement forward and keep the energy going. The critics can keep whining and threatening and lying but Palin has more moxy in her little finger than her critics have intelligence and common sense in their whole bodies!