With Dale McCoy
My name is Dale McCoy. I am a husband and father. I am a union member. I am a democrat. But first and foremost, I am an American.
On April 15th I spoke at my first tea party rally at Mellon Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I opened my speech with these words, which came from the bottom of my heart.
“Our country is truly in trouble. For years I have stood by and remained silent while watching our schools, our media, my union, and our society drift steadily left. I have watched the government try to legislate fairness, decency, and common sense, but these things cannot be legislated. Inevitably, laws aimed at fairness and social justice are doomed to fail, and in many cases they result in having the opposite of the intended effect. Whether or not such laws are made with good intentions, the consequences of their failure look the same. I have watched the decay of our inner cities, and welfare did not help. I have watched the decay of our industry, and regulations did not help. The truth is, additional government mandates and entitlements will not solve our growing economic and social problems.
As we continue living in hard economic and political times, it is easy to look to the government for help. That help comes at a terrible price, and that price is our freedom. Any school, any business, and any institution that accepts tax-payer money from the Federal Government is subject to regulations created by both elected and unelected officials who may or may not be accountable to the people. Government currently has an unprecedented control over U.S. banks, car companies, insurance companies, schools, colleges, utilities, railroads, factories… and the list goes on and on. We the people are increasingly controlled by agencies like the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We are drowning in a sea of taxes, regulation, and red ink.”
My frustration with constantly increasing regulations and fees is what brought me to the Tea Party.
In my life, I have been fortunate enough to dine with those who have plenty, and to sit around the campfire with those who have little. I have learned that happiness does not come from material things, and that success is in the eye of the beholder. I have attended meetings with company managers and meetings with labor. I have worked side by side with both union and non-union workers . I am sure that the vast majority of the people I’ve met share similar values, hopes, and dreams; and equally sure that the majority of Americans simply ask for a fair wage and fair treatment in the work place. Most union members are not thugs, just like most tea party members are not radicals.
Anyone who understands the history of this steel valley (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) also understands that there was a time when the unions and the democratic party benefited the working man. I don’t forget those times or the benefits that were created, but I do believe that the leaders of both the unions and the democratic party have lost their way. We can not afford to sacrifice liberty for the promise of security. If we lose our freedom, our union cards will be worthless. I know there are union members who would like to speak out against their leadership, but avoid doing so because they fear possible repercussions. However, the time has come for us all to be courageous and speak the truth. Our freedom depends on it. Teddy Roosevelt wrote that “capital organizes, therefore labor must organize”. I agree with these words. But unfortunately, big labor is as corrupt as big business and big government. All must be subject to checks and balances. Only freedom and free markets can come close to balancing these forces.
America rose to become the greatest power on earth in less than 200 years because freedom unleashed the talent of individuals, and allowed them to pursue prosperity. The result was that everyone’s standard of living increased. Our country and our constitution are neither perfect nor absolutely fair, but they are by far the best that human history has to offer, and I will defend them with everything I have.
As I said in my speech, America has been through many hardships in the past, and we will make it through our current trying times. But to do so, we must put aside our minor disagreements (We can continue to debate them after we save our Republic). Regardless of political party, union affiliation, or material worth, all freedom loving Americans must work together to vote our current Congressional leaders and White House administration out of office.
One final note. Thanks to our Pittsburgh Tea Party group, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with pastor C.L. Bryant after the April tea party event. C.L. noted that he once held very liberal views. There were a number of events and thoughts that helped to change his political course, but one stood out for me. C.L. said that one day he asked himself; “What do I really know, and what do I believe because someone told me it was true?” I don’t know if that is an original thought, but it certainly is profound. I hope that everyone who reads this will ask themselves the same question… then educate themselves on the issues…. and then vote.
I will no longer remain silent,