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An Interview with Becky Gerritson, Tea Party Leader and Political Independent

Posted: July 2, 2013 at 9:30 am   /   by

Becky Gerritson, President and Founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party, Alabama, is best known for her eloquent and emotional testimony before Congress on June 4.  Her words then were her own, and no professional speech writer could have done any better.

Ms Gerritson shines again in her interview video below, conducted by Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  It is interesting that Gerritson is neither Republican nor Democrat.  She is an Independent, and she makes the excellent point that today’s principal political struggle is not between Democrats and Republicans.  It is between We the People and a big government in Washington that has forgotten its place.

Republicans are every bit as much to blame as Democrats for what is happening to our country — in some ways even more so because of the many lifetime-legislative-class GOP grandees who keep appealing for money and votes in exchange for their false promises of reversing the slide.  Year after year, they never fail to disappoint.

As I watched Republican senators (literally) embracing Democrat senators on the Senate floor in the minutes following the 68-32 yes vote on the Gang-of-8 immigration bill, I realized how much Republicans and Democrats have all become part of the same giant Washington Kabuki Theater.  While We the People focus on their mock, made-for-TV battles with each other, the whole lot of them are driving us on a slow-motion death march toward an ever-larger federal government fostering ever-more regulation, every-higher taxation, and ever-less freedom.

I could well conclude this article by wishing a pox on both political parties, but based on their performance, it looks like someone beat me to it long ago!

I can see why Becky Gerritson chose to be an Independent.  I’m thinking of doing the same.



David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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An Interview with Becky Gerritson, Tea Party Leader and Political Independent