Tea party leaders in Massachusetts are calling on the GOP to “stand for things.”
In a speech to the Tea Party Patriots convention, Tea Party activist Josh Jones said the GOP has a “historic opportunity” to end the “death spiral” of the nation’s debt.
“We’ve got a huge debt, a $1 trillion debt.
It’s a problem that we’re all part of,” Jones said.
“We have a choice: We can sit back and do nothing or we can take a stand.
We’ve got to stand for something.
And that means a national debt moratorium, a national withdrawal of all federal and international aid, a constitutional convention to replace the Constitution and replace the president with a new president who will be elected by the people.”
The convention is scheduled for July 1.
The speech was part of a series of fiery speeches delivered by Tea Party leaders on Friday, and was timed for the start of the convention.
The speeches came as Republicans are trying to avoid an embarrassing defeat at the ballot box in November.
Democrats have already lost at least six of the eight congressional races that are decided by 537 votes or fewer.
In the last two weeks, a number of Republicans have been hit with the wrath of tea party activists.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., was one of the most outspoken opponents of the House GOP health care bill, which she had called “one of the dumbest pieces of legislation I’ve seen in my time in the Senate.”
On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R.I., and his staff issued a statement saying that Ayotte is “not happy” with the GOP’s plans to roll back Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
The two GOP senators have both been on the losing end of the Tea party wave in recent weeks.
Democrats are counting on the Tea partiers to energize voters ahead of the midterms.
They say the Republican Party needs to stand up for the people of Massachusetts if it’s going to save its soul and the country, especially with the nation in deep financial trouble and the economy in a tailspin.