I thought I would combine two of my activities into a little study. Maybe I would learn something substantial or maybe the results or data would not tell me much in a scientific way. Either way I would probably learn something.
I had been taking notice of how vocal members of the Tea Party seemed to be. Was this true compassion for the people of our nation or was this just talk? Perhaps little more than climbing on a band wagon of some sort? Perhaps a desire to be a part of something ... anything?
I decided to reach out to a number of them directly. I would use twitter and look at #teaparty and #tcot.
I asked each of them to take a few moments and help the homeless in our country. They could pass along the word, pass along a link, feed five folks for $10 via a quick cell phone text or go to places like http://www.urm.org/ where they could learn more or help in many ways.
I have not seen a single re-tweet. I have not seen a single mention. I have not had a single reply.
Perhaps as time passes this will change.
I can only look at this in one way. Not a single #teaparty member that I contacted lifted a finger to help the homeless. Ineffective? Only tuned into their own agenda whatever that might be? Perhaps I am drawing an improper conclusion?
I will let others draw their own conclusion but I will continue to send out requests for help to these folks and continue my study. If there is anything to report or mention I will update this post.
If you are one of the people who have received a post from me on twitter which sent you to this link and if you have helped in some way, please let me know. I would love to post your twitter ID here or website, name, or whatever you wish. Prove me wrong. You can pass the URM link, donate to URM via the above link or the homeless shelter in your own area or if you are in a real hurry but wish to help you can do this:
To donate $10 to Union Rescue Mission, text the letters URM to 85944. You will receive a confirmation text message. Reply with the word YES to complete the transaction. Takes less than 30 seconds and will feed a family of five. Feel free to leave a comment on this post telling me I was wrong .... at least in your case.
To be fair it has only been a few days since I reached out to Tea Party folks. Perhaps I will have to eat my words as they prove me wrong. I would not mind at all if I had to eat my words as that would mean that some homeless people would also have something to eat as well, perhaps even have a place to sleep for a few nights rather than on the street.
Side note? When I sent the same request to Democrats and Republicans there were responses, re-tweets, mentions, questions, donations, friend contact adds and information was passed along.
Thanks to the folks below that are proving me wrong by passing the word. Hopefully the list will continue to grow.
@hughhewitt - thank you for the RT. You are the first, @Jackson902, @marinemajor, @mahilena, @foundersweb, @dansden, @TheRiverWanders, @seriousfun830