Florida tea party leader compares her group to Jesus, says God’s on their side
In a new op-ed published on the conservative blog Florida Political Press, Jacksonville tea party leader Billie Tucker vents her frustration with the Florida political process and politicians she calls “worthless” and “unprincipled,” with “no backbone.”
Tucker’s post compares God to a sunset, “hanging around and refusing to leave,” as she vents about politics and the liberal media:
As the fiery sun looked back at me, I started telling Him about the lame politicians, the liberal media, and I mentioned how hard it was getting to keep on going. He seemed to understand because His glow was strong and powerful, yet soft and warm.
I asked Him to fix everything. He could do it if He wanted to and I certainly wanted Him too. He just kept glowing and changing the clouds around him to a shade of yellow and orange.
I mentioned how hard it was to fight the left with their powerful money and strong organization and we are nothing but a small army of patriots who are tapped out of resources, money and energy. He kept glowing and seemed to be smiling at my rants.
“Didn’t He understand how hard it is to read where a politician who is ‘on your side’ votes with the other side?” writes Tucker. “Or how the media portrays a corrupt man as a great guy and portrays a great guy as a weak man? Or how hard it is to trust anyone anymore?”
God answers that He, too, has suffered from “bad press” and betrayals:
His glow got stronger and wider and the horizon lit up across the roof tops. His message back to me was “I understand, Billie. I got some bad press too. I was a good guy and they painted me as a bad guy. And, remember I was betrayed too.”
Tucker ends the piece with a prayer to be guided in “fighting against tyranny,” and encourages supporters to pray that “God Save the USA.”
Tucker is a force with which to be reckoned on the First Coast. When then-candidate Rick Scott campaigned in Jacksonville in July 2010, he specifically mentioned Tucker’s “important work” in as the director of the First Coast Tea Party.
In a more recent interview with The Florida Times-Union, Tucker applauded Scott’s rejection of $2.4 billion in federal funds to go toward a high-speed rail project: ”We are spending billions of dollars on a luxury item. … If he’d allowed this to happen, he would have lost the support of the people who worked hard to elect him.”
Tucker seemingly has allies in many big-name Jacksonville residents. In September, the Times-Union reported that she has made more than $90,000 consulting with board members of JEA, the Jacksonville Electric Authority.
In a December 2010 profile, Tucker said that she has considered starting a campaign against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, but that she “doesn’t really have it in [her] heart” to run for office.