Perhaps the tea party that is not a political party should transform itself into an actual political party. It should not become one that serves the principal function of our current parties, keeping incumbents in office well after they have lost touch with their constituents so that seniority will give them more choice committee memberships, chairmanships and pork shoveling power -- which in turn help them to keep their seats. Instead, how about a political party that pushes for conservative ideas -- fiscal sanity, and constitutional governance including respect for States' rights? There are easier but ineffective things that require far less long term commitment and work. However, if we really care about more than blowing off steam we will do them. If we don't nobody else will either. The consequences for the United States will be quite sad. I tried to raise explain these ideas in my blog post yesterday.