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Monday, April 19, 2010

JOEL SWANSON: TEA PARTY AS PATRIOTIC DUTY

The Tea Party means different things to different people. To some Americans, it is simply a “populist protest movement that promotes fiscal conservatism”. To others, the Tea Party is a loosely organized group of patriots that “supports constitutionally limited government generally”, and is “more specifically anti-stimulus, anti-deficit, anti bailout and anti-health reform”

 

Those of us who are old enough to have actually been taught American History in school know that the name “Tea Party” is older than the United States of America itself; a reference to the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773, when some of our first patriots boarded British ships in Boston Harbor and threw their cargoes of tea into the ocean to protest “taxation without representation” that was being forced on them by King George and the British Parliament.  Many historians believe, rightly so, that the first “Tea Party”, the “Boston Tea Party”, was indeed, the beginning of the end of British rule in the New World.  That historical event laid the groundwork for “the shot heard ‘round the world”, and the Revolutionary War that freed a people and a country that became the United States of America.

 

The theme of the Boston Tea Party has been resurrected more than once over the years, primarily by anti tax protestors who held libertarian and conservative views; and most people give credit for the current “Tea Party” Movement to Republican Congressman Ron Paul and his supporters, who used the Tea Party theme in fundraising events held during the primaries of the 2008 presidential campaign.

 

Ned Ryan of the American Majority says the Tea Party is “very much anti-establishment”; anti-democrats and republicans. People, he says, who don’t care about party labels; they simply want leaders running our country who reflect their values first; limited government, fixing the economy and decreased taxes. The T.E.A. in Tea Party stands for, Taxed Enough Already!

 

Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press says the Tea Party movement is “an ideological mix of libertarianism and conservatism with the common denominator being lower spending and smaller government”; and lets throw in a double dose of good old American Common Sense, something that has been missing in the halls of Congress for many years.

 

Of course there are a few followers of fringe organizations involved in some of the locally organized Tea Party groups. That happens with every movement, but for the most part, the Tea Party is what it is, a serious and committed group of American Patriots who are determined to take their country back from the divisive and destructive liberalism of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Rahm Emmanuel and George Soros.

 

Above all; ABOVE ALL; every Tea Party member and every Tea Party event attendee knows and believes that dissent, loud but always peaceful dissent, is Patriotic. Dissent is as patriotic today, with an apologetic, socialist community organizer in the White House as it was when GW was our proud and patriotic president. Indeed, dissent is our right and our duty as Patriots, as Americans.

 

God Bless our Tea Parties. They are truly American Patriots. God Bless our Constitution and God Bless the United States of American. I’m Joel Swanson and that is my comment for today.

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