Winey: Defining the tea party
September 30, 2010
To the editor:
There seems to be many misunderstandings about what the modern tea party is.
I would like to explain that today's tea party is not a highly-organized group. There are different types of tea Parties in America today.
Such as the tea party Patriots, tea party Express and many other groups who are getting more involved in politics.
Most communities in Northwest Colorado have a tea party. There is one in Steamboat Springs, Craig, Meeker and Rangely. I am familiar with all of these groups and although I cannot speak for all of them in America, I believe I can explain what the tea party groups of Northwest Colorado are about.
I am also part of the tea party Patriots nationally, and they basically are the same as the Northwest Colorado groups.
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Of course, the modern day tea party grew out of what happened Dec. 16, 1773, when a group of American colonists dumped tea in the Boston Harbor because of the Tea Act that the British imposed on them. And a revolution was started. In the same spirit that flowed through the colonists, Americans today are standing up to a government that we are starting to fear.
The Boston tea party and the modern tea party have many things in common, but something that stands out is being misunderstood by those in government and many Americans.
In 1773, the British called the tea party "lawless" and I am sure some of the colonists agreed. Much the same as you see today's tea party as racist, stupid or violent, as you are likely to hear from the lame stream media and from those who are in power in Washington today.
But, I offer to you that these things were not true in 1773 nor are they true today.
Samuel Adams argued that the tea party was not the act of a lawless mob, but was instead a principled protest and the one option the people had to defend their constitutional rights.
To me, this statement fits today.
The tea party is millions of American people who are doing what we feel we have to, to bring back the freedoms and rights we have lost in recent history.
Let me give you some things that the modern day tea party is not.
We are not the Democratic Party, Republican Party, or a third party.
We are not racist, violent or ignorant as some make us out to be.
What we are is this:
We are a people in support of the U.S. Constitution as set forth by our Founding Fathers.
We are about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We are about fiscal responsibility, and the balancing of local, state and federal budgets
We are about limited government. We are about personal responsibility.
We are about a trust in God to help bring this nation back.
People in the tea party are American citizens who want our country back.