Letter: The importance of the Tea Party
I am more and more convinced that the survival of this republic will be determined by the influence of the many Tea Partiers across the nation.
If you question this, please consider the following: Most Tea Party members are middle aged or seniors who, as parents and grandparents, want to preserve freedom for our children and grandchildren. We have lived through a time much different from what we see today, realizing that the freedoms we have enjoyed are quickly disappearing.
Our Constitutional rights are being trampled by an out-of-control government. Evidence of that are the recent scandals being revealed within the federal government. Tea Party members have been marginalized and ridiculed as radical and conspiratorial, but through it all they have remained committed to standing for American freedom. Our goal is to try to restore the honor and dignity that once made this country superior among the nations of the world.
That is why a recent event in a Gloucester store is so puzzling. While shopping, a friend of mine was approached by a stranger who said, "I know you, you are one of those radical Tea Party people." Rudeness aside, it begs the question: What is the political world view of the stranger? Does she believe the Constitution is unimportant, unworthy of being defended? Does she desire a socialist state in America? What is her evidence of radicalism?
Regretfully, there exists a lack of information among many people about the many threats America faces today. So, those who are willing to stand in the gap between tyranny and freedom are not appreciated as they should be. I sincerely hope that will soon change.