TEA Party won’t be last
To the Editor:
I went to a TEA Party today. When I got up this morning I had a sense of anticipation. I knew this was the start of something. I wonder if the men who gathered in Boston for the original tea party felt this way, that they were about to change history. This TEA Party and the hundreds like it across our land are the beginning of "change you can believe in." It wasn't about liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican. It was about right and wrong. It was about how it is wrong to saddle our children and grandchildren with debt they can never get out from under. It was about how it is time for a Fair Tax. It was about how we need to hold our elected officials accountable. I was encouraged by Daniela Belton and her sister's stirring words. They get it. They are our future leaders.
Kudos to Madison Mayor Tom DuPree. He boldly spoke about what we need to do as a nation to get back on track. He spoke of the Bible, the family, traditional marriage and many other Judeo-Christian values that our great country was founded on. While he was speaking, someone in the crowd began to shout "This is a political rally" and because of the "original right wing extremists" - the framers of our Constitution - she was able to freely express her opinion. And we were free to continue to listen. When Mayor DuPree asked us to bow our heads and pray (Gasp! He actually asked to pray in a public forum!?), we were free as a people to pray or not to pray. First Amendment at its best.
I went to a TEA Party today and I have a feeling it won't be the last.
God bless America!
PRINTED IN THE APRIL 23, 2009 EDITION