On Sept. 12, 2009, well over a half a million US citizens marched in peace down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., to express their dissatisfaction with the current direction of this nation. These citizens marched with respect and genuine concern for the future of our country. Those in attendance represented all political parties and were equally passionate about their patriotism and support for our great nation.
Carrying signs the group largely called for:
1. A reduction in the size and scope of government.
2. Concerns over the dismantling of free market capitalism.
3. Opposition to President Barack Obama's proposals on health care reform.
4. Reductions in both taxation and federal spending.
This march and the Tea Party today are mocked and insulted by members of all parties; and even at times accused of being unpatriotic and racist in nature.
The Tea Party in its current form is more of a political movement than a traditional political party. This local groundswell is made up of our neighbors. Many of the people active in the movement have the same values as many of you who are reading this today. They want and seek to return this country to the way they remember it.
They hope to leave the nation to their children and grandchildren the same way they received it.
Politicians who hurl insults at the Tea Party show their lack of understanding about the movement and the makeup of those who are actively participating within it. If the 2010 election proved anything, it was that this movement has gained influence and clout. As the country continues to falter economically, the 2012 election may show the true power and influence of this groundswell and political force.