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Letter: GOP explains parade float

I would like to respond to several letters to the editor, e-mails and unsigned mailings to Republican Party co-chairs of Kandiyohi County. The issue of whether or not we, as a political party, were out of line by making a political statement on the Fourth of July has been somewhat controversial.

First of all, I would like to state that although this parade entry was paid for and organized by the Kandiyohi County Republican Party, it was manned by individuals of all different political beliefs. The one thing we all had in common was love for our country, and the concern of where our government is heading. The theme of our float was T.E.A. Party, i.e. taxed enough already.

There were no racial signs, slurs or comments made by anybody involved with our float. We also handed out fliers concerning and explaining the current cap and trade bill coming before the U.S. Senate. Some seem to feel the Fourth of July was an inappropriate time to express our freedom of speech. We on the other hand feel that this was possibly one of the most appropriate times to do so.

If you really pause and consider the meaning of Independence Day, you will understand it is a celebration of our freedoms and rights granted to us by our Constitution -- freedom of speech and freedom to assemble being just a couple of those rights. We understood that our message of smaller government and less spending would not necessarily resonate with everyone in attendance, but yet it was our right to do so.

For those who feel it was wrong for us to politicize the Fourth of July parade, I can only see it as them trying to silence the opposition. The Republican Party has been a mainstay in the Spicer Fourth of July parade for many years, and will continue to be. A government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take everything you have.

Paul Hoffer

Co-chair, Kandiyohi County Republicans