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Letter: Success of the Tea Parties

The Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Parties of April 15 were a success. Of the 5,000 events nationwide, estimated attendance was at least a quarter million. In Willmar the event attracted several hundred people. The mainstream biased media again misstated the impact of the Tea Parties, either failed to note the events (the New York Times covered a rally on their front page in Afghanistan) or categorized them as a bunch of "right-wing extremists" (CNN).

In reality the Tea Parties were grassroots events that attracted people from many walks of life. Angry, yes; violent, no. In Willmar one sign-toting elderly couple said they came for their children to stand against out-of-control spending. The Tea Parties were not just anti-tax gatherings. People were concerned about many issues: huge government debt, fewer workers to support more non-workers, Second Amendment rights, the American Judeo-Christian foundation, national defense and sovereignty, and future oppressive taxation.

President Jefferson said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have." But the main qualifying reason was diminished American liberty. My TEA Party sign read "Big government equals less liberty." President Reagan said, "Man is not free unless government is limited."

"If a nation expects to be both ignorant and free, it expects what never was and what never will be" (Jefferson). The Tea Parties were gatherings of informed people alarmed at what is occurring and determined to take action. Will the Tea Parties be a one-time event? Of the 23,000 people who responded to an April 15 FOX News poll, 99 percent said the Tea Parties will become a movement.

May they become a movement that unites people as Americans rather than by party affiliation. May they also spawn political candidates who are statesmen, putting liberty and others before their personal agenda with American interests before global socialism. Ponder what Russian Communist leader Lenin said: "The way to crush the bourgeoisie (middle class) is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." It is time for an informed Tea Party movement.