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Letter: The Tea Party and its cause

Two days after President Obama signed the since failed $787 billion stimulus bill in February 2009, Rick Santelli called for a new Tea Party on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Since then the Keynesian economic Washington elites have maligned Tea Partiers as "Astroturf" (Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.) and "wackos" (Ed Rendell, D-Penn.). President Obama says, "Be silent. I'm just trying to mop up the mess I inherited. This is a threat to democracy." E.J. Dionne Jr. (West Central Tribune commentary) calls them extremist ideologues that "may just be a scam on history." D.C. lobbyist Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says, "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them. We don't need a lot of Jim DeMints around here."

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who heads up the Conservative Senate Fund supporting Tea Party Senate candidates, says, "Majorities are built on principles, not the other way around." Top Tea Party issues are job creation (one in seven Americans can't find a job), economic growth, and tax and spending cuts (No. 1 issue). Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said, "The average annual deficits of the Bush administration have become the average monthly deficits of the Obama administration."

The actual U.S. debt is not $13 trillion as Washington acknowledges, but $100 trillion ($300,000 for every American). America is bankrupt and the deficit spending must stop. Thomas Jefferson said, "To compel any citizen to provide in taxes for the propagation of that for which he disbelieves is both cruel and tyrannical."

The Tea Party is married to a cause, "Stop the spending!" The grassroots movement speaks for mainstream America. A recent FOX poll said 70 percent of Americans approve of Tea Party policies. It espouses Founding Fathers' views of limited federal government, defending against foreign powers and dealing with true interstate commerce. Power resides in "we the people." Informed people say no to status quo, incumbent elites have got to go. This Nov. 2 is time to shake the elephant and the donkey and let the American eagle soar!

Ron Snyder