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Taxed enough already

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

What “TEA” means.

Unlike the far-left occupy Wall Street movement, the tea party patriots do not embrace violent tactics or infringe on the rights of the folks. The tea party is simply a citizen movement that operates independent of our political parties and wants smaller government, self-reliance, individualism, loyalty and courage. Sounds like what the founding fathers had in mind, does it not?

The lame-stream media and national press embrace a progressive vision that is at odds with tea party beliefs. Elite journalists and celebrities look down on Americans who embrace religion, gun rights and conservative values. They demonize these Americans by calling them racist, stupid and unsophisticated.

The tea party finds Obama as anti-Christian, and the president’s expansive use of executive authority evokes charges of tyranny. They believe Obama is pursuing a conscious strategy of building political support by increasing Americans’ dependence on government. A vast expansion of food stamps and disability programs and the push for immigration reform are key steps down that road.

The tea party believes Obamacare is the tipping-point policy dispute; it’s an existential struggle for freedom. Under the law, the land of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility will be gone forever, and the new America, dominated by dependent minorities who assert their rights without accepting their responsibilities will have no place for these patriots.

Maybe the people will wise up and regain power over our lives. Hopefully, at least some of us will remember the tea party started that movement.

Robert Meale

Woodstock

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