Thursday, April 16, 2009

About the Party Last Night...

.. the tea party, that is.

Now, I know some of you may not support this cause, and that's totally up to you- I try to keep politics to a bare minimum on my blog, but I feel that this is an event worth talking about. I figure, if the media doesn't give it the fair and balanced coverage it deserves, at least my blog can. If you'd rather skip this post, that's fine- this is not a political blog, and so I'll return to normal posts tomorrow. Please don't run away because we don't see eye to eye on politics! :)

I never much cared for politics. They stressed me out and I got easily annoyed with politicians or know-it-all activists. Still do. In fact, I hate conflict. So, why did I attend my local tea party yesterday?

Because I'm sick of getting over taxed on basically everything.

Because I hate that not only will my generation have to deal with the massive debt our country is incurring, but it will continue to burden future generations.

Because I do NOT like the idea of a part of my paycheck (and a percentage of most things I buy) supporting people who are too lazy to work themselves.

Because I believe that "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases" -Thomas Jefferson
Just for the record, it was a very organized, civilized event. It started with the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem, and a prayer. In any large gathering, you're going to have a couple of people take it a bit far, but that's normal. As I looked around at the people gathered there, I felt so proud to be surrounded by working Americans, productive Americans, business owners, God-fearing people. I heard on the radio the organizers estimated 8,000 people were there.I'm proud to have taken a stand.

Still don't consider myself a protester, but definitely someone who isn't afraid to say when something's just plain wrong.

Besides, people who sit around and do nothing never make history. They never change it. They mostly just complain and criticize those who do. And if our country turns into a socialist nation, I sure as heck am not going to be the person who just let it happen!

Anyway, I won't carry on and pretend to be an expert on all things political. I'll just leave you with this:The sign reads: "When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty".

Carrying on to the normally scheduled program.. :)


d.a.r. said...

I'm really glad you went! I wish there had been one near me, I would have been there in a heart beat. I am so sick of hearing about how republicans need to quit bitching, etc. This is a universal issue, folks! We are spending ourselves into immeasurable debt!

Liana said...

wow 8,000 people!! ive heard alot about these on the interested to check it out now!

Ashley said...

Great post! I'm glad you shared this. Too many young conservatives are embarrassed to say anything, while young liberals wear t-shirts proclaiming their beliefs.

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" Ronald Reagan

:) Have a good weekend!

Beka said...

I don't fault you for standing up for what you believe but I'm troubled by this statement: "Because I hate that not only will my generation have to deal with the massive debt our country is incurring, but it will continue to burden future generations."
So the past 8 do you think that massive debt will affect future generations? Just something to think about.

C said...

Hey Beka, you make a good point. The national debt problem definitely started a long time ago. It's the current rate we're going at that's scary. Quadrupling the amount in the past 3 months or so really gets people's attention. And makes them want to speak out- like myself. Thanks for the input!

Brittany Bankhead-Kendall said...

TOTALLY agreed with this post and appreciated every word! Kudos :)

B said...

i like that you got involved in this. i like your "because reasons" 1, 2, and 4. but about #3... our money also helps those who are disabled from birth, health issues, injuries, etc.

C said...

B- Thanks! And about number 3- that's why I stated it the way I did- The issue is with lazy people-I have no problem helping out people like those you mentioned. :)

The Ratpack said...

heck yes! Another reason I <3 you!

I'm glad there were so many people there!

mrs.leah.maria said...

I'm proud to be your friend.