A Tea Partier's caucus view: Patriots, let freedom ring at your caucuses

"If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."...

"If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."

Samuel Adams, leader of the Boston Tea Party, 1773

If you really want to know what the Tea Party movement represents in America, ask a Tea Partier.

On April 15, 2009, Americans from all walks of life showed up peacefully at rallies across our nation with their homemade signs, their American flags and their children to voice their worries about the future of this great nation. Tea Partiers' No. 1 concern is out-of-control government spending and the crushing debt that is sending this nation down an unsustainable path of financial ruin. We have been standing up ever since that day to fight for the principles that have made this country the most exceptional nation in the world since its founding.


We are not racist, greedy, anti-family, above-the-law, flag-burning, hate-mongering or class-warfare advocates. You will never find these qualities at a Tea Party rally. As a matter of fact, we're quite the contrary.

We're your neighbor who lost his job because the company was taxed and regulated to death.

We're the veteran who went off to fight for freedom only to come home to find his family's freedoms diminished.

We're the older and "greatest" generation who worked hard all our lives to provide for families and save a little for retirement only to see it disappear from retirement accounts.

We're the young couple with a baby on the way who worries if we'll ever be able to afford a home, to put food on the table, to fill the car with gas and to send that child to college.

We're the cancer patient who has to seek approval for a life-saving drug from a government bureaucrat rather than from her doctor.

We're the entrepreneur who puts his heart and soul into his business only to be envied, regulated and taxed out of existence.

We're the single parent who's trying to find a job to set her free and to lift her and her children out of poverty, which is where government programs keep her.


We're the college graduate who wonders if he will have a lower quality of life thanks to the burden of today's spending placed on his generation's shoulders to repay.

We're the citizen who wants to share the blessings of his hard work in his community only to find a government which wants to redistribute it elsewhere.

We believe in freedom, a constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets and individual liberty. We do not believe that government can solve our problems. We believe that, too often, it is the problem.

The true, freedom-loving patriots of the Tea Party movement are the ones Samuel Adams, almost 250 years ago, called upon to stand up and to prevent the ruin of a great nation.

Today is your opportunity, patriots, to take up Samuel Adams' call once again. Attend your caucus, let your voices be heard and let freedom ring. Remember, it's "we the people," not "we the government!"

Becky Hall of Duluth is president of the Northern Liberty Alliance, the "Northland's original Tea Party patriots."

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