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You May Be a Tea Party Member and Not Know It

June 18, 2012; Buddy Saunders.

Many people are Tea Party members in mind and spirit despite never having attended a Tea Party meeting or rally. And that, my friends, goes a long way to explain the growing influence of the Tea Party.

Having attended such meetings and rallies, I know Tea Party members are just like you and me—the kind of people you see at church, at PTA, across your backyard fence, and walking in your neighborhood on a pleasant evening

Yes, I know there are those who blanch or swoon at the mention of the Tea Party. And that blanching and swooning isn’t limited to just Democrats.  The Republican leadership feels just as threatened and wishes as fervently that the Tea Party would just go away and let the anointed get back to business as usual.

Unfortunately, business as usual has bankrupted America.
It’s anybody’s guess as to how long we can go on printing play money to pay our bills, but a reckoning is coming.

All the Tea Party folks are saying is “Watch out!”

The liberal media loves Occupy Wall Street and the 99ers and hates the Tea Party.  Locally, so does the Star-Telegram and their scribe, Bud Kennedy.  Neither misses a chance to take a swipe at the Tea Party.

Copied below is the mission statement and philosophy of our own Arlington Tea Party.  Read it and then you decide. What part of this is causing the liberal media to break out in Tea Partyphobic hives? And is there any part you take issue with?

Mission Statement of the Arlington, TX Tea Party

To impact public policy by teaching all who seek to learn the principles and spirit of individual liberty and constitutionally-limited self-government.

1. Teach the principles of individual liberty and limited government as described in our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

2. Inform the public about current issues from a perspective of individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.

3. Train and organize individuals to involve themselves in the political process and to address public policy issues with their elected officials.

Our Philosophy

Arlington Tea Party, Inc. (ATPI) as an organization believes in fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. ATP, Inc. is a non-partisan grassroots organization of individuals united by our core values derived from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill Of Rights, as outlined in the Federalist Papers. We recognize and support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic responsibility at a local level. We hold that the United States is a republic conceived by its architects as a nation whose people were granted “unalienable rights” by our Creator. Chiefly among these are the rights to “life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness.” The Arlington Tea Party stands with our founders, as heirs to the republic, to claim our rights and duties which preserve their legacy and our own. We hold, as did the founders, that there exists an inherent
benefit to our country when private property and prosperity are secured by natural law and the rights of the individual.

 Who We Are

A group of ordinary everyday citizens from all walks of life and nationalities who have banded together to give a voice to the people.

I for one am proud to stand for what the Tea Party stands for.  We Tea Party folk believe citizens should have a voice in their government and be free to speak without being ridiculed and misrepresented by those with a very different agenda.


Buddy Saunders, Chairman

SOS Arlington Streets Committee

511 East Abram Street


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As a columnist for Opinion Arlington, Buddy Saunders looks forward to expressing the views and concerns of average citizens. Buddy has been an Arlington resident since 1955. He is the owner of Lone Star Comics and is a published author.

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