Letter to the Editor

Patriot Fathers

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It came to my attention this week in listening to Garrison Keilor's Writer's Almanac that what we are going through right now in this country really isn't any different than what our Patriot Fathers went through so many years ago.

We face government who increasingly spends more than our nation produces.

And what does the answer seem to be? More taxes, of course.

Samuel Adams did more than lend his name to a great brew. He had forethought and cared about each one of us enough to lead a rebellion against an oppressive government ... one that with each new tax ground the occupants of this vast and rich country beneath the heel of its overbearing boot.

Keilor's synopsis says: "He was one of the first members of the colonies to speak out against taxation without representation and one of the first people to argue for the Colonies' independence from Great Britain. He had a genius for agitating people. He organized riots and wrote propaganda, describing the British as murderers and slave drivers. He went on to become one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and participated in the Continental Congress. It was Samuel Adams, who said, 'It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.'"

No matter what side you fall on, it remains that this is nothing more than what the Tea Party wishes to do. It isn't meant to divide the nation but to enliven those who disagree with what is going on to get involved and bring about "change we can believe in" and that change is us. It is the people who have always worked hard to make American what it is, innovative, vibrant and not afraid of what it believes in.

It's time that we all woke up as Americans and quit voting for who CNN wishes us to vote for ... because they want the guy who will give them the best story. Turn off your television sets and study who the candidates are and what they truly believe in and vote for if they are already in office.

Think about what this country stands for and use your mind at the ballot box.

Diane Tucker

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