The tea party: Stereotyped, bullied, targeted, ridiculed by both political parties and still standing tall. Who are we? Why do we continue?
Who are we? We are not a political party. Our members include Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, decline to state and more. All are welcome.
We are your neighbors, your family and friends, your co-workers. We may attend your church or synagogue. We come from many different walks in life; teachers, law enforcement, military, public service, small business, students, grandparents and parents. Some are unemployed, some retired, and all care about their country.
Here in Solano County we have multiple tea party groups: Delta Tea Party in Rio Vista; Benicia Tea Party; Solano County Tea Party Patriots in Fairfield; and the Vaca Valley Tea Party in Vacaville. They are all independent and set their own agendas, but share many commonalities.
What brings us all together? We share a love of liberty and a belief that those individual liberties guaranteed to us by our founding documents are in grave peril.
We meet monthly to become better informed citizens: to learn more about current issues and policies that affect our lives and our future. We want to become more effective and engaged citizens. We believe that the preservation of our republic depends on citizen participation in the process and adherence to three core tea party values: constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and support of free markets.
Take a closer look at what these mean.
Constitutionally limited government: We are inspired by our founding documents and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land. As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, we support the personal liberty of the individual, within the rule of law.
You don’t have to look far to find hundreds of examples of government overreach – both federal and state. Bureaucratic regulations reach into all our personal lives in the realm of mandated health care, energy policies, environmental regulations, countless taxes and fees, education, testing, food choices, etc. There seems to be no end to the reach of government encroachment.
Fiscal responsibility: Fiscal responsibility by government is an extension of personal fiscal responsibility. It honors and respects the freedom of the individuals to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor.
A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject its citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect. We see increasing debt as a grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations.
Current tax and regulate policies in California drive both businesses and taxpayers out of our state.
Free markets: A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. Current government interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty. Therefore, we support a return to the free market principles upon which this nation was founded and oppose government intervention into the operations of private business.
The importance of free markets to our personal liberty will be the focus of the Vaca Valley Tea Party at its next meeting. The featured speaker will be Loren Spivack, also known as “The Free Market Warrior.” Spivack conducts what he calls Economic Literacy seminars across the country. Join us and learn. An important part of the “T” in tea party is to Teach.
The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 18 at Pietro’s No. 2, 679 Merchant St. in Vacaville.
Colleen Britton is a retired high school teacher and president of the Vaca Valley Tea Party. Reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.