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Let’s review the tea party’ purpose

By From page A8 | June 02, 2014

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 [email protected]

Colleen Britton


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  • Mayor SanchezJune 02, 2014 - 6:11 am

    It would be nice to have tea party members address city council regularly at our meetings here at Suisun City Hall. Since our meetings on the web, the public can learn more about tea party info .

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  • While We Sleep.....June 02, 2014 - 6:39 am

    We have, Mr. Mayor. You just haven't listened! In fact, some of your fellow politicians in Suisun City are tea party members. Wake up!

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  • rlw895June 02, 2014 - 7:36 am

    Who covers Mr. Spivak's expenses and fees?

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  • TPP'rJune 02, 2014 - 8:51 am

    rlw895, why do you ask? Would the answer be relevant to this discussion?

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  • Murray BassJune 02, 2014 - 9:30 am

    The Tea Party doesn't pay speaker fees, if that's what you want to know. Rick,most speakers are self funded by book sales, etc.

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  • Dave ShreeveJune 02, 2014 - 9:39 am

    RLW is somehow hoping to tie them into the "evil" Koch brothers.

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  • rlw895June 02, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    That's what I've heard, and if it's true, I want to know. And it's relevant. If I were one of the Koch brothers, and I wanted to influence American politics with my money--which they obviously do--then I would be funding the tea party movement. The problem for the rest of us is there are so many ways to hide money in the non-transparent American system of politics, where money represents speech and can't be regulated, even to the point of finding out who is paying for things, we may never know. Even many people who attend tea party meetings don't know and can't find out. I thought Ms. Britton might be a good source of information, she being in the inner circle and all.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    @RLW: Don't hold your breath. The idea that he is pandering a book (cartoon bashing liberals) to the gullible folks of Solano county. You know how it goes, throw them some red meat and get them mad, followed by "you need to read my book...". It is the gravy train that is a proven business model for the angry/elderly so called patriot consumer.

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  • Rick WoodJune 02, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Danny: That could be it, in which case Koch brothers money wouldn't be necessary.

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  • Murray BassJune 02, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Rick, You don't want to know that there is no connection to Koch Brothers. You would have to stod implying that there is. Besides, I would take the Koch Brothers over your guyGeorge Soros anytime. Colleen isn' t in on the inner workings . Each group is independent so there are no inner circles. Youwopuld know that if you had read the article BT W. According to the internet, there are 167 Bilionaires who spport Democratic candidates. Makes the Koch brothers feel lonely. Sorry, the Koch's are active consevatives with their money . Just doesn't happen to be with the Tea Party groups .

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  • Rick WoodJune 02, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    But $125 million? Let's count the dollars, not the billionaires.

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  • TPP'rJune 02, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Mr. Bass: these troublemakers don't want to go to OpenSecrets and discover that the Koch brothers are far, far down the list of political money spreaders nor do they want to hear the names Soros, Steyer, et al. They don't want to hear that local tea parties are self-supporting. They don't want to admit that the political playpen which they dominated now has some ordinary citizens who are fed up with politics and now want to be heard. They would squash us if they thought they could get away with it.

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  • Rick WoodJune 02, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    Didn't the Koch brothers just announce they are giving like $125 million?

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    @Bass: Would you please clarify why you prefer Koch money over Soros money. Which one is looking for a monetary return on political investment, and which is not? These facts alone, blow your argument out of the water.

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  • JagJune 02, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Colleen, a retired school teacher, wow must have been a private school, anyway good speaking points I agree with the issues but I for one work about 60 hours a week and don’t have time for meetings, but I do want to say maybe the tea party does need to unite a little bit so we don`t put candidates up like this guy in Mississippi that broke in someone office or dumb scandal like that and this other guy that said rape was ok, those type of candidates take what we are trying to do and turn it around and make the movement look like a bunch of hillbilly’s. Not only do we have to fight the democrats but we are also in a fight with the establishment republicans.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    "Free markets:". You could start by not excepting your Social Security check, and stop using Medicare, while calling up your free market insurance company to get full (not just 20%)health coverage. Some how those do not seem to be in your talking points. The band that wants theirs, but wants the next generation to be provided with squat. True patriots indeed.

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  • rlw895June 02, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Good point, Danny. Words matter. To me a patriot is someone who puts--in words, deed, or both--his country's interests above his own. Do tea partiers qualify? There's nothing wrong with watching out for yourself, just don't insult our intelligence by calling it patriotism.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Notice she did not mention the wars of the last decade. I have been to these rally's, they are filled with people whom belonged to a union in their time. Most had one bread winner in the family, which at the time was more then enough to raise a family. Getting this information from them made some of them upset. Dissenters are not welcome, I can assure you of that. This is a monolithic group, that will accept no alternative ideas, other then the ones that have been fed to them by their wealthy puppet masters.

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  • Rick WoodJune 02, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Danny: Can you elaborate a little? I'm not sure what you're saying.

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  • TPP'rJune 02, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Dear Danny: please tell us who in which tea party group is "excepting"[sic] Social Security benefits which they did not earn with their own contributions? Please tell us who is accepting Medicaid. Please name the mythical insurance company to which the mythical person is making some sort of mythical call for something or the other your don't approve of. Please give us the name of someone who "wants theirs, but wants the next generation to be provided with squat." You have made some really serious charges that I would like to hear you support.

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  • Rick WoodJune 02, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    TP: You're not under the impression that people "earn" Social Security retirements, are you?

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  • TPP'rJune 02, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    No, rlw895, I am not "under the impression" that I earned my Social Security benefits, I KNOW I earned them. About 50 years payments into the so-called Social Security Trust Fund is how I earned my benefits - or is that too simple a concept for you?

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  • rlw895June 02, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    TP: I can see why you feel that way. You paid in a lot. The first Social Security recipient was a lady named Ida May Fuller. She paid in about $25 over 3 years before she retired in 1939, then she collected nearly $23,000 before she died in 1975. Did she earn it too?

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  • rlw895June 02, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    TP: I can see why you feel that way. The first Social Security retirement recipient paid about $25 in and over her long post-retirement lifetime collected nearly $23,000. Did she earn that?

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  • Rick WoodJune 02, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    T: The first SS recipient paid $25 and got $23,000 out. Did she earn it?

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    @TPPR: YOU!

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  • CD BrooksJune 02, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Mr. Bass, c'mon now! Soros is a hero giving millions to help others. That's why you Conservatives prefer the evil Koch brothers trying to buy politicians. That is an unfortunate point of view you have there. Ted Cruz is the Tea Party darling out of Texshucks. Crap rolls down hill. Nuff said.

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  • TPP'rJune 02, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Yes, CD, George Soro is just a warm and fuzzy Santa Claus. Never mind that, to quote a recent article: "A large part of Soros’ multibillion-dollar fortune has come from manipulating currencies. During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad accused him of bringing down the nation’s currency through his trading activities, and in Thailand he was called an “economic war criminal.” Known as “The Man who Broke the Bank of England,” Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10 billion sterling, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining a billion-dollar profit."

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Selling your silver on the market = free market, right. Your paragraph is full of the common "some people say" rhetoric. I am sure Mr. Soros has some skeletons in his closet, but we are talking about what he does with it, and how he is not looking for a monetary return on his donations.

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  • Mr. SmithJune 02, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    TPP'r: It is no use trying to reason with the liberals on this board--and that would include all of the liberal commentors today on several threads. Lalalalala! George Soros is a hero. Lalalalala! Ooooh, those nasty Koch Brothers! Ewwwwww! (Stomping their little feet)

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  • Danny BuntinJune 02, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    No, the point is that the tea party is a bunch of hypocrites. They want small government, now that they are retired and already benefited from government stimulus/investment of the past. A family that already has both parents working, that can't make ends meet, is lazy in their eyes. When we had a progressive tax, all the money was taxed and it benefited the entire nation. The middle class that you belonged too, does not exist anymore.

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  • CD BrooksJune 02, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    Mr. Smith, TPP'r uses a disingenuous comment to make his ill-informed remarks. I think we cleaned that up. La la la la I don't stomp my feet far too agile and balanced for that. I just bring the truth. But I'm sure this won't be the end of it.

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  • CD BrooksJune 02, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    TPP'r (really Sir, another alias)?, right. Maybe you should read the rest of the story. I'll take Soros over any of the bunch of criminals you support!

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  • JagJune 02, 2014 - 8:04 pm

    Wow so much hate for such a small movement, Just like Democrats and republicans the tea party is to trying to advance their causes, I think we can all agree like it or not the united states supreme court pretty much took the brakes off of the donation cap so that door is wide open and just as the left have their donors the right has to, what I don’t understand is the Tea party is not making big advances we tried to defeat John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and we lost we currently are only winning small states elections which is not much, we have managed to capture a very small vote in the house and delay issues we don’t agree with but if I am not mistaken that is the system at work I for one have never donated to the party (I work too hard for it) and I assure you I am nowhere close to retirement but just as I have my own personal ideas as how to I would like to see our country move forward I am sure you have yours so we vote in people who we think will do that, Thanks colleen for your letter I just wished you would of not used your article to place the location and time for your meeting.

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