Portage County TEA Party
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Editor May 12, 2012
Ravenna Record Courier
126 North Chestnut Street
Ravenna, OH 44266
Allow me to respond to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Reg Henry’s column in your paper concerning why conservatives believe as we do. His William F. Buckley quote, suggesting that conservatives are people who stand in the way of history shouting “Stop”, is intentionally misleading. The full quote continues as “yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so.” In other words, conservatives do not go rushing forward based on emotion or illogic, but instead have the courage to stand up to the crowd and say “Stop, you are headed the wrong way” when necessary.
As in, “Stop borrowing $1.2 Trillion dollars per year to pay our federal expenses.” As in, “Stop government from spending beyond OUR means; it will end in disaster.” As in, “Stop government from restricting our business and industry with over-regulation because you are killing jobs, killing our economy, and destroying the future of our children.” All while liberals keep yelling, “Go, go, go, faster, faster” with no clue or concern about the ramifications.
His attempt to paint conservatives as obstructionist is also untrue. It is the conservatives who are offering real solutions while the left is in total denial. The Democratic Senate has offered NOTHING for three years, while the conservative House has passed dozens of bills that would cut government spending, encourage private sector growth and allow for robust job creation. It is the President who is obstructing the governing process by refusing to work within our system.
His suggestion that conservatives want to take the country “back to 1788,” that our idea of freedom is “letting companies and powerful individuals be completely free of all restraint,” and that we are against all taxation - is again untrue. We believe in the Constitution as it is today. We believe that government should be the referee in the business marketplace, but that the people should decide the winners and losers - not government. We are the ones who have been paying an ever-increasing tax burden all our lives, while a growing number pay little or no taxes. We want good roads, quality education, strong police and fire, and a strong military. We will pay taxes for that, but we want VALUE for our hard-earned money. We are NOT getting value for our money, we are getting ripped off by many who have taken advantage of our generosity. Most of whom do not have the common decency to be thankful for that support, but instead attack the producers and taxpayers as “not paying our fair share” and demanding that they are “entitled” to our support.
In short, Mr. Henry, conservatives, including those in the TEA Party movement, believe in common sense. That 2 + 2 always equals 4. That you live within your means. That you are responsible for your life and whether you succeed in life. That the only real rights you have are granted by your God, not by man. That you stay out of your neighbor’s business and that they stay out of yours. That you take care of your family and friends when they need help. That our job is to be productive and government’s job is to stay out or our way. That businesses are good because they produces jobs, economic growth, and all tax revenue, and that government’s job is to create a safe, business-friendly environment so that can happen. That anyone who does not believe as we do, does not understand what made America great, does not believe in the Constitution, and should not be involved in our government.
Portage County TEA Party