Monday, April 20, 2009

Tea Parties...America's reawakening

Just in case anyone is confused, I am not the great and mighty Duke, merely a fill in while he is off adventuring across America. It is an honor to be able to share my thoughts with you, his faithful readers, during this time.

I am sure that many of you were in attendance at a Tea Party this past week. I am equally sure that anyone present, at any of the many locations nationwide, would willingly testify to the power of being in a large crowd of like minded citizens. It was amazing! It was not, however, an isolated day of celebrating being an American and exercising our first amendment rights. It was a beginning. The beginning of a movement, the beginning of an awakening of the American people. As citizens of this great nation, it is not only our right, but our responsibility, to make our voices heard. We owe it to ourselves, to each other, and to future generations to ensure that this country returns to the path which has guided us to where we are.

It is critical that we all take the momentum and energy we experienced last Wednesday and let it inspire us to continue fighting for our country. As citizens, we have to stand up for what we believe, and let those who we have given positions of power know how we feel and what we want. We cannot afford to allow the displeasure expressed on tax day to be the end of our statement. With that in mind, I would like to offer a few suggestions as to how we, as individual citizens, can continue to progress the cause.

  • write a letter to the editor

  • write to your congressional representatives (state and federal)

  • start a blog

  • talk with friends and family

  • educate yourselves

  • educate your children

There are many, many ways beyond these to get involved and stay involved, including finding groups or organizations that share you views to support and become active in. These suggestions are merely simple things that we can do on a regular basis as citizens to help make our voices heard. As I said earlier, it is not only our right as citizens to get involved in the process, it is our responsibility... and one every citizen should take seriously. Now, go forth and make your voices heard!


Anonymous said...

Well stated. I think your post is the first honest thing I've seen come out of Wednesday's tea bagging. Unfortunately since leftists had long been ridiculed for their demonstrations, their response to the right's has been what it is.
Your suggestions to the individual citizen normally precede such demonstrations, however your task is much more arduous and therefore warrant it. The problems our people are currently facing are not the fault of the three month old government that is fixing it.
As we are in a two party system, conservatives are forced to turn to the GOP just as socialists are forced to turn to Democrats - no one's properly represented by anyone fit to negotiate compromise in a long time.

Melanie said...

You are correct. The problems our nation faces today are the fault of the system. For many years the government has been progressively increasing in size, and of course with that comes an increase in spending. While I certainly don't lay all of the blame for what is going on with the current administration, I also don't see them doing anything to halt the decline. If anything, they are speeding it up at an exponential rate. We cannot afford for this to become a partisan game of name calling and bickering. If we are to have any hope of getting the country back on track, average Americans across the country have to unite and put our collective foot down. Enough is enough is enough... let's all stop playing the blame game and get to work on the solution.

Anonymous said...

Great Post Melanie!!!