Friday, February 27, 2009

Lansing Tea Party Sends a Message

It was a cold and blustery Friday, not ideal for a rally on the Capitol steps. Yet, over 250 people showed up on only four days notice, with their flags waving to show their true patriotism.

Patriots love their country; they love what their country stands for. In the case of the United States, that means life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

No country on earth enjoys the God-given liberty that this great nation does. When patriots see that liberty being eroded by a growing government bureaucracy that wants to drain more and more personal resources to feed its appetite, the patriots get concerned.When patriots see our nation sinking into debt by over $12 trillion, and annual deficits of $1.5 trillion, they become alarmed. And when they see the burgeoning ruling class start to take away their second amendment rights, their freedom to choose their own comforts with their own resources, their very livelihood, they get angry.

In a great show of respectful dissent, these 250 brave souls stood out in the cold to send a message, not only to Washington, but to Lansing as well: "stop taking away our liberties and our resources. Leave us alone to run our businesses and raise our families."

It was great to see this outpouring of passion and especially heartening to see the upbeat mood of the participants. That is another thing about patriots, they are optimists. They never give up hope.

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