Since the news is all over the tea parties, good or bad, I thought I'd share why I personally went to my local one tonight.
What I saw tonight made me so proud to be an American. We were of different political parties, different races, all different ages, and people of all kinds. There were men in suits, kids, veterans, homeless, and lots of people that are fed up with the way our Congress and government are out of control. Yes, there was anti-Obama speech. However, it was about the actual legislation that he has done since being in office. Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Dodd were all in Congress during the Bush administration.
Going to this tea party had nothing to do with me not voting for Obama. When he won, I genuinely wanted him to change this country for the better (in an economical sense). However, he kept going with Bush's stimulus plan and increased it. He has not put things up for the 5 days online that he promised he would for the nation's review. He has not stood up to Congress and told them that they have been in office since 2006 and not brought change.
I live in California and taxes here are the highest in the nation. Our sales tax recently went up to 9.25%. My husband is losing his job and because of the economy and the state's taxes, we don't know if we can stay in California. He works so hard for that money and we give so much in taxes, it's ridiculous. We shouldn't have to give the money that we work for so that other people can live. This country is about the pursuit of happiness, not the guarantee. We have the right to do with our money what we choose. If we want to give to charity, we will, but we won't be forced into it. America was founded on capitalism. If you don't want that, what's keeping you from moving to Europe? The market should dictate the economy, not the government dictate it.
The news is saying that the parties are full of "right-wing extremists". Let me tell you, there were people of all beliefs there. If wanting to keep the money I earn makes me an extremist, then bring it on. I will NOT vote for any candidate, of any party, that wants to raise taxes.
I am a conservative. I am a believer in free-trade and capitalism. I believe that I alone am entitled to what I have earned. But above all of that, I am an AMERICAN. I love my country, want it to succeed, and will not shut up until our freedom and liberty are restored.