In April 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the tea party, "It's not really a grass-roots movement, it's AstroTurf."
In November 2010, Pelosi learned that AstroTurf will grow; she lost her position as speaker.
The tea party supported minority candidates, including Tim Scott, Allen West, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez and David Rivera. Regardless, the tea party has been vilified by some Democrats and the liberal media, which like to portray the group as racist, neo-Nazi, gun-toting wackos. Newly elected politicians representing their conservative constituents are called obstructionists.
As voters reverse a socialistic direction this country has taken, those who would eradicate the tea party become angrier. Their best defense is to attack and discredit the movement through insinuation, hyperbole and lies.
For those who value truth, the tea party strongly supports tenets established by the country's founders: restraint of government is necessary to protect the liberties of the people, and liberty requires personal responsibility; government should function within its means and not saddle future generations with crushing debt; the Constitution governs our nation and safeguards the freedom of its citizens.
Thomas Jefferson said, "Most bad government has grown out of too much government."
The tea party believes that decisions about our children's education and our families' health care should not be dictated by a federal bureaucracy or an elite group of politicians in Washington. Before casting your next vote, learn more about the tea party. Visit www.teapartyhhi.org and join us.
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