Silly season on the campaign trail has started early, despite this being an off campaign year.
The public remains invigorated with issues, such as jobs, government responsibility, education and taxation. Some heavy mudslinging has been aimed at tea party members. They have been called racists, radicals and terrorists, and have had been told to "go straight to hell" by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
Who is the tea party? We are simple, everyday people, like you, who have become tired of a bureaucracy that chews up our hard-earned tax dollars, sends jobs overseas, fails to educate our children, doesn't protect our borders from invasion by drug runners, terrorists or human trafficking, and sends our youth into undeclared wars.
We are your friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandpas and grannies. We are of all sizes, ages and races. We are Republicans, conservatives, independents, Libertarians and, yes, Democrats.
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We do not all agree on any unified vision or message. There is no one voice, but many voices. We are not a third political party, nor servant to any party. We are proud Americans who wish to see our nation prosper for our children, working to ensure this republic remains based upon laws and principles that for more than two centuries have protected our rights and freedoms.
On Saturday, the tea parties of Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island will sponsor the Tea Party Express at the Calhoun Street Promenade in Bluffton from noon to 2 p.m. Join us and celebrate our liberties.