I REALLY wanted to attend this tea party. I wanted to be a part of this process and be part of something I believe in. Unfortunately I am also a mother with a 2 year old who decided it was a good idea to get sick and I also live in a state where the weather decides snowing in April is not abnormal. So I didn't make it unfortunately. But I want to say this: I am not an extremist because I believe in smaller government, no taxes without representation, the right to bare arms, etc. I am not extreme. I am American! I believe in what the founding fathers stood for. Just like Samuel Adams said:
"If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves."
And I feel a lot like John Adams these days who said: "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. "
And I am NOT extreme because I agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said: "But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years. "
I stand for principles and feel just like Jefferson did when he said: "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. "
And I will continue just as Thomas Paine said, in the fight for my country, my principles and my liberties: "I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
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