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We are extreme in the TEA Party extremely mainstream
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      I am a member of the Bulloch County TEA Party and proud of it. In the last three years I have evolved from a 30-something stay-at-home mom into an engaged citizen, well-versed on many issues and actually passionate about the state of my great nation. I don’t even know what happened to make me start paying attention to what was going on in the world around me, but one fine day, I simply woke up. 
      I discovered that politicians were lying to me; the mainstream media was lying to me. When I did the math (which of course I did because I am a math teacher and predominantly left-brained) I realized that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” 
      As a nation, you cannot spend more money than you take in and expect to continue to be the greatest country in the world. It is mathematically impossible.
      Once I discovered this, I got on the internet, expressed my feelings and realized that there was a LOT of other people out there who felt the same way. This is what led me to the Bulloch County TEA Party.
      I have been surprised and hurt by the vicious attacks the left and the mainstream media have hurled at the TEA party in the last few years. Every time I hear a new scathing report, I look at my husband and ask, “What are they talking about? We’re not racist, we’re not violent! We’re not even far-right extremists like they say.”
      I have taken many political surveys and every one tells me that I am on the borderline of being conservative/libertarian. I am not “far-right.”
      I am much more in the middle because of my view on social issues. I have been to many a TEA party meeting and none of those issues have ever come up. Many of us may feel strongly about these issues personally, but we do not endorse them as a group. 
      We also do not endorse specific candidates. What we do believe in is limited government, fiscal responsibility, a return to free market principles and the importance of personal responsibility. That is it!
      Every issue we rally around has something to do with those four principles. Our primary goal is not to complain, but to educate. That is why we are not extreme. That is exactly why we are the mainstream.
      If you polled the entire country, I believe that most would feel the same as we do on these issues. Those in power know this and are terrified. They are scared that the “dumb, unwashed masses” will rise up and form a third party that will shift the power in Washington.
      They are right to be afraid. This is a true grassroots movement, much to the dismay of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and I am happy to be involved. I love the idea of personal responsibility and I want you to do your own research (don’t take my word for it or anyone else’s).
      Really think about in what kind of country you want to raise your children. That is what it all comes down to. If we don’t stand together now and unite across party lines, our children and their children will not enjoy the same standard of living that we did growing up.
      Our national debt is the biggest security threat that our country has ever seen and we don’t have much time before we feel the disastrous results. Wake up! Look at what’s happening around you! 
      We are having a TEA Party on Monday at the Bulloch County Courthouse from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We will pass out free pocket Constitutions, have a “Dunk the Debt” dunking booth, voter registration, many wonderful speakers that represent Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike, and of course, free tea. 
      Come out and see for yourself; I promise you will not find a nicer, more educated and gracious group of people. We are moms, dads, grandparents, veterans, retirees, teachers, business owners, nurses, church-goers, neighbors, friends …  we are just like you.
Erin W. Adams

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