Tea party serves to protect U.S. Constitution

A subject that often has been misrepresented has a voice here to clarify the, who, what and why they exist. I am speaking about the movement, or organization, known as the tea party.

Remembering who I was and what made America great led me to join up with these patriots. I believe that our government, at all levels, must abide by the Constitution of the United States. Our elected officials are responsible for protecting the best interest and welfare of all citizens whom they have been elected to serve and represent.

Remembering who we are calls for us to read and digest what our founding fathers wrote when putting forth our Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is the guide that I never will abandon.

Abraham Lincoln stated, “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. We, the people, are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

Remembering who we are means the strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Those who served and those who continue to serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and we can never forget the importance of their commitment to our nation.

The tea party isn’t a political party. A tea party usually has a mission statement that requires much thought and is not something you write overnight. It becomes its constitution, the solid expression of its vision and values. The main three items on their platform are: 1) Fiscal responsibility — not overspending and not burdening our children and grandchildren; 2) Constitutionally limited government — power resides with the people and not with the government; and 3) Free-market economics — stopping the erosion of our free market by government intervention, so businesses will start hiring.

Remembering who we are, tea party patriots stand with our founders as heirs to the republic, to claim our rights and duties that preserve our legacy and our own. We are not someone to fear.

We need all citizens to become informed and help put the government back in the hands of the people. Citizens of the United States, we are on your side. We fight for what is rightfully ours, hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and choices. It is yours and my voices that need to be heard.

Be respectful always of differing opinions and be open to compromise. Exercise your God-given rights that so many have fought and died for, our Bill of Rights. When it is time to vote, vote! Don’t be absent from the polls.

Vote with the confidence knowing you are prepared because you have done your homework. Rarely does one party have all the best individuals running, so don’t be afraid to split your ticket. How wrong are the people who stay at home on Election Day, thinking their vote won’t make that much of a difference. It will, and it does!

Remembering who we are, we acknowledge that history asks us to never forget our past, to focus on the future and enjoy the present. We live in the greatest country in the world. As citizens of this United States of America, we need to put God back into our lives so God will continue to bless America.

Become involved, be informed and be proactive. As James Madison said, “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”

It is time for all of us to remember who we are. How are we going to impact those around us? As John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

We have a great opportunity to leave a legacy to be proud of. Let’s all work together — Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and the tea party — to regain the proud Constitutional heritage of this great nation.

Martha Vail is a Charlottesville resident. She can be reached at mwvail@att.net.