LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Return nation to constitutional values

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This is a first letter and, as I am finding, it's a first of many things lately.

I met Harry Reid's opponent, Sharon Angle, recently at FreedomFest in Las Vegas. This was my first face-to-face conversation with a candidate running for a United States Senate seat with real grit. She briefly related her personal history leading to her stand-off with Sen. Reid of Nevada.

Earlier, President Obama flew into town on Air Force One to give a speech on behalf of Reid in honor of Reid's bid for the Senate in November.

His speech told about Harry Reid's opponent who was a radical supported by the radical Tea Party. That makes me chuckle! Would any one of my nine grandson's call their grandmother a "radical?" Surely they could see the similarities between me and Sharon Angle. We both have a love of God, family and country. One motivates the other and in just that order!

There was a day, not long ago, that being complacent and just allowing the world to go by seemed good enough. I was an arm-chair citizen.

I would scan the Voters' Pamphlet in order to fill out my ballot reasonably well.

I am just old enough to remember what it is like to live in the best country, "America the Beautiful," she's been called. I used to sing that song at school, right after putting my right hand over my heart and pledging allegiance to the flag. I remember what it is like to feel "patriotism."

I have lost a loved one defending the freedom in which we live.

For the first time in my life, I have become actively involved in "politics" through joining the Tea Party Patriots, and its goal to elect common sense candidates.

It's not that I am a "natural political type" -- far from it! But being an armchair citizen is very dangerous in a dangerously changing world. However, when I look into the eyes of my precious grandchildren I can honestly tell them I love them enough to do something to return our country to the constitutional values that made it great.

I love America the way our Founding Fathers envisioned it over 200 years ago.

It is one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

America was a first!

Carol E. Carpenter
Walla Walla

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