Steven Woolley (U-B Sept. 7) questioned Kenneth Emerson's comments regarding the tea party. I'd like to address three of those questions, not as a Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots member but one who sympathizes (and demonstrates) with them:
What governmental intrusions into our lives are troubling? All governmental intrusions into our lives are troubling -- except those necessary and expressly delegated powers that are clearly constitutional. Certainly not those denied federal government by the Constitution and reserved to the states or to the people (read the Tenth Amendment). A long list can easily be compiled.
What tax increase do tea parties oppose? All tax increases -- especially those that bankrupt our nation and grandchildren -- not just the trillions of debt incurred by unworkable stimulus packages and socialized medicine ("Obamacare") but global warming scams (taxes for grants), cap and trade taxes, "death" and "sin" taxes, U.N. Global Poverty Act taxes, taxes for unconstitutional entitlement programs and yes, taxes designed for wealth redistribution espoused by Marxists who call themselves progressives.
How important are the Founding Fathers today? Well, how important is the Constitution and Bill of Rights today? Mr. Woolley quotes Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Papers on his blog. Well, the Federalist Papers are excellent, but also the Anti-Federalist Papers which warned that a future tyrannical government (like Obama's) could usurp our constitutional republic and threaten our freedom.
I suggest reading them (including Patrick Henry's speeches and Madison's notes) at constitution.org, which opens with this:
"During the period from the drafting of the federal Constitution in September 1787, to ratification in 1789, there was an intense debate on ratification. The principal arguments in favor were stated in the series written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay called the Federalist Papers. The arguments against ratification appeared in various forms, by various authors. Collectively, these writings have become known as the Anti-Federalist Papers. Here are presented some of the best and most widely read of these. They contain warnings of dangers from tyranny that weaknesses in the proposed Constitution did not adequately provide against, and while some of those weaknesses were corrected by adoption of the Bill of Rights, others remained, and some of these dangers are now coming to pass."
The tea parties represent a growing, significant segment of our population. They will not let this nation be destroyed. I fear that unless the 21st-century tea parties are successful, we may one day see a similar result as that which followed the 18th's.