Mr. Cheah, your column published in the Sierra Star May 30, terribly misrepresents the Taxed Enough Already (Tea) Party movement and what motivates its members. I've never seen Mr. Cheah at a Tear Party meeting, so perhaps that explains why he's misinformed. I'd like to offer you a more accurate picture.
The Tea Party is a grassroots movement that has no association with any political party. We are not a political party or a PAC. We are not ideological extremists, unless you consider the very foundations of this nation to be ideologically extreme?
Members of the Tea Party believe in conservative values: the rule of law; fiscal responsibility; and the God given rights specified in the Constitution.
We believe government is the servant of "We the people" and not the other way around. Simply put, read the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and you'll know what we believe in and where we stand.
The political party of a candidate is not important to us. And mere words don't sway us. Actions do. After all, most politicians will say just about anything to get elected. That's become abundantly clear. What a candidate has actually done, how they have served others, is what proves their real worth to us as a potential representative. That's why we strive to be well informed and active participants in the political process.
Tea Party members love this country. We love the freedoms we all enjoy. We have come together to defend the things we love for ourselves and for our children. Name calling doesn't faze us. Department of Justice and IRS intimidation won't stop us. And, unlike the government, our meetings are open to the public. Please consider coming to one, if only to learn who we really are.
Steve Hall, North Fork