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Four More Years
For the President and the Tea Party

by Alexandra Edwards

This month on January 21, the Inauguration of America's 44th President, Barack Obama, will be witnessed by millions across the globe. When a President is re-elected for a second term, as in the case of Barack Obama, they still have to give the oath of office during an inauguration ceremony just as they do a new President. Originally, the beginning of the Presidential term was March 4, but that was changed in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in 1933 to January 20th. However, as that day will fall on a Sunday this year, the Fifty Seventh Inauguration ceremony will take place on Monday, January 21st.

For those that re-elected or supported the President for a second term, this historical event will be the patriotic celebration it should be. However, many true patriots of this country, of which there are millions, will probably not be celebrating the occasion. Many voters felt cheated out of last year's Presidential elections through lack of a candidate that would represent conservative values.

Alexandra Edwards

Now that the elections are over and Barack Obama will be President of the United States for another four year term, Conservatives, as well as Republicans are saying, where did we go wrong?

America is a great country, envied by the world for it's constitution, but it was the action of the people prior to the Constitution and the years leading up to this nation's independence, that made it so unique.

Back then, American citizens were tired of paying taxes to England and decided 'enough was enough' and did something about it. Town meetings were held, people of the colonies voiced their opinions over unpopular taxes imposed by Britain. People got together, groups were formed like that of the Sons of Liberty who retaliated against the new Tea tax by throwing 92,000 pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor. That small historical event, which took place in 1773 and is known as the Boston Tea Party, was just the beginning of the making of America.

Today, the people of this country realize that with every year that goes by, more and more freedoms, bravely fought for by our forefathers, are gradually disappearing.

As a former European citizen, I personally have witnessed these changes over the past thirty years as a U.S. citizen. When one is able to compare American lifestyles and freedoms to those of other countries, rights and liberties can be much more appreciated and it is sad to see them slowly diminish.

Conservative people across the United States that want to protect the Constitution and prevent losing more freedoms, now also have four years in which to do something about it. Just like the patriots of the 1770's that said 'enough is enough,' join your local Tea Party.

Over the past few years the Tea Party organization has grown rapidly, with groups forming in numerous counties of every state. Tea Party groups are made up of ordinary folk just like you who truly care about America as a whole and not what they themselves can get out of it. They are people who are no longer satisfied with business as usual politicians in a rapidly growing government. Obviously, the growth of the Tea Party has caused the liberal media, as well as GOP Republicans to panic, doing all they can to discredit the organization by portraying them as republican right wing trouble makers.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. They are people made up of all races, all nationalities blue collar, and white collar. Members include republicans, democrats, libertarians, as well as some with no political preference. Simply put, they are just patriotic law abiding American citizens who feel they are not being represented by local, state and federal government as required by the U.S. Constitution.

Just recently, December 12, 2012, Tea Party activists met with representatives and senators from Capitol Hill to discuss the fiscal cliff. During the meeting 160,000 individual petitions were submitted, signed by Tea Party members. According to Tea Party News Network (TPNN) the petitions were "to voice the opinions of Tea Party members that their voices be heard and no tax increases as a result of a deal made in the Republican party in the fiscal cliff negotiations."

Witnessed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Reps Paul Broun (R-Ga.) Louie Gohmert (R-TX.) and John Flemming, the purpose of the event was to "remind both Congress and the American people that the Tea Party is here looking to represent the shouts from millions of people all across the country that demand some semblance of fiscal sanity in Washington." Representing the Tea Party were TPNN Scottie Nell Hughes and leading Tea Party activist Niger Innis.

We, the people, can make a difference by either joining or forming a Tea Party in your community, attending the meetings, voicing opinions, and signing petitions.

On Inauguration Day, it will not just be the President and politicians, but also the people that have a second term to put things right.

Who knows, by 2016, there may be a President, along with many more congress members with true conservative values who will be elected and Inauguration Day will be a historical event worth celebrating.

God Bless America!