Tea party not the problem

| Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Ronald Reagan, my favorite president, once said: “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so.” After reading some of the recent VND letters, I have a better understanding of President Reagan's comment.

A perfect example is “Quit wasting America's time” (Oct. 16) by John Emery West Jr.

I am a proud supporter of the tea party, which is under attack from liberals, semi-conservatives and the news media. We are the true conservatives who still think our country should abide by the U.S. Constitution and its system of checks and balances as our Founders intended.

Our goal is smaller government, lower taxes, family values and less debt.

President Obama has proven that with enough money (think billionaire George Soros) and a strong propaganda machine, anyone can become president. I didn't vote for Obama in 2008 because I didn't think he was qualified. I didn't vote for him in 2012 because I knew he wasn't qualified.

If we had more tea party politicians in Washington today, we wouldn't be bickering over a severely flawed health care system.

ObamaCare grants waivers to some unions and large companies, but not to average citizens.

Those who refuse to participate must pay a penalty collected by the IRS. Is this one of those ideas that Mr. West claims will “advance the nation” and be “good for many and not just a select few”?

Our problem isn't the tea party. It's politicians who trash our Constitution.

We need more people like Ted Cruz, David Lee, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and fewer like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

Rudy Gagliardi


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