It's time to take our country back

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On April 15, for the first time in my 62 years, I attended a "Tea Party" to show my concern over taxes in this country now and in the future.

I was only one of more than 2,000 who showed up at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater at Riverwalk Augusta. Present at this rally were the very young and the very old; business people and folks out of work; Democrats and Republicans; veterans and wounded warriors; housewives and women working outside the family home; the wealthy and the poor.

They all had the same purpose and drive: to serve notice on this current crop of politicians that "we the people" have reached the breaking point, and that "we the people" are going to see that things change concerning our hard-earned money, or we will change it for them.

These arrogant, conceited and corrupt politicians have stolen the financial futures of our children and their children. They have neither the ethical nor the moral right to do what they have done. "We the people" have now served notice all across America -- my America and your America.

We must now stand together and keep the pressure on this sorry lot until we can throw them out of office next year, and that is what we need to do! We the people need to send a message. The message should be that we will no longer react to what you say; we will react to what you do!

We need to take the word "professional" out of the political realm. If they won't vote in term limits, then we should enforce them through the ballot box! No more professional politicians! No favorites; no turf-guarding. Just vote them out after a couple terms -- all of them!

Let's take our government back! On April 15, I saw my America, and I was proud!

Rick Tuchscherer

Harlem

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GGpap
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GGpap 04/18/09 - 01:30 am
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Mr. Tuchscherer, "we, the

Mr. Tuchscherer, "we, the people, elected this current government into office." You have no right to take this "government" back from "we, the people." However, while I mostly agree with your premise that "we, the people" need to send a message to our elected officials (AND NOT WITH TEA BAGS), the message must come through a national drive to vote ALL of the scoundrels out of office; NONE should be spared. That action, sir, would send a message to any new politico that might be elected to replace to horse puckie that currently fouls the halls of our political institutions in Washington, D.C., the capitols of our separate states, and the meeting rooms of our city and county leaders. Sign me up, I'll help you protest that movement. GGpap.

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justus4 04/18/09 - 04:45 am
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In this country, Presidents
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In this country, Presidents are elected for four year terms. House members for two. What ol' Rick and others like him gotta learn is to win elections, but that element is not looking good for the GOP. They have failed to connect with particular americans because their policies are outdated and they refuse to update them. So they will continue to lose at the ballot and thats when their true colors will appear, which ol' Rick may not comprehend is rooted in division. The "spin" used by Teabaggers for protesting is taxes are too high. Not true. There is something else going on here and "we" know what it is. "We've" seen it before in this country and fought against it to better the entire nation. But with the Teabaggers, their efforts will further split the poor ole GOP.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 05:16 am
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The government school

The government school graduates vote the way they've been trained to vote and avoid thinking the way they've been taught to avoid thinking. (see previous two posts). It's easy to be lazy and vote the incumbent back into office because you don't have to be involved, just be a good citizen and vote by name recognition. The current mess is the result of misinformed or uninformed people being "good citizens" instead of smart citizens. The foundation for our current situation is the lack of knowledge the government school grads are so proud of. (see previous two posts). The Marxist messiah has just spent 100 billion on government schools and not a penny for education improvement. SURPRISE! The left feel justified and the Americans feel cheated. Speak up and act up. Don't let America go down like this.

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slippery 25 04/18/09 - 06:01 am
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I think the tea parties are

I think the tea parties are evidence that more and more people are beginning to realize the new President and congress are good talkers but not so good with math.

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christian134 04/18/09 - 06:11 am
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I will gladly stand up with

I will gladly stand up with the thousands who are surfacing to take back our nation...Republican and Democrat should be taken apart, reworked and then put into place with God in the forefront...This regime has finally taken one step to the left of the moral line so therefore it needs to be eliminated...Freedom is great as long as it does not leap into bed with immoral socialists filled to overflowing with power hungry greedy cretins...Obama pictured with Chavez has all the appearances Pres. O wanting to kiss his hand if it would create an open door in which he could walk through in order to increase his position of power...Then to top that off he is requesting God be covered up so as not to distract...Thank you Rick for standing up for the truth...It is too bad the election this time saw color first, making history second and filling pockets with 30 pieces of silver for the masses who were in the forefront when it came to selling their country out...

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gudewerks 04/18/09 - 06:47 am
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"It's time to take our

"It's time to take our country back?" You had it for 8 years. That's why we are in the total mess we are in now. Since January 20th, how much has your taxes gone up? Since January 20th, how many "NEW" spending bills have been approved? Since January 20th, how much more money has come out of your pocket? The reason you went to a "Tea Party" is because Fox News lead you by your nose to one. Quit watching Fox, read, do the math, look at history, then you won't go out here and do something stupid again.

christian134
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christian134 04/18/09 - 06:59 am
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gudewerks this country has

gudewerks this country has been in decline for decades not just a mere 8 years...Obama and his cohorts are just the finishing touches...Now as far as Fox News is concerned they at least have the decency to stand up for what is right even when the "politically correct" crowed says otherwise...That is refreshing to say the least...

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apex24 04/18/09 - 07:53 am
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Gude, what can of idiot are

Gude, what can of idiot are you. You ask what "new" spending bills. What the hell was the "stimulus" bill. Why don't you go and have another glass of Kool-Aid and watch the dyke Rachel Maddow and the socialist Keith Olberman. You Leftist are really pitiful.

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jack234 04/18/09 - 08:01 am
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I want to take the country

I want to take the country back too but not until Mr. President Obama straighten out the economic mess GW left as his legacy.
HELLO! HELLO! He can keep the government for now. HELLO! HELLO! Let them drink tea!!! HELLO! HELLO!

palomino9
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palomino9 04/18/09 - 08:09 am
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whine whine whine, seems

whine whine whine, seems that's all the little repubs can do these days, with no clear agenda or leadership. even your self-proclaimed leader limbaugh is a whiner. it's quite funny. you should have done a better job over the last eight years.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/18/09 - 08:28 am
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" For the first time in 62

" For the first time in 62 years"? Did I missed the other tea parties?

americafirst
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americafirst 04/18/09 - 08:30 am
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Nothing could be more

Nothing could be more disgusting than the news this morning. After listening to Ortega give a blistering 50 diatribe against the U.S., Obama laughs and makes a joke apparently in agreement. When is this [filtered word]gonna defend America instead of running us down to suck up to foreign dictators. Is he not at least finally proud of his country like Michele. He acts like he is still campaigning but now for President of the world. God help us.

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confederatelady319 04/18/09 - 08:32 am
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gudewerks-how does 10

gudewerks-how does 10 trillion sound to you,yea and i'm sure limbaugh is laughing all the way to the bank with his new 400 million contract.if you would like to pi-- off a liberal all you have to do is tell the truth.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 04/18/09 - 08:55 am
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Why do people want to

Why do people want to suddenly take the country back at tea parties? Why don't they take it back at elections? Both Democrats and Republicans could do this if they ever got the backbones to vote for independents to break up the big contracts both major parties have with various corporations.

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Ken 04/18/09 - 09:29 am
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Mr. and Mrs. GGpap, whoever

Mr. and Mrs. GGpap, whoever you are, We Georgians didn't elect this government; we elected officials like Saxby and Sonny. This disgrace of a collection of losers is the result of NY and California Liberal idiots who are playing Abraham Lincoln. 9 and one half million Liberal votes put this moron in office last November. How could any rational voter look at Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of that loser Congress and Obama's recent appointments and agree with anything they have done now and over the last 2 years. So when you Say we elected this bunch of misguided, incompetent idiots, leave the Georgia voters out of that statement

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 04/18/09 - 09:53 am
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It's Time to Take Our Country

It's Time to Take Our Country Back - to Where?

Ode to Augusta
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Ode to Augusta 04/18/09 - 10:00 am
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Decent hard working Americans

Decent hard working Americans who understand that government spending is unsustainable and economic policy has turned into socialism are going to take the country back starting at the 2010 elections and more in 2012 and more in 2014.

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Lobosolo 04/18/09 - 10:02 am
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So,PettyTom, you think

So,PettyTom, you think garnering your information from Fox, Drudge, Limbaugh, et al makes you more informed. How laughable. Why don't you get out there with your superiority and run for office yourself? Save us all from the boogey-man. I'll tell you why - it's because you don't have an original thought in that hate-filled sponge of a brain of yours. You're nothing but a squawking parrot. Christian 134, I see you haven't been doing any thinking lately, either. Y'all keep up the crowing. The comic relief you guys provide is the only reason to read this dying rag, anyway.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 10:05 am
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Bush, the devil, finished his

Bush, the devil, finished his 8 years in office with a $1.5 trillion deficit. In less than 3 months in office, Obama has ADDED an additional $3 trillion in debt. You liberal whiners don't seem to be too good at math. The Marxist messiah is twice as evil as Bush in 1/32 the amount of time.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 04/18/09 - 10:20 am
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Hey, PT, again I ask you

Hey, PT, again I ask you WHERE YOU WENT TO SCHOOL? Please enlighten us, oh She-Who-Is-He-Who-Is-"Informed"...since you seem to believe that the public schools manufacture gullible liberals, and you have had a superior education. Please do tell!

TechLover
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TechLover 04/18/09 - 10:21 am
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Ken: Saxby and Sonny.

Ken: Saxby and Sonny. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Actually Obama's election is a result of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Wash DC, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska's 2nd district, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 10:33 am
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Ha, Ha, midwest, I went to

Ha, Ha, midwest, I went to University of Illinois. I lived in the midwest for 10 years and am familiar with you type of "thinking". Chicago has about 6 million of your twins. There's a big difference between public schools and government schools. Public schools disappeared in the '60s. That's why the unions and socialists are so terrified of vouchers.

americanveteran
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americanveteran 04/18/09 - 10:38 am
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I am amazed at you "left wing

I am amazed at you "left wing liberal loons" that can't see what is happening to our country with this crowd that has controlled the house and senate for the last two years. Now, we have the new president, who has never been in charge of anything, leans to the far left with Pelosi, Reid, Princess Barney Franks.

I am not a Republican and a damm sure ain't no Demorcrat, but I am an American Veteran who was raised to love GOD, Family and Country and to work hard for what I received. This group in power now wants to tax hard working men and women and take from them their money and give it to "people who think that everyone should be equal" unless you ask them to "get off their a** and get a job and help themselves rather than looking to the govt to help out with everything. The American Govt has no money. The money it gets comes from working people and people who own their own companies that employ other working men and women. The "govt owes me something crowd" and the far left wing loons that are in office now are going to ruin our great nation and if something is not done in the next couple of elections to take back this nation of ours.

GOD help American!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 10:47 am
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In 1933, a young, charismatic

In 1933, a young, charismatic politician ran for office in Germany and was elected leader. When he then began laying out his plan for changing his country, no one had any TEA parties or objected in any way. In 1934, he became the Furher. Since Jan. 20, 2009, history seems to be repeating itself. April 15, 2009 was the first public objection.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 04/18/09 - 10:58 am
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I am not from Chicago, I am

I am not from Chicago, I am from downstate, and I, too, went to the U. of Illinois for my bachelor's degree. I can only hope you weren't on campus at the same time, but if you were you were no doubt sacrificing pigs at the Fiji house or something equally repulsive. So, U. of I. is a public university, not a government school...? Or did it become a government school in the '70s?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 11:05 am
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Many universities are

Many universities are government schools, but the students are better prepared to begin the thinking process. At the high school level, (all government, no public) indoctrination is not only common, it is mandatory. If you're not lucky enough to have honorable involved parents, you wind up being a far left wing liberal with very anti-American tendencies. If your education isn't ongoing, you may be a Dem.

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cparker 04/18/09 - 11:07 am
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patriciathomas... You are a

patriciathomas... You are a very interesting liar at best!! Why don't you explain why none of these changes happened the first 6 years of GWB's administration when Conservatives had the WH, Senate, and Congress? When Tom Delay, Ted Stevens, & Cunningham were robbing us blind and even being convicted, there were no so called tea parties then. Conservatives like you live by a double standard that makes all Conservatives terrible hypocrits. When fools like you spew your garbage it seems to lead to more American distrust for politics because everyone knows that Conservatives are simply a group of hypocritical liars just like you!!

HotFoot
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HotFoot 04/18/09 - 11:14 am
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Your theories are

Your theories are preposterous, PT. My parents were very involved and most definitely "honorable" and yet here I am, a liberal--go figure! And certainly more "pro-American" than the idiot secessionists and those--you, among them--who label our duly-elected President a Hitler wannabe and Marxist (make up your addled mind, why don't you).

cparker
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cparker 04/18/09 - 11:25 am
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apex24.... Lets not forget

apex24.... Lets not forget that GWB approved a $700 million stimulus also. No matter what position you take on this, something has to be done immediately & it will cost us money. If we put money into stabilizing our own economy first, we will recover from this mess. Finger pointing solves nothing... The stockmarket, housing, and our financial infrastructure are showing signs of life again. Conservatives were a bit to gullible about the tax situation from the beginning. Just think for a moment... Every southern Conservatives controlled state is nearly bankrupt because they made the tax cuts to steep for the wrong people in society. FL, GA, SC, NC, TX, AL, & LA are having plenty of financial difficulty for that reason alone. There seems to be something wrong with admitting they made bad choices, so they would rather whine about a change in direction & fight to continue in a downward spiral. Some of Obama's changes are necessary and will prove to be in our best interest. I do have a bit of a problem with his willingness to embrace homosexual equal rights, but I do support his tax plan and his strength in telling the Iraqi's its time for them to defend themselves.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/18/09 - 11:27 am
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Whoa, cparker. Your rapid mix

Whoa, cparker. Your rapid mix of apples and oranges makes it difficult to understand your convoluted reasoning.(12:07) 1st, when Bush tried to reach across the isle and make friends with the enemy, he was stabbed in the back. The "no child left behind" was written by the "honorable Ted Kennedy" and submitted just as written. Teachers hate this law and blame Bush. When Bush tried to save social security, the Dems stopped him. When America was attacked by radical Muslim, the Dems acted like they were interested in national defense, but still printed military secrets in the NYTimes and sent information over the internet to American enemies, by accident, on a regular basis. As the war progressed, conservatives noticed the spending was out of control on the domestic front and objected. When Bush took no stance, he lost the conservative vote and the Dems took congress. The TEA (taxed enough already) parties appeared when Obama tripled the national debt in his first 60 days in office. All thinking Americans were offended. Dems, apparently, were not.

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