Tea parties are symptom of outrage

The letter from Lowell Greenbaum ("Republicans brewing some bitter tea," April 20) is an insult to all the Americans who participated in recent "tea party" protests.

The protests were not for the benefit of the GOP. What Greenbaum, Newt Gingrich and Paul Broun, other long-time political participants and even our own political representatives, along with the liberal media, do not understand is that this is about the failure of the two major parties and the government to serve the people and the country. They ignore the governing documents that are the cornerstones of our republic.

Feeling like aliens in a strange land, we ordinary Americans have seen the rule of law, our freedom and liberty, perverted by the judicial branch of government and the U.S. Constitution stomped on by both the executive and legislative branches of government. President Obama and the present Congress are just the tipping point.

Far from being "little girls' tea parties," the protests are the volcanic bubbling up from the silent majority who are finally speaking up, stepping out and treading the path back to the America intended by the Founding Fathers. It is the warning rumble of citizens who are saying "Enough is enough!"

We are Americans! We stand firmly alongside the spirits of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and all the signers of the U.S. Constitution who gave their lives and their fortunes for freedom and liberty under God. We are, first and foremost, Americans! The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, character, principles and a nation under God all stand at our backs and uphold us.

Mr. Greenbaum should understand that it's not about Republicans, Democrats or any other political party. The volcano is just beginning to rumble. We are Americans!

Bonnie Alba

Aiken, S.C.

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