“When we gathered for our humble Tea Party Rally in April 2009, we had no idea how widespread the movement actually was. It hit me personally when I joined several tea party leaders in Washington, D.C., where we were thanked by Sen. Marco Rubio’s director of outreach, J.R. Sanchez, for ‘changing the conversation in Washington.’ But, along with great influence, comes great responsibility, and I consider it my responsibility as a tea party leader to keep this ship on course.
“Over the years, many fringe groups have attempted to steer the tea party in a direction that mirrors their agenda. This has been a constant struggle — and one the Greater Boston Tea Party has managed to win, although not without accumulating some scars along the way.
“The Greater Boston Tea Party remains a group of citizens who are concerned with the increasingly burdensome reach of government. We stand for what we have always stood for: limited government, free markets, free speech, individual liberty and personal responsibility, all tenets of the Constitution with its Bill of Rights.
“We started this movement because for the first time in our lives, we feared our children might not have the same opportunities that we have. Even President Obama claimed to find this unacceptable in 2008, when he said, ‘To take out a credit card from the bank of China, in the name of our children ... that’s irresponsible, it’s unpatriotic.’ The tea party still thinks this way.
“Government spending and borrowing is out of control and our children should not be left holding the bag. Hence the theme of this year’s Tax Day Rally, ‘Unburdening the Next Generation.’”
Thanks, Christine, and all your excellent speakers, on behalf of my 12-year-old twin grandchildren.
Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a regular Salem News columnist.