Red River Tea Party Sends Message to Obama and Congress

January 28, 2011

By Robin Edwards

Shreveport, La. – Just before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, a board member of the Red River Tea Party, Royal Alexander, addressed the president and Congress.  Speaking on behalf of his tea party group, he disagreed that the state of our union is sound.

Alexander said that voters spoke quite clearly last November and shared his opinion that we are not sound, that our economy is not strong and that our borders are not safe.  Many of these voters are members of local tea parties.  The grassroots movement encompasses men and women from all parties, all colors and varied professional and social backgrounds.  He said, “We are weary and fed up with the intrusion of the federal government into every aspect of American life, continually flouting the will and the consent of the governed.”

The address focused on shrinking the size of government which includes not raising the debt ceiling.  Some of the suggestions to reduce our multi-trillion dollar deficit included the repeal of Obamacare, abolishing the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, securing the borders and reducing the federal regulations that suffocate small businesses.  A 28th Amendment to the Constitution was proposed that would require Congress to stop exempting itself from the laws they impose.

While the tea party supports caring for the elderly, our veterans, providing for the national defense and the truly needy and handicapped, the problem with our current economic woes is “insane and reckless” spending.

Our Constitution has recently come under fire by Ezra Klein of The Washington Post as being outdated but Alexander stated that the Constitution is not outdated and that our Founding Fathers wrote these principles to guide us into the future and, like the Bible, contain eternal truths.  He states that tea party members want what is promised in our country’s original documents which are religious freedom, a limited government with limited powers and state sovereignty.

Royal Alexander’s address to the president and Congress may be found on their website.

Red River TEA Party, LLC (“RRTP”) is a non-partisan, non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the state of Louisiana and the United States through the representation of the state of Louisiana. RRTP furthers this goal by educating the public and promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Red River TEA Party has not endorsed candidates for public office.

To learn more about the tea party movement in our state, visit the Louisiana Tea Party Federation.

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