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June 9th, 2009

We the people… Taking Back Our Country

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Written by: The Iowa Republican

desmoinesteaparty_blogThe economy is in the tank and Iowans are losing their jobs, but don’t worry, the government can solve these problems. What is the government’s plan to help hard-working Iowans?

First, mortgage the future by spending more than taxes bring in.

Then, try to repay the Union Bosses for their campaign contributions by attempting to impose damaging new regulations like Prevailing Wage and Collective Bargaining.

And don’t forget about the Democrats’ effort in the Iowa House to raise taxes by repealing Federal Deductibility.

In the minds of the “intellectual elite” that run our government, these policies make sense. They have decided what the “greater good” is and they feel the need to impose their whims on us. They do not recognize our ability and right to run our own lives, so they control us. For Big Government, there is nothing that isn’t justified by the false goal of the “greater good”.

Unless we realize that we, the free citizens of Iowa, are in a struggle against our government to maintain our liberty and rebuild a broken economy, Big Government will continue to disregard common sense and the will of Iowans.

The Des Moines Tea Party is taking the lead in this battle. On April 15th, the Des Moines Tea Party turned out close to 4,000 people from all over Iowa to protest the massive deficits, high taxes and restriction of our rights that the government is forcing upon us all. The Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party was a huge success and it showed that Iowans won’t stand by while the government runs wild.

On July 4th, Independence Day, the Des Moines Tea Party will once again gather patriotic citizens at the State Capitol building to protest the government’s tax-and-spend, socialist policies. But our efforts can’t and won’t stop there.

The Des Moines Tea Party is ultimately about more than protests. It is about a long-term grassroots movement to take back our country. We are becoming engaged on every level of government; local, state and federal. Our first battle is with the Des Moines School Board.

Recently, the Des Moines School Board has tried to take complete control over students by revising the Student Code of Conduct. The change gives the School Board power over our children 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. And much worse, the new code permits schools to scour the internet for evidence against students who don’t obey the School Board even when the child is in his own home. This expansion of control over students is not simply a school issue, it is a Big Government power grab.

If we allow the government, through the Des Moines School Board, to have complete and total authority over students, how long will it be before the government comes for the rest of us? Total government control over students represents an infringement on the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit. If we don’t stop our government now, if we don’t hold it accountable, then we will continue to see our freedom erode. As I said at the Des Moines Tax Day Tea Party, “if not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

I ask that you join the Des Moines Tea Party in our effort to take our country back. Our website, has information about what you can do to make that happen.

The issues of high taxes, outrageous spending and ever-expanding government affect us all. We must demand that our government listen to us and fight any attempt by the government to run our lives. The freedom and prosperity of the current and future generations depends on what we do now.

Written by: Charlie Gruschow, Chairman of the Des Moines Tea Party

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