Wednesday, February 17, 2010

First Teen T.E.A. Party!

The wind was cruel. The snow was deep. Our lips were chapped. Our toes were numb. But our hearts were warm and our spirits high as we celebrated Presidents' Day with our first Teen T.E.A. Party! At the beginning of the T.E.A. Party, we remembered the Patriots over 200 years ago who left bloody footprints in the snow. If they could do that, surely we could stand in the cold for two hours with our coats, hats, and gloves! Easier said than done. But despite the FREEZING cold, about 50 people - mostly teens - enthusiastically endured the whole two hours to make a stand for freedom in America! At the end of the Tea Party, I had a strenghtened appreciation for those brave men who marched through the snow in nothing but rags.
The Gainesville Daily Register, our local newspaper, covered the Tea Party and did an excellent job! In fact, the article on Monday was so great, I thought I'd just let you read it for yourself.
Teens unite at T.E.A. Party for President's Day event
By PAMELA ROBINSON Register Staff Writer
Teens took to the East side steps of the Cooke County Courthouse Saturday morning for their President’s Day T.E.A. Party.
A crowd of about 50 people participated and stood in coats, hats and blankets in 34-degree weather to hear the speakers, the singing of the national anthem, watch skits and take turns at the open microphone to express their political views.
Liberty Davidson, a primary organizer of the event, said T.E.A. stands for, “Taxed Enough Already,” and stated prior to the event that it probably brings in people of a more conservative persuasion, but that the gathering was for teenagers and people of all ages and political views.
Teenager Victoria Blessing stood at the top of the courthouse steps, flanked by three teenage colleagues on each side holding signs, to help her unveil the “Six Simple Steps of Being an Intelligent Voter.” The steps were:
•Standards
Set standards and know your values. Make a list of what you believe and what you stand for. Know what your stance is and where you stand on relevant issues.
•Understand
Know the democratic system. Know your constitutional rights. Know what you can and cannot do. Understand the government of which you are an integral part.
•Research
Research the election and the important issues at hand. Research the candidates running, including their voting record, what the candidates have said in the past and know their values and morals. Use websites like RocktheVote.com and votesmart.org for information.
•Compare
Get a list of standards and compare the candidates with your research. Compare which candidates have similar values to you and care about issues that are important to you.
•Choose
Choose a candidate who will uphold the values you stand for and who you feel will make the right decisions. A vital part of this step is prayer.
•Vote
This is the easy step. After following the previous five steps, you should be able to vote confidently. Don't think your vote is just one in a million and that it doesn't matter; every vote is as important as the individual behind it.
“Everyone 16 and older is eligible to vote in the next Presidential election,” Blessing continued. “Start with the first five steps today. Let’s get started today, let’s become a generation of intelligent voters.”
Davidson took the microphone on a number of occasions to address the crowd. One of her topics was, “God and America.”
“God gave us a nation,” she said, “and without Him, we don't have a nation at all.” She said it is important to remember to pray when making decisions during elections.
During the event, 11-year-old Grant Wilson performed a dramatization based on some of Thomas Paine’s quotes.
Wilson won a first place 4-H Award for Educational Presentation for the county and district for his speech and said he was inspired when he read some of Paine's book, “Common Sense.” He said he has always been very patriotic.
During the T.E.A. Party, Virginia Land addressed global warming and spoke out about her conservative view on the issue.
Skits were also part of the event. One skit depicted Robin Hood taking from the rich to give to the poor, and was performed by Claudia Smith, Emily White and Sarah Pendelton. Another skit depicted a classroom situation in which a teacher awards grades to students without being objective about the work of the students, and was performed by Liberty Davidson, Claudia Smith, Emily White and Sarah Pendelton.
A color guard routine was also performed by Lydia White and Claudia Smith.
Other speakers included Parker Luke, Claudia Smith and Emily White.
According to Davidson, the main organizers of the Tea Party were Allison Land, Virginia Land, Claudia Smith and herself.
Parent Steve Wilson, who attended the event said that most of the teenagers and youth attending the T.E.A. Party are home-schooled.
Davidson invited attendees to come to the next T.E.A. Party that will be in 60 days.
I am looking forward to the next T.E.A. Party on April 15! Hopefully, under a friendlier April sun, we'll have a bigger crowd. But we will always remember the first Teen T.E.A. Party, and the faithful fifty that endured the cold!

4 comments:

Stephen said...

As for knowing the nature of our "democratic" system, regular people like us need to understand that we have no power. Neither of the 2 parties represent us. The politicans are the public face of a system thats set up to serve the ruling class. Its a sham. Both parties are controlled by financial interests. They are political instruments of big money.

Know that politicians can't be trusted no matter what they say and promise us in order to get elected. They are liars who say one thing to get elected then turn around and do another. Their morality and values comes down to whatever is good for them. Whatever benefits them.

Your vote matters only according to how rich you are. People like you and I, our political clout/influence on politicians, does not have the same weight as lobbyists.

~Abby~ said...

I'm glad it was pretty successful (and it was in the newspaper), and yes, hopefully MORE people will be there in April.
:)
~Abby~

Liberty said...

Stephen,
Thanks for reading my blog, and thanks for leaving comments! It's good to know that people read what I write, whether or not they agree.
First of all, the USA is not a democracy. Literally, we are a Constitutional Republic. There is a difference.
Unfortunately, I know there are politicians in both parties that are motivated by money. But that is not the case with every single politician. I also know for a fact that there ARE politicians with integrity. There ARE politicians that are serious about doing their job of representing the people. You can't just paint them all with the same brush.
And I have to disagree with your argument that my vote doesn't count. (Or that it won't count in two years, when I actually CAN vote.) Example? Look at the election of Scott Brown. If you think the American people can't be heard and make a difference with their vote, then take another look at the conservative who won Ted Kennedy's senate seat in the most liberal state in the Union! The beauty of our Constitution is that it gives the people the right to run the country, and protects that right. Every vote does count, and when one refuses to vote, they are shirking their duty as a citizen, in my opinion.
However, if all you say is completely true, and America has come to that - all the more reason for us to stand up and fight for liberty once again! I prefer to have an optimistic view of our future as a nation. All things are possible with God. And as I believe it is God's will for us to live in freedom, I know that it's possible to take our country back.

Stephen said...

Liberty,

Thanks for responding! I enjoy talking politics. I was wondering if you were ever going to reply or not!

I think that our votes do count but that in the current situation our votes (those of the average Joe) are negligible. There are some votes, and certain institutions and businesses that have much more power than we individually can ever wield.

However I don't think its hopeless to fight for change. Or that we can't change things. We certainly can. The entirety of human history testitfies to this. It's just that I don't believe that things can be changed through our current 2 party system because I don't believe that either party represents the people. Both parties are at the bottom of it more responsive to contributors than to constituents.

Regarding Brown, how do you feel about him siding with the Democrats a couple days ago over a job bill? I'm sure that for all the support Brown got from regular folks, he also got hefty contributions from lobbyists as well.

I think its noble to fight for what we believe in no matter what side we are on. The worst thing we can possibly do is give up and be apathetic. You are right. Better to be optimistic than pessimistic. Pessimism only breeds apathy, inaction, disillusionment. It only prepares us for defeat.

If you are ever interested in talking politics my email is
sbr_223@yahoo.com