LETTER: Cooper County Tea Party Patriots meet regularly

Thursday, March 31, 2011 | 5:17 p.m. CDT

Millions of people across this country are alarmed at the progress of the destructive forces and are awaking to realization of our awful situation. They do not have a spirit of despair, but one of hope and faith in the eventual victory of good and right.

They know things are terribly wrong and there must be some better answers. They see hypocrisy and deception and they are determined that there are better solutions. They are realizing the only real answer to this deteriorating dilemma is found in the words of Thomas Jefferson when he said, "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

These sounder parts are those who have the spirit of freedom and liberty. They are members of churches, political parties, tea parties, and citizens who don't belong to any organization. They are Americans concerned for their country. They are seeking an understanding of the original and legitimate principles of the founders, for in them they hope to finally find answers that will work.

The Cooper County Tea Party Patriots meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1515 Radio Hill Road, in Boonville. The group is held together by strong beliefs in fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.

Ron Swift is a self-employed safety consultant who lives in Boonville.

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