Originally published in the Rio Rancho Observer

Four Core Values

The Rio Rancho TEA Party touts four core principles: constitutional freedoms, fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets. How could anyone be against these? Free speech, free press, free practice of religion, the presumption of innocence, the right to defend your own life and the notion that all rights are vested in the individual are hallmarks of American culture.

Every family must be fiscally responsible with their budgets; otherwise, we couldn’t survive. If we the people can’t demand our creditors increase our debt limits or go to our printers and print more money, then our government shouldn’t be able to, either. Every example of big government throughout history has shown they are merely self-interested at the expense of the individual; ours is a country which upholds the individual over the aspirations of the government.

If what the Rio Rancho TEA Party stands for is freedom for everyone, then only those who love corrupt government will oppose them.

The American experiment is not about left vs. right. It’s about people, who inevitably disagree on a vast range of issues, coming together on the common ground of liberty — even if they stand at opposite ends of that common ground.

So instead of challenging the Rio Rancho TEA Party on a so-called “power grab,” the people of Rio Rancho should be challenging the TEA Party to open its tent to encompass the entire common ground of liberty, and the citizens of Rio Rancho should be standing together on that common ground and not partisan politics.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people, they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”