To the Editor:
In response to John Omerod’s request in his Aug. 29 letter to the editor, the next meeting of the DeKalb County Tea Party is Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. in Sandwich at the Opera House/Town Hall located at 140 East Railroad St. We surely welcome John and everyone else in DeKalb County.
Our program will consist of two speakers: Rafael Rivadeneira, head of the Illinois chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Association, and C. Steven Tucker of the Chicago Tea Party, who will enlighten us about the Affordable Care Act. John asks for coffee and, indeed, coffee and other treats will be served.
Since John will not hear broadly about our positions at this meeting, and many reading this letter also may not be familiar with them, here are the basics:
As spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and presumed in the Bill of Rights, all of our rights come from our creator; however, we believe that creator to be, and that these rights are to be protected by the federal government.
The powers of our federal government are to be limited to those specified by the Constitution as amended. Other powers are “reserved to the States…or to the people,” as set forth in the 10th Amendment of the Bill of Rights. If further changes are desired by the citizenry, they are to be made by amendment as intended by our founders and not by executive, legislative or judicial fiat.
Federal expenditures are to be limited to those necessary for protecting our rights and carrying out the enumerated powers within a balanced budget passed by Congress and signed by the president.
Our economy is to be one of free enterprise and free markets that is funded by private capital. Government is to regulate only commerce that is truly interstate commerce and, then, to only the extent necessary for making sure such commerce is free of fraud and fairly conducted. Government is to play no role in affecting commerce by supplying funds to individuals or companies engaged in commerce or by unevenly treating those in competition with one another.
We look forward to welcoming John and everyone else to our meeting in Sandwich on Sept. 15.
Board member, DeKalb County Tea Party