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Letter: Tea Party has no single agenda

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Regarding Dave Granlund’s editorial cartoon depiction of the Tea Party’s agenda going off a cliff while pulling the GOP behind it (page A5 in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Chronicle):I have been a member of the Tea Party since it’s inception. Granlund’s political cartoon reminds me that The Tea Party is still influential. Why do I believe that? Because so much focus and criticism is given to the Tea Party by politicians and the media.

There are a couple of things wrong with Grandlund’s cartoon, though.

We don’t have a singular agenda. The Tea Party is made up of thousands of groups spread across the United States. Each grass-roots group has its own leadership. Each group makes its own agenda. I am familiar with most of the leadership and groups in Illinois. My agenda with The Dekalb County Illinois Tea Party is not the same as Rockford Tea Party or Northern Illinois Tea Party.

We do communicate and share information and ideas. However, the people in my group may not have the same interest as the other Tea Parties.

The cartoon is also wrong because the Republican Party is not controlled by our agenda.

The Republican Party is controlled by its constituents. The people called their Republican representatives to ask that they take a certain course of action.

The Tea Party has no control of the Republican Party. We are like everyone else and we try to push the Republican agenda in a certain direction, just as we would do with all our elected officials.

Thanks to Grandlund’s cartoon, I would like to take this opportunity to mention our next meeting. On our agenda for Saturday is a discussion about “Common Core” curriculum in schools.

Our specialist and speaker on this topic is Bruno Behrend. We also will be having David Hale, a friend and candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois’ 16th Congressional district, speak. Hale will be talking about why he is running for Congress and he will be answering questions.

We will be at The Elks Lodge, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb at 10:30 a.m. Open to the public. If you are interested in this meeting or of you would like to find out more about the Tea Party, please attend. Thank You.

Dan McIntyre

Genoa

Board Member, Dekalb County Tea Party

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