To the Editor:
A very chilly, snowy way to start the year (thanks, global warming). Joking aside, this past year was a rather busy one in politics.
The numerous scandals from the IRS targeting conservative groups, the NSA and Edward Snowden’s leaks, revelations of the 9/11/12 terrorist attack in Benghazi NOT caused by a YouTube video but previously planned by extremist groups.
The drums beating for military intervention in Syria but halted from calls, letters and emails to our elected officials by We the People. The government shutdown leading up to the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), and of course, the disaster that President Obama’s signature legislation truly is once revealed. Delay after delay, website malfunctions, hackers stealing important information of the identities of those applying for health care insurance, and the whole “if you like your plan, you can keep it” wasn’t so; are you confident in the government’s handling of health care?
In Illinois, we finally joined the rest of the country to have concealed carry, and a pension deal was passed in Springfield that was unpopular with both sides of the political spectrum.
This year will be no less intriguing. There’s an off-year election, with the governorship and a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs, as voters decide whether to keep the Democrat incumbents or vote Republican. Congressional seats are up for election as well, and so are the state house and many state senate seats, too.
This year, the DeKalb County IL Tea Party will have various candidates speak at our monthly meetings, allowing voters in the county to hear their message and decide if these candidates are the best choice for them to change the path Illinois is going (our group does not officially endorse any candidate for office; our individual members are free to decide who they will vote for).
In addition, we will also have speakers and experts explain some of the major issues affecting our country, our state and communities ranging from what Common Core is, the constantly changing law of Obamacare, gun rights, and many more. We will increase our efforts in this county to remind all, from common folks to elected officials of the importance to being a community that is fiscally responsible, believes in limited government, and pushes for free enterprise. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/dekalbcountyilteaparty.
President, DeKalb County IL Tea Party