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Count me as a radical

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Bruce Young of Richmond stunned me with his recent letter (“Where are Republicans?”, Nov. 6).

Mr. Young associated the phrase, “If they don’t work, they should not eat,” with the tea party.

James Madison, in a speech in the House of Representatives on Jan. 10, 1794, said, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

Progressives and liberals portray conservatives and tea party activists as being insensitive toward the poor and needy. I am a conservative, and I believe that we must take care of the poor and needy. It must be done, however, through private charity and church organizations.

All of my friends are conservatives, and most are also very successful entrepreneurs. These people have worked very hard and continuously have taken care of the poor and needy without interference from government.

The tea party believes in limited government, the Constitution, God, the founding fathers, self-responsibility and reducing or eliminating the oppressive national debt and unfunded public union pensions. If you love this country, it is actually impossible to not believe in the tea party values.

Tea partiers are your most patriotic Americans, and yet they are made out to be radicals. Well, then count me as a radical.

John J. Smith


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