Letter to the Editor - Sept. 16

September 16, 2011

Tea party stands for fiscal management and morals

To the editor:

After reading the op-eds in your newspaper degrading the tea party, I ask; Why are many against what the tea party stands for?

First, it stands for government responsible to the people. Many elected officials are self-serving, untruthful and deaf to their constituents input. Second, it stands for sound fiscal management. Third, it stands for morality in our society, like we had in the ’50s.  Can anyone argue that the decline in Ten Commandant-based law and biblical morals has benefited us?  

Are families better off with rampant divorce and its devastating affect on children? This newspaper reports the violence spawned by out-of-wedlock relationships. E.g., the Aug. 29 issue, page A6, “Body of Army officer suspected in 4 deaths found in Pa. woods.” The officer is suspected of killing his former mother-in-law, ex-wife, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s son. Are we safer than we were in the ’50s?  Are we more drug, alcohol, and crime free?  More honest and law abiding?  Less self-centered?  (Note the violent activities recorded in this newspaper.)

Ask yourselves: Is our godless, amoral society with its disrespect for truth, the law and one another (e.g. road rage) what you want to continue?  Is your home a safer place than a home in the ’50s? Citizens are increasingly doing what is right in their own eyes in disregard for others and laws that are designed to enable us to live peaceably together.

A greater purpose of this letter than supporting tea party principles is to get us thinking about what really is important. Is it the self-indulgent, anything goes lifestyle so prevalent today? Or is it the lifestyle that John F. Kennedy challenged us to aspire to when he said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  

Dr. Martin Luther King took radical steps to jar the nation into a reality it had been denying.  If you think the tea party is too radical, consider that as Dr. King stood at historical crossroads on Aug. 28, 1963, we are at a crossroad that has the potential to make or break the success this nation has brought to its citizens and humanity in general. Think-reason-analyze! Where do you want to see the USA 5, 10, or 20 years from now?

Richard A. Happel
Waynesboro, Pa.

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