Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Portage County TEA Party Changes The Meaning of Acronym

Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it is changing the meaning of the “TEA” acronym which it has previously defined as meaning “Taxed Enough Already” since the formation of the organization in 2009. The new meaning of the acronym, effective immediately, will be “Totally Engaged Americans”. Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the organization, explained the decision by saying “While we certainly continue to believe that Americans are taxed enough already, as our movement has matured, we have realized that we are about much more than just unfair taxation. It is now apparent to all of us that the key to a strong and prosperous America is for all citizens to be totally engaged with our government at all levels.” The change was made after a vote to do so by the organizations officers, Township Captains and Committee Chairs earlier this month.

Zawistowski added, “We can not be a self-governing nation if the citizens are not engaged in the process of governance. The acronym “Totally Engaged Americans” is more descriptive of our membership and of our responsibility as Americans to do our civic duty, as provided in our Constitution, in order to protect our individual rights and freedoms.” Other TEA Party groups around the state and the nation have been or are making the same change.

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the historical body of knowledge that our founders relied upon to create the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen by encouraging individual participation in governance at all levels to more closely align government with its traditional role as originally defined by the nation’s founders.
Yes, but do they have "leaders"?