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In recent weeks, we have heard a barrage of news about the Tea Parties converging across America and the phenomenal impact they have already had sweeping incumbents from office.

Some Americans are unaware of the origin of the Tea Party movement. Colonists in the 1700s, tired and fed up with lame British leadership and exorbitant taxation (especially unreasonable taxes on imported tea), rose up and rioted. They ended up storming tea-laden ships in Boston Harbor, dumping the cargo over the side while chanting their cause’s war cry of “no taxation without representation.”

The current Tea Party movement is based on similar principles, reacting to President Obama’s steps to take us further toward socialism and his vow to “spread the wealth” by redistributing income in America.

Incumbents are thus facing defeat on Election Day. Always keep in mind that bad leaders are elected by good citizens who don’t go to the polls. Many elections have been decided by a single vote or just a handful.

JAMES W. ANDERSON

Talladega, Ala.

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