Constitution supporters talked of freedom, activism and staying informed on conservative issues as the Tea Party Patriots’ Constitutional Bus Tour rolled into Lodi on Monday night.
Guests from throughout the state gave a history lesson of the Constitution’s founding in 1787, how they say it’s being threatened today and what residents can do to restore government to its original constitutional principles.
“Freedom is more important than anything else,” said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, told more than 100 enthusiastic Tea Party supporters Monday at Lodi’s American Legion Hall.
“This is a fight for the rest of our lives — for our children, for our grandchildren,” Paredes said.
Speakers at the event, sponsored by Lodi Citizens in Action and the Galt-Herald Tea Party Patriots, ranged from an actor who re-enacts speeches by the founding fathers to a conservative constitutional attorney from Pacific Justice Institute.
Central themes throughout the 90-minute session included:
- Congress and the Supreme Court are threatening the Constitution in a similar manner that the British threatened the North American colonists.
- Become an expert on the Constitution and know what it says.
- Read the Federalist Papers because it will empower Tea Party supporters.
- Be active if you support the Tea Party movement. Vote, make sure that others vote, volunteer on behalf of conservative candidates.
- Once conservative candidates are elected, make sure they “stay the course.” Keep in touch and tell them how you want them to vote on various issues.
“Let’s not let them become royalty,” Paredes said.
Paredes added that liberals have been more successful than conservatives in getting their political agenda adopted because liberals are political junkies and don’t do anything else.
The Constitutional Bus Tour began in Chico and Marysville on Saturday. It will continue through Oct. 30 in San Diego.
For more information, visit www.nctpp.net.
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