This past weekend, some local teens held their own TEA Party. It was by teens, for teens, and had information relevant to teens. They wanted to answer the question, "Why does anything going on in Washington affect me?" And answer it they did!
Many kids came out and lent their talent to the cause. A young girl named Tess sang The Star Spangled Banner after leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Emily told us about her trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. this past January. She also sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."
My own daughter, Claudia, shared facts from the Health Care Bill still being debated in Congress. She read several statements straight from the bill and explained how they would affect Americans.
Claudia, and her friend, Lydia, performed a color guard routine to "Proud to Be an American." My video uplink won't work right now, but I hope to try again later.
This young man, Grant, delivered a very inspiring speech about preserving the freedoms that our founders gave their lives for. He has won awards in multiple 4H competitions for his speech. He didn't even need the microphone!
Did I mention all the snow in Texas lately? It was COLD! But we had some brave patriots who stayed for the entire 2 hours!
Liberty and Virginia were two of the organizers for this TEA Party. Liberty is my cousin. You can read her blog here. Liberty spoke on several topics, including WHY politics matter to teens, and about signing a petition to do away with taxpayer-funded abortions. She delivered a very informative speech on the history of abortion and Planned Parenthood. Virginia enlightened the crowd on the truth about global warming and why policies centered on it are actually harming the communities they affect.
Victoria gave an excellent talk on "How to be an Intelligent Voter." She even had visual aids! It was so good, I wish even voting-age adults could here her speech. How does this apply to teens who aren't old enough to vote? Victoria said that the first 5 steps could be done at any age, by doing your research, comparing the candidates, and being informed. Only the last step, VOTE, had to wait until the age of 18.
Liberty shared a list of websites for teens with great info for getting involved:
http://www.therebelution.com/ (same as http://www.dohardthings.com/ ) The Rebelution is a movement sweeping teens all over America. Just like the TEA Party, it was started by teens, for teens. This website will encourage teens to step beyond the low expectations the world has for them. The founders, Alex and Brett Harris hold annual conferences across the USA. They also have books, t-shirts, and DVD's available.
http://www.heritage.org/ The Heritage Foundation is an organization active in taking America back. If you really want to get involved or find out what others are doing to get involved, visit this website as soon as possible.