As co-organizer with Debbie Jordan in putting on the Garden City TEA party, I feel it is my duty to make six points in reference to Leonard Rodenbur's letter to the editor.

First, the TEA partiers are not protesting paying taxes. I have no problem paying taxes. I am well aware that taxpayer money is currently funding the pursuit of my master's degree. TEA parties protest the reckless, misappropriated way in which tax dollars are being spent under the present administration, not taxes in and of themselves. And, by the way, 95 percent of the people getting a tax cut is impossible when 40 percent of working citizens do not even pay taxes.

Second, TEA partiers will be the first to admit George W. Bush started the bailouts, but he left office before he could catch heat for it. Obama is the one in office now. Whether you agree or disagree with the causes for which George W. Bush spent money during his presidency, he still spent less in eight years than the Obama administration has in six months.

Third, this nation is not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic the people rule, but under laws like those given in the Constitution. And fourth, we the people were given the constitutional right to keep and bear arms not to go deer hunting, but to protect ourselves and our property against a federal government gone tyrannical. And, if the skyrocketing of gun sales on Nov. 5, 2008, is any indication, we are ready to do so if necessary. In the words of Patrick Henry, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"

Fifth, in regards to the use of the term "TEA Party," we are not the first people to take an old idea, tweak it slightly and turn it into something new. It is the idea of people protesting government that we kept protesting a federal government that is currently going far beyond its original limits and taxing its citizens to bankruptcy or revolution. Taxed Enough Already (TEA) also makes a catchy acronym.

And finally, I am sick to death of being called a racist! There is only one race according to the Bible and that is the human race. To quote my friend and fellow TEA party organizer Debbie Jordan, "When I look at the president, I do not see a black man. I see a very far left liberal whom I believe is leading us down a very dangerous path, and I am very afraid for this country."

Contrary to Mr. Rodenbur's insulting accusations, TEA partiers are not racist and we do know our history. And we know our founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they could see the path this nation is hurrying down.