A few months back, the Richmond Tea Party polled our supporters to find out if you wanted us to organize bus trips to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally or the 9/12 March on Washington. The strong preference was for Restoring Honor, so that’s the one we organized. But the 9/12 March on Washington is critical as well, and though we haven’t organized any buses to DC, we strongly encourage anyone who can make the trip on their own to do so. 

As inspiring as the Restoring Honor rally was, the 9/12 march is actually more closely aligned with the Tea Party’s mission. I went to last year’s and was thrilled at the number of peaceful, patriotic citizens that had come together to challenge the apostles of big government in Washington. And this year’s march offers another attempt to remind them that we are still fully engaged with November rapidly approaching.

It will also celebrate the national phenomenon of regular citizens finally getting involved and leading where we haven’t before. One of the speakers is Ana Puig, who runs a Tea Party type organization (and someone I know on a personal level), and is an ordinary mom who, like many in this movement, finds herself making an extraordinary impact on the political environment. From a Daily Caller article:

Ana Puig, an immigrant from Brazil and co-chair of Pennsylvania’s Kitchen Table Patriots, said she plans to talk about the similarities between government takeovers in America now and what she witnessed as a child growing up in Latin America.

“What I’m going to lean towards is what’s happening here, under this administration, with the infiltration of the education system, the implementation of class warfare, voter fraud that we witnessed back in 2008 in Minnesota and brainwashing with all channels of communication,” Puig said in a phone interview with TheDC.

Puig, a mother of four, thinks FreedomWorks’ focus on local Tea Party leaders lets local leaders like her showcase their ability to get involved and make a difference.

“If somebody like me can do it [organize a local Tea Party chapter], anybody can do it,” she said. “I’m tired of the excuse of people saying to me, ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this, thank you so much, but I don’t have the time because my kids have soccer.’ Well, guess what? My kids have soccer too.”

I hope many of you will go to Washington on 9/12 and stand strong for constitutionally limited government.