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                        TEA PARTY PATRIOTS CORE VALUES

    Uphold the Constitution of the United States of America
    Free Markets
    Limited Government
    Fiscal Responsibility

The core values of Tea Party Patriots are the same values upon which the United States of America was founded, and are rooted in our belief in Natural Law. They derive from a belief in free will, the primacy of individual, and personal responsibility. We will uphold and follow the original intent of the Constitution of the United States.

A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic freedom were indivisible, as do we. Our current governments interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty; therefore, we demand limited government.

We, the members of The Tea Party Patriots, are inspired by our founding documents and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land. We believe that it is possible to know the original intent of the government our founders set forth, and stand in support of that intent. Like the founders, we support states' rights for those powers not expressly stated in the Constitution. As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, in all other matters we support the
personal liberty of the individual, within the rule of law.

A limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible. Our current government's actions have resulted in onerous burdens of taxation. This increasing of taxation unjustly restricts the very liberty limited government is designed to protect and abrogates the rights the Constitution is designed to secure. In addition, the increasing national debt is a grave threat to our national sovereignty. We therefore demand from our governments: fiscal responsibility, a plan of reduced spending, and balanced budgets without the creation of further debt.

We, the people of the Tea Party Patriots, will take political action to secure a government that is constitutionally limited, and will actively oppose all government officials, elected or appointed, that violate their oath of office. To that end, we are committed to work with any party or group of individuals who are in support of our core values, thereby leaving social issues to be decided at the state or local level as the Constitution intends. We are not in support of, or supported by, any political party. We will not be influenced by any special interest. We will accept nothing less than a government that operates under the strict limitations contained in our Constitution, which best serves and protects its citizen's liberty.

We believe that social issues are best decided at the state and local levels. We recognize and support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic responsibility at a local level. We hold that the United States is a Republic conceived by its architects as a nation whose people were granted "unalienable rights" by our Creator. Chiefly among these are the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Tea Party Patriots stand with our Founding Fathers, as heirs to the republic, to claim our rights and duties which preserve their legacy and our own. We hold, as did the Founders, that there exists an inherent benefit to our country when private property and prosperity is secured by Natural Law and the rights of the individual.

The Norwich, NY Tea Party and Tea Party Patriots of Chenango County is a group of concerned patriotic citizens joining together to educate and inform our fellow Americans and to provide a platform from which their voices will be heard by their government. Caught up in the demands of everyday life, people often feel disconnected from their elected representatives, and watch in helpless frustration as their government takes bolder and bolder steps AWAY from the principles enunciated by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States.

Tea Party Patriots as an organization believes in the Constitution of the United States, Free Markets, Limited Government, and Fiscal Responsibility. The Tea Party Patriots is a non-partisan grassroots organization of individuals united by our core values derived from the Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill Of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
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Although we are from many different faiths, we find our strength in a Sovereign God
who is in full control of all His creation, and so our faith in Him and His will is secure. 
With that as our foundation, we feel that He would have us stand for keeping the freedoms
and those principles that are the basis in the founding of our country. 
With His guidance, which we seek, it is our firm intention to stand for His precepts!

About the painting:

"I was riding with Mr. Potts near to the Valley Forge where the army lay during the war of ye Revolution, when Mr. Potts said, 'Do you see that woods & that plain? There laid the army of Washington. It was a most distressing time of ye war, and all were for giving up the Ship but that great and good man. In that woods (pointing to a close in view) I heard a plaintive sound as of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling & went quietly into the woods. To my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis & the cause of the country, of humanity & of the world. Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying. I went home & told my wife. We never thought a man could be a soldier & a Christian, but if there is one in the world, it is Washington. We thought it was the cause of God & America could prevail."

Source: Eyewitness testimony of Isaac Potts, a Valley Forge resident who shared the following story with the Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden (1770-1851), who then recorded it in his "Diary and Remembrances."