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Conservative groups alive and well in county

In 2006, when the liberal arm of the Democratic Party ascended to power, people of the country got nervous. But once the 2008 election was final and gave liberals the power to run all branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial), people sprang to life. 
Immediately organizations began forming in communities all over the nation. The largest of them is known as the Tea Party Group.
Google “Tea Party” and your county and you will find the closest Tea Party group to you. It is not a national organization, but, rather, a collection of individual organizations across the country; such as the founding fathers would have supported.
In Ellis County, three of these groups have jumped to life since March. All of them are a spin off of the Tea Party-Dallas organization.
The Ellis County Conservatives are organized and headed by T. J. Fabby; the Ellis County Tea Party was established by Joyce Liptak, Linda Dunn, Gary Beadel, Harlon and Linda Bounds; and We the People of Texas in Ellis County is led by Gary and Sondra Bennett.
The Ellis County Conservatives were formed in March and currently have between 50 and 100 members. Their Web site can be viewed by going to www.elliscountyconservatives.org.
The Ellis County Tea Party was formed in April. Their Web site is at www.elliscountyteaparty.org. Contact information, including an e-mail address, is available on the Web site. Ellis County Tea Party takes advantage of the Dallas Tea Party membership system. More than 360 people in Ellis County have signed up through Dallas’ system and receive e-mails from the Ellis County Tea Party group as well as from the Dallas Tea Party group about how people can get involved.
We the People of Texas in Ellis County formed in March, as well. Their Web site can be found at www.wethepeopleoftexasinelliscounty.com. They have 50-60 people in their e-mail contact list and contact information for them is available on their Web site as well.

The Web sites post information of interest and information regarding what is happening in government today. The We the People site posts a list of books of suggested reading to help educate the people about the organization’s direction and why the organization is moving that way.

I am a member of We the People of Texas. However, all three groups represent the same ideology and some members attend the meetings of more than one group.

After attending events where each group paid for its own booths and were individually working to present their message, the groups decided to join together in a coalition to achieve scales of economy and gain strength in their message presentation. The joint group is known as the Common Sense Conservative Coalition of Ellis County.
There are five guiding principles of the coalition. They are the rule of Law, national sovereignty, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility and limited government. The goal is to provide education to the public of what is happening in the national, state and local government so individuals can make informed decisions when voting.

“Our goal is to energize people to get out and vote,” Bennett said. “We also want to educate them on the issues taking place on the national, state and local levels so they can make informed decisions when they do go vote.”

The groups spend time passing out literature and pocket constitutions, canvassing neighborhoods to sign up voters, attending parades and manning booths at local fairs. They hope to get people to vote in the primaries and elect conservatives who will represent the interests of the people, rather than those of the government, when they head off to serve in the positions for which they were elected.

In addition, the groups are planning on having candidate forums starting in January so people can attend and talk to the candidate about the positions they intend to take once elected and to try to get to know the person they will be electing to office.

The groups do not consider themselves right wing extremists but, rather, they are what were formerly known as the silent majority. The people work hard, pay their taxes, support the country, support the troops and come from all walks of life.

“People attending these rallies and organizations are not radical,” said Linda Bounds. “They are everyday people like me, trying to live our lives, but are very concerned about our country.”

The groups meet individually once a month and as a group once a month. The coalition meets on the fourth Saturday of every month.

The Ellis County Tea Party and We the People meet on the second Saturday of each month. The Tea Party meeting is held at 3 p.m. and We the People meet at 6:30 p.m.

Ellis County Conservatives meet on the first Saturday of each month. Check the Web site for more information on date, time and location of meetings.

In addition to restoring conservatism to the government, the groups also want to restore Christian values to the process. We the People of Texas start and end their meetings in prayer.

They also have been known to have a short Bible devotional before the meeting officially begins. Attendance to the devotional is optional and there is a place for people not attending the devotional to gather and talk until the meeting begins.

The founding fathers, both Christian and non-Christian, looked to the heavens to help set up this great country. Freedom and liberty are one of the great tenants of God almighty and we should seek his direction to keep them in place. The members of each organization do not have to pay dues. They have a “collection jar” where people are free to donate cash in order to help defray the costs.

Many of the members spend their own money in making these organizations run and believe so deeply in what they are trying to accomplish they will continue to do so, if necessary.

The groups encourage all conservative, Democrats, Republicans or Independents to attend their meetings. They are all-inclusive, but are fighting strongly for conservative values. The women of We the People of Texas are having a forum on Dec. 12. They will be presenting Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina. She will discuss her reasons for running for governor of the state of Texas and take questions during the meeting.

Contact the group via their Web site for more information on this event.

Freedom and liberty are not free; they must and have been fought for. The fight will not end with the next election, it will just be beginning. The leaders of these groups made it very clear they will be here for the duration. And just for the record, so will I.

Mike Williamson Sr. is a conservative freelance correspondent with the Ennis Daily News. To contact him, e-mail him at mike@ennisdailynews.com.

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