By Joe King, [email protected]

Sevier County Tea Party Chairman Steve Osborn announces the formation of A.R.M.Y. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Sevier County Tea Party Chairman Steve Osborn announces the formation of A.R.M.Y. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Keeping with the theme of focusing on the future, the Sevier County Tea Party plans to start a new youth group to further promote the concept of small government and constitutional adherence.

The youth group which will be called A.R.M.Y.( America’s Republic Minded Youth), will have open Sevier County participation for ages 16 to 21.

“The older members of the A.R.M.Y. will be given the responsibility to create a steering committee from amongst themselves and set the monthly agendas and activities,” said Sevier County Tea Party Chairman Steve Osborn. “However, there will be volunteer adults on hand at both the steering committee meetings and monthly meetings. Their purpose will be to answer questions about how a committee is formed, how the A.R.M.Y. will function, and help maintain a sense of order and direction during the monthly meetings.”

As one of its major focuses, A.R.M.Y. will emphasize the political process.

Members of the Sevier County Tea Party get together for a monthly meeting. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Members of the Sevier County Tea Party get together for a monthly meeting. (The Herald/ Joe King)

“As the teens become more familiar with the principles of a republic and the political process, we would like them to invite local, state, and federal politicians to their meetings so they can engage them in meaningful and thoughtful dialog,” he said. “I think they will have so much fun engaging their first
politician that the excitement will grow.”

National history and the current state of education will also play a large role in the group.

“These days, it seems most of our children are taught a social-engineering, failed curriculum consisting of feel-good social agendas,” he said. “Not that Sevier County teaches this, but to point out the seriousness of students being propagandized, some schools teach that our founding fathers were terrorists and should not be honored as hero’s fighting against tyranny.”

Osborn added he believes members of A.R.M.Y will be given a real opportunity to see once they are adults, they can participate at any level of politics from grassroots to becoming an elected official.

“These young men and women will be the guardians of our freedoms once the older generation passes on,” he said. “We think it’s important for the next generation to understand to the best of their ability how our republic is supposed to work. The A.R.M.Y. will carry the banner after us.”

For more information visit http://www.seviercoteaparty.org/

 

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