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What a day! The tea parties were simply amazing. So now what? You and I have to make sure our neighbors and friends who were passionately waving signs and cheering speakers on Wednesday will be actively participating in the political and policy process on Monday.

My ancestor, Benjamin Rush, and the other signers of the Declaration of Independence swore their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to the cause of liberty. Will you and I do likewise?

First, forward along to those friends the e-mails and news alerts you get from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and other groups. Help your friends be actively informed so they can take knowledgeable actions. Devote your life to promoting liberty at all levels of government.

Second, be willing to donate your resources of money and time. Our founders didn’t say, “I would like to be involved in fighting the king, but I have a job and have to pay the taxes.” Yet how often do we hear others utter those words (and say it ourselves)? We have to put our time and our dollars where our principles are.

Third, come alongside those who run for office — or be willing to do so yourself. We have to put our honor on the line, making public stands for the right people being willing to campaign on, and govern with, our principles. And we need to stay on top of those folks once elected to keep them on the straight and narrow.

These modern tea parties will be meaningful if they, like the original, result in greater participation in the fight for liberty.