“I’m just a normal person. I’m a single grandmother raising two granddaughters,” said Faye Freeman Tuesday morning.
So imagine her reaction when Texas Ranger Andy Lopez and Beeville Police Department Staff Sgt. Richard Cantu came to her door Monday and told her they wanted her to go to the police department for questioning.
The reason? Freeman had mailed the tags from 64 tea bags to different elected representatives in Austin and Washington on April 4 to protest government spending. And one of the recipients had called the authorities to report her, saying he or she had received something suspicious in the mail from a woman in Beeville.
“If you were on the receiving end of something like that, what would you think?” Freeman said Lopez asked her.
“If I’d got something like that, I would have called the person back and said, ‘Can I help you?’” was her response.
Now now, we can’t have common sense entering into this discussion. It’s just not proper for the common folk to criticize our benevolent government. They plant fear in the hearts of our harried political overlords, and that’s just a horrible thing to do.
Freeman was doing what thousands of working taxpayers are doing this month as part of a protest against increased government spending and coming tax increases.
Instead of sending tea bags, the grandmother decided to send the tabs from the bags and use the tea herself.
When she was asked why it was that she did not include a note in the letter explaining why she was sending the tabs, she had a simple answer. “That would have been an awful lot of writing.”
Freeman sent the envelopes to everyone in Washington and Austin she thought might listen. That included President Barack Obama, her U.S. senators and a number of representatives, state senators and representatives.
“When you do something like this you want to cover the chain of command,” she said.
But she never expected lawmen to show up at her door asking her to go downtown.
“I’m really surprised it happened,” Freeman said. “You should have seen my neighbors. I’m just a normal person and when the Texas Rangers came looking for me, they said, ‘Oh my goodness, what’s going on?’”
“I was stunned to start with,” Freeman said. “I didn’t have any idea. They kept assuring me that I wouldn’t be arrested.”
Your tax dollars at work fellow citizens, sending the cops after little old ladies. Absolutely pathetic.