Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Parties - Finally! A Message to the Government!

Tea Party Map
Heads Up, Tea Party Patriots!
Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evilsBy Judi McLeod
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Mired in red tape, the 4th Annual New Hampshire Live Free or Die Rally will be the testing ground on whether July 4th Tea Parties will be squashed throughout the United States of America.
Suppressing dissent followed hard on the heels of state-wide April 15 Tea Parties when Department of Homeland Security head honcho Janet Napolitano fingered returning war veterans as right-wing “extremists”.
Anti-Obama bumper-stickers brought motorists visits from the FBI.
The mainstream media downplayed the estimated one million main-street Americans who protested high taxes at April 15 Tea Parties.
Even with rock star adulation and his picture on almost every marketable item, President Barack Obama does not feel safe from dissent. At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis, Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations, taking a veiled shot at the Fox News Channel, closely associated with the protests.
“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around,” Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”
Billed as the All Free, Only TRUE First Amendment Rally in the U.S., this year’s Live Free Or Die Rally is slated for August 21, 22 and 23.
A Live Free or Die mentality has been gaining new popularity in an environment where everything America is now under attack and Americans are saddled with a president who is apologizing for America on the World Stage.
“Live Free or Die” is the official motto of the U.S. State of New Hampshire, adopted by the state in long ago 1945.
According to Wikipedia, the motto “is possibly the best-known of all state mottos, partly because it speaks to an assertive independence historically found in American political philosophy and partly because of its contrast to the milder sentiments found in other state mottos.”
“The phrase comes from a toast written by General John Stark on July 31, 1809. Poor health forced Stark, New Hampshire’s most famous soldier of the American Revolutionary War, to decline an invitation to an anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington and to send his toast by letter:
“Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.”
The motto was enacted at the same time as the state emblem, on which it appears.
And now the popular Live Free or Die Rally has reached an impasse. On Tuesday, rally organizers were “ordered” to a commercial site-plan review subject to a bevy of board approvals and fees--even though it’s an all-free, NON-commercial, First Amendment assembly demonstration on 300 acres of land donated for the gathering.
As quoted by Priscilla Miller in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, the opposing viewpoints of both chief rally organizer and selectman:
“It’s a violation of our rights. What they’re doing is illegal”-Jean “Mike” Coutu, rally organizer.
“I very much want you to have this event, but I want you to have it safely and I want you to have it reasonably.” -Frank Sterling, selectman.
This is Tea Parties Meet Bureaucratic Red Tape 101, offering the Obama administration a way to strangle the Tea Party baby in its cradle.
Civic governments, in politically correct lockstep, and dependent on stimulus money make the most effective blockade for America’s gone-viral Tea Parties.
The age-old adage that “You Can’t Fight City Hall and Win” is as prevalent today as it was in the days of corrupt Tammany Hall politics.
Site-plan reviews masquerading as protection for the local taxpayer are as ridden with crass politics as high-handed members of the Democrat Party.
Victims of business ideas strangled at the local Planning Committee dot the landscape.
Has the Obama administration found a clever fail-proof strategy to stifle America’s Tea Parties?
The answer lies in the fate of the 4th Annual New Hampshire Live Free or Die Rally at the Planning Board’s Site Plan Review.
Meanwhile, patriots are watching for the outcome.
Tea Party Revolution: What Now?by Alan Stang, April 21, 2009,
[...] The other tea party we attended was in downtown Houston. The excitement was palpable. The signs were creative. The speakers were all actual people, not politicians. The participants were both friendly and firm. And there were thousands such gatherings, large and small, across the country. This could have been the biggest single event in American history. The word is that about a million participated. The troubling question is: What happens now?
In neither party we attended did anyone set forth a plan into which the priceless energy coalescing at the parties could flow. Without a plan, the danger is great that this historic outburst could turn out to be a huge feel good venting session, dissipating the energy while the Communists advance.
Consider that we can win the battle for America only if we can accumulate enough power; power is the sine qua non of the struggle. The Communists in the White House are rapidly accumulating power and are using it to force the Communist lid down upon us. When and if they get the guns and put us on the bus, it will take much longer and be much harder – and bloodier – to win.
The conspirators the Big Ears Communists work for have almost arrived at their historic, hundred-year goal. Not profit, not money – they don’t know how much money they have – but the power to step on your face until you choke in the mud, their bloody golf cleats grinding in your cheek. They are psychopaths who, in normal times, would be incarcerated in hospitals for the criminal insane. One of their goals is the extermination of as much as 90% of the earth’s population. What does that have to do with profit?
These monsters have already murdered at least a couple of hundred million people. Now that they are so close to total victory, they are crazier than ever. They will not “see reason,” they will not negotiate; they will kill anyone they must to win. They are like a hydrophobic pit bull savaging a poodle. We can win only if we have more power than they do.
They got where they are by patient, decades-long infiltration, permeation and subversion of our institutions, our government, our industry, our finances, our media, our schools, etc. They got away with it because we didn’t sufficiently recognize it. We don’t have time to do the same thing; if we did, the conspiracy would not extend us the same acquiescence. For years, I have warned that we are “in a race against time.” Finally, I am right.
Only one accessible reservoir of power remains: the states. The states are beginning to awaken; they are beginning to remember what they were and could be again. The many Tenth Amendment resolutions are just one proof. If enough legislatures could be revived, the battle could be won. The states could put their federal creation in its place. That is where we should be fighting.
Your congressman can’t or won’t do it. With at least one heroic exception, your congressman is a foreigner, even an enemy alien. He is no longer your representative to Washington; he is Washington’s representative to you. You need to make him shaky nervous whenever he visits the district.
Without such purpose, without conductors to keep them off, the freedom express becomes vulnerable to three-day old “patriots” skunking aboard, trying to shunt it to a siding. For instance, there is Newt Gingrich, the toe fungus you struggle to get rid of but never can. It always comes back. Toe cheese Newt is making presidential noises again.
A new entry is Texas Governor Rick Perry. For almost ten years, Perry has been encouraging new and increased taxes; so many and so much that Texas taxes now rival Washington’s. He imposed forced injections of Merck’s Gardasil on twelve-year-old girls, because his former chief-of-staff is now a Merck lobbyist. Gardasil is a toxic drug; it has killed and maimed girls and women around the world.
Perry still defends the kidnapping by Texas child disservices of hundreds of kiddos from that Mormon sect in Eldorado, prompted by a call from a crazy woman in Colorado who later disappeared. The cops knew she was crazy, but conducted the kidnapping anyway. After all the investigations, no one was charged with anything.
Rick Perry will charge tolls on freeways the people have already paid for. Despite denials, his Trans Texas Corridor, that will move Afghan drugs and Red Chinese military from Mexico through Texas to Kansas City proceeds. A Spanish company will enjoy the profits for fifty years. Freeway exits will be closed, which will kill little towns.
Perry has been to Bilderberg twice. They are looking him over for possible employment as President after Mr. Big Ears deflates. That is why our Communist media say his political career is soaring. Bilderberg of course is the epitome of world government, but now, after almost ten years as big governor, here was the new Rick Perry, wearing hunting garb, talking Tenth Amendment at a tea party. He even mentioned secession before he rejected it. There is no sleazier politician in the country than Rick Perry.
In Austin, Robert Morrow has organized Conservative Republicans Against Perry, which abbreviates into an unfortunate acronym: CRAP. Morrow is presently preparing a CRAP site that will list Perry’s serial CRAPS. Perry will be running in the primary for the gubernatorial nomination against incumbent Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Wharton County Republican Chairman Debra Medina, an R.N. and businesswoman. Kay Bailey and Rick are male and female versions of the same thing except that Perry is prettier. Debra Medina is a true patriot. She stood up to Republican Nazis at last year’s state convention.
The tea parties also smoked out both legs of our Communist media. On the right, there was fifty million dollar fraud Glenn Beck, long the property of the Communist News Network, until Australian pornographer Rupert Murdoch, who supported Mrs. Billy Bubba Slime for President, bought him for Fox.
Glenn Beck did a great show at the tea party in San Antonio. He made a great speech. He has formed his own patriotic group, which holds meetings across the country. He has been a patriot for – let’s see, now – how many hours? Last year, when his opinion could have counted, he derided Dr. Paul. Now, too late, he says Ron could be right about some things.
He said he would expose the FEMA camps, fully staffed and barb-wired, empty, waiting for someone to lock up. He must have misread the script they gave him because he returned from his “investigation” to say the camps are a hoax, despite video of them shot across the country. His “investigator” was Popular Mechanics, the lie magazine that ineptly tries to discredit every revelation about Nine Eleven, one of the many subjects you are forbidden to discuss on his show. Glenn Beck, a patriot? You’re kidding. His lucrative assignment is to co-opt, neutralize, divert and control the exploding American revival. Of course he makes a great speech! Don’t they all? Didn’t Hitler make a great speech? Doesn’t Mr. Big Ears make a great speech?
The left Communist media, furious, lost control of their ravening blood lust. They tried to associate the tea parties with something called “tea bagging,” which I had never heard of and don’t want to know anything about, because it is said to be a typically degenerate behavior practiced by faggots. You new people who attended with your spouses and kiddos need to know that this is what the left Communist media think of you.
Of course, la pièce de résistance of the day was the performance of the CNN womanoid in Chicago, Susan something. I didn’t get its last name. It sounded something like “Rodent.” You saw it yourself on You Tube, doing everything it could to provoke a confrontation. It failed, but people did shout that it wasn’t a real reporter, which it wasn’t, and told it to shut up.
The left Communist media performance indelibly proves that these people are not just fellow Americans who disagree. They are enemies who are trying to hurt you and treat you with contempt. They are trying to destroy the United States. You must recognize that and act accordingly.
Do not be impressed when they arrive in the vans with the video cams. My first job in broadcasting was at NBC in New York, where I wrote a show. I was not impressed. Don’t talk to them. Make them as nervous as you make your congressman. They are vulnerable public corporations. Bring them down. Revel in the certainty that they will not fare well on Der Tag and thereafter. Because they don’t believe in guns and self-defense, the Communist juggernaut they adore will surge through them like Perry CRAP through a goose.
Go to your state capitals. ACORN goes door to door. Will you? They have a plan and the will to win. Do you? You must go nose to nose with ACORN and convince them you are squirrels. [Read entire article at:]

The Left Is Making a Mistake in Ridiculing the Tea PartiesGrave mistake in diminishing and dismissing the anger of the American peopleBy Frank Salvato Saturday, April 18, 2009
The political Left in the United States is making a grave mistake in diminishing and dismissing the anger of the American people. Where it may be common place for liberals, Leftists, neo-Marxists and Progressive-Leftists to take to the streets over anything and everything, including a change of wind direction, it is entirely a different story with conservatives and Republicans. Conservatives and Republicans don’t march in the streets for anything. The fact that they have now taken to the streets in protest of massive government spending and government’s encroachment into our liberties speaks volumes to those who would listen.
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”An amazing thing happened on the way to America’s socialistic demise...a revolution has fomented. Born of a righteous anger centered on wasteful and special interest government spending, lack of honest representation in government, a move toward transforming the United States Constitutional Republic into a Socialist Democracy, excessive taxation and many more constitutionally based grievances, conservatives, traditionalists and Republicans, as well as centrists, independents and Democrats, took to the streets of just about every congressional district to protest a behemoth runaway government run by an elitist and opportunistic political class. From Chicago to New York, St. Louis to San Francisco, St. Paul to Austin and Miami to Portland, hard-working, taxpaying Americans, who aren’t too often moved to taking to the streets in protest, took to the streets to redress their government.
What makes this “protest” more important and more potent than any petition drive, any email, letter writing or phone campaign, is that it moved conservatives, traditionalists and Republicans to take to the streets, something that in most every instance and in every circumstance they are not wont to do. The question that is being asked now is this: Will this movement grow and gather strength enough to affect real, meaningful and constitutionally friendly “change” or will conservatives, traditionalists and Republicans fall prey to their traditional boogey-man, factionalism?
The Conservative Challenge
For decades– both in my political life and for as long as I have been writing and publishing – I have contended that conservatives and Republicans – the Right – aren’t cohesive. Since entering into the new media publishing and non-profit educational venues I have come to understand that they don’t financially support the organizations and publications that carry the water for them; who defend the traditionalist ideology from mainstream media and Leftist attacks. They employ ideological litmus tests for their prospective candidates instead of selecting candidates that would dedicate their public service to preserving their individual rights to pursue their special interests. And it is obvious to anyone but those walking around with eyes wide shut that it takes an act outrageous and egregious to motivate conservatives and Republicans to the streets in protest.
While this analysis may sound harsh (and with regard to the lack of financial support for those who carry the water for conservatism it is meant to be), for the most part there is an underlying philosophical reason for the differences between the pack mentality of the Left and the individualism of the Right. Where the Left leans more toward identifying our populace in the collective (what’s good for the country is good for the individual), the Right identifies our populace as individuals who, together, make up the whole (what is good for the individual is good for the country). This individualist philosophy lends itself to self-sufficiency and individual responsibility which leads to a community of people who believe that solutions come from individuals and not government. This, of course, leads to a civically responsible community.
A vulnerability that exists in extreme individualism is that it leads to a community of individuals who always want to be the leader. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.” When everyone believes that their way of achieving things is the best, factions develop that impede the whole of the community from being effective in achieving common goals.
A prime example of this can be found in the ideological litmus test for political candidates. Instead of supporting candidates that would fight to protect an individual’s right to pursue matters important to the individual, factions within the conservative community threaten to withhold support if their individual special interests, the subjects and issues most important to them, are not embraced by candidates. Using the individualist philosophy in political pursuits instead of measuring candidates on their dedication to preserving and defending the individuals’ rights to pursue their individual interests makes it next to impossible to not only come to a consensus on a candidate, but slate a candidate that can beat the Left’s cohesive, pack-mentality voting style.
Extreme individualism is also the main reason that the Right continually falls to the Left in establishing and funding political action and advocacy groups. It is the primary reason why, even though there are people on the right side of the ideological aisle who have even more money than neo-Marxist financier George Soros, there are no groups like, America Coming Together, Media Matters, etc. Those ideological groups that do exist on the right side of the ideological aisle are almost always extremely limited in what they can do to combat the Leftists because they are so underfunded.
This is why the events of April 15th, 2009, are so incredible and important in and of themselves. It would seem that the acts outrageous and egregious have occurred at the hand of our government, so much so and for so long that – to borrow a line from a Bob Dylan song, “...the times, they are a changin’.”
The Beneficiaries of American Political Apathy
The American Fifth Column – an association of one-worlders, neo-Marxists, Progressive-Leftists, Communists, Socialists and anarchists, to name some of the more notable groups – has successfully intruded into our daily lives by implementing a shadow set of societal laws in “political correctness”; a shadow set of rules antithetical to the United States Constitution. This is true to such an extent that elected officials are basing the creation of legislation on these tenets, tenets directly taken from the Marxist-Leninist philosophy. From hate crime laws whose definitions are open to ideological interpretation to the mass redistribution of wealth currently being perpetrated upon the American people by the Obama Administration to the government funded indoctrination of our children into special interest ideology via the public schools system, the elements of our society that believe government is the answer have infiltrated every avenue of our lives and they have placed the importance of their ideology above even the proper execution of representative government.
But most disturbing is that the American Fifth Column has so successfully employed the tactics of Marxist “community organizer” Saul Alinsky to achieve their goal – the radical transformation of America's social and economic structure – that they have taken control of the US government. Nancy Pelosi’s oligarchy in the US House of Representatives, combined with the almost filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the US Senate, place the Legislative Branch firmly in control of the neo-Marxist wing of the Democrat Party. President Obama – who has talked unabashedly about “economic justice” and the “arrogance” of the United States and who is a self-declared “community organizer” in the mold of the Alinsky model – has populated his administration with far-Left ideologues – many from the Clinton Administration – including many members of the biased and agendized mainstream media.
It can be successfully argued that the neo-Marxist Progressive-Left has become “the establishment” and traditionalist Americans – those who believe in the sanctity of the US Constitution, in freedom, liberty and personal and civic responsibility – have become the “counter-culture.”
Enter the tea parties...
Goebbels Would Be Proud
As real, hard-working Americans from all walks of life – rich, poor, religious, non-religious, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, white, black, yellow, brown, male and female – took to the streets to send a message to their elected officials; those elected to office to represent the best interests of their constituencies, not their political parties, perhaps the most organized and vicious threat to our Constitutional Republic took to the airwaves to discredit, diminish and otherwise smear We the People: the mainstream media.
Make no mistake, while the neo-Marxists elected to office are a threat to our liberty and freedom, to our Constitutional Republic, they wouldn’t be able to come close to the success they have seen so far if it weren’t for the propagandists in the mainstream media. The mainstream media disingenuously and blatantly violated their constitutionally mandated responsibility to act as citizen’s advocate by championing the Obama campaign in the 2008 elections. By refusing to ask the tough questions and selectively airing favorable coverage of the Obama campaign, while criticizing the McCain campaign for even the most benign faux pas, they ensured a victory for Barack Obama thus violating the public trust. True journalism is dead in the mainstream media. It has been replaced by a propaganda dissemination mechanism that would have made Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels envious. With regard to the tea parties two examples stand out...Radio talk show host, Bill Press, on FOX News, April 14th, tried to float the idea that nefarious conservative organizations were behind the organizing of the nationwide tea party assemblage, saying he ”didn’t see anything genuine or see anything real” about the protests. He advanced a ridiculous theory that because advocate organizations and politicians decided to get on board with the public outrage that they somehow were pulling the strings of the total of protesters from coast-to-coast. Press may understand protests on the Left to be funded by nefarious political and ideological forces – George Soros,, America Coming Together, Media Matters, the Communist and Socialist Parties, etc. – but conservatives and Republicans aren’t that adept at organizing “march-in-the-street” protests.Another came from CNN’s Susan Roesgen who displayed a level of elitism in her interviewing of tea party protesters in Chicago heretofore unseen throughout the history of journalism. Roesgen questioned one protester whose frustration with Barack Obama’s totalitarian governmental style led him to equate it to the political stylings of a young, pre-holocaust Adolf Hitler. Forgetting that fascism exists on the left side of an accurate political spectrum, Roesgen chastised the protester for being “offensive.” One must question how offended she was when the same thing was happening to President George W. Bush. Then Roesgen, under the guise of asking a question, lectured and entered into debate with another protester before cutting him off and declaring that the entire protest was orchestrated by FOX News and was, in fact, “anti-government,” “anti-CNN” and “not family viewing.”
This blatant disregard for the public’s genuine anger lends credence to the argument that the mainstream media is not only in the tank for the Obama Administration, but that they have reached such a level of elitism, possessing such an agenda-driven arrogance, that they have literally become not only an enemy of the Charters of Freedom but an enemy of the people.
Overthrowing Men Who Pervert the ConstitutionAccording to the recently released DHS threat assessment titled, Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic & Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization & Recruitment, my proclivity to actively defend the US Constitution, to actively question a reckless government that has strayed from the principles set forth by our Founders and Framers – principles born of Natural Law and Judeo-Christian values, principles that forged a Constitutional Republic, defines me as a threat to our nation. According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (please tell me again what her qualifications for this post are?) because I am angry about the government’s abdication of effective representative government I am a threat to the nation, along with US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and each and every American who turned out for the tea parties across the nation. Both Napolitano and President Obama – for his silence on the matter – consider We the People “the enemy.”As of this writing, there are 564 days until the 2010 midterm elections. The questions that remains are these:
▪ Will this truly patriotic movement continue to grow?
▪ Will those who took to the streets on April 15th, 2009, continue to do so until the totalitarian forces of the neo-Marxist Progressive-Left are vanquished once and for all?
▪ Or will conservative, traditionalists, Republicans, concerned centrists and honest Democrats look at their singular achievement and say job well-done as they retreat to the status quo?
To be sure, if the mid-term elections had been held on the day of the tea parties I truly believe most incumbents would have been ousted from office. The anger is that concentrated. But the past holds the truth of the future and it shows that – traditionally – conservatives are hard pressed to maintain cohesiveness over a prolonged period of time. Truthfully, I hope I am proven wrong on this point. The fact is, our nation’s future depends on me being wrong.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is credited with having said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." If the Left is smart – and that is truly being questioned by many Americans – they will form a new-found respect for the admiral’s words with regard to the events of April 15th, 2009.
If the Right is smart, and in their awakening it appears they are, they will realize this needs to be an ongoing effort, that there is hard work ahead, that everyone must act cohesively and that......the revolution starts now!
“We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the constitution.”– Abraham Lincoln

Despicable and Shameful? What About Tax Violations, Bank Fraud, Rep. Schakowsky?Peaceful and lawful protests by We the People are 'despicable and shameful'By John Lillpop
Friday, April 17, 2009
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is generally recognized as one of the most liberal politicians in the United States Congress. That fact became too obvious last week when Schakowsky unleashed a bitter verbal assault against American citizens audacious enough to take part in the so-called Tea Parties held all across the nation on April 15.
For those who have not heard, one million American citizens gathered to protest the spending and tax policies of the Democrat-majority Congress and the equally liberal Obama administration.
Note, please, that the Tea Parties were peaceful, lawful expressions of free speech, as per the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Nonetheless, Rep. Jan Schakowsky denounced the Tea Parties as “despicable and shameful” because said events were in opposition to Obama tax policies, which she sees as a “significant, honorable moment of American history.”
Peaceful and lawful protests by We the People are “despicable and shameful”?
If the Gentle Lady from Illinois was in such an agitated state over peaceful protests, how incensed might she become if serious matters-- like tax violations and fraud--were involved?
Does the name Robert Creamer ring a bell, Representative Schakowsky?
If not, perhaps this partial clip from USA Today, dated August 31, 2005, will stir a memory:
“The husband of an Illinois congresswoman pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax violations and bank fraud for writing rubber checks and failing to collect withholding tax from an employee.
“Robert Creamer, a political consultant married to four-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, could face four years in prison on the two felony counts when he is sentenced Dec. 21.
“In my heart, I know that these mistakes do not define or diminish this good man, or the good work that he has done over the last 40 years or that he will do in the future,” Schakowsky, D-Ill., said after her husband’s court hearing.”
Isn’t that just precious?
The Congress lady that ragged on patriots for exercising their First Amendment rights was perfectly willing to accept a convicted felon as a “good man.”
As it turns out, Schakowsky’s “good man” ended up going to jail as described, in part, at Wikipedia:
“On April 5, 2006, Creamer was sentenced to five months in prison and 11 months house arrest. Creamer served his 5 month incarceration at the Federal Correction Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana and was released on November 3, 2006.”
It should be pointed out that Rep. Jan Schakowsky has never been implicated in her husband’s felony.
Which is not to say that a five-month stint in a cold and smelly cell might not do a world of good for this unrepentant knot head from Illinois!

More Despicable and Shameful: Tea Parties or Government Gestapo Squads?Schakowsky is from Illinois where fraud, pay for play, and mobster politics trump American historyBy John Lillpop
Friday, April 17, 2009
Just when you thought you had heard it all, another wacky Democrat from Illinois smashes through the incredulity barrier with yet another hysterical assault on the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
This time, the offending leftist is Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) who finds it “despicable and shameful” that American citizens would actually stoop so low as to engage in peaceful protests against Obama tax policies, which she sees as a “significant, honorable moment of American history.”
Did I mention that Schakowsky hails from the great state of Illinois, which gave America Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and, yes, Barack Obama?
Two out of three ain’t bad, say what?
As reported, in part, at the
“Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted “tea party” protests yesterday, labeling the activities “despicable” and shameful.”
‘“The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs,” Schakowsky said in a statement.
“It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt,” she added. “Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.”
Clearly, Ms. Schakowsky is fond of using histrionics and exaggerated hysteria when the facts are not on her side. She also seems flippant when it comes to American history.
Under normal circumstances, one would expect a member of Congress to understand and respect the fact that the 2009 Tea Parties were symbolic reenactments of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, which hastened the American Revolution back in the days.
As was the case in 1773, government tax policies are unfair, destructive, and worthy of protest.
However, remember that Schakowsky is from Illinois where fraud, pay for play, and mobster politics trump American history.
Those “Despicable and Shameful” Tea Parties prove that the First Amendment and the right of “We the People” to assemble peacefully, and to dissent, are still intact, at least for the moment.
It may just for the moment, indeed, if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is able to profile military veterans and those opposed to the invasion of America by illegal aliens as “right wing extremists.”
Really looking for “Despicable and Shameful” behavior, Representative Schakowsky?
If so, forego your misguided angst over American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights, and focus instead on the Gestapo mindset of Janet Napolitano and other left-wing extremists in the Obama administration.

The Colbert Report - The Fox News Tea Parties
O'Reilly - Tea Bag Jokes
Shepard Smith blows the 'DHS is picking on the Tea Parties' meme out of the water
Rachel Maddow - Teabag Recap
Rachel Maddow - Teabag - Cox
Tea Parties were an over the top success! This is just the beginning.Tea Parties, Right wing Extremists, Homeland SecurityBy Dr. Laurie Roth Thursday, April 16, 2009
The over reach of this administration and President continues in bold Technicolor. Magically, the day before the national Tea Parties we see a report released by Homeland Security identifying the new war on terror, the real danger (drum role please) RETURNING VETS, those who are against abortion, for state sovereignty, for less Government, less taxation, against illegal immigration and pro gun rights. I figure that would cover most of tax paying America! This offensive, disconnected from reality dribble, reads like a declaration of war against decent American citizens. Our brave, loyal and courageous Vets are a danger? Oh that is rich!
The heat is building up to Lava and flying everywhere as the insult and insinuation of this report floods the country. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith states that this administration was painting “law-abiding Americans, including war veterans, as ‘extremists.’” Indiana Rep. Steve Buyer weighed in as well calling the implication against our troops as ‘inconceivable.’
Now for our usual moments of spin and therapy
As the boomerang of outrage hits Obama and his administration, Napolitano has defended the assessment AND OTHER STATEMENTS BY THE AGENCY. She has thrown in of course the psychobabble about valuing and supporting the troops….bla bla bla.
Yesterday, the nation started its wake up call and millions met, peacefully at thousands of Tea Parties. I spoke at the one in Spokane Wa, where there was 3-5000 there alone. We were all fed up to our gills and done being just angry while watching our Government violate our constitution, tax us to death, steal from future generations and continue to march against our freedoms!
Those scary “right wing extremists” all across the country will now continue their focused rage in clearly thought, organized plans to regain sanity in Government on the city, county, state and federal level.
I have scary news for this administration and congress. This is just the beginning. We will not just lie down as they paint most of us who have never committed any crimes and love our country as domestic terrorists and dangerous people to be tracked and watched. Most of us know from the playbook of Tyrannical takeovers how the people were taken over by Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler. We understand that the protectors of sovereignty and freedom must be trashed and vilified. Bring it on. The boomerang of challenged freedom only flies back at you!
Right is wrong and wrong is right
Expect as we constitutionally, legally and morally take steps in our states to save our country, that we will be called all manner of horrifying names, falsely accused of terrorism, racism and other invented slander. Did I say yet that we will be watched??? UNDERSTAND THIS. WE WILL BE WATCHING YOU IN CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ALL VERY CLOSELY TOO AS WE MARCH TO SAVE OUR FREEDOM AND COUNTRY.

Tea parties: they just don’t get it
The tea party protests are about government being out of controlBy Klaus Rohrich Thursday, April 16, 2009
To be truthful, I don’t know if the so-called mainstream media covered the “tea party” tax protests that took place all across America yesterday. That’s because I have long ago stopped looking toward the MSM for truthful information. What I do know is the people toward whom these protest were directed haven’t got a clue as to what they are about, nor, it appears, do they have a place in their consciousness to put it.
Contrary to the belief voiced by an assistant of Sen. Ben Nelson (D NB), the tea parties are not a protest against the government per se, but against the way the government is being handled. The standard comment on the tea party phenomenon seemed to be that, “well, the Republicans had their chance and look at the mess they made of it.” Or, “This is just another attempt by the neo-cons to derail the brilliant plan devised by our president to solve the nation’s economic problems.”
Nice try, but these responses aren’t even close. The tea parties are not about whether Republicans or Democrats wield power, nor are they about conservatives and liberals. The tea party protests are about government being out of control. Not just the government of the day, but also of the previous administration. Consider the fact that between George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the federal government has incurred $12.8 TRILLION dollars in debt in just the past six months!
Unborn children will inherit nearly $50,000 in debt on the day they are born and chances are that their grandchildren will have to finish paying it off. The United States used to be the country where anything was possible; where a poor person could rise to the pinnacles of wealth on the strength of his or her initiative and dedication to hard work. The country’s current trajectory precludes any such possibility, as its citizens will be working to pay off the government’s debts, rather than enriching their own lives.
After Japan, the United States has the second highest corporate taxes in the world, meaning that investment in the United States is being redirected towards those nations that do not unduly punish success. But given the spending addictions of all levels of government, these high taxes are necessary in order to pay for the profligate spending habits of those who govern us.
Contrary to what Sen. Chuck Schumer (D. NY) claimed, Americans do care about those “little, tiny, yes, porky amendments” that piggy politicians of both parties have been writing into budgets for years. The tea party protests are clear proof of that. These amendments result in bringing government largesse to their states or districts, but given the level to which they have taken these expenditures, they are also killing the nation’s ability to pay for them. Americans are turning into de facto slaves of the US government so that politicians like Chuck Schumer (D), Arlen Specter (R) and Lisa Murkowski (R) can stay in office indefinitely.
Many commentators on the right side of the political spectrum believe that the tea parties will accomplish absolutely nothing. It’s almost certain that no substantive change will come from government as a result of these protests. However, the protests will accomplish two things. First, people are finding out that they are not alone in their revulsion of what the government is attempting to ram down their throats. They are discovering kindred spirits in large numbers who believe as they do—that the government should serve the people and not the other way about.
Second, and perhaps more importantly, out of these tea parties the germs of an organized effort to change the faces of those in Washington is highly likely to emerge. When that happens we’ll see some real change in government, instead of the “change” the last election has brought about.

The Tea Party's Over
By Mary Starrett
April 16, 2009
April 15th protests throughout the country showed us that furious Americans can and did mobilize against government tyranny.
Now what?For many at Tea Parties throughout the U.S. that marked the end of their activism. They have returned to their apolitical lives and will not make another political peep until 2012.
Others however, are reenergized. The fire in their bellies is now stoked and ready to be fanned into a political wildfire the likes of which we’ve not seen in our lifetime.
There will be those who say “what good did it do, what difference will it make to stand up to big government?”
Another group will be more committed than ever before to their belief that living under government oppression is for other people, in other countries, and not for us, here in America.
The lily-livered and easily discouraged have already proven they will not fight to live free.
They’ve compromised by voting for what they abhorred and excused those who tightened their chains and flogged them while saying to their masters, “Sir, may I please have another?”
Political activism doesn’t have to take a lot of money. It can cost as little as a postage stamp or as much as a sizeable donation to a political organization that fights your battles for you every day.It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It’s something that can be done from home, on a computer, in holey sweats and bathrobes.
The challenge each of us faces is this: Will I do something today, this week, this month that will stymie the forces hell-bent on enslaving me?
Will I look at what’s happening in my state house and support those legislators who try to hold back the tide that threatens my freedom? Will I dog those who challenge my liberty with yet another destructive bill or usurious tax?
Will I call a talk show and give the host an earful if he doesn’t offer a forum that includes my position?
Will I read a news story and write a letter to the editor instead of cursing the darkness on the page before me?
Will I refuse to vote, yet again for someone who doesn’t conform to my positions no matter what the “don’t waste your vote on a lesser known candidate” crowd says?
The next four years will likely mark the end of our republic unless we breathe some of that fire that’s in our bellies into action.
Daily indications show that the duopoly in D.C. will still be pushing the exact same agenda despite the illusion that there are differences between the 2 parties in power.
Former GOP presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney this week encouraged his party to pass “immigration reform” (read amnesty) in order to attract more minorities to the all but dead party.
Romney, who talked tough on the illegal immigration issue during his campaign for president while employing illegal Guatemalans to mow his lawn, just said “we have a natural affinity for Hispanic-American and Asian-American voters.
He encouraged his party to become more inclusive in order to gain political victory in 2012.
Memo to Mitt: Americans want illegals to get out and stay out.
The Boston Globe reports that “hot button” issues like illegal immigration and abortion “are growing cold.”
While RNC Chairman Michael Steele pushes the pro-abort agenda and the party faithful get more discouraged, it’s apparent that “ hot button” issues like immigration and abortion have not grown cold so much as they’ve been left on a back burner and ignored by those who pretend to be the “conservative” party.
The GOP doesn’t get it, even after the flogging the party endured in the last election. Constitutionally-minded Americans don’t want a further shift to the middle lane or the left lane. They want a hard turn to the right.
Those with belly fire have not left tea parties to go home and sip tea.
They’ve just begun cooking up a strong brew the power elite will have a hard time swallowing.

The D.C. Tea Party
Tax Day Tea Party
April 15, 2009 – 8:57 pm
California: Chico: Fed up tax payers packed Chico City Plaza Wednesday for a tax day tea party. Many in the crowd responded with cheers, while holding signs criticizing President Obama and calling recent economic policy outright socialism. “If my business was belly up there would be nobody there to bail it out.”
Tennessee: Chattanooga: Wednesday’s Tax Day Tea Party at Ross’s Landing drew about 1,000 area citizens who came to protest runaway federal spending. “We’ve gotten to the point where Congress just passes spending to make people feel good, but there is little accountability to ensure that spending gets real results. Continued spending of this magnitude will force huge tax hikes for everybody, not just the so-called rich, and limit economic opportunity for our children and grandchildren.”
West Virginia: Martinsburg: Hundreds of people rallied Wednesday in the Eastern Panhandle against government spending and taxes. “Basically, the government just needs to stop — they need to think about what they’re doing,” Kathy Lane said. “They’re bankrupting our country and I think they’re taking away our rights. And I’m sick and tired of it.”
Washington, D.C.: Shades of 1970’s paranoia from Inside the Beltway
Virginia: Richmond: It rained on the Richmond Tax Day Tea Party, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of several thousand chanting, sign-waving Virginians. The signs told the story: “The Real Pirates are in Congress.” “Stop Toxic Spending!” “Tea Party Today. Tar and Feathers Tomorrow!” “Unrepentant Capitalist!” “Obamanomics. Trickle Up Poverty.” “Obama Wants Your Dollars. Do You Want His Change?” “Who Will Bail Out the Bailout?”
Texas: Victoria: Signs such as “Give us liberty, not debt,” “Stop spending our kids’ money,” and “Can we lay off Congress?” waved high in the air at the Taxed Enough Already Party in Victoria Wednesday evening. “The founders were real specific about the limitations our government was supposed to have. Over time, they just gradually expanded and expanded which now we have a federal government that is pretty invasive in our lives,” said Mike Cloud. “I think (taxes) can be a lot lower if the government did what the Constitution says it should do. They’re too high. We should go to the fair tax. It doesn’t tax productivity. It taxes consumption,” said Peter Aparicio.
Montana: Great Falls: Hundreds of people braved the snow, rain, and chill in downtown Great Falls on Wednesday to participate in a tax day “tea party.” Video and photos here.
Mississippi: Jackson: Between 400 and 500 people showed up for the protest. One of those was Judy Bivins of Jackson, dressed as a pig. She toks WKHM that she’s fed up.


Texas Governor: "Texas Can Leave Union If It Wants To"
Fox Anchor Rants About Fascism During Tea Party Coverage
Neil Cavuto Interviews Teabaggers: "We Don't Want The Change!"
CNN's reporter Susan Roesgen caught behind the scene during Tea Party event
Republicans and the Tea PartiesThe U.S. went 15 years without a federal tax increaseBy KARL ROVE
April 16, 2009
Yesterday was Tax Day, and it was marked by large numbers of Americans turning out for an estimated 2,000 tea parties across the country. This movement is significant.
In 1978, California voters enacted Prop. 13 in reaction to steep property taxes. That marked the start of a tax-cutting movement that culminated in Ronald Reagan slashing high national income taxes in the 1980s. Now Americans are reacting to runaway government spending that they were not told about before last year's election, and which Americans are growing to resent.
Derided by elitists as phony, the tea-party movement is spontaneous, decentralized, frequently amateurish and sometimes shrill. If it has a father it is CNBC's Rick Santelli, who called for holding a tea party in Chicago on July 4. Yesterday's gatherings were made up of people who may never meet again (there's no central collection point for email addresses). But the concerns driving people to tea parties are real, growing and powerful. Politicians ignore them at their peril. One concern is the rise of state and local taxes. New York and California passed multibillion-dollar tax increases this year. Other states are considering significant tax hikes or have enacted tax increases in recent years. The many tax and fee increases enacted or under consideration is angering voters.
If that anger persists, it may give Republicans a leg up in the 38 gubernatorial elections over the next two years, as well as in key state legislative races that will determine which party redraws congressional and state legislative districts after the 2010 census. Expect voters to hear a lot about jobs being created in low-tax states in the coming years.
But the center of the debate is in Washington, not the states. The fear of future federal tax hikes is fueling the tea-party movement.
This is an important development. In 2008, voters were less worried about taxes than they had been in previous elections. Why? Because the 15 years between President Bill Clinton's 1993 tax hike and Barack Obama's increase in cigarette taxes in February was the longest stretch in U.S. history without a federal tax increase. President George W. Bush's tax cuts also cut 13 million people on the lower-end of the income scale from the income tax rolls -- people who don't pay taxes aren't worried about the tax burden.
So far, Mr. Obama has decided to let the Bush tax cuts expire in 2011 and avoid forcing Democrats to take a tough vote. But the tea parties reveal how hard it will be for the president to hide the Democrats' tax-and-spend tendencies from voters.
Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25% while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives.
It hasn't gotten a ton of attention, but people are fed up with the complexity of their tax code and ready to do something about it. The Tax Foundation's 2009 Annual Tax Attitudes (which was conducted Feb. 18-27, by Harris) shows us that many Americans are willing to trade popular deductions for lower rates and a simpler code. There's also been a flurry of interest among Americans in replacing the current system with a national sales tax or a flat tax.
The open question is whether Republicans will be boosted by the nascent tea-party movement. House Republicans smartly offered a proposed spending plan this year that would freeze nondefense discretionary spending, suspend earmarks for five years, and reform entitlements. But cutting spending won't be enough. Taxes matter -- and will matter more in the coming years.
The 2009 Tax Foundation survey found that Americans believe that taxes should, on average, take just 15.6% of a person's wages. And 88% of Americans in the same poll believe that there should be a cap on all federal, state, and local taxes of 29% or less -- there is still a constituency out there that will favor tax cutting politicians.
But to tap into that constituency Republicans will have to link lower taxes to money in voters' pockets, and economic growth and jobs. They must explain why the GOP approach will lead to greater prosperity. Such arguments are not self-executing. They require leaders to make them, time and again, as Reagan once did.
Some liberals believe that the recession has made tax-and-spend issues passé. But political movements are often a reaction against aggressive overreach by those in power. Mr. Obama's response to the financial crisis -- a government power grab and budget explosion -- has put spending and taxes back on the front burner. The tea parties are an early manifestation of that. More is sure to follow.


Extra! Extra! Surf All About It!Tea Parties in AmericaBy Judi McLeod
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
News for the newsmakers on T-Day: No one expects you to cover Tea Party Day in America.
Between sips of latte in the “newsrooms” of America on April 15, mainstream media types are convincing themselves that TEA Party Day rallies in over 2,014 cities are not worthy of coverage.
There’s the First Dog and Michelle’s false eyelashes more worthy to report on.
Long gone are the days when erstwhile editors with pencils tucked behind their ears yelled “Stop the Presses!” That’s because the presses ground to a tortured halt years before the mainstream media ever climbed right into the tank with a guy called Barack Obama.
“The mainstream media have not covered today’s TEA Party rallies because they are fearful that coverage would hurt President Obama and the liberals’ chances of getting a $1-trillion tax increase passed,” says Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman of the American Family Association.
How can the mainstream media possibly “hurt” a president who (a) trashes his own country every time he’s abroad, (b) sees a new America that is neither Christian nor Judeo, and (c) runs an administration that sees returning war vets as dangerous right-wing agitators?
More accurately put, it is Obama who keeps shooting himself in his right foot and a mainstream media who keep trying to give him the spin to look like he’s not hobbling along White House corridors with frisky “Bo”.
The good reverend cites Leslie Marshall, a nationally syndicated liberal radio host, who said outright, “The mainstream media are not covering the rallies because they’re not worthy (italics mine) of coverage.”
In our throwaway society, the taxpaying citizens of countries don’t matter much anymore.
In a world gone ga-ga over “The Messiah’s picture”, the mainstream media no longer gets the big picture.
“How about that! Small rallies in 10 cities protesting the war get extensive coverage, but the biggest tax protest in the history of America is ignored! says Wildmon.
News of the rallies will be reported where it matters most--where people read the news. That is on Internet websites like and the Drudge Report. Professor of Organizational Leadership at Colombia University David Buckner had not even picked himself up off the FoxNews floor when Drudge had his fainting spell posted online yesterday.
Here’s how it works for the more archaic mainstream media. Newspaper subscribers who want to read what happened today will have to wait until tomorrow for hometown coverage on page 82. With FOXNews checking in throughout the day, by tomorrow any news the print media comes up with will be stale anyway.
Malkin and Matt Drudge don’t have to fight their way through unions, bureaucracy, or editorial board meetings that put most reporters into a deeper sleep. They will have the news posted to the Internet as quickly as “The One” makes faux pas without his TelePrompTer.
Then there’s FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace and hardworking bloggers who get to the news.
Mainstream media doesn’t get it. They’re still out covering the small rallies in 10 cities protesting the war. Mainstream media loves the Moonbats even though they lost their biggest battle on a blustery March 17, 2007.
That’s the day when a loudly heralding mainstream media, predicted that hundreds of thousands would descend upon Washington to desecrate the war memorials. Jane Fonda and a gaggle of Hollywood celebrities would be there to meet the Moonbats on what was to be the 40th anniversary of the Mother of All Protests.
All the Moonbats really wanted was to desecrate Washington war memorials and abuse the memories of the brave Fallen.
The hundreds of thousands promised never happened. Fonda was a no-show and the big talking Hollywood celebrities, who were supposed to lend her moral support, left Cindy Sheehan out in the cold on her own.
No one that day laid a finger on the cherished war memorials. Finding themselves outnumbered by the other side for the first time in 40 years, the Moonbats departed the scene taking a skulking media with them.
They weren’t chased away or threatened with violence. It was worse. They were stared down by a group of ordinary patriots, known nobly to this day as The Gathering of Eagles. Veterans joining up from as far away as Hawaii, left the capitol knowing that the war memorials stand for what they always stood for, time immemorial, the heroes who are fallen soldiers.
“God blessed The Gathering of Eagles. They did it!” trumpeted Canada Free Press.
And on April 15, 2009 in Obama’s Nation the mainstream media will be bringing up the rear on the day when ordinary Americans waved Old Glory in more than 2,014 cities.
Boston Tea Party’s Real MeaningThe Liberal Media Plans to Crash Not Cover the Tax Day Tea PartiesBy Dr. Tony Magana
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tomorrow is Tax Day and also a day when at least a few Americans want to engage in the Constitutional right of protest. Despite winning an election all week there has been on all out effort by the left including the Huffington Post, New York Times, The Boston Globe, and of course MSNBC to portray in nothing less than paranoid terms a dangerous right wing conspiracy. Their obvious uncomfortable appearance usually consisting of an apprehensive smirk while delivering their message of misinformation reminds one of famous old movie scenes where a criminal gets found out by the lie detector test.
The left sees Boston as the deciding factor that will allow them to declare a victory in the culture war. This has brought back some memories and personal reflections I have about a city that taught me a lot about America.
When I was a young man growing up in South Texas I was simply fascinated by the stories I read about the history of the early American colonists and the events that lead to the American Revolution. Historical characters like Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams where not peasants with nothing to lose fighting a revolution just to get something to eat, they were educated and accomplished men of significant means whose decision to oppose government action was based on moral righteousness not self-interest.
Colonial Americans did not come from aristocracy or even the newer powerful merchant classes of Britain or Europe. Many of the Founding Fathers were self-made men who came from modest backgrounds but by achievement and hard work gained not only material wealth but the respect of their communities.
In 1698 when the British government created a monopoly for the supply of tea to the empire instead of allowing various companies to compete there was a die cast which resulted in a system recognizable to us today of progressive government waste and ineptitude. This was the beginning but not the sole cause of events that lead to famous Boston Tea Party of 1773. Perhaps it is not a strange coincidence that both the Tea Party of 1773 and the April 15th Tea Party Protests are misunderstood as simple protests against taxation. It was not true then and it is not true now.
All week, the liberal press has been yelling at the top their lungs that the Tea Party Protest is a Republican plot of rich folks complaining about their fair share. They have absolutely ignored that people organizing this events are not party regulars or even Republicans. The Democrats make the point that the Republicans lost the election and therefore have no right to stage a protest. Reading Paul Krugman’s opinion piece in the New York Times today is like reading the paranoid delusions of Mussolini in Fascist Italy. It’s okay Paul, there is no big bad Republican bogey man out to get you. Not yet anyway. Why is the left so scared?
I agree the Republicans lost the election because they lost their way from the Conservative path. The grass roots movement organizing the Tea Parties has no centralized control or official leader. There is some communication via Twitter, blogging, and emails but what the Democrats and the media fail to understand is that it is a protest against government waste and inefficiency, against government that promises one thing and delivers another, against government that is run by professional politicians supported by slimy news media types whose primary concern is their own career not the American destiny, and against a leadership that professes demogoguery but obscures more malevolent intent. If you think its just about taxes or just for Republicans that you don’t understand America.
As a graduate student at Harvard almost thirty years ago I had the opportunity to finally explore New England. Walking the piers of Boston and the streets of Concord I was honestly overcome with a sense of being on hallowed ground. New Englanders have a certain brash sense of self-reliance and confidence which I have always admired. One truth I found that had not changed from the Boston Tea Party was that New Englanders would always accept a person’s right to complain about the government even if their opinion was not the majority. Go to a small school board meeting or city commission meeting in New England and more often than not you will see masterful intense debates.
Today I was saddened to read the opinion section of the Boston Globe called “the Tax man cometh, time and again” from a Scottish immigrant to the United States. First the article to tried to covertly say that the Bible demands we pay taxes and that protesting it is not a Christian thing to do. (Perhaps she should read what Christ said in his Sermon on the Mount about man not being able to serve two masters to the tax man.) The Boston Globe and Margot Livesey, the writer, missed the point that the protest is about having responsible government that reflects the values of the people it serves.
America is going down the wrong road when the newspaper for a city enshrined in American folklore and history has forgotten what America is all about. The liberal press is betting that no one will be protesting in Boston, that no one is watching what the government is doing, that the idea that a few citizens can stand up for what is right is just a story in old history books. If only one person shows up in Boston America still has a chance.
Why the Tea Parties?By Jack H. Swift, Esq.
April 11, 2009
On tax day, April 15, there will be hundreds of taxpayer protests all over the nation, more than 360 of them in all 50 states. Here in Oregon, one organization, Americans for Prosperity, is sponsoring 15 such protests, from Astoria to La Grande and from Medford to Portland. The popular enthusiasm for such taxpayer protests is staggering. One has to wonder why. The current administration has not yet dropped any new and burdensome taxes on anyone. What’s the beef with taxes?
Most of our governments, local and state, depend on taxes. Taxes, and specifically the taxpayers’ willingness to accept or reject taxes are the only reins the people have on government. On April 15, the people will be serving notice that the people are pulling on those reins and they intend to pull hard. The people have had enough of runaway government.
The current national administration has exponentially expanded government and government control of industry, banking, our money, and even private property. In fewer than 100 days, they have done this to a degree unheard of in our history. In so doing, they have created debts for us we cannot repay in our lifetimes. They have exposed us to the certainty of $1.6 trillion in hyper-inflation. Concerned citizens across the country are say, “Enough!” “Stop the bailouts.” “Stop the stimulus.” “Stop spending.” “Stop borrowing.” “Stop expanding government.”
Our nation is at a crossroads in its history. Quite literally, a line is being drawn in the sand. Shall our nation continue a runaway stampede to a system of national socialism as adopted in Germany in the 1930s or shall we draw back and insist upon the interests of individual freedom, liberty, and private property? The protest on tax day will not be about taxes. It will be a demand that we want our country back. It will be a rejection of collectivism under whatever form: national socialism, communism or fascism.
This is a moment in our history for recall of the original Boston Tea Party and the Declaration of Independence that protest ultimately spawned. That declaration recites a litany of grievances of the people that ultimately led to revolution. Unbelievably, the government we have created has today burdened us with exactly the wrongs of King George. The people are demanding redress once again.
Our fathers’ complaints about the government of King George were essentially three.
There was great frustration repeated over and over about their lack of effective voice in the offices of government. There was complaint about the King’s officers (bureaucrats, if you will) and their regulations. Finally there was complaint about taxation without their consent.
Regrettably, these complaints of 1776 are exactly the complaints to be aired on tax day, 2009. Is there frustration over the lack of popular influence and representation? Absolutely.
We have lost control of our government. At the time of the bailout proposal, objection was raised to Congress by an overwhelming majority of our people, some 90+% of the messages to Congress calling for its rejection. Our representatives, Republicans and Democrats alike, turned deaf ears to our pleas and spent our money anyhow.
The issue for the common man today is that our political parties do not control government. Control has been given over to vote-delivering lobbies and to government bureaucracies that endure and outlast any change of political administration. Elected representatives simply cannot ignore the dictates of lobbies who have the vote-delivering capacity of these powerful organizations. In a practical sense, our representatives are today ruled by the likes of the NEA, the UAW, the Sierra Club, and the NRA.
At the same time, government bureaucracies are the functional drivers of government.
They are invulnerable to administrative oversight, simply outlasting any administration contrary to the philosophy, rules and standards they evolve in pursuit of their mission as they conceive it.
They are endowed with authority to make rules which carry the force of law for which there is no practical oversight. Most pernicious of all, these civil servants are also unionized, giving them also the vote-delivering power of yet another giant political lobby.
These bureaucracies are again the source of the public’s second complaint. “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers (read bureaucrats) to harass our people, and eat out their substances.” Today the burden of compliance with their multifarious and often contradictory regulations is near to rendering private industry unaffordable and certainly unprofitable. Worse, we have evolved a whole universe of these bureaucracies, each with a galaxy of regulations. Their burdens have become unbearable and unaffordable. It is time to start dismantling oppressive and obstructive government. It is certainly not time to expand it. Finally, there is the issue of taxation without consent. That is the message of the tea parties. With this government, we are taxed enough already. Until we the people regain our control of government, until we get our country back, we will not approve any new taxes.
The essence of our complaint is that a government founded upon individual freedom, liberty and property is at odds with the system of national control of our resources, production, money and finances currently being imposed across the land. In the great tug of war between regulation and liberty, we demand our government err on the side of liberty. Anything else is unacceptable.