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A nice day for a tea party

April 16, 2009

It was drizzling and cold when I arrived at the site of my local tea party. The gloomy weather did not subdue the message that many of my fellow attendees attempted to send to their elected representatives. A good representation of the community gathered to express their disagreement with a runaway government and its wanton spending. Here are some of my thoughts and experiences of the day and its significance

First, I would like to thank those who went through all the trouble of filing permit requests with the city. Next, thanks to everyone who took time away from work, or just time away, to remind their government of the true holders of Constitutional power.

I listened to impassioned oratory from several people far more gifted at public speaking than I am. Without a teleprompter, or even note cards, they delivered verbal arguments aimed at opening the minds of their audience. I have always been envious of those who speak extemporaneously, and do so with elegance.

There was a large contingent of supporters of the “Fair Tax” handing out literature and talking to potential supporters. Originally, I gave tepid support to the idea, but quickly recognized it as a “Kansas City Shuffle.” I think a few of them got more than a little upset with me when I said “ok… so you’re in favor of a Constitutional Convention to repeal the 16th Amendment and replacing the current income tax with the so-called Fair Tax. What is the use in replacing one form of taxation with another, without reducing the size and scope of government? How about simply repealing the 16th Amendment, replacing it with nothing, and returning the US government to the Republic it was created to be?”

They were quick to reply, “there’s no chance that will ever happen.” So I turned up the heat a little bit with this… “It has every bit the chance the Fair Tax has. The government sees the ability to reach into your paycheck and steal your wealth as an aphrodisiac. As long as you keep electing people who could care less about the U.S. Constitution, you’ll keep getting what you’ve got.”

While driving home, I heard a news report describing tea parties as more or less a rallying cry for Republicans. From my own experience, I would have to say it was more a day of unity for Libertarians and Independents.

By the way, I should warn you that if you attended any of the day’s festivities (other than paying your taxes, that is), Department of Homeland Security publication IA-0257-09, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” labels you as something other than a good citizen. I highly recommend reading this latest effort at looking for a potential terrorist behind every tree.

Isn’t it just possible that we the people just want the government given to us by the founding fathers? Is it so unreasonable to want something other than financial slavery for our children and their children? Is it no longer possible to seek redress of grievances in the land of the free?

Until next time,


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