Sunday, April 5, 2009

Scheduled Tax Day TEA Parties nearing 2K as the day of infamy fast approaches: Be there!

TEA has in this generation suddenly taken on the usefulness of a simple acronym signifying Taxed Enough Already, a rather uninspiring sort of a slogan meant to rally concerned citizens to organize and attend various TEA parties in cities around the country as mentioned in this WND report. The report cites numbers collected from Don Wildmon's American Family Association (AFA) claiming that nearly 1,600 individual tax day TEA parties are currently scheduled to convene in unison on the date with more being added daily in spite of the lack of inspiration in the slogan. Nonetheless,...

Will you be in attendance at one of these rallies? If so, will you, or have you invited others in your circle to be in attendance with you?

Think about it: if each scheduled tax day TEA party manages to rally merely an average of 100 people, and if we assume that 2,000 TEA parties will be organized and held on April 15, then 200,000 citizens will have gathered themselves in various cities around the United States for the express purpose of conducting a unified protest of the illegitimate "change" policies of the Obama administration and the leftist-socialist Congress. Which policies include, but are not limited to (of course) indebting future generations of Americans (our children and grandchildren) to the tune of trillions of dollars due to our insatiable appetite for increasingly living above and beyond our ability and means to fund our extravagant lifestyles so prevalent among our citizens in our generation. Which the socialists call "stimulus," and in exclusion of which the pitifully dependent among us cannot imagine a future worth living; a future in which the full faith and credit of the United States and of her people will have been utterly and irreparably destroyed.

But who cares about that, right? Better to destroy the reputation of the United States in attempting to temporarily maintain our current lavish lifestyles than to hunker down and tighten up our collective belt as an exercise of self-sacrifice intended to save America's reputation, its full faith and credit among the nations of the world, thus extending the blessings of liberty to our posterity. That seems to be the prevailing attitude currently in America, does it not? But some of us do care, enough to be in attendance at an upcoming rally near us though it may be a temporary inconvenience. On the other hand, some of us do not. You know who you are.

Of course, if there were an event scheduled for the day that certain individuals really cared about beyond an inclination to offer patriotic lip service in a half-hearted show of support of the movement (you know, a really important event like a college football game or something), then those people wouldn't have any trouble making the necessary arrangements to be in attendance enthusiastically cheering on their team, particularly if attendance at the event was to cost them nothing above the price, perhaps, of a half of a tank of gas -- reckon how many millions of Americans manage to make provision to attend the college football game of their choice on a given Saturday during the fall of each year, not to mention those who tune their team's games in on their televisions? How many of these people at least pay lip service to the principles undergirding the TEA party rallies? What is a mere 200,000 people in comparison?

Am I speaking of people like you? If what I've said above has elicited in you angry emotions, then very probably yes. If not, then probably not, with no apologies in any case forthcoming. As they say, "if the shoe fits, wear it." If it doesn't, then why are you offended?

6 comments:

chiu_chunling said...

Fox has some tracked polling data...let's just say that 200,000 is a gross understatement of likely participation.

Further, the TEA movement actually being on tax day...real participation isn't going to be measured in how many people attend a local rally. I already don't pay taxes, so I exempt myself from the following category. But a lot of people are ready to either file an extension or flat out refuse to pay this year. And when people realize what those numbers are like, it's likely that a lot of those filing extensions will move into the non-paying category.

Millions of tax-paying Americans holding onto billions in revenue, even if only for a few weeks, will send a signal to the government and world that doesn't depend on media coverage for its impact. If the only people filing this year are those getting refunds, the income tax day coffer drain will make policy-makers rethink everything they "know" about revenues.

If that happens, Obama will have to make a choice. Either immediately announce dramatic cuts in both spending and taxes, or let the world see that the U.S. is just not going to even try to pay off its debts. If he chooses the latter course, the hundreds of trillions of dollars in Federal debt instruments will slam through the world financial markets like lead weights tossed off the top of the Empire State building.

One way or another, Americans are going to be free of their internationalist overlords. The only question is the cost. Those who would rule you may not be minded to relinquish their designs so easily. They won't pull any punches in this struggle, so you'd best be ready for what happens after tax day.

Ron Russell said...

I support the tea rallies, but will not attend one due to health reasons. The goals of those support these events is a noble one and I wish them every success. It's great that so many will lend their voices to a great cause. I leave you with what I think is a fitting quote, "Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent". Napoleon Bonaparte.

Terry Morris said...

Chiu,

Yes, I figure the number will be much higher than 200K.

On the "stimulus" deal, bailouts and the cost to private citizens, er, net taxpayers, I've already said in another place at this site that I'm prepared to take the John Galt option. And I'm taking steps to do so as we speak.

Ron,

Sorry to hear about your health problems. Certainly take care of yourself. There are plenty of us who'll be there to represent you.

Ron Russell said...

I so support the tea parties, however the parties by themselves will have little effect. The national media will tend to downplay them as much as possible. Seems these days that such events on the right are brushed aside. The 24 hour news cycle tends to focus on violence and acts of civil disobediance, these are not in the play book for those of us on the right. The left learned long ago that these tactics grab the headlines and attention of the news reporters. Maybe its time to take a page from their book. After all the original patroits in Boston harbor did a great deal more than carry signs and give speeches. Unfortunately, these tactics of the left may in the end have to be used. Many on the right may have to be willing to go to jail---scarry isn't it! The left already knows this and maybe we should learn. The fate of the country hangs in the balance---not from an enemy across the sea, but from an enemy from within. By far--the most dangerous of the two.

Terry Morris said...

Ron,

I understand where you're coming from, but when was the last time you recall 2,000 separate events held in unison in cities across the U.S. for the express purpose of protesting the illegitimate policies of the unaccountable central government growing exponentially in its unaccountability?

To be honest with you I could give a hoot whether the national media downplays the event or not. Local media certainly will not. Bloggers will not.

I hear tell also that Hussein Obama has vowed to ignore the protests. Good for him! He's as good a liar as any politician ever was before him. But even though he most certainly will be, and is paying close attention to the TEA parties in spite of what he says publicly, it doesn't matter ultimately whether he does or he doesn't initially.

And let me just say this regarding your comparison between the Boston Tea Party and our current protests,...

The former was not the initial reaction of the Sons of Liberty to the illegitimate tax policies of the King of Great Britian. There were many remonstrances prior to the actual dumping of the tea into Boston Harbor, remonstrances that we are given a broad accounting of in the Declaration of Independence (among other places). To wit:

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

[...]

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.


So, you see, the Boston Tea Party (and ultimately the formation of the Continental Congress and the Declaration of American Independence emanating from that body) was simply the culmination of a long and protracted struggle in which the Sons of Liberty had engaged in letter writing campaigns, organized tax protests, held public gatherings in local churches and other public places, created committees of correspondence between the various state legislatures, etc., the majority of which were conducted peacefully and non-destructively. And, yes, in which people carried signs and chanted slogans and so forth.

In some ways I'm truly amazed by the parallels we see between the struggle which ultimately led to the American Revolution and the struggle we're in now, right down to Obama's deceitful promise to ignore us, and of the left's committment to the same, answering our petitions with repeated injuries and usurpations.

We are simply in a new phase of a very old war. But you know what the Declaration says: "...and accordingly mankind is more disposed to suffer while evils [remain] sufferable, than to right themselves..."

chiu_chunling said...

Obama has arranged for the ACORN brownshirts to be deployed to as many of the TEA parties as they can hit. I don't think you'll lack for media attention, whatever it is that they're planning. Whether you'll like it is another matter entirely.

But I think that ACORN has made a serious tactical error in arranging their protests on the same day. They should have planned to hit the streets a day before, to massive media coverage, and then downplayed the TEA parties as an afterthought. Being out there on the same day, I think that things will not go entirely to their liking.

The progressives, bless their poisonous little viper hearts, are never as smart as they think themselves. But this time they may really screw the pooch.

If the ACORNs are hoping to create an illusion of outnumbering the TEA partiers, they are in for a rude surprise when every shot contains hundreds of TEA partiers for every ACORN. Maybe they're planning some means of preventing that, but I don't think they've really thought it through. They just don't understand the demographics of the TEA parties. It's not just going to be well-behaved, polite conservatives in those crowds, like other times.

And if the ACORNs are hoping to portray the TEA parties as extremists in some way...that would only increase the power of their appeal to the watching public. The people are angry, desperate. They sense that government is the cause of all their ills, even if they don't understand the mechanisms explained by the TEA movement. If they believe the mob has started to move, then they'll join it.

I'm guessing that in most cities ACORN will try to incite limited violence as a justification for police action against the TEA parties. But there is a very limited chance of that turning out the way they're planning. If the violence stays limited, it will be a miracle. If the police stick to the script it will be surprising. They're used to bullying evangelical counter-protesters, not massive numbers of outraged Americans. In that situation I think their native sympathies might come to the fore. Pray for a quiet protest, but go prepared to be a restraint against lawlessness.

You may not have to wait for what those those tax-day receipts reveal after all, America.