Yesterday was tax day and this year long lines at the post office were not the most notable large gatherings of people. Across the Nation thousands if not hundreds of thousands or people came together to protest in rallies called Tea Parties. If you remember your history in 1773 men stood up against the oppressive taxation of the British government by casting crates of tea into Boston Harbor by cover of darkness. Over two hundred and thirty years later people choose to exercise their constitutional right, given to them in part by those 1773 patriots, to protest peacefully in the light of day against their own government.If many of the blogs and news outlets are to be believed, these 2009 men, women, and children were coming together for “Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties” “steeped in insanity,” and that these “right-wing radicals” are all a bunch of nut job conspiracy theorists and militia members who were both stirred up and controlled by the Republican Party, Fox News, and talk radio. They mock what they see as idiocy for complaints about taxes that haven’t gone up and for using the symbolism of tea parties when everyone in America has representation. Unfortunately they have either failed to catch the real purpose of these tea parties or they have chosen to lie about it.
You see the tea parties weren’t about taxes on April 15, 2009. They were about the taxes next year, the year after, and for generations to come. They were about uncontrolled government spending both the stimulus and bailout bills of the present and the proposed spending measures of the future including but certainly not limited to universal health care. The parties were about a federal government that has taken too much power and failed to abide by the 10th Amendment. They were about the hypocrisy of the Republicans and the Democrats and the corruption and lies that permeate both political parties. They protested the media and it’s harlotry with one Party and its failure to report truth on even the simplest issues. These Tea parties, in large, were organized by everyday folk like you and me and were filled with people who are ticked off about their government’s trek towards tyranny no matter who gets in power. The parties were reminding each other that capitalism is the life-blood of our economy and that our president is leading the nation down a path towards socialism.
Our founding fathers saw this coming and they worked hard to create a constitution that would keep our republic squarely between the extremes of anarchy and tyranny. They were so concerned about having an oversized federal government that our first constitution, The Articles of Confederation, so stripped the central government of power that it nearly collapsed altogether. The Constitution as we know it today has been interpreted into oblivion, however, and we have set ourselves in a position opposite of the Articles of Confederation that we risk collapsing on the other side of the pendulum. Thomas Jefferson warned us of the exact position we are currently if we are to “preserve our independence” we would do well to heed his call and return to the principles of this nation’s founding.
“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.” — Thomas Jefferson