I have mentioned the Chicago Tea Party, as well as the upcoming Tax Day Tea Party, in a couple of the comment threads here, but here is an official post. It all started with Rick Santelli of CNBC reporting from the floor of the CME Group in Chicago after Obama announced his socialist mortgage plan; there was a spontaneous concurring response from the traders. Soon after, people all over the country began to organize their own Tea Parties, a.k.a. angry taxpayers revolting against Obama’s out of control tax (or borrow, or print) and spend schemes. A new effort is now being made to orchestrate “tea parties” throughout the country on April 15, officially “tax day,” the date by which federal income taxes must be filed.
Bobby Eberle outlines the impetus behind the Tax Day Tea Party, and provides some interesting tax statistics, here. If you’re interested in learning more about this, or in participating in a tea party near you, check out Eberle’s column, read about Michelle’s (of Smart Girl Politics) tea party experience, or check out The Pulse of Revolution.
The official Tax Day Tea Party website has been added as a link on my sidebar.
Remember the inspired and inspiring words of our wise Founding Fathers:
“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money [subsidize with his taxes] for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington
“A wise and FRUGAL government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.” Thomas Jefferson
“If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves.” Samuel Adams
“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds…our people…must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live… Thomas Jefferson
“This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering…And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.” Thomas Jefferson