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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Thoughts on Tea Parties

Alex Charyna of PAWatercooler writes on the idea of tea parties - such as the one to be held in Harrisburg on Saturday - saying they are a far cry from throwing ship full of imported tea into the Boston Harbor. Joe Collins also weighs in on the ideas that these don't seem very professional (note this runs counter to the Playboy piece, since retracted, claiming these were a carefully orchestrated, well funded plot of the vast right-wing conspiracy).

My response is posted here, but the gist of it is that the Sons of Liberty were prepared to break the law, and to engage in armed rebellion against their government - and did so shortly thereafter. Protesters at today's tea parties are not yet to that point. I also echo the sentiments of Instapundit, who writes that these protests are naturally amateurish - they are ordinary citizens getting involved, often for the first time. These aren't the well-orchestrated political rallies, where party operatives have prepared all the "home-made" signs in advance to match the campaign theme.

These gatherings aren't going to suddenly persuade politicians that their decades of overspending where a mistake, but represent a first salvo.

I also let Alex know that under his definition, the real patriots are Obama's cabinet appointees, who refuse to pay their taxes.


Jim McDaniel said...

Sounds like Alex and Joe don't understand grassroots activism and the Liberty movement that is taking hold.

Elizabeth A. Male said...

I'd like to echo Mr. McDaniel's sentiments. I don't think the commentators quoted above understand the depth of our disgust. A government that attempts to disarm me, see HR 45, or to take my property without just compensation, or to enslave me and future generations with an unholy tax burden, is not a government that is founded on the consent of the governed. It deserves no respect.

From the Declaration of Independence:

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security...."