Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tea Party Maligned

Tea Party Maligned
Rebecca Hagelin
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

There are only a few things that make me truly angry.

Lies about the innocent are chief among them.

The decent, hard-working, freedom-loving Americans who dare to raise their voices in protest against injustice are my heroes. And it makes me nauseas when they are maligned by those who seek to control them – the very ones whose policies they are protesting.

No one likes a spoiled brat. The national leaders who just rammed socialist health care mandates down our throats and many of their compatriots in the liberal media have revealed their selfish, bratty, bully, true selves as they have unloaded a barrage of attacks on the courageous tea party activists around the nation.

The socialist policies being forced on America are deplorable to most Americans. The liberals in leadership, just like spoiled bullies, want this, they want that - and they want it all right now - oh, and according to their specific dictates. They are the big bullies who rule the block, and they will not be challenged by small town Americans who try to thwart their plans.

This rotten phenomenon is bankrupting our country, and teaching our own children that somebody else is entitled to their lunch money; that the big guys in Washington actually have a right to run their lives; that there is some sort of perverted "social justice" that demands everyone be taken care, without regard to who will pay. But the real sick joke is on those same children: it is our sons and daughters that will have to pay for all of the "stuff".

If we sit by and do nothing - if we allow this to continue, then ours will be the first generation of Americans led by adults who care more about what they want, than they do about creating a better future for our children. That is despicable.

The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 13:22: "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children."

Instead, we have saddled our own kids with massive debt the second they are born. If the current government run health care programs actually get off the ground, our children and grandchildren will likely spend their entire lives wallowing in debt - and stuck in a system of broken promises and compromised quality. Face it: when it comes to securing financial stability for our nation's children, we are a nation of thieves. We should hang our heads in shame. Instead, our leaders slap each other on the back in victorious glee as they slip into their limos and head off in style to plan the next robbery.

So what are tea party activists and other decent Americans to do when they are maligned for standing up for what is right? There's only one answer: Give them more of what they hate. Take to the streets again and again! Fight back. Don't let them rob your sons and daughters of another cent. Refuse to let the bullies intimidate you.

The liberal elite and social engineers are trying to silence the cries of decent, hard-working Americans that have had enough. And they are doing it with good old-fashioned name-calling. It's the oldest, dirtiest, laziest trick in the book: call someone you don't like a racist, a sexist or a hot-head and you've effectively discredited them. The bullies have taken your children's future, and now they want to take your dignity and your voice. But don't let them.

As smart Americans across the land are spending their hard-earned money to hire accountants to fill out stupid, complex tax forms that no one can understand, it's time to take to the streets. As moms and dads are writing out those huge tax checks and sending them off to God-knows-who in Washington to do God-knows-what with, it's time to take to the streets.

Peaceful assembly comprised of very loud and vocal protests have long been successful methods in this country for securing civil rights for the oppressed and downtrodden. Well, our kids are the oppressed. Their future has been trampled. Take to the streets!

And take other people with you. The great tea party phenomenon that is sweeping our nation provides our greatest hope. And the millions who are patriotically protesting must also take their action into the voting booths this fall. So take to the streets, take your friends and neighbors and co workers with you, and then lead them all into those voting booths in November. Let's cram the polls with citizens who will vote to protect our children and the American way.

It's time to organize, to march, to vote them out and whop the bullies once and for all. It's the only way to keep them from robbing our kids blind.

More Tyranny Plus More Taxes Equals More Protests
Chuck Norris
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

As early as 1733, Colonial frustrations were felt against the British Parliament via the Molasses Act. Indignation grew over the decades, erupting in 1764, when Parliament enacted the Sugar Act and the Currency Act. But it was not until 1765, when Parliament levied the first direct tax upon the Colonies via the Stamp Act, that larger protests permeated all 13 Colonies. And though that tax was repealed in 1766, the appeasement was short-lived. Parliament passed the Townshend Acts beginning in 1767, placing a tax on a number of essential goods, including paper and tea -- something which, in turn, led to the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress in 1774 and, of course, the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

What's so amazing is that no matter how vast Parliament's control and taxation upon the colonists were back then, it all pales in significance to Washington's control and taxation upon Americans today.

Some are rejoicing over the passing of Obamacare, but their joy certainly will turn to mourning once they've experienced the trickling down of related costs and taxes over the years.

Let me summarize. Americans for Tax Reform have pulled from Obamacare legislation 20 taxes coming down the pike (with references to the location in the law and the dates the taxes begin) that will be paid by every American in one way, shape or form.

Of course, with President Barack Obama's promise not to raise taxes on the lower and middle classes -- combined with the report last week that 47 percent of citizens pay no federal taxes at all -- half the readers of this column might feel momentarily immune to the coming increases in taxation. Unfortunately, such financial resistance will be short-lived.

That is why the White House sent out three of its biggest financial guns this past week on three consecutive days to prepare the way for tax increases that will be coming soon to your neighborhood.

First, White House economic adviser Paul Volcker said the feds should consider imposing a "value-added tax" similar to those charged in Europe to help get the deficit under control. He emphatically declared, "If at the end of the day, we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes."

Second, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned that in order to prevent overwhelming budget deficits that will suffocate economic growth, Americans must accept higher future taxes and less in entitlement benefits: "To avoid large and ultimately unsustainable budget deficits, the nation will ultimately have to choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defense, or some combination of the above."

Third, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf affirmed that the nation's fiscal situation is "unsustainable" and requires major changes.

Isn't it just ironic that after raising the national debt again by trillions over the past year and passing Obamacare (more entitlements), the feds are warning us that if Americans don't pay down the national debt and lessen their future entitlement benefits, America will suffer economic collapse (again)? Is any American really naive enough to believe that Washington is not going to raise taxes?

My frustration with Washington's deplorable status and solutions is what prompted me to film my latest PSA ("patriot service announcement"), which was uploaded last Thursday on YouTube under the title "Black Belt Patriotism."

What we need now more than ever are smaller government and lower taxes. But the present Washington regime is not going to enact such reductions. In fact, it's going to continue a rampage of the opposite. That is why we need to elect in November only leaders who will slash government spending and refuse to pay for programs that we cannot afford. We all must fight (once and for all and across the board) to elect fiscally prudent politicians like our Founders, those like Thomas Jefferson, who brought down the national deficit though making the Louisiana Purchase and engaging the U.S. in a war with Tripoli.

And we need to continue to fight for a taxation system similar to that established by our Founders. They did not penalize productivity through taxes the way we do today. The best answer is still to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, sweep away the present tax code and implement a flat tax or fair tax that lives up to its name -- a simple consumptive-based tax system in which equity rules and from which no one can dodge or evade the dues. Let us all contact our representatives April 15 and demand it and fight for our republic at one of the hundreds of rallies across the country, including in Washington.

As patriots, we're not intimidated by power. We won't be demoralized by a few trying to demonize all of us. We're not going to disappear like a bad dream, because we love our country too much to let it sink without a fight. It's a patriot equation that we have learned and carry on from our forefathers: more tyranny + more taxes = more protests.

So shout it loud and proud this week: "We will remember in November!"

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