by June Griffin
On December 16, 1774, they said: "Taxed Enough Already!" These Patriots went to Griffin's Wharf in Boston and threw the Tea overboard. Was Tea important to them?! It was their pleasure = Tea. And the British knew it!
But they had been Taxed Enough Already! The British even appealed to their bargain-bones and lowered the price of the Tea, but that wasn't the issue. It was Taxation, plain and simple.
Who started the American Tax Revolt, now called Tea Parties? Well, if Albert Gore can say he invented the internet, I can say that actually I started the Tea Parties. Around the year 1990, I had a little business card printed up with the words: Tennessee Tea Party, complete with my name and a little teacup in the upper right-hand corner, with contact information. But you weren't ready yet! You hadn't had enough!
Why, even prior to that I had started Citizens for Decency in Taxation and sued the IRS over my Mother's Estate, but nobody joined. You hadn't had enough! Ballgames, club meetings, church suppers, vacations, movies, television, business itself - these were all-important functions and after all, even though the Judges were busy jailing tax protesters or persecuting home schoolers or skipping away with Prayer and Bible reading, feeding the ACLU their filthy lucre from your tax dollars - all these seemed to take a back seat. And who wants to be joined to the right-wing extremists who followed the path of our founders? Why, they'll make fun of you.
When we tried to alarm folks around us, one even said that he had never had it so good. Life itself was good. You looked the other way while patriots were robbed, pillaged, broken-hearted, zoned out of their property rights and other traitorous exactions! Oh, it may have bothered you a little but The Press ignored or mocked these Patriots who were put away for the heinous crime of practicing Americanism. It didn't look good down at the club house to be so out of touch with Reality. You know, society always has some extremists, right?
But "in the fulness of time," The Lord allowed an unfit man to sit in the White House who promised to give you bread and circuses, with YOU being the benefactor, of course. There were Jobs to be had - government jobs, and the icing on the cake was THE HEALTH CARE PLAN! Just like in the Soviet Union! And instead of upholding our Constitution and our American Sovereignty - the Envy of the World, this Person moved to restrain his agents from guarding our borders, and we found ourselves with a First Class Invasion of illegal aliens! "What!" Sleepy said. And though they poured over the border and filled the classrooms of border states with lies about the aliens' rights to reclaim property which was won fair and square in wars, yet the Person in Power did nothing. In fact it looked like he was in favor of such an invasion. And his friends and associates thought it was downright unfair not to allow these 'employees' to come in the wrong way and tried to make us feel guilty about not welcoming these stubborn thieves about resisting their helping themselves to public benefits, about kicking when the schools were full of their children...This is Tea Party fodder, folks.