Today America will see thousands of patriotic Americans in hundreds of cities across the nation join together in Tax Day Tea Parties.
The Tea Party movement has grown out of alarm over the runaway spending that has hit Washington D.C. in recent months. Our poorly-representative government is spending trillions of dollars that we don’t have, rewarding irresponsibility, growing government exponentially beyond the walls of Constitutional limitation that had already been breached, wastefully spending on things unrelated to the economic problem, shredding welfare reform, affecting takeovers of private industry, and threatening global warming taxes that will increase the electric bills of average Americans by 40% or more.
According to a Rasmussen Report survey last month, just 23% of Americans believe the federal government is truly representing the will of the people.
Some “mainstream” journalists and others on the Left have recently whined about the Tea Party movement that it’s just a movement to discredit the Democrats currently in power, and “Where were they when President Bush (and congress) were spending like drunken sailors?” (beg pardon for any collateral insult to any drunken sailors out there)
While their question ignores the many conservatives who spoke strongly against the wasteful spending and irresponsibility of the Republican congress up to 2006, there may be a reason why many voices on the Right have only recently made themselves heard: perhaps even they had too much faith in government before.
It is true that the figures being tossed around by Congress right before the election were hefty…but they were small change to the trillions already spent by the Obama Administration and the Democrat congress…and almost insignificant compared to the trillions being committed for the future.
But until the election came and we actually ended up with a big-government Marxist president, I believe many people on the right held out hope that even a RINO like John McCain might draw the line at some sane limit.
Once conservative division and inaction (along with an unpalatable RINO candidate) led to Obama’s election, it quickly became apparent that it was now open season on fiscal responsibility, limited government, and taxation.
The people quickly saw–even as Obama was in transition–that the door was being opened to the spending of trillions of dollars that we don’t have, and the mortgaging of our future at a time when the nation was already financially tapped.
It might also have something to do with the bailout mentality quickly morphing from one that seemed geared to shore up the financial industry (part of the engine of the economy) to one that rewarded the irresponsible.
It might also have something to do with the trillions of dollars allocated by the federal government toward things that have nothing to do with the economy whatsoever…but which comprise a huge step in growing an already bloated and overspending government.
There is also trepidation over the demonization of private business, and the attempts by government to interfere in the legal contractual obligations of private business. The efforts of the federal government to play CEO and force executives to resign certainly raised the ire of Americans who understand that there are Constitutional limits on government power.
Could be that the massive new taxes liberals want have people upset as well.
There’s the extra $300 billion the liberals want the wealthiest Americans to pay-the same wealthiest Americans who already pay a disproportionate percentage of taxes; the same wealthiest Americans who work hard for the money putting in 60, 80, 90 or more hours a week; the same wealthiest Americans who employ other Americans; the same wealthiest Americans who buy the goods and services made by other Americans.
Then there’s the attack on the tax deduction for charitable giving which would hurt private charities…but put more loot in the hands of government bureaucrats.
Or perhaps there’s the $600 billion+ global warming cap-and-trade tax that will raise people’s electric bills by as much as 40%. People just aren’t as stupid as liberals think they are. Americans realize that rather than sticking it to the evil power companies, the consumer will end up paying these global warming taxes…that will end up funding more government expansion and social programs.
Why was the Boston Tea Party not held in 1765 at the imposition of the Stamp Act? Why was the Boston Tea Party not held in 1767 at the imposition of the Townsend Acts? Why was the Boston Tea Party not held in reaction to the Boston Massacre of 1770?
A tipping point was reached, and those who had been silent and complacent could remain so no longer. Thus, the Tea Party movement was born–in 1773…and reborn in 2009.
Today a different kind of liberty bell will ring, one made not of metal but of the joined voices of American patriots determined to stand in defense of the values that have made their country great…because they want their country to stay great.
Freedom will ring, tea will flow, and our profligate federal government will be put on notice by the people it is sworn to serve.