Things Have Changed Since December 16, 1773

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Patriots applying tar and feathers
to tax collector

Wednesday is the big day when “grass roots” protests against spending and taxes are supposed to break out all over the country.  That’s great.  We need to protest, but it would be better if in addition to being “grassroots” they were also spontaneous.  It’s interesting that the parties are being held in parks, and other public venues—if the local powers-that-be issue permits.

According to reports, some parties will have to be canceled because the city fathers fear crowds might become unruly and create problems.  There is just something incongruous about a protest against a government that requires a “protesting permit” in order to petition that government to stop infringing on Liberty.

No doubt, a lot of politicians will show up and make long-winded speeches about their dedication to the Constitution and how great it is that the people are finally speaking out.  Of course the ones who do show up will claim they are champions of limited government and low taxes, it’s those other scoundrels sitting around them in state houses, Congress and City Councils that are the problem.

Instead of holding parties in parks or on the public square, it seems to me they would be more effective if held at the Congressmen’s or Senator’s office.  That way they would not have to go out of their way to get the message or make their speeches.  That would be a lot more effective.  After all, it is those people we are trying to impress not the couch potatoes who will be watching on TV.

Organizers who cancel a planned party because they cannot get a permit, or any organizers who invite politicians to speak should immediately turn in their tea bags.  In case you’re wondering what’s got me riled up.  It’s a story in World Net Daily on HR450.

HR450, known as “The Enumerated Powers Act”, would require each piece of legislation passing through Congress to contain a “statement of constitutional authority” specifying which of the enumerated powers authorizes Congress to act on that particular issue.  Representative John Shadegg (R-Az) has introduced the bill in every session of Congress since he was elected.  This year he introduced it on January 9 with nineteen co-sponsors, all Republican.

Hey, that’s great!  We need more Congressmen like that.  Yeah, well–except that–He supported the original unconstitutional stimulus package.  His excuse?  “Duhh–well, we have to do something and if we wait the world will come to an end.”  I was going to include the quote from his website, but he has removed it since my last article on his grandstanding, so I have to be content with paraphrasing it from memory.

Pardon my cynicism.

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