The alarming reaction to the tea party protests.

20 04 2010

It’s quite alarming to think that there are so many people amongst us who feel threatened by or dislike the peaceful anti-statist tea party protests.  Sure there is an annoying Christian and Republican element, but that is to be expected in a society that is predominantly Christian.  What concerns me is why do some people have a problem with peaceful protests against creeping socialism?!  Have people forgotten the importance of freedom?  Do people understand and respect the many men who in the past refused to submit to the state and give up their rights, those brave men who rightly demanded to be treated like human beings and not dogs.   “Give me liberty or give me death”! 

I can only assume there are a lot of ignorant, authority addicted or malevolent people amongst us.  

Check out this video of some typical anti-tea party protestors here at the Lucidicus project:
http://lucidicus.org/videos.php

These anti-freedom protestors claim that the Tea Party movement is sexist, racist and “equals the KKK”.  And they do it with a straight face too!  They also clearly think they have the “right” to use force to take other people’s property.  Normally, this gets called stealing. 

If you’re like me and find that video a little depressing, this article is the remedy:

http://pajamasmedia.com/ejectejecteject/2010/04/13/reasonable-men/

The article contains a collection of quotes from the USA’s founding fathers and makes for a really fantastic little article, which begins:

“There is a concerted effort afoot on the part of big-state socialists to paint the Tea Party as a bunch of dangerous, hate-filled radicals with a bunch of crazy new ideas that go far beyond the pale of the traditional American political mainstream.”

“Let’s ask some reasonable men – because the Founding Fathers were surely the largest collection of reasonable men ever gathered in one place at one time in history – what they thought about the issues raised by the Tea Party movement.”

For instance, what did they think of a powerful central government?

One of my favourite quotes was this one from Samuel Adams:

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Update 21/4/10:

Harry Binswanger has written a short piece “Will Religious Conservatives Hijack the Tea Party Movement?”

Update 23/4/10: http://www.peoplespresscollective.org/2010/04/hatred-violent-rhetoric-and-racism-at-the-denver-tax-day-tea-party/

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