Taxes. No one enjoys paying them. Few feel they get enough back for what they pay out in them. Yet they remain one of life’s great certainties – you will eventually die, but until that day, you’ll keep paying more and more taxes.
Spawned in the midst of economic recession and fueled by mistrust of how lawmakers on national and state levels are responding to the financial crisis, a grassroots tax protest movement has been started.
On April 15, dozens of Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party National Protest rallies will be held across the United States, and at least two right here in Harford County.
The festivities begin in Bel Air on Tax Day, where a highly-organized “Non-Partisan Tea Party” is planned. The event runs from noon to 2:00 p.m. in downtown Bel Air in front of the Court House and is said to feature a number of speakers including Senator Nancy Jacobs, Pastor David Whitney, and Delegate Pat McDonough, who sent out his email promoting the event, blaring: “Help Fight Out-of-Control Government Spending.”
In an email, the organizer of the Bel Air tax protest noted “It’s official, and the turn-out is likely to be record-breaking! Make plans to be a part of this historic event in Bel Air, and feel free to pass it along.”
Non-Partisan Tea Party
For all concerned citizens and all taxpayers:
A Nationwide Tea Party is planned for April 15, 2009! The Tea Parties are intended to draw the attention of Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, MD Democrat and Republican lawmakers and to INSIST that the U. S. Constitution be adhered to and that the Rule of Law be followed! We the People want to restore the principles of Freedom, Justice, Security, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and Fair Taxation, on which this great country was founded. We cherish values of Honesty, Integrity, Personal Responsibility, and Compassion for our neighbors and fellow citizens.
ALL concerned citizens and taxpayers who believe as we do are URGED to attend the local Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in downtown Bel Air in front of the Court House. Similar Maryland Tea Parties will take place in Havre de Grace, Annapolis, Westminster and Salisbury and in hundreds of towns and cities across our 50 states.
The organizers are grassroots volunteers and every day American citizens from across the country with a desire to restore and maintain our freedoms, fiscal responsibility and to reduce the overwhelming burden of debt on our children.
Attendees are requested to bring tea bag labels and stamped envelopes to send to your congressional representatives, make signs if desired (see http://www.marshbaby.com/teaparty for samples) and join with others who want to take back our democratic Republic! Please attend and share this notice with your friends and neighbors. Together we CAN make a difference!
For information, please contact Tony Passaro at 410-420-8951 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On at least one of his emails, Passaro included his personal “Message:”
Our Founding Fathers gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in order to throw off the shackles of government and to insure the rights of Personal Freedom. Through their Divine wisdom our country has prospered as no other country in the history of the world. The principles of Freedom and Personal Responsibility have inspired men of all races, creeds and color to work and create and build and prosper. The blood of countless patriots has given us Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as declared in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by our Constitution.
The Constitution has given us a rich heritage of religion, allowing men to worship how, where or what they may. These Divine documents are the instruments of Freedom. If we are to remain free and great we must protect the rights guaranteed in these documents.
There are those who are trying to re-write our Constitution. There are those who are trying to change the interpretation of our Constitution by using the courts to remove our Liberties. There are those who want government to control every aspect of our lives. Government is entangling itself in the free market system picking winners and losers. This practice will certainly destroy successful companies who find themselves competing with our tax dollars. This is an unconstitutional practice depriving successful Americans of their rights to Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and the Protection of Property. If this practice is not stopped it will end in the destruction of the free market system which will vanquish the American Dream for all Americans.
The courts too often support those who are trying to remove God from our society, which is the equivalent of replacing traditional religious values with a state sponsored religion called Atheism. The courts are forcing us to accept evil religious practices and doctrines. Medical practitioners are being forced by the Courts to perform abortions even though it is against their religious beliefs and is a mockery of God to kill these unborn children. Our religious and our personal Freedoms are being trampled. Our traditional family rights are being attacked from every side. We are facing a Constitutional crisis. We are losing our Liberties and we are losing our Nation.
Let every American stand up for our Constitution and the rights guaranteed within it. Let every American re-declare his/her Liberty. Along with our American Flag let every American fly or display the “Declaration of Liberty Flag” to show their support and reaffirm their allegiance to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Let us show our friends, our neighbors, our customers, our wives, our children, our fallen dead, and our misguided politicians that we will honor and support Liberty. Let our whole Nation see us fly the Declaration of Liberty Flag. I promise you that God will go before you, that this is His work, that you are His people and that He is your God. God Bless You and God Bless American!
God Bless America Always and Forever,
The Republican Club of Harford County advertised the Bel Air tax rally as such:
Dear RCHC Members and Friends,
Seriously folks, have you had enough of failing financial bail-outs, broken campaign promises (and that’s yet another story), weak recovery attempts with socialistic policy, rapidly rising national debt, ridiculously false allegations of blaming the Bush administration (ad nauseam), the take-over of the capitalistic freedoms we so richly cherish, etc., etc., etc.?
Then join the growing national out-cry as we show our disgust of the current Obama administration’s budget and tax plan by attending Harford County’s Bel Air MARYLAND TAX DAY TEA PARTY
Once the tear gas clears in Bel Air, protestors can travel south to Havre de Grace, where organizer Pat McGrady has set up a similar Tax Day rally.
McGrady, who admits she is “really wound up about the way President Obama is trying to socialize this country,” has set her tea party up to run from 4-7 pm at Tydings Park.
In her words, “It is a rally to allow citizens to express their views about the directions that our country, our county and our cities are headed.”
McGrady said the idea of the Havre de Grace rally began when she and her husband found themselves continually “raging at the TV” while watching and listening to the daily news. The idea grew from there.
“The more folks that we’ve spoken with, the bigger it is getting. The list of guest speakers is growing each day, so far, we have Senators, Delegates, county council members, mayors, city councils, and a variety of citizen groups that want to ‘play'”,” McGrady said.
McGrady also invited the Marylanders for Fair Property Taxation, Aberdeen Communities Together, Route 40 businesses, the Libertarian Party group, the Democratic and Republican Central Committees, the NAACP of Harford County, and several churches and PTA.
“All are welcome and we just want to let people know that they have a voice in what is happening in our country,” McGrady said.
McGrady is also looking forward to hearing many different perspectives and points of views at the rally.
“My personal view is that we as a country need to put God first, family second and the country third and that is only me talking. The other folks attending may have a different view, and all are welcome to peacefully share it. Some of the citizen speakers will speak about the high property taxes, some want to address the rising costs of having a business here in this county, some want to rant about water/sewer and the costs involved with global warming. The college students that have said they want to attend are concerned about the state of the economy, the state of the chaos in the world and if there will be jobs when they graduate,” she added.
“It reminds me of the rallies that we had when I was at college.”
“I do have strong beliefs that the tax paying citizens, the common folks, the real people need to have a voice and hopefully this will lead to changes for the good of all of us,” McGrady said.
If any readers plan on attending either of the rallies, let us know why and what you plan on speaking about. Or why you won’t be going.