By Mark Alexander · Thursday, April 15, 2010

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” –John Marshall

On December 16th, 1773, “radicals” from Boston, members of a secret organization of American Patriots called the Sons of Liberty, boarded three East India Company ships and threw into Boston Harbor 342 chests of tea.

This iconic event, in protest of oppressive British taxation and tyrannical rule, became known as the Boston Tea Party.

Resistance to the Crown had been mounting over enforcement of the 1764 Sugar Act, 1765 Stamp Act and 1767 Townshend Act, which led to the Boston Massacre and gave rise to the slogan, “No taxation without representation.”

The 1773 Tea Act and resulting Tea Party protest galvanized the Colonial movement opposing British parliamentary acts, which violated the natural, charter and constitutional rights of the colonists.

In response to the rebellion, the British enacted additional punitive measures, labeled the “Intolerable Acts,” in hopes of suppressing the burgeoning insurrection. Far from accomplishing their desired outcome, however, the Crown’s countermeasures led colonists to convene the First Continental Congress on September 5th, 1774, in Philadelphia.

Near midnight on April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere departed Charlestown (near Boston) for Lexington and Concord in order to warn John Hancock, Samuel Adams and other Sons of Liberty that the British army was marching to arrest them and seize their weapons caches. While Revere was captured after reaching Lexington, his friend, Samuel Prescott, was able to evade the Red Coats and took word to the militiamen at Concord.

In the early dawn of that first Patriots’ Day, April 19th, Captain John Parker, commander of the Lexington militia, ordered, “Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they want a war let it begin here.” That it did — American Minutemen fired the “shot heard round the world,” as immortalized by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting British Regulars on Lexington Green and at Concord’s Old North Bridge.

Thus, by the time the Second Continental Congress convened on May 10th, 1775, the young nation was in open war for liberty and independence, which would not be won until a full decade later. (Read more here.)

Today, the tax burden borne by most Americans, even those who pay no direct federal taxes but at the least pay a great hidden cost in federal regulation, is far greater than that which incited our Founders to revolution.

Thus, some 221 years after the ratification of our Constitution, Americans are once again at a crossroads with oppressive centralized government — a point at which we must choose to turn up toward liberty or down toward tyranny and anarchy.

Those at the helm of the federal government, by way of generations of overreaching executive orders, legislative malfeasance and judicial diktat, have abandoned their sacred oaths to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

Although our Constitution provides the People with an authentic means for amendment as prescribed in Article V, successive generations of leftists have, by way of legislation, regulation and activist courts, altered that august founding convention well beyond any semblance of its original intent.

Consequently, they have undermined constitutional Rule of Law, supplanting it with the rule of men.

They have done so in order to win the allegiance of special interest constituencies, which then ensure perpetual re-election of their sponsors in return for political and economic agendas structured on Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collectivism.

How have leftist politicians succeeded in this assault?

They accomplished this through direct taxation on an ever-smaller number of Americans for the benefit of an ever-larger number of Americans — “progressive taxation” and “social justice” as the Left so self-righteously calls it.

So, shouldn’t those who have more give to those who have less?

Well, yes, in my humble opinion, but individuals should rightly be left to decide how best to use their resources for the benefit of others. And in this respect, Americans are the most generous people on earth and from any time of human history.

However, Barack Hussein Obama, an ideological Marxist, believes that government should be the ultimate arbiter for the redistribution of wealth. Indeed, he said as much on the campaign trail in 2008.

Obama claims our economy is “out of balance,” and our tax policies “badly skewed.”

To resolve this, he says we need a “tax policy making sure that everybody benefits, fair distribution, a restoration of balance in our tax code, money allocated fairly…”

“Fair distribution”?

By this, of course, he means “redistribution.”

It’s not enough that 20 percent of Americans are already forced to fund 80 percent of the cost of bloated government largess; if Obama can saddle them with 100 percent of this cost, then he could anoint himself king.

Never mind that progressive taxation constitutes, in effect, a “Bill of Attainder” as outlawed by Article I, Section 9, of our Constitution. Who in Washington these days pays that venerable old parchment any mind?

As devoted socialist George Bernard Shaw acknowledged, “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul,” which is the template for a bloodless socialist revolution.

Further, Obama asserts that free enterprise is nothing more than “Social Darwinism, every man or woman for him or herself … [a] tempting idea, because it doesn’t require much thought or ingenuity.”

Free enterprise “doesn’t require much thought or ingenuity”?

Only in the distorted worldview of a “community organizer” and lifelong adherent of Marxist doctrine could such an absurd assertion originate.

The current debacle of progressive taxation is the result of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s class-warfare decree: “Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.”

We beg to differ. Roosevelt’s “principle” was no more American than Obama’s. Roosevelt was merely paraphrasing Karl Marx, whose maxim declared, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

At the time Marx was formulating his collectivist manifesto, classical liberal Claude Frederic Bastiat, a prominent 19th-century political economist, wrote, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. … Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve. But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn’t belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another… Then abolish that law without delay; No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic.”

Now, according to Heritage Foundation’s Index of Dependence on Government, “Despite the famed 1996 Welfare Reform Act and the more recent welfare adjustments in 2006, 60.8 million Americans remain dependent on the government for their daily housing, food, and health care. Starting in 2016, Social Security will not collect enough in taxes to pay all of the promised benefits — which is a problem for all workers, but especially for the roughly half of the American workforce that has no other retirement program. Add in spiraling academic grants, flat-out farm socialism, and the swelling ranks of Americans who believe themselves entitled to public-sector benefits for which they pay few or no taxes — and Americans must ask themselves whether they are near a tipping point in the nature of their government.” (Also see How the Tax Code is Expanding Government.)

Perversely, almost half of all American workers pay no income tax per the current tax code scheme, though under the Obama plot many now qualify for a tax refund.

Once a majority of Americans can be “protected” from a tax burden, they will ignore the constitutional, moral and civic implications of “progressive taxation.”

The fact is that the only way to ensure fiscal accountability at the federal level is to directly spread the cost of government to a much broader number of taxpayers so all Americans “feel the pain.” Of course, the Left understands that in order to escape any fiscal accountability, they need only ensure that the cost of government is borne by a targeted minority of income earners.

Obama is now poised to propose the implementation of a supplemental value-added tax, a national sales tax. Though this would seemingly spread the cost of government to all Americans (precisely what liberals want to avoid), Obama’s VAT coupled with the myriad proposed exempt products and “rebates” to the “poor,” would most assuredly be yet another avenue for the central government to use the tax code to bludgeon a minority of consumers in order to expand its authority and constituencies.

Vladimir Lenin asserted, “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”

And that is precisely Obama’s political model.

But the problem with the socialist model is, as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher aptly noted, “they always run out of other people’s money.”

If I could emphasize but one point, it would be this: The Left has bankrupted the nation and the bill for freeloading on others is coming due. It will most certainly be paid back in the currency of liberty.

The time is at hand when we must inquire with a unified voice: “If there is no constitutional authority for most laws and regulations enacted by Congress and enforced by the central government, then by what authority do those entities lay and collect taxes to fund such laws and regulations?” (See the Patriot Declaration.)

It is time for tenacious resistance and rebellion against the current throne of government. This is not a call for revolution but for restoration — a call to undertake whatever measures are dictated by prudence and necessity to restore constitutional Rule of Law.

Thomas Jefferson declared, “Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.”

Two centuries later, Ronald Reagan similarly affirmed, “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. … You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Which will it be?

The cause of, and necessity for, the American Revolution was the violation of fundamental rights, those to which Americans and all peoples are entitled by the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.

Unjust taxation was the catalyst for the first American Revolution. Today, once again, our fundamental rights are being violated by unjust taxation for purposes not authorized by our Constitution.

There is a groundswell of protest across the nation, which is far more powerful than what Obama dismissed as “malcontents” who are “waving their little teabags.”

Millions of American Patriots are, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, mutually pledging to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor,” in our endeavor to restore our Constitution’s integrity and the Rule of Law.

(Note: For an excellent resource charting spending, taxes, debts, deficits and entitlements, visit Heritage Foundation’s budget chartbook.)


Tea Time on Tax Day

By Nancy Norman

Tour buses that ferried tourists out of the Cherry Blossom festival will bring crowds back in to the capital for the Tea Party Express rally at the Washington Monument Thursday — the day our income taxes are due and the epitome of government taxing.

Rally officials hope President Barack Obama’s administration will hear their appeals as the 7-9:30 p.m. event is a stone’s throw from the White House. A press conference is planned for 9 a.m. with a “People’s Tax Revolt” to follow at 11 a.m. at Freedom Plaza.

“The Tea Party isn’t really a political party,” said photojournalist David Lent, who shot a feature news story for Austrian Television on the Tea Party Movement. “It’s a voice to the voiceless of people drawn together to express their fear of big government taxing and spending, anti-health care reform and a desire to return to the ideals of the of era of Ronald Reagan.”
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Sarah Palin is a current hero among Tea Partiers. She spoke to roughly 5,000 at the Tea Party rally in Boston on Wednesday — home of the original 1773 Tea Party that helped spark the American Revolution. She took a swipe at Obama’s stimulus program.

“I want to tell them, ‘Naw,'” said Palin, “‘you know we’ll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion. And you can keep the change.'”

Palin is not scheduled to speak at the D.C. event. And, not surprisingly, neither are any GOP leaders in the House and Senate. They weren’t invited to speak, but the following Republicans were, according to The Hill:

– Rep. Tom Price (Ga.) – Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) – Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) – Rep. Steve King (Iowa) – Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) – Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.)

The Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Washington wraps up a nationwide tour. So if you see people on the Metro with flags that say “Don’t Tread on Me,” you know they are headed to the rally.

Othere Tea Party rallies will be held in Maryland in Virginia.

Several have been advertised for parts of Maryland:

– Rockville: Rockville Town Center, 5 p.m. – Hagerstown: University Plaza, 3 p.m. – Frederick: Baley and Hops (MD Rt. 355), 3 p.m.

And several are being held in northern Virginia, including:

– Herndon: Fox Mill Fire Station 31, 2610 Reston Parkway, 3-5 p.m. – Woodbridge: McCoart Administrative Center 1 County Complex Court, noon-2 p.m.

And if you’re wondering how Tea Partiers will handle “leftist infiltrators” at their rallies, well, here you go:

And if you’re wondering how Tea Partiers will handle “leftist infiltrators” at their rallies, well, here you go:


by Kyle Olson

It was common knowledge that SEIU and ACORN were of the same tree prior to the James O’Keefe/Hannah Giles coast-to-coast video sting. At, I chronicled nearly two dozen SEIU contributions to ACORN in just a few years.

In 2009, SEIU gave to a variety of ACORN affiliates both before and after the sting videos began to be released. Consider these:





ACORN Labor Partnership

“Support for organizing”



Community Labor Organization Committee

“Support for organizing”

1/2009 & 3/2009


New Orleans Worker Resource Center

“Organizational Support”

1/2009 – 6/2009


Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now

“Support for organizing”




“Support for organizing”

1/2009 & 3/2009


Brooklyn ACORN




Citizens Services Inc

“Support for political activities”

4/2009 – 9/2009


The last one, Citizens Services Inc, is particularly interesting, given that CSI was the entity Obama for America also hired for campaign work, as Michelle Malkin pointed out.

SEIU 1199, the largest local affiliate of the national union (and former employer of White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard), gave a whopping $550,000 to the Working Families Party in 2009. WFP was co-founded by ACORN.

The national SEIU also made expenditures to the National Public Pension Coalition, an outfit that “supports state-based activities in defense of public employee defined benefit pension systems,” according to a job posting for the executive director position.

The American Federation of Teachers listed other members of the coalition, “in addition to the AFT, are the AFL-CIO; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Change to Win; the National Education Association; and the Service Employees International Union.”

The Center for American Progress Action Fund was the recipient of a $236,036 contribution from the SEIU. The Economic Policy Institute, the “think tank” or “issue advocacy group,” according to the financial filing, receives huge financial support from organized labor and surprise-surprise, produces economic data favorable to…….organized labor!

The Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation – the organization that gave a young Barack Obama his start in community organizing – received $100,000 in the middle of 2009. The organization’s views are in line with ACORN, they’re just a little more diplomatic in how they go about it.

The SEIU’s contributions to Healthcare for America Now surpassed the one-million mark with an additional $550,000 in financial support. SEIU’s and HCAN’s efforts proved successful when ObamaCare finally passed the Congress.

The free Huffington Post received $15,000 in “subscription services” from SEIU.

This is America. SEIU can spend its money however it wishes. Previously, we compared the Marxist Andy Stern’s compensation to that of his secretary. The reality is, the union could increase the wage disparity ten-fold and I could care less.

What I have a problem with is Andy Stern using the “power of persuasion” to change our economic system when he won’t enact those principles voluntarily at his own union. Until you live up to your own principles, Andy, I will fight you at every turn.

Study: Networks snub, malign ‘tea party’

By Joseph Curl

The big three television networks virtually ignored the massive, grass-roots “tea party” surge in 2009, and so far this year have maligned the movement as teeming with racists and violent fringe figures, according to a report by the Media Research Center.

“Rather than objectively document the rise and impact of this important grassroots movement, the ‘news’ networks instead chose to first ignore, and then deplore, the citizen army mobilizing against the unpopular policies of a liberal president and Congress,” wrote MRC Research Director Rich Noyes.

As a nation-spanning “Tea Party Express” caravan plans to pull into Washington for a “tax day” rally on Thursday, a Rasmussen poll finds that the number of people who say they’re part of the tea party movement nationally has grown to 24 percent, up from 16 percent a month ago.

“The rise in tea party support is perhaps not surprising at a time when more voters than ever (58 percent) favor repeal of the national health care plan just passed by Democrats in Congress and signed into law by President Obama,” the pollster wrote.

The Media Research Center, a watchdog organization founded by conservative L. Brent Bozell III, compiled reams of statistics to support its findings about TV network coverage, among them:

• ABC, CBS and NBC aired 61 stories or segments on the anti-spending movement over a 12-month period, and most of that coverage is recent. “The networks virtually refused to recognize the tea party in 2009 (19 stories), with the level of coverage increasing only after Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts” in January, the report said, referring to the Republican’s win of the Senate seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy.

• Overall, 44 percent of the networks’ reports on the tea party suggested the movement reflected a fringe movement or a dangerous quality. “Signs and images at last weekend’s big tea party march in Washington and at other recent events have featured racial and other violent themes,” NBC anchorman Brian Williams said in a September report.

• Coverage of the movement pales in comparison with coverage of “protests serving liberal objectives,” the report said. For instance, the Nation of Islam’s “Million Man March” in 1995 garnered 21 evening news stories on the day of the march — more than the tea party demonstrations received in all of 2009.

No one from any of the three networks returned phone messages or e-mails seeking comment.

Thousands of tea party protesters are expected to turn out Thursday for a “People’s Tax Revolt” rally in Washington’s Freedom Plaza, a block from the White House. Mr. Obama plans to be out of town that day, traveling to Florida for an event on the future of the U.S. space program.

Tea-party mania: Taxpayers to storm White House Citizens take fight for America directly to Obama ‘residence’

By Chelsea Schilling

Thousands of taxpayers from across the nation are planning to descend on the White House Thursday, and a million more are expected to take their fight against excessive spending, growth of big government and soaring deficits to more than 700 rallies in U.S. cities this week.

Tea Party Patriots estimates that there are currently 737 Tax Day tea party events scheduled by local organizations across the nation. The group offers a list of many of the events for those interested in attending and a zip code search feature to find local rallies. Also, FreedomWorks, leading organizer of the Washington rally, has a separate list of nearly 200 events scheduled for April 15.

“This April 15 will be the largest network of events across the country that I believe we’ve seen in a long time,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a recent conference call. “We expect millions of people to show up across the country protesting a government that is out of control, a government that does not listen to the American people. We want to take our country back.”

Sept. 12, 2009, taxpayer march on Washington (photo by Barbara Auchter)

Meanwhile, FreedomWorks is asking for last-minute donations to fund a live stream broadcast of the event and purchase portable restrooms, security barriers and signs for a massive tea party at the White House Ellipse from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tea Party TV also plans to provide streaming coverage of the Tax Day tea parties and is inviting citizens to submit their own videos and photos of the events.

Speakers at the Washington rally include Lord Monckton, Andrew Breitbart, former Rep. Dick Armey, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Tucker Carlson, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Rev. C.L. Bryant. Kibbe said they will talk about the major economic issues of the day, including strategies to combat the Democrats’ recently passed health-care legislation, energy taxation and a 50-state strategy to take America back.

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Tea party ‘crazies’ or crashers?

As WND reported, an organization calling itself “Crash the Tea Party” claims it will send operatives to infiltrate various Tax Day tea parties and make the movement appear to be a group of racist and homophobic “morons.”

“Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party in ways that will exaggerate their least appealing qualities (i.e. misspelled protest signs, wild claims on TV interviews, etc.) to further distance them from mainstream America and damage the public’s opinion of them,” the website states. “We will also use inside information that we have gained in order to disrupt and derail their plans.”

However, the website’s comments section appears to have been overrun by critics of the “Crash the Tea Party” scheme. Likewise, while the Tax Day Tea Party Facebook page has nearly 70,000 members, a Facebook page set up for “Crash the Tea Party” features a paltry 256 supporters.

Another group of tea-partiers formed a “Crashing ‘Crash the Tea Party'” page with more than 1,100 supporters.

“There has been almost zero planning and coordination for the effort by the left,” it reports. “Instead, there has been endless flames, sniping and debating. The website has been flooded by conservatives to the point that it crashes on a regular basis.”

“Crash the Tea Party” organizers have taken to Twitter, imploring left-leaning media outlets and personalities such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and National Public Radio to cover their efforts.

The tea-party movement has seen several unsuccessful efforts to sabotage its efforts. WND reported in March when “National Coffee Party Day,” a countrywide launch of a leftwing movement meant as an answer to the tea parties, welcomed miniscule crowds – even after receiving news-media buildup from CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Seattle Times and dozens of other outlets.

WND was also first to report in February when Democrat operatives – using a suite address for Joseph Sandler, general counsel to the Democratic National Committee and a lead attorney in the Obama eligibility case – launched a major ad campaign to “prevent the tea party’s dangerous ideas from gaining legislative traction.” And exactly one year ago, WND reported when ACORN was planning pro-Obama rallies during the 2009 Tax Day tea party.

So far, none of the efforts to disrupt the movement appear to have been successful. However, Pajamas Media is asking tea partiers to work together and “beat them at their own game.”

“If you see anyone with an offensive sign, take a picture of it and forward it to us at Pajamas Media,” a post on the organization’s website urges. “[W]e’ll publish it, along with an explicit statement that this doesn’t reflect the real tea party spirit. Try to get the person’s face, so they can be properly shamed.”

Virtual march on the White House

For those Americans who can’t make it to Washington to show their support on Tax Day, the Online Tax Revolt, a citizens’ virtual march on the nation’s capital, will be available. So far, more than 260,000 people have signed up for the effort.

Screenshot of avatars “marching” to Washington, D.C.

Those who wish to join the march may log on to, choose an “avatar” – an animated, online representation of a real person – and start its march to the nation’s capital. Organizers explain that participants can march individually or in teams and boast the site is equipped with Google Maps, which enables participants to track the location their avatars and follow their progress to Washington.

Kibbe said he believes millions of citizens will participate in Tax Day rallies across the nation. Aside from the Washington protest, some of the largest events are expected to take place in cities such as Tampa, Fla.; New York City, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Sacramento, Calif.; Lansing, Mich.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Cleveland, Ohio.

“I believe, nationally, we’re going to have twice as many people as we had last year,” Kibbe said.

Where will the president be while Americans march?

Obama will be at singer Gloria Estefan’s Miami Beach mansion for a $30,400-a-couple cocktail reception fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee following a visit to the Kennedy Exploration Center earlier in the day.

Photo Released: GOP Official and Boyfriend Beaten

by Jim Hoft

Jack A. Neal posted this photo and comment on Bobby Jindal’s Facebook page tonight: Hi folks. I was in New Orleans this past Friday night. I was dining within a half block of where the incident involving Allee Butsch happened. I joined this group so that I might share the info, as well as a photo I took. More to come…
Via The Hayride.

Allee Butsch suffered a broken leg from the beatdown outside to the SRLC dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. She had her leg operated on over the weekend and it will take her months to recover. Her boyfriend Joe Brown suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a concussion. They were attacked after leaving the Southern Republican Leadership Conference dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant.

Police are looking for a Caucasian male who appeared to be dirty, in his 20’s, 6′1″ tall, thin build with a thin face. He had a beard and auburn color hair in a pony tail. He was wearing a light color T shirt and dark color pants. Up to 5 men beat the couple after they left the GOP event on Friday night.