Wednesday, April 08, 2009

South Bay Tea Party - "By land and by sea"

This press release was submitted to me by South Bay Tax Day Tea Party:


Friends! Brethren! Countrymen!
“By Land and By Sea” South Bay Tax Day Tea Party Protest
Dockweiler State Beach (off Imperial Highway), El Segundo, CA
April 15, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

El Segundo, CA April 7, 2009 – The South Bay Tea Party, a bipartisan group of 
concerned local citizens working in conjunction with the national FreedomWorks 
organization, invites all residents of the South Bay and its neighboring communities 
to join us on Wednesday April 15,2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m at Dockweiler State Beach 
to peacefully petition our elected officials, and particularly Congresswoman Jane 
Harman who is a self-described Blue Dog Democrat and fiscal conservative, to stop the 
irresponsible bailouts and out of control spending by the Federal Government. Join us
for a unique “by land and by sea” reenactment of the original Boston Tea Party as an
expression of our liberty and a cry of protest that our state and federal 
representatives ignore at their political peril.

In solidarity with Americans attending hundreds of Tax Day Tea Party protests around 
the country the group today announced its strong opposition to government spending in 
Washington and Sacramento and to an increase in taxes that will limit the freedom and 
threaten the livelihood of nearly every American. Nathan Mintz, on behalf of South 
Bay Tea Party, said: “In recent months our elected officials in Sacramento and 
Washington have disregarded the voice of the People and acted with reckless abandon, 
sacrificing the future of our children and our country.”

Tea Party organizers believe that economic and personal liberty are under severe 
attack from California State Legislators, the U.S. Congress and the other branches of 
the Federal Government. California’s Proposition 1A has burdened state residents with 
obscene levels of new taxation. The Federal Government’s Stimulus, recent Omnibus 
Spending Bill, and Budget all passed by congress are borrowing or printing 
unprecedented amounts of money. Yet, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 
the Stimulus Bill will create few jobs in 2009 and 2010. Instead it will cause 
dangerously high levels of inflation as the Federal Government writes blank checks 
that our children and grandchildren will have to repay.

“We can no longer stand by quietly and allow this to continue unabated,” Mr. Mintz
continues. “Today is the day the silent majority rises up to demand its elected 
officials balance the people's checkbook. The people have had enough. The time to 
voice displeasure with the current political climate, discuss alternative solutions 
and demand constitutionally guaranteed rights is long overdue. That worst of plagues, 
the host of confiscatory taxes levied on the People by the Government, are due this 
day, April 15, 2009, and We the People will no longer remain silent.”
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Blogger Scott said...

A Wednesday from 1 - 3pm? Some of us *are* still employed. Great planning.

7:34 AM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger bearmaster said...

So am I and so are a lot of other people, including the guy who is heading up this thing.

8:11 AM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger Scott said...

So why hold the event on a weekday afternoon?

11:03 AM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger bearmaster said...

It is being held nationwide (over 300 events) to coincide with meeting the IRS deadline to file income taxes.

11:11 AM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger Scott said...

I figured that. I just think it would have a far larger turnout, and thus send a bigger message, if it were held on a weekend.

12:14 PM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger bearmaster said...


I doubt it would make any difference. I can come up with a thousand excuses why the weekend would be inconvenient for me (like, that's the time of the week I do all my grocery shopping and bank errands and do my cooking and a lot of other errands).

It's not particularly convenient for Nathan and the other organizers to work night and day organizing this thing nor is it convenient for me to put aside the rest of my life and crank out the posters I've been making.

I guess the question is how important is this to a person that he (or she) would make it a priority for a few hours. We have gotten feedback from people saying, "I don't CARE if it's a weekday, I'm coming and I'm bringing my kids so I can tell them I did something!"

12:29 PM, April 09, 2009  

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