POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica
We The People
by David Trumbull
April 24, 2009
The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution. –President Ronald Reagan, February 9, 1982
The people are getting fed up with the liberals in Washington and on Beacon Hill continually ginning up new “crises” that can be used to justify taking away our liberty. Last week’s Tax Day “Tea Party” –“TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already as well being a reference to the original December 16, 1773 protest of abusive taxation – was a bigger success than I anticipated and lived up to every pre-event boast by the volunteer organizers. A few hundred men, women, and children gathered on the Boston Common. I’m told the crowd at Christopher Columbus Park was even larger. And this on a week-day afternoon!
At the Tea Party on the Common I ran into and spoke with State Senator Bob Hedlund (R-Weymouth) and several GOP activists, even a candidate for Congress, Earl Sholley. The GOP support for the Tea Parties across the nation is understandable – Republicans believe that government exists to serve the people. I didn’t see any Democratic politicians at the Tea Party – I leave it to you, the reader, to draw your conclusion as to how the Dems see the relation between the governed and those who govern.
[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]