I commend the people who are organizing the various tea parties that will take place on or around April 15th. I find their willingness to organize these events as a sign that the people have finally had enough, and that they are getting active and are finally willing to fight back.
But I also have to admit that I think the tea parties are lacking something, tea.
Would we have learned about the Boston Tea Party in our school books if a group of angry men descended on a ship to hold a meeting or a social gathering? No of course not. The men of the Boston Tea Party are famous because they threw the tea into the river.
Now heaven forbid, I’m not advocating for people to throw crap into the Des Moines River, but I do think that unless people are willing to follow up their rhetoric with some sort of action nothing will change.
Many people feel helpless, they think the only thing we can do is wait for the next election to roll around so we can kick some people out of office. There is another option, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Simply refuse to pay your taxes. Now I know, that’s pretty radical, and you are still going to be forced to pay sales tax, but maybe it’s time to cut the gas (our tax dollars) for the engine (government).
Trust me, right now those is Government are laughing at you and your tea parties. They know that you are so worked up that you are going to attend the Tax Day Tea Party at the State Capitol on April 15th, and when it’s over you are going to drop off your taxes in some mail box.
Is this what the men of the Boston Tea Party would do? I think not.
Sure, its radical, but it’s not like I’m advocating violence or anything. Just refuse to pay your state and local taxes. We already can see what type of bind a reduction of revenue does to the State Budget. It might be the only way to let them know you are serious.
If you are going to have a tea party, you need to figure out what the tea is. Otherwise it’s just a party.
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