Happy Fifth Birthday Modern Day Tea Party (12/2007-12/2012)

From that first modern tea party uprising on December 16, 2007 when we tossed “tea containers” (on tethers) into the harbors all over the USA — the containers were emblazoned with the names of the lynchpin issues of our protest — and then gathered for a rally at Fanueil Hall Boston, to this December 16, 2012… Long Live the Modern Day Tea Party!

We are grateful to Ron Paul’s liberty movement for “getting this party started”. One can find many 2007 videos with news clips and other footage of that day from all around the country, but this gem from Freeport, Texas (near his home in Lake Jackson) shows the founding “father” himself lobbing a huge barrel of “tea” into the water…

Recommended reading to prepare those new to the liberty movement for the difficult times ahead…

Monetary System and Inflation: Ten Things You Need to Know About the Federal Reserve: For One, They are Part of a Private Banking Cartel

Undeclared Wars and Foreign Aid: Everything You Need to Know About Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy – Hint: It’s Not Pacifism (Michael Scheuer, ex-CIA)

Loss of Personal Freedoms and Privacy: What It’s Like to be the First American Arrested Under the Patriot Act: Drugged, Tortured but Never Charged (Susan Lindauer, ex-CIA)

Loss of State Sovereignty and Federal Intrusion: The Tenth Amendment Center – The Nullification Movement

Loss of Border Control: A Six-Point Plan to End Illegal Immigration (Courtesy of Ron Paul):

- Physically secure our borders and coastlines. We must do whatever it takes to control entry into our country before we undertake complicated immigration reform proposals.
- Enforce visa rules. Immigration officials must track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law. This is especially important when we recall that a number of 9/11 terrorists had expired visas.
- No amnesty. Estimates suggest that 10 to 20 million people are in our country illegally. That’s a lot of people to reward for breaking our laws.
- No welfare for illegal aliens. Americans have welcomed immigrants who seek opportunity, work hard, and play by the rules. But taxpayers should not pay for illegal immigrants who use hospitals, clinics, schools, roads, and social services.
- End birthright citizenship. As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be citizens, the incentive to enter the U.S. illegally will remain strong. [Current U.S. citizens will not be affected. Instead, babies born to illegals after a future cutoff date will no longer gain automatic U.S. citizenship. They will still have citizenship in their parents' home countries.]
- Pass true immigration reform. The current system is incoherent and unfair. But current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods.

These are by no means ALL the issues of concern but they provide a good outline for many issues that fall under them.

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