Editor's Note: Taxpayer, writer, and former law enforcement officer Thomas Sinacore attended two, large citizen "tea party" protests here in Vermont on April 15. What follows combines observations and commentary about the grassroots protest over national policy. Views expressed are those of the writer.
On April 15, 1969, I was sworn in as a New York City police officer-sworn to uphold the laws of the State of New York and the Constitution of United States. On this same date four decades later, I again came to support the U.S. Constitution as did other citizens from around the U.S. We gathered in peaceful demonstration in support of the constitution. Approximately 2,000 such events took place across this country. It was called the tax day "tea party"-tea being an acronym for "taxed enough already". I attended two such events, one in Montpelier, organized by Jessica Bernier, the other in Rutland, organized by Jon Wallace.
At these non-partisan, multi-racial gatherings there were even Obama supporters who apologized for voting for this man. It was gratifying to see so many conservatives finally coming forward and publically stating: "No longer the silent majority!"
I must concede I didn't go as an impartial observer, but at least I admit it; that is more than some of the other newspapers will do. Some of the left-leaning journalists either ignored this event completely or, if they did report on it, did so out of journalistic obligation; many of the facts and figures reported were blatantly incorrect.
Basically, these Vermont patriots-who were recently labeled "conservative terrorists" by Homeland Security-came out to voice their aversion over Obama's economic bailouts and government spending and his offensively conspicuous disregard for the constitution. The Democrats were fast to point out President Bush's spending over his two terms in office. However, Obama surpassed this figure in just three months.
When we pull out of this recession-more like a depression-be prepared for hyper inflation, double- or triple-digit inflation. Your money will be virtually worthless. We may join countries such as Brazil where inflation is so out-of-control that people are spending it as fast as they make it, because tomorrow it will be worth less. There's no incentive to save.
Fundamentally, what these conservative groups are saying to legislators is: "You need to figure out how to spend within your means."
We're taxed when we earn our money, taxed when we spend it, and if we're lucky enough to save a few "shekels", we're taxed again-then Uncle Sam makes us fill out income tax forms to make sure he hasn't overlooked anything. How many times are we taxed on the same "buck"? To quote Montpelier tea party organizer Jessica Bernier, "The government taxes everything from diapers to death. And yet they want more." The creators of the constitution drafted this document to restrain government and protect us from tyranny and abuse.
Liberty is under siege in America. We have a socialist as president and a completely liberal-controlled U.S. Congress. There are no checks and balances at this time, at least not for the next two years. Hopefully, America will make some changes in the next congressional election.
As a congressman, Obama supported every gun-control bill voted on in the Illinois State Legislature. He is on record for vowing to require national gun registration, and in the same breath, wants to restore rights of convicted felons; rights which include voting, holding civil service jobs, and probably owning guns.
Under this administration there is a military training film out, supposedly used to train American soldiers in Iraq. It shows a soldier giving an ultimatum to an American homeowner-surrender his gun or get arrested. How does this film train soldiers in Iraq? Thomas Paine wrote: ...Arms...discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law abiding) deprived the use of them.
Tyranny is flourishing faster than bacteria in a Petri dish.
This next narrative was told me at a tea party by a credible source. Although I can't verify it, I would feel remiss if I did not disclose it. From the horrendous, egregious acts of oppression to liberty I have personally witnessed, I can only say it has credence. You be the judge-
While driving his children down a road in rural Vermont, a man was stopped by soldiers in full combat regalia, complete with kevlar helmets and rifles.The man was questioned when he queried them as to what it was about. He was austerely told to move on. When he came to a town down the road, he questioned a few locals about this. He was told they were looking for illegal guns and that the soldiers were Pakistani soldiers employed by U.S. Homeland Security. This is the same Homeland Security agency that, in a recent memo, called tea party and other conservative citizens U.S. terrorists-mothers and fathers and their children (like little Sarah Block of Rutland in the accompanying photograph) peacefully exercising their constitutional right to demonstrate in support of the constitution-not against it!
The government has a hit list. The following are just two of the many items on this list that can have you labeled as a "dangerous person": if you're against gun control or against abortion, you may be targeted; you may be put on a "no fly" list or you may suddenly be audited by the IRS. And speaking of flying, have you seen how some people are treated when they attempt to board a commercial airliner? You take off your jewelry, wallet, and other items. Then, you're pulled out of line-in the meantime, your personal items are going down the conveyor belt. No one is watching them. The next guy comes along, picks up his things-and maybe yours, too. Great! Really makes me want to fly.
Then there's Obama's capitulating to radical Islam in his recent European tour. Obama actually bowed before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. This is the same king: 16 of his subjects took down the World Trade Center in the name of jihad against us infidels. And I had the misfortune to have been working that day as a police officer; I personally saw those magnificent buildings get hit and go down. I personally lost many friends in that attack.
A final note. Last week in Montpelier, when we, the American people, concluded our demonstration we attempted to enter the Vermont State House to see our legislators in action; we were told we could not bring the U.S flag into the capitol. When I approached several men, some in civilian clothes and some in uniform, and identified myself as a member of the fourth estate, I was told, "You can bring in the flag, but not the stick it's attached to." So we had to rip the flag off its pole or stay outside. Yes, socialism and tyranny are alive and well and growing. "We American must unite to defeat every incursion upon our liberties."
To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson: When Americans are afraid of their government, it's tyranny. When the government is afraid of its citizens, it's liberty.