From noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rotary Park, there will be a "Tax Day Tea Party." This will be a peaceful, nationwide attempt at redressing the grievous wrongs being committed by our country's out-of-control federal government.
The first tea party occurred December 16, 1773: It took place in Boston to protest the British government and local officials who refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain. A group of colonists boarded the ships and threw the tea into Boston Harbor.
In 1913, the federal government acquired three new, powerful and potentially dangerous tools: the 16th and 17th Amendments and the Federal Reserve System. The 16th Amendment gave the government "power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or re-numeration." That removed all of the original Constitution's limitations on federal taxing power.
The so-called stimulus (or stifle us) bill is taking this to depths that would send the founding fathers spinning in their graves. The federal government is fearfully open to corrupt influence and should be denied the power to extort untold billions - trillions - in taxes to be used to pervert the Constitution and the destruction of individual liberties, much less fund those countries that would seek our destruction.
This debt will never be paid off, and it will affect all Americans. Much of our infrastructure has been mortgaged out to other nations - many hostile to us. The U.N. is in the process (no doubt with gleeful assistance from many in our own government) in destroying our dollar with the ultimate goal of a one-world currency. Our nation rapidly is losing its unique heritage, liberties and boundaries.
Yes, this will be a peaceful national gathering, but We the People are mad as hell and we want our country back. No one is entitled to anything they haven't earned; and taxation without representation is tyranny.
Denise Murray, Lynda Lee Cassara, Kathy Paul, Eric Paul, Faustine Cabanez, Stephanie Cabanez and four others, Durango