Bill Bucko

TAX DAY TEA PARTY!

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THE MORE PEOPLE TURN OUT, THE MORE WE MAKE OUR ANGER KNOWN TO THE LOOTERS IN WASHINGTON, THE BETTER!

Here are some links I found at Michelle Malkin's website:

Keep on writing letters to the editor ... sending angry e-mails to your state's contingent of looters in Congress ... and supporting the Ayn Rand Institute. But join the Tea Party, too!

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From http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/04/...aros_tea_party/ :

As tax day approaches there is a crescendo growing across America in the form of organized protests, also known as tea parties, and the noise is on a path to becoming deafening. Thousands of rallies are planned across the country; one in every single congressional district and larger gatherings slated for cities like New York, Sacramento and Atlanta which hope to boast an upwards of 20,000 participants.

The message is simple: repeal the pork, cut taxes and cut spending. But there is much more at stake than the money. The impact these actions will have on our culture is key....

Massive government control is a clear threat to our liberties and our values ...

The fundamental difference between tea totalers and those who are drinking the leftist Kool-Aid is how they view decision-making. The Kool-Aid clan believes that government is better equipped to make choices than a country’s citizens, that they are entitled to our earnings, and that what we get back is simply a giveaway. They feel they know best how to spend it, not us, and simply don’t trust us if left to our own devices.

Every time the government assumes control of our rights and choices whether it is on health care or education, finances, family or faith, it sucks the life out of each one, eventually causing the decay of individual empowerment. As power is increasingly transferred to the government, it will seek to dilute and destroy our most precious values ...

The culmination of a resistance movement is more than brewing; the tea parties will bring the outrage to a full boil. Though the tea might steep on Wednesday, the battle to protect our nation from socialism’s effect on our culture and our American exceptionalism has just begun. Grab your Earl Grey, it must be stopped.

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Here's the sign I'm taking:

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See you there!

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I'm in San Diego on business, so I am attending the Tea Party there tomorrow. Anyone else from San Diego attending?

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There is going to be a "Tax Day Tea Party" here in Las Vegas which is just a few miles from my house. I intend on attending with a few signs.

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There is going to be a "Tax Day Tea Party" here in Las Vegas which is just a few miles from my house. I intend on attending with a few signs.

In almost all the promotions of this I see, including on Fox News, there appeals to "tradition" and "less spending", with almost no mention of the rights of the individual -- make sure you emphasize that, with something similar to Bill's sign.

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There is going to be a "Tax Day Tea Party" here in Las Vegas which is just a few miles from my house. I intend on attending with a few signs.

In almost all the promotions of this I see, including on Fox News, there appeals to "tradition" and "less spending", with almost no mention of the rights of the individual -- make sure you emphasize that, with something similar to Bill's sign.

As a matter of fact, I intend on doing just that.

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You all recognize where the quote on my sign comes from, I hope?

It's perhaps the best two sentences from Ayn Rand, to convey to others what Objectivism is all about.

From Galt's speech (1957 hardcover, pp. 1011-1012):

“For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors—between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.”

Ayn Rand, ATLAS SHRUGGED

By the way, the forthcoming book Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged includes an outline of Galt's speech. One of the most pleasant (and informative) things I've ever done, was to make my own outline of Galt's speech, back around 1970. It will be interesting to compare my version with Greg Salmieri's!

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At least there's some mention of liberty. From http://taxdayteaparty.com/ :

What’s the tea party all about?

There are many reasons why millions of Americans will take to the streets on April 15th. Some people think it is about party politics and displeasure with the current administration. While a great many are fearful where our country is headed, it is not party politics. It is a fundamental disagreement over government’s role.

In particular, we believe the government is far too big already. Yes, this includes the previous administrations excess spending and the idea of bailouts to banks. The plans of the current administration are to make it even bigger.
We resent the intrusion and control of government into our lives and liberties. This is a key factor prompting protests
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[Emphasis added by me.]

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At least there's some mention of liberty. From http://taxdayteaparty.com/ :

What’s the tea party all about?

There are many reasons why millions of Americans will take to the streets on April 15th. Some people think it is about party politics and displeasure with the current administration. While a great many are fearful where our country is headed, it is not party politics. It is a fundamental disagreement over government’s role.

In particular, we believe the government is far too big already. Yes, this includes the previous administrations excess spending and the idea of bailouts to banks. The plans of the current administration are to make it even bigger.
We resent the intrusion and control of government into our lives and liberties. This is a key factor prompting protests
.

[Emphasis added by me.]

Lucky me, there's a Tea Party nearby. I am definitely going, rain or shine.

Mindy

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Well, I'm going to the one in New York City!

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How's this, for handing out to the crowd?

The Economy Needs Ayn Rand

Author Ayn Rand’s philosophy of rational self-interest is more relevant today—amid the flurry of government bailouts—than ever.

Self-Interest Equals Prosperity

by Onkar Ghate, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

If Ayn Rand’s philosophy of rational self-interest is irrelevant today, then so is the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration gave sanction to selfishness: to the moral right to live your own life, to exercise your liberty, to pursue your happiness. No more taking orders from king or society. Each was free to live for himself.

In works such as The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and The Virtue of Selfishness, Rand provided a philosophic foundation for the Declaration’s radical ideas. She originated a moral code that broke with tradition. She believed morality’s purpose isn’t to command you to sacrifice your interests for the sake of others but rather to teach you the rational values and virtues happiness in fact requires.

The deepest cause of today’s financial crisis is our distance from this ideal. Although almost everyone blames the free market, financial markets are riddled with government interventions. Participants are not free to pursue their self-interest. Instead, the government overrides this pursuit to achieve the “public interest.” So it creates the Fed, charged with the task of somehow manipulating money and interest rates to create full employment and price stability for all. It sponsors entities such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which somehow will bring homeownership into everyone’s reach. It promises to bail out financial institutions that supposedly carry “systemic risk” for everyone.

When this semi-collectivistic, uneconomic system blows up, should blame be placed on those issuing the orders or those forced to obey? To place primary blame on Wall Street is like blaming Russians for Communism’s failure. The fault lies not in the people but in the immoral system in which they had to act.

To restore U.S. prosperity, Rand’s philosophy has vital things to teach: what genuine self-interest and happiness consist of, why their pursuit is moral, and what political condition they demand—the full freedom of the Declaration. What is more relevant than that?

Dr. Onkar Ghate has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Calgary and is a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights (www.AynRand.org) in Irvine, Calif. The organization promotes Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

Visit www.AynRand.org !

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Here's page 2 of my flyer:

Visit www.AynRand.org !

“Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.

“The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others.”

Ayn Rand, “Introducing Objectivism”

“The social system based on and consonant with the altruist morality—with the code of self-sacrifice—is socialism, in all or any of its variants: fascism, Nazism, communism. All of them treat man as a sacrificial animal to be immolated for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the society, the state. Soviet Russia is the ultimate result, the final product, the full, consistent embodiment of the altruist morality in practice; it represents the only way that that morality can ever be practiced.”

Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

“For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors—between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.”

Ayn Rand, ATLAS SHRUGGED

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When I had a break between clients I went over to the local "Tax Day Tea Party" which was actually received very well by the passerbys. A few drivers gave the sign holders the finger, or the loser sign, but most honked their horns yelled with happiness or gave the thumbs up sign. A couple of local TV stations were there filming, but I did not see them specifically question anyone. Overall, it was a good turn out with mostly pleasant people demonstrating over a serious issue.

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Good commentary at http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/04/...sion_tea_party/ :

PETER ROFF: Tea Parties — Mission Accomplished

By Peter Roff

Fellow, Liberty Institute/Former Senior Political Editor, United Press International

The attention being given the national tea party movement is nothing short of remarkable. Organized by a few people using new social media tools like Twitter and Facebook, it has blossomed into a genuine social movement composed of Republicans, Libertarians, Independents and even a few Democrats, all of whom feel as though they are being taken for granted by their elected leaders in Washington.

And it’s no wonder. From their point of view the politicians in Congress are passing out money, our money, to people who don’t deserve while conveniently ignoring the role that government played in creating the housing bubble that led to the current economic crisis.

The federal government’s role in bringing the current crisis into our living rooms has been poorly documented by the major media. For all the talk of how the Federal Reserve kept interest rates low, there has been little discussion of how a little-known fellow named Martin Eakes partnered with the Ford Foundation in a scheme to generate home loans for people who could not really afford them, loans made by major financial institutions that were then, in essence, laundered through Eakes’ Self-Help Credit Union so that, under the expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act that occurred under the Clinton Administration, they could be purchased and securitized by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Hopefully, the thousands of taxpayers that are taking to the streets today as part of the National Tax Day Tea Party can convince Congress that the roots of the financial crisis should be explored in greater detail. But that is only the beginning.

The federal government’s reaction to the crisis has only made thinks worse. In an orgy of taxing, spending and borrowing, the Obama administration has committed the nation to mountains of debt as far as the eye can see that make the Reagan deficits pale in comparison. And, with the Bush tax cuts set to expire after, there is no end — and no relief in sight.

This is the point that taxpayers are making today....

That they would come out for a social protest, something normally thought of as the province of the American Left, is both a sign of hope for the American middle-class and a giant warning to the liberal establishment. In solidarity the middle-class will find relief, but it is relief that will only come at the expense of the taxing and spending and redistributing that the liberals must have to purchase and maintain their political power. Bringing the ordinary American into the streets is a mission accomplished for those who have labored long and hard to explain the realities of expansionist government to the people.

The people who are demonstrating on April 15 represent the heart and soul of America. And, since their political opponents cannot successfully argue that they are wrong to feel the way they do, they must be discredited. Liberals commentators and blogs are full of rumors and innuendo that the Tea Party demonstrations are the product of corporate-funded Washington insiders or that they are tied to fringe political groups like the white supremacists. A number of organizations and liberal media outlets have promised to infiltrate the demonstrations in search of the most profane, the most outrageous, the most nonsensical arguments they can find in order to discredit an entire movement.

It won’t work — and it won’t work because the poor, overtaxed Americans who are coming out for tea parties on Wednesday represent the backbone of this great nation. They can be bent, but they cannot be broken. They are the heirs to what has become known as “The Greatest Generation” — but this time the country they are fighting to save is their own.

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More, from http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/04/...rpen_tea_party/ :

PHIL KERPEN: Live From a Tea Party — The Atmosphere Is Electric!

By Phil Kerpen, Policy Director, Americans for Prosperity

Live on the scene from the D.C. Tea Party where I just spoke to a rowdy, raucous crowd of about 3,700 people in a pouring rain. They took the day off work, some brought the whole families, to send a strong message against bailouts, massive government growth, and the efforts of elites on Wall Street and in Washington to run our lives.

This is the beginning of a new populist revolt, and it’s happening all over the country. The top-down, big money, big government forces of Soros, MoveOn.org, and Organizing for America are about to meet a true bottom-up populist steamroller. Elites will ignore this at their own peril.

The atmosphere is absolutely electric.... They’re railing against energy taxes, government health care takeovers, and the never-ending bailouts.

Tim Geithner yanked our permit to protest in front of the Treasury Department (scared, perhaps?) at the last second, but the decentralized Tea Party movement was ready to go anyway, combining forces with another Tea Party already scheduled across the street in Lafayette Park....

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Be sure to check out http://taxdayteaparty.com/ for inspiring reports and photos, from around the country.

The signs told the story: “The Real Pirates are in Congress.” “Stop Toxic Spending!” “Tea Party Today. Tar and Feathers Tomorrow!” “Unrepentant Capitalist!” “Obamanomics. Trickle Up Poverty.” “Obama Wants Your Dollars. Do You Want His Change?” “Who Will Bail Out the Bailout?”

Texas: Victoria: Signs such as “Give us liberty, not debt,” “Stop spending our kids’ money,” and “Can we lay off Congress?” waved high in the air at the Taxed Enough Already Party in Victoria Wednesday evening. “The founders were real specific about the limitations our government was supposed to have. Over time, they just gradually expanded and expanded which now we have a federal government that is pretty invasive in our lives,” said Mike Cloud. ...

“Today really could be the start of the second American Revolution,” said Schultz. “The biggest problem with the Republicans is they are letting it happen and doing nothing about it,” said James Von Tesmar of Ashtabula, who warned that Barrack Obama is taking the United States down the road to “fascism.” ...

Many in the crowd carried signs with such sayings as “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Give us Liberty, not debt,” and “Obama and Pelosi, the Detrimental Duo.” ...

“The tremor we are feeling today is running through this great land,” he said. “We need to warn people of the dangers of socialism.” ...

“I’ve got a message for the president and the Congress: It’s not your money,” Rouzer said, drawing cheers from the crowd. Protest signs read “Change, what’s left after taxes,” “Tax breaks, not pork spending” and “Obama is the biggest threat to American freedom.”

New Jersey: Morristown: Hundreds turn out in rain, image gallery here

Massachusetts: Fall River: Dozens turn out - Colorful signs stated messages like “Stop Bankrupting My Children,” “Liberty is All the Stimulus We Need” and “Vote Them

All Out in 2010.” … Boston: “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.”

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I have posted some Tea Party pics in an editorial on the protest in Boston, where it all started 236 years ago.

Lucidicus Editorial: Tax Day Tea Party '09

That is a permanent link that won't change.

Regards,

Jared Rhoads

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Boston: “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.”

Madoff doesn't drool and operates on a smaller scale.

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Michelle Malkin points out:

http://michellemalkin.com/

Tea Party protesters were as vocal in their criticism of Republicans as they were of Democrats. In Salt Lake City, Utah, a crowd of 2,000 repeatedly booed GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, who both supported the $700 billion TARP bailout, and protested GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman’s decision to accept $1.6 billion in porky stimulus funds….

Other Tea Party participants pointed out that Newt Gingrich, who jumped aboard the bandwagon, flip-flopped on TARP in the space of a week last September and made common cause with Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi in ads calling for immediate action on “climate change.”…

The reckonable forces of the Tea Party movement didn’t let opportunists escape accountability on Tax Day. The GOP shouldn’t assume they’ll get a pass on Election Day, either.

As one of the most popular Tea Party signs read: “You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote it out.”

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GOOD NEWS! I was working on a new flyer for the next TEA PARTY, when I found ARI has already created one!

Go to http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pag...topic_tea_party .

Under TEA PARTY RESOURCES, you'll find:

Flyers

We have created these flyers as handouts at the Tea Party protests. Please feel free to print and distribute them.

Color

Black and White

Speaker Resources

Sample Text for Speakers

Next Party, I'm taking at least 200!

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From Dr. Hurd's Weekly Digest:

When They Turn, They Turn
(by Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D., published Thursday, 16 April 2009 00:00)

Many Americans are starting to wake up to the idiotic travesty that our government has become. This stirring is reflected in some of the wonderful signs at the rallies held around the country at anti-tax Tea Parties yesterday. Here's a sampling. Enjoy!

I'm only 15 and I already owe $35,535 in taxes

It's not their money!

Give Me Liberty ... Not Debt

Why Should I Pay For Your Bad Decisions?

Stay Out of My Piggy Bank

Instead of apologizing FOR America, Obama apologize TO America!

You Call Us Arrogant -- I Call Us Proud

I Am Not Your ATM

"Hope and Change" is more like a Hammer and Sickle

Here's an Idea: Read the Bills You Pass

Born Free But Taxed 2 Death

Spread My Work Ethic -- Not My Wealth!

My Piggy Bank Is Not Your Pork Barrel

Your Promises, Our Money -- Stop!

Free Markets Not Freeloaders

King Obama/Queen Pelosi Must Be Stopped

Repeal The Pork -- Your Bacon is Cooked

Attn Washington DC: You Have Run Out of OUR Money

Had Enough Socialism -- Need Realism

This is the U.S. of America -- Not the U.K. of America

It's Not the United States of Obama

Obama Is Not My Mama!

Give Us Our Freedom & Our Money -- You Can Keep Your Change!

No Taxation With Foolish Distribution

Don't Simulate -- Liberate!

I fought for my country, work and pay taxes so liberals don't have to

Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff--And the Difference Is...?

Big Brother You're Way Too Heavy

I won't pay for socialism

You Are Not Entitled to What I Have Earned

We The People

Starting Over
(by Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D., published Sunday, 19 April 2009 00:00)

... At present, we are continuing to head in the wrong direction at a faster speed than ever. But this cannot continue indefinitely, because a self-defeating course cannot sustain itself indefinitely. Just as a drug addict or alcoholic must sooner or later hit bottom, so too will a society on a self-destructive path.

... Total disaster is, in fact, possible, but not in any way inevitable. It's just as likely that course reversals never before feasible will become feasible because of the very economic decline we dread. No, I don't welcome disaster. I'd like to avoid disaster if at all possible. But if disaster comes -- or even gets closer so that more people will see it -- then it's an opportunity for those who want course reversal to persuade enough people to insist on it, while we're still a democracy. ...

Not all is lost. We may be near the end, as many fear. But the end of a private economy hampered by growing levels of socialism implies the end of socialism itself. It means the exposure of the economic bankruptcy of socialism. It will be up to the advocates of freedom to use this crisis as an opportunity to expose the moral bankruptcy of socialism as well.

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I've been around Objectivism for almost 20 years, and I've never seen anything like these tea parties in terms of broad acceptance of Objectivism in the general population. Many had read something by Ayn Rand or at least heard of her. These people are prime candidates for spreading Objectivism. It's as if we've been waiting for years to find people who would listen to a word or two, and now, handed on a silver platter, are people who want to hear Galt's speech.

I've never been so optimistic about the future as I am now. As to those Objectivists who want to disparage the average Joe... I don't get it. The floodgates opened on April 15, and the tide is turning. Yay for us!

(Okay, my writing's terrible right now, but I blame the early hour and don't much care. My point is clear.)

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I've been around Objectivism for almost 20 years, and I've never seen anything like these tea parties in terms of broad acceptance of Objectivism in the general population. Many had read something by Ayn Rand or at least heard of her. These people are prime candidates for spreading Objectivism. It's as if we've been waiting for years to find people who would listen to a word or two, and now, handed on a silver platter, are people who want to hear Galt's speech.

I've never been so optimistic about the future as I am now. As to those Objectivists who want to disparage the average Joe... I don't get it. The floodgates opened on April 15, and the tide is turning. Yay for us!

(Okay, my writing's terrible right now, but I blame the early hour and don't much care. My point is clear.)

Yes it is. Thanks, Ed.

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