“A Time For Choosing” – Reagan’s speech 50th Anniversary Oct. 27, 1964

Reagan’s “A Time For Choosing” speech was a televised campaign address for the 1964 Goldwater Presidential Campaign. One of my favorite portions is included in the three paragraph’s below.

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

Here is a link to the text of the speech. Below is a YouTube video of the speech.

 

Fifty years ago. Much of the facts are dated – but the downward trend has only worsened. Reagan speaks of spending BILLIONS, while today we spend TRILLIONS. “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” is another Reagan quote which came from this speech.

Fifty years ago – when a strong conservative had the fortitude and strength of convictions to proudly state his positions and to call out the proponents of the welfare state on its failures. The struggle is eternal and we must always remain vigilant. That is why we must remember another warning and admonishment from Reagan:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  Here it in Reagan’s own words (from Reagan’s address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce – March 30th, 1961).

 

 

Harry Reid Wants To Pass A Constitutional Amendment To Prevent You From Seeing This Movie!!!

Ridiculous you say?  Not so – remember Citizens United vs the FEC? Citizens United produced Hillary The Movie during the 2008 elections, but was banned from distributing it by the FEC. The Supreme Court overturned the McCain-Feingold law based on that case, so Harry Reid wants to restrict free speech via a Constitutional Amendment (Wall Street Journal: Harry Reid Rewrites the First Amendment).

UNFAIR: Exposing the IRS does just that – it tells the story of the IRS attacks on:

  • Freedom of speech by delayed approvals of tax statuses for Tea Party and other conservative organizations over several years
  • Parents adopting children internationally (a FIVE YEAR AUDIT ?!?!)
  • A veterans’ group which accepted small donations to offset food costs – crippling them with a $50,000 fine!
  • And more…
I (Patrick Humphries) saw a pre-release version of this at CPAC in 2014. It is GOOD!   I was very impressed both with the stories being told (the IRS targeting MANY people, not just Tea Party groups) and the emotional roller-coaster it invoked in me. I went through sadness and anger, combined with determination and rage, because the targeting of citizens by the government is one of the ultimate evils of our time.

One Night Only! Unfair will expose the ABUSES of power by the IRS, provide information to activists on how to abolish the IRS and restore their liberties. Limited seating, tickets on sale now, share with your friends.

The Greater Boston Tea Party is asking its members to go to the Burlington, Boston or Randolph theaters, if you are looking to meet up with fellow GBTP Tea Partiers. Facebook events below:

UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Burlington
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Randolph
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Boston

To find a theater, especially one outside of Massachusetts, or to purchase your tickets (if available), you can check out this link.
Here is the movie trailer:

Here is an interview with the producer, Craig Bergman, done by Mike Huckabee.

UNFAIR: Exposing The IRS is showing at the theaters listed below, with all the Facebook Events for Massachusetts located underneath this list.

Bellingham 14 Framingham 15 Blackstone Valley MILLBURY
Fenway 13 BOSTON Hampshire Mall 15 Hadley Randolph Showcase Cinemas
Burlington 10 Independence Mall 14 KINGSTON Revere Showcase Cinemas
Legacy Place DEDHAM Lowell Showcase Cinemas Regal Swansea Stadium 12
Patriot Place FOXBORO Solomon Pond Mall 15 MARLBOROUGH
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Burlington
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Kingston
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Dedham
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Hadley
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Springfield
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Lowell
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Swansea
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Bellingham
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Revere
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Foxborough
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Millbury
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Marlborough
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Randolph
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Boston
UnFair The Movie: Exposing the IRS – Framingham

 

Justina Pellitier – FREE AT LAST!

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Over the past 7-8 months (and earlier for some others) people became aware of Justina Pellitier’s situation. After 16 months of horrific treatment at the hands of Boston Childrens Hospital, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Judge Joseph Johnston, and Governor Deval Patrick, she was finally set free on June 17th. She entered the hospital with a case of the flu (relatively healthy), wanting to see a specific specialist, and after 16 months of torture and hell, finally was …. allowed to see the doctor she wanted to see in the first place. And two months after that (August 17th) her parents and a number of supporters came together for Justina’s Sparkle Party. She is a sweet and fun-filled girl who deserves a normal life. It was great to finally meet her and also meet some phenomenal people who helped her cause.

Justina is a wonderfully cheerful and energetic girl from Hartford Connecticut who has a condition called mitochondrial disease, as diagnosed and treated by doctors at Tuft’s Medical Center. Suffering symptoms of the flu, she went from Hartford by ambulance to Boston Children’s hospital to see a doctor who had seen her in the past Tufts. The doctors in the Emergency Room at BCH insisted instead she had somatoform disorder, essentially meaning  “it was all in her head.”  After three days, when the parents saw no improvement and wanted to take Justina to Tufts, they were met with armed guards and a decision – treat her as Childrens insists or loose your parental rights. The result: after being locked up for 16 months (mostly in a psychiatric unit), only able to see her family one hour a week, the father put under a gag order, being taken off medications she had been on for years, and her health deteriorating to the point where she was wheelchair bound, she is “free at last!”

The ordeal, the hell Justina and her family was put through at the hands of Childrens, Masachusetts DCF, Judge Johnston, and Governor Patrick is over! To celebrate, family and friends held a Justina’s Sparkling Homecoming Celebration!!

A joyous occasion, and I was finally able to meet this wonderful young lady. I was also able to meet many great people who had stepped up, including Becky Rangel (from CA) and Melissa Kerins who were really troopers in helping to resolve the situation. Justina is finally going back to school (after being denied an education while in captivity) and is anxious to be reunited with her friends there.

Below are some pictures from the event.  Many of her well wishers submitted contributions to a “welcome home / Happy Birthday” video located here.

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What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day?

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What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day?

from the Greater Boston Tea Party

This summer we got yet another reminder that the Constitution is the foundation of the liberties we enjoy in the United States. In a 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down Barack Obama’s illegal and ultraliberal recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. I never cease to marvel at the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in crafting a charter of liberties that, over two centuries after it was written, continues to protect us from the arbitrary exercise of authority.Wednesday, September 17 is Constitution Day – the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution at Independence Hall in 1787. Constitution Day is a wonderful opportunity to pass on the values of the Constitution to the next generation.

Wednesday, September 17 is Constitution Day – the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution at Independence Hall in 1787. Constitution Day is a wonderful opportunity to pass on the values of the Constitution to the next generation.

I urge you to talk to your child’s teachers and school administrators, and the members of your local school board, and ask them what they are doing to observe Constitution Day.

Here in Massachusetts, the law requires that in “In all public elementary and high schools American history and civics, including the constitution of the United States, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights…shall be taught as required subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater knowledge thereof, and of fitting the pupils, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship.” (ALM GL ch. 71, §2)

I also note there is a requirement for the Governor of Massachusetts to proclaim Constitution Day (ALM GL ch. 6, §15A). While “His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick” has proclaimed Constitution Day in two of his seven years in office (in 2011 and 2012), the proclamations conclude with a relatively weak “… And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.”  The law sets a loftier expectation of the Governor:

Section 15A. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the seventeenth day of September as Constitution Day and recommending that it be observed by the people with appropriate exercises in the schools and otherwise so that the eventful day on which the Constitution of the United States was formally adopted may forever remain enshrined in the hearts and minds of the people, and so that they may be reminded on that date annually of the blessings of liberty which they enjoy by the adoption of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and all other amendments thereto.

I fully embrace the sentiment of the proclamation the law instructs the governor to “annually issue.”  Even in absence of the legally required proclamation, the two sections of law together strongly point to September 17th as being the perfect day to observe Constitution Day by instructing students on the importance of the Constitution in civics and our history of self governance.

A list of some of the online resources available to help them (or to use at home) appears below. They’re all good, but a couple stand out:

  • The Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Constitution Day page contains Lesson Plans for all age groups, from plays for 3rd through 5th graders about the dangers of unwarranted search and seizure and the importance of trial by jury, to readings for older students about the major issues at the Constitutional Convention. http://www.crf-usa.org/constitution-day/constitution-day-lesson-plans-kindergarten-middle-and-high-school.html
  • Constitution USA. This entertaining 4-part series from PBS is hosted by Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me (clearly a source that won’t be objectionable to left-wing educators!) It covers many of today’s disputes about the Constitution, such as gun rights, the EPA, and federal laws against medical marijuana. Mr. Sagal interviews people on both sides of the aisle, so you’ll hear some things that you don’t agree with, but also much that you do. http://www.pbs.org/tpt/constitution-usa-peter-sagal/home/

Feel free to e-mail me at phumphries@greaterbostonteaparty.com and let me know how it goes with the school. Greater Boston Tea Party is dedicated to opening the eyes of our fellow citizens to the Constitution. We’re eager to share any stories about what works (and learn from what doesn’t!).

If you would like to obtain some of those pocket Constitutions in bulk for distribution at your child’s school, e-mail me at phumphries@greaterbostonteaparty.com and we can make arrangements to get them to you.

I would like to thank Mike Isenberg for pulling the resource material for this together, and for the other members of the GBTP Steering Committee for their contributions as well.

Thank you for your support. Let’s work together to make Constitution Day 2014 a day when our message of Constitutional government rings loud and clear.

Patrick Humphries

President, Greater Boston Tea Party

Teaching the Constitution – Online Resources

Election Day!

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This is the day to make your voices (and votes) heard.

And if you are able, you should be taking the day off from your regular work to go out and participate in the political process! You can bet that all those who are voting “as their work” (i.e. voting for those who in turn give their base government hand-outs and crony windfalls) will be out in force. YOU need to be out there too, making a difference for limited government, lower taxes, and more individual liberty and responsibility.

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SURVEY SAYS…..

The Greater Boston Tea Party (GBTP) Steering Committee has prepared a survey to determine what issues most interest our members and how we can better engage current and future members of our movement. We want to hear from you!! The coming year provides some great opportunities to spread our message. We want to hear from you on how we can increase our numbers, engage more people currently outside the movement and to get our message out to everyone we can reach. Please be straight forward and constructive!  Take the Greater Boston Tea Party survey HERE.

NOTE: You do not need to be part of the GBTP to take part in the survey. We are looking from input from all grassroots activists, whether they consider themselves “Tea Party” or part of other movements that are part of WE THE PEOPLE (!) who are interested in LIBERTY – limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and having the government NOT running any part of our lives!!  Please!! Take the Greater Boston Tea Party survey HERE.

“If You Like Your FREEDOM…” GBTP Tax Day Rally

If you like your Freedom…

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We are having our Tax Day Rally on Sunday, April 13th because April 15th is a weekday, and Tea Party people work for a living!!  Come join us on Sunday – the rally is from 1-4 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common!

We have a number of excellent speakers (listed below). Our Keynote Speaker is Barbara Anderson, Executive Director at Citizens for Limited Taxation.  Barbara Anderson has been a TEA (“Taxed Enough Already”) Party person for many years, before the modern day Tea Party mobilized. She and the organization she represents are responsible for the restrictions of Proposition 2 1/2 and the limits placed on excise taxes. She is a tireless fighter for limited government and fiscal responsibility.

If you like your Freedom, you can keep your Freedom.

[Just like your health care plan, right?]

There are many things broken in our country, and the root cause is largely due to the interference of big government in our lives. Over taxing, over regulating, spying on the citizens, government take over of health care – all are proving to be colossal failures.

Fortunately, there is a reawakening going on and the citizens are on the march and becoming more active. Here in Massachusetts we have

  • the Tank the Gas Tax Movement
  • the outrage at Common Core implementation
  • the outcry against DCF due to the number of kids’ deaths and the kidnapping of Justina Pelletier
  • the repeal of the Tech Tax by the Deep Blue MA Legislature
  • the number of people who have stepped up and running for office in MA.

We will have speakers on all those subjects and much more. We will also highlight the Wisconsin Renaissance. The battle Governor Scott Walker fought was won at the ballot box (twice). But there is much more – a budget surplus, a Blueprint for Prosperity, business is booming and Wisconsin is thriving – you will here more about it at the rally.

It is time to return to Freedom again.

SPEAKERS:

KEYNOTE:  Barbara Anderson ~ Executive Director at Citizens for Limited Taxation
Emcee: Tom Duggan ~ Publisher/Owner, The Valley Patriot & Talk Show host, WCAP

 

Students For Liberty (SFL) – Thank You!

Below is a thank you letter I received on behalf of the Greater Boston Tea Party. Note that a number of Tea Parties in the area (Worcester, Greater Marlborough, others I may have missed – my apologies) hosted these students as they spoke about how to reach out to students and what it is like to be on liberal campuses. They asked for donations to fund a bus trip to the International SFL Conference in Washington DC, February 14-16. Thank you for your support of their efforts, and I hope to see them at future Tea Party gatherings!

Note: They also attended a taping of Stossel University as noted on Fox’s website article (link)  which can be viewed on YouTube here. Note that Dandrick Gelin of Quinsigamond  Community College asked a question during the taping. Plus Stossel also discussed the Sleepwalker statue at Wellesley College.

Pat,
On behalf of Students For Liberty, I’d like to thank you and all GBTP members for helping out with our student trip to DC to the International Students For Liberty Conference. Each student had an amazing time, and many memories were created. You could not imagine all the smiles that I saw as students roamed around the conference, attending multiple lectures on such various and important topics.
Students learned so much about the encroachment of government into our lives, giving them ammo for the upcoming fights against tyranny. More than 20 students now are a little more prepared to fight for the future.
When your fellow Tea Partiers ask how to get students involved, tell them our great story of success. Let it be an example of the type of events that can empower my generation.
I’ve attached some pictures from our bus ride. Please pass them along in your next email to GBTP members. We seriously can not thank you all enough for the help you gave us.

God Bless,

Daniel Morris

Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator

Salem State University, Salem, MA

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Greater Boston Tea Party February 2014 Newsletter

A quick look at our calendar will indicate we have a busy month ahead, which is reflective of another exciting year politically. As Paul Craney from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance points out, we have three things coming together which indicate the potential for significant gains for conservatives in Massachusetts:

  1. An “off” (i.e. non-Presidential) election year.
  2. An open Governor’s seat (where his disastrous record will hurt the incumbent’s party).
  3. We are entering the “lame duck” years of a politically wounded President.

For those of you with strong stomachs that withstood listening to President Obama’s State Of The Union (SOTU) speech…. While Obama tried to put a “good face” on his record, I am pretty sure the American people are NOT “buying it” (not that he has left us with any money!). Even with a slavish media which seems bent on covering up every scandal possible, Obama’s fifth Presidential year approval ratings are only slightly above Bush 43 (amidst Katrina and a war) and Nixon (Watergate, a VP resignation).

Obama finished 2013 with PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” award. Indeed, the jokes that have flowed from his lie of “If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance” are numerous and telling – such as “If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom [snicker].” The President’s honesty being the frequent subject of jokes has not been this bad since Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” and Nixon’s “I am not a crook!”. Obama may well go down in history as the biggest presidential liar ever (at least among those who did not resign or suffer impeachment [yet]).

Obamacare: the lies, the disaster. It’s as if the Titanic, after hitting the iceberg, backed up and rammed it again and again! The website continues to reach new lows – while it is no longer completely non-functional due to crashing, recently there was Congressional testimony proving the site is not secure – Security Expert Hacks Obamacare Website In 4 Minutes; Accesses 70,000 Records. If the NSA doesn’t get your most private healthcare information, identity thieves will!!! Reports of patients not getting care, doctors being on hold for hours trying to verify insurance, etc, are all anecdotal because the main stream media is not doing its job.

And if the media had been doing its job over the past year, Obama would be toast – the Obamacare website, the Obamacare exchanges, millions upon millions of people being forced out of their insurance by Obamacare, the insurance bailouts written into Obamacare, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, NSA spying on the American people, an “almost war” with Syria, government targeting of its “enemies” (e.g. the IRS vs the Tea Party), Common Core hitting the fan at the state level, the tanking economy, unemployment, the revelation that the unemployment numbers were “faked” in 2012, his use of executive orders to circumvent whatever law he darn well pleases (!), etc., etc. etc… The list of scandals is never ending!

SOTU had Obama calling for a “year of action” while fully acknowledging he can not achieve it without resorting to government-expanding executive orders. Obama’s “I’ve Got a Pen and I’ve Got a Phone” – and the implied threat accompanying that statement – should concern every freedom-loving American. House Republicans should be our last line of defense against a lawless President. But they need to have the testicular fortitude to stand up for principles. There are some indications they may not have what it takes (Breitbart: House GOP to Obama: Let’s Do a ‘Year of Action’ Together) – particularly on immigration reform.

WE must be vigilant. Being informed and being fully prepared to counter the Leftist agenda is key. And the Greater Boston Tea Party has a lot of ammunition in its jam-packed meetings this month.  We have speakers touching on many of the points raised in SOTU:

  • Immigration Reform – Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies from the Center for Immigration Studies will be speaking at our Boston meeting.
  • Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance and Citizens for Limited Taxation and the Greater Boston Tea Party are hosting Michael Saltsman, joined by State representative Jim Lyons and Lenny Mirra to discuss the initiatives, both in Massachusetts and nationally, to increase the minimum wage. We sent details out as a separate email, and here is the link to the email for details.
  • Common Core (countering Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ [bottom]) will be the subject at the Holbrook meeting (where Paul Craney from Mass Fiscal will also address minimum wage, and the year ahead).
  • At Medford we will host Patrick Barron will present his topic Defining the Machine, exposing the “pay to play” system in Washington.
  • And also at the Boston meeting, Nathan Fatal from the New England Objectivist Society and Students for Liberty will discuss student activism – how to reach out to the young adults, a very important goal for our future viability.

Speaking of Students For Liberty – they are attempting to raise funds to charter a bus to go to Washington DC for an international conference. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to spreading the message of liberty to college age young adults. They are very passionate about their work! They are a worthy cause I would recommend supporting – and a little goes a long way! You can donate to help fund their bus trip here.

Our friends at the Northborough Tea Party will be very focused on the immigration issue, ramping up their American First Immigration Reform campaign. Look for some good things coming from that group, with ways for you to get involved.

We have a bright future ahead in 2014! The GBTP Medford Meeting will also return to being a monthly meeting (all meetings are monthly now). There is much work to do, and there is plenty of energy to utilize and a high level of interest to tap into. GET TO WORK!!

2014 IS an exciting year! I look forward to it, and with your support, we WILL make a difference!

Patrick

Greater Boston Tea Party Elects new President, Officers

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DECEMBER 30, 2013

Boston – The Greater Boston Tea Party has elected Patrick Humphries to serve as president of the non-profit, all-volunteer policy advocacy organization. Humphries, whose two-year term commences January 1, 2014, replaces Christine Morabito, who served as the organization’s second president. Both are counted among founders of the organization.

Patrick Humphries graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After a stint in the Navy, Humphries went into the healthcare field, ending up in the healthcare information technology sector where he has been for the past 25 years. He has been involved with the Tea Party since early 2009. Patrick can be reached at phumphries60@gmail.com.

“Patrick has been an excellent representative and tirelessly dedicated member of the Greater Boston Tea Party since its founding.” said Christine Morabito, outgoing president. .”I have no doubt he will excel in his new role.”

In 2014, the Greater Boston Tea Party continues its mission to educate and advocate for public policy that promotes limited government, free markets, free speech, individual liberty and personal responsibility, all tenets of the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights.

About the Tea Party’s future, Humphries said, “We are witnessing, and driving a re-awakening – which must lead to a rebirth of freedom. The Tea Party is a state of mind that is widely shared. Average citizens must get involved in the political process to ensure our freedoms. We save them or we lose them – now is the time.”

Steering committee member, Peter Laird, has been designated media liaison. He can be reached at pdlsr@comcast.net.

Kat Hess was elected to serve as secretary. The steering committee nominates and elects officers every two years. New terms commence January 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2015. Other members of the committee include Austin Hess, Catherine White and Pat Alessi.

Christine Morabito
Outgoing President, Greater Boston Tea Party