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Steering Committee member Kat Hess led the efforts to invite representatives from both sides of all four of the ballot questions to come and “make their case”. We had positive “we’ll try to make it” responses from both sides on two of the questions; in the end though, we only had representatives from one side on each ballot question.
The sides we ended up hearing from represented: “Yes-No-Yes-No”. This mirrors what Howie Carr’s October 14th column suggesting a “Yes-No-Yes-No” vote: “It’s Simple: Yes. No. Yes. No.” Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has also announced (from its website Voter Education / Ballot Question link) its position on the ballot questions, essentially “Yes. No. __. No.” (they are not taking a position on Question 3).
Why [you make up your mind] on Question 3? Because one of our primary goals is not to tell you how to vote, but to inform people and to have them make up their own minds. Again, on three of the questions, I think the appropriate votes are pretty clear to Tea Party minded people. On Question 3, I believe reasonable people can disagree, so I invite you to investigate for yourself.
Libertarians typically look more toward local control and would reject the idea of a state-wide law, while a numb er of conservatives, concerned with the potentially negative effects a casino may have on local communities, would like to restrict casinos.
We report (inform) to allow you to decide (presenting Mark Fisher from the group Repeal the Casino Deal and asking you to visit the web site against repeal - Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs). We truly wish we had representatives from both sides on all the questions – none more so than on Question 3, but that did not work out.
Edward Wagner, who assists in organizing the GBTP Boston meetings, took recordings of the event which are displayed below, with the appropriate ballot questions. Information on the questions, from Ballotpedia, is presented after the videos.
I introduced the event:
Question 1. Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation
For: Shawn Craig representing Tank The Gas Tax
Question 2. Expands the state’s beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers
For: Representative from Yes On 2 (unconfirmed) – did not appear.
Against: Emilee Ellison and Brian Houghton (No on Question 2)
Question 3. Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos
For: Mark Fisher from Repeal the Casino Deal
Question 4. Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days
Against: Bill Vernon from NFIB – National Federation of Independent Business
Here are the summaries from Ballotpedia:
|CISS||Question 1||Gas taxes||Repeals 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation|
|CISS||Question 2||Environment||Expands the state’s beverage container recycling law to include all non-alcoholic containers|
|CISS||Question 3||Gambling||Repeals a 2011 law allowing resort casinos|
|CISS||Question 4||Labor||Entitles certain employees to earn and utilize paid sick days|
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).
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:
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:
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|
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.
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:
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
President, Greater Boston Tea Party
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.
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.
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.
[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
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.
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.
Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator
Salem State University, Salem, MA