Tea Party & Tax Day — Tea Partiers hear calls for action
The South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots (SATP) for the past two years held large outdoor rallies. This year “Tax Day” took on a different form. The SATP on April 15 hosted its first American Liberty Summit at the Fayette Family Church on Ga. Highway 54 West. The audience of approximately 100 residents from Fayette and Coweta counties heard remarks from four speakers.
Speakers at the event included local Fayette County businessman and founding Tea Party member Marty Harbin, radio talk show host Dr. Jody Hice, U.S. Air Force veteran T.C. Meuninck and business owner and former Lamar County Board of Education member Ryan Christopher.
Speakers at the event centered on issues related to the Tea Party’s movement’s core values that include limited government, fiscal responsibility, free market systems and the preservation of our American heritage.
One of the evening’s speakers was former Fayette County resident, U.S. Air Force veteran and Catholic deacon T.C. Meuninck, whose remarks focused on civic activism.
“The Founding Fathers gave us laws and a Constitution because they know us, the human race. They knew that humans lust for power and control,” Meuninck said.
Referencing the words of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and his famous shoe-banging incident at the United Nations, Meuninck noted that Khrushchev later qualified his statement to indicate that the American working class would bury us. And we are also buried today under unbelievable debt, Meuninck added.
“Am I sleeping?” Meuninck questioned. “It’s time to wake up and put on the shoes of our Founding Fathers. This is about courage and political activism.”
Turning to America’s two-party system, Meuninck took no prisoners.
“The Republicans are trying to hide the reality that they’re lusting for power over people. They want the Tea Party to join them so they can control (the movement). And the Democrats want to transform us into what is essentially a socialist state,” he said.
And beyond the grip of the two-party system, Meuninck called out the American public. That call necessitates that people forego the mind-numbing frivolities that consume our time and to be centered, instead, on the deleterious issues that can permanently alter our birthright of freedom, he explained.
“So many worship at the altar of American Idol and reality TV. They have no clue that standing in the doorway are those who would take away our freedom and liberty,” he said. “The day has come to get down on our knees and pray, to seek and speak the truth. It’s time to make that pledge of allegiance (to the truth).”
Meuninck ended his remarks with an explanation on why he became affiliated with the Tea Party movement and why the American people should understand that the long lens of history has focused its gaze on us today.
“The most important reason I’m affiliated with the Tea Party is that movement is a spirit that seeks to find the truth, to be unafraid to find it, and to speak it,” Meuninck said in closing. “The Founding Fathers were way ahead of us. Today, we are the people we’ve been waiting for. We’re called to overcome the (Republican and Democratic) ruling class.”
Marty Harbin during his remarks noted a portion of the Declaration of Independence that states, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
“That says to me that we have the right to alter, abolish or change and you won’t learn that in government-run schools,” Harbin said. “The country belongs to us, not to them and government needs to be the servant of the people.”
Harbin said he was disappointed with some of the actions of Congressional Republicans, adding that, “if they don’t vote in a proper manner we need to take them out of office. ‘We the People’ have been AWOL for too long and we, all of us, need to come back.”
Harbin also provided an exhaustive list of the types of federal, state and local taxes paid by residents, likening them to endless ticks draining his blood.
Next up at the American Liberty Summit was “Let Freedom Ring” radio show host Jody Hice. The Walton County resident and former pastor focused his comments on Islamic Sharia law and civil liberties.
Hice near the outset of his remarks insisted that Islam is not a religion.
“Most people think Islam is a religion, It’s not. It’s a totalitarian way of life with a religious component. But it’s much larger. It’s governmental, financial, legal and religious; it’s a totalitarian system that encompasses every aspect of life and it should not be protected (under U.S. law),” Hice said.
Hice maintained that the civil liberties of Americans are jeopardized by the legal framework of Sharia law, citing examples of that legal system as one that permits honor killings, beheadings and female genital mutilation. He referenced 19 current cases dealing with Sharia law in 12 U.S. states.
“This is not a tolerant, peaceful religion even though some Muslims are peaceful,” he said. “Radical Muslims believe that Sharia is required by God and must be imposed worldwide. It’s a movement to take over the world by force. A global caliphate is the objective.”
Christopher during his comments to the audience made multiple references to a federal government that is out of control, one where government’s proclaimed solutions are the genesis of the problem and where waste is more the norm than the exception.
Some of the examples cited included teachers having more paperwork than time to teach, the insistence that global warming is real while the administration inhibits drilling for oil in the face of escalating gas prices and where public construction projects use the most expensive materials where less costly ones would easily suffice.
“The emperor is dancing in the buff and we’ve had enough,” Christopher said.