Tea Party & Tax Day — Tea Partiers hear calls for action

Addressing the more than 100 in attendance were (from left) Fayette County businessman Marty Harbin, USAF veteran T.C. Meuninck, radio talk show host Dr. Jody Hice and former Lamar County Board of Education member Ryan Christopher. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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.

Chris P. Bacon
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Those crazy Tea Partisans!

Here's an interesting little poll:

70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid

I, for one, am shocked...SHOCKED, I tell you...that the altruistic patriotic sacrifices demanded by the Tea Partisans does not apply when their own self-interest is threatened!

PTC Observer
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Joined: 04/23/2007

Everyone acts in their own self-interest, that's why democracy won't work.

Ninja Guy
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PTCO, Stop Grinding Your Boot

heel into the face of our dearly departed Ludwig von Mises! I have corrected you many times, yet you continue to get it wrong!

Copy and past from Human Action online at www.mises.org

The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness [1]

[1] Cf. Lock, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, ed. Fraser (Oxford, 1894), I, 331-333; Leibniz, Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain, ed. Fammarion, p. 119.

This is one of the few things von Mises got right! Though he did lift it from Lock and Leibniz!

I think Ludwig von Mises said it best when he said,

'What makes a man feel uneasy and less uneasy is established by him from the standard of his own will and judgment, from his personal and subjective valuation. Nobody is in a position to decree what should make a fellow man happier.'

Go Hawks! Braves Can't Find It This Year! Bring Back Troy Glaus!

PTC Observer
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Ninja - Start reading

Human Action there you will get the full scope of what he was saying concerning his justification of Economics as a science, and his epistemological argument for Praxeology.

Stop copy and pasting from this masterwork and read it.

Clearly you are one that questions the notion of economics in general as a "bourgeois" undertaking. As Mises said, and you continue to validate, socialist, elitists, racists, and nationalists attempt to refute the theories of the economists. His experience is far beyond your ability to understand today in your world, but given his predictions and the outcome of the Nazi era, I think I will go with him over your limited and simplistic view. You are quite happy with government and its services because you agree with the idea that the state is in the best position to allocate resources to the masses. You believe you are getting an excellent return on your investment. This may be true for you but this is not the question. The question is what is the proper role of government in our life and our individual freedom to choose between alternatives? The unease you refer to assumes that this uneasiness is resolved through freedom of action. Freedom and the power of government over economies are contradictory concepts.

Try reading the book. You may learn something, but I have my doubts.

Ninja Guy
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PTCO, Just How Thick Is

your head. I told you I have read it and threw it in the books for charity bin. I am just re-reading it (the free online version!) now after about 10+ years. You just keep getting the main points wrong! Go on down to Auburn and take some classes from Lew and the gang--I think they even have the coloring book version for beginners like you!

I think von Mises said it best when he said,

'It is a fact that human reason is not infallible and that man very often errs in selecting and applying means.'

Go Hawks!

PTC Observer
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Good Ninja

read it and then we can have a basis for discussion.

Your views are clear based on your posts and so are mine.

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