Tea party revived at Lake Rita Blanca
By Robin Scott
Linda Srader is proof that one person can motivate others into action. Linda is a small business owner and fears that new taxation will affect her business. She has owned and operated Scissors Palace located at 214 W. 4th Street since 1985, and has held her beautician’s license for 42 years. Linda decided to take a stand on April 15th, a day that is commonly referred to as “Tax Day.” Her decision to take a stand quickly spread and by 1:00 p.m. on the 15th, she and about 30 other frustrated American citizens took a stand.
The stand taken was to publicly declare, “No more taxation without representation.” A phrase long embedded in American history and one that conjures up visionsof the Sons of Liberty leaving their horses on the shore as they boarded three ships in the Boston Harbor and angrily dumped hundreds of pounds of tea overboard.
The event occurred on December 16, 1773 and became known as the Boston Tea Party, a protest by colonists in the British Colony of Massachusetts that was held against the British Government. The protest was over the Tea Act, which added a new tax to a long list of taxes that the colonists were expected to pay to Britain. In protest of the new tax, the Governor of Massachusetts refused to allow three ships to dock in the Boston Harbor. The ships were loaded with crates of tea. A group of colonists boarded the three ships and dumped hundreds of crates of tea into the water. The Boston Tea Party has come to symbolize America’s distrust of big government.
The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution and the analogy in today’s society is that any changes in taxation by the Obama Administration is equally abhorent as the Tea Tax of 1773. Displeasure with the “bail-out” attitude of the past and present administrations and news of tax changes lead to Wednesday’s decision to hold a modern day “Tea Party” at Lake Rita Blanca.
Some see the Tea Parties of 2009 as revolutionary and others have dubbed them “Tea Tantrums.” The deciding factor seemed to turn on whether or not any changes to taxation is perceived to affect an individual or business directly. The most obvious complaint about Wednesday’s protestors was that the President of the United States does not enact laws. The legislative branch of government has that power. The whole purpose behind checks and balances is to ensure that no one person ever has an opportunity to become so powerful as to usurp the voice of the people. The voice that is heard via the Congress. If a person in a particular area or region is unhappy with what comes out of Washington D.C. their remedy is to elect a diffferent congressional representative or senator, who votes on behalf of their constituents.
Those who protested on Wednesday had their own perspective, that ranged from wondering when the bail-outs will end to feeling as though taxes are already inappropriately utilized and that any more changes would likely travel the same slipperly slope into an abyss of confusion and frustration.
Proudly present at Wednesday’s afternoon Tea Party were Linda and Ron Srader, Mayor Kevin Caddell, Sheriff Bruce Scott, Judge Rita Little, Tim Dailey, Gary Heiskell, Cari Stanley, Troy and Katheen Lysford, Mrs. J.C. Phillips, Dee-Dee Bell, Kenda Srader McKay, Todd and Linda Koelzer, Lorene Ballew, Wanda Haaland, Bill Raney, Gari Casaus, Wayne and Merri Brown, Lu Grice, Bertha Harris and the youngest protestor, four-year old Trendi Howell. Together, each person dumped tea in the lake, a symbolic gesture that stated, “Quit bailing out those who mismanage their businesses and expecting my taxes to pay for it.” As the protest ended and everyone began to walk away from the lake, Lorene Ballew sang “God Bless America,” which was an exclamation point at the close of a galient demonstration.