Remember this report from our nation’s history?
CNN (Continental News Network) Boston, 1773: The city of Boston
canceled a proposed protest over tea taxes today, citing the fear that
too many people dressed as Indians would be gathered near the wharves.
Organizers expressed sadness over the cancellation, but meekly returned
to their homes fearful of upsetting the officers of the Crown. Taxmen
breathed a sigh of relief as the tar and feathers were put away not to
be used this day.
You don’t remember that pre-revolutionary history? I should say you
shouldn’t, because it didn’t happen. But flash forward a few hundred
years and you’ll find it is happening today in Cape Coral, Florida
where city officials canceled a tax day tea party gathering because they “feel too many people could show-up.”
That’s right, folks, the God-given, long-held American right to
assemble and protest the actions of our government has been canceled
due to too much popularity of the protest.
And what does it come down to? Money. You see, the city officials
want an insurance policy taken out so that organizers can cover any
loss that might occur as a result of the rally. And those insurance
policies cost hundreds of dollars.
The tea party organizers of Cape Coral, though, aren’t the only ones
to find this restriction of their free speech and rights to assemble.
Tea party organizers all across the country have begun to find out just
how difficult, if not impossible, it is to be “allowed” to exercise
their God-given right to speak their minds against government excess
and criminality. City governments all across the country are charging
fees for “permits,” forcing organizers to pay out huge sums for
“insurance policies,” and binding tea party organizers in all sorts of
government red tape.
In many instances, organizers are being told that they aren’t
“allowed” to hold rallies on government property. Imagine that? We, the
taxpayers of the city/state/federal government aren’t “allowed” to
gather on property that our own taxes paid for.
And then there are the “permits” required to reserve the day,
arrange the police protection, and clean up afterward. Often those
“permits” can only be applied for at certain times a year, precluding
any spontaneous assembly. Also, these “permits” can be denied with no
reason stated quashing at birth any plan to exercise the right of
Here one might wonder how it is that we so often see those lefties
appearing on our TV sets engaging in their many organized protests?
Don’t the flotsam and jetsam of the far left seem to have large
protests all the time? One might be drawn to imagine that the
government is involved in some sort of grand conspiracy to allow those
with anti-American sentiment, the moonbats of the left, to march with
impunity. But, hold the tinfoil hats, won’t you? Because the wackjobs
of anti-war ilk and the shrill, circus acts of the Code Pinkos are
expected to cut through the same red tape the tea party organizers have
been confronted with. The lefties are just better at it.
You see, contrary to popular conception, the far left has some
deep-pocketed backers (your George Soros types, unions and even
government funds) and a raft of organizations that do “protests” as a
full time job. Their protest marches and rallies are far from
spontaneously organized. These groups are thoroughly knowledgeable
about the red tape and governmental hoops through which they must jump
to carry off a successful protest assembly. After all, the hatemongers
of the left are intimately intertwined with city governments all across
the country. They understand what needs to be done because, by and
large, city officials used to belong to, or belong still to the sorts
of groups that plan lefty protests. Your new president is one of them.
Being part of government, these leftie protest marchers help write the
rules, being intimately associated with government they are quite well
informed about what is required and how to get around or satisfy those
But the obstacles are coming as a shock to the average citizens that
love this country. For their whole lives peace-loving, work-a-day
Americans have taken for granted that there exists the freedom to
assemble completely unaware that those rights have been eliminated by
stealth regulation by governments all across the land.
And now the folks in Cape Coral, Florida have learned their lesson.
Americans do not have the rights they always thought they did. There
is no right to protest government. There is no right to assemble. The
people have no rights at all to voice their displeasure. Shut up
people. Go home. Nothing to see here. Go quietly back to your IPods and
DVDs. Big daddy government will take care of you. The Obamamessiah will
decide what’s best for you. Don’t worry your little heads. Oh, and
thank you for your payments on April 15th.
Put away the tar and feathers, won’t you? There’s a nice fella.