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April 21, 2013

Column: Tax Day rally prompts reflection on tea party aspirations

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But in Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Tea Party has managed to stay focused on the fiscal and constitutional issues, holding a rally on April 13; my partner Chip Ford and I even drove into Boston, which we normally don’t, in order to hang out with old and new friends on Boston Common.

The rally began with live music by The People’s Blowback, which led us in Howard Beale’s battle cry from “Network” – “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Later, hip-hop artist Andres “Dramatik” Gonzales performed his original “We are the People” rap.

The keynote speaker was my longtime friend Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who said that “The tea party is America awakened” and with his usual sardonic humor, brought the crowd up to date on the “trickle-down taxation” presently occurring in Washington. Local author and Fox News expert on psychiatry, Dr. Keith Ablow, listed political situations, including $17 trillion in national debt, and asked us to decide: “Normal, or nuts?”

Former Boston talk show host Jeff Katz set a major theme by reminding us that our most admired leaders, from Winston Churchill to Ronald Reagan and the recently-passed Margaret Thatcher were known for their optimism and refusal to give up. Jim Wallace of the Gun Owners Action League and Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies brought us up to date on this week’s most controversial debates in Washington.

Other speakers ranged Paul Craney of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance in opposition to proposed new Massachusetts taxes, to Andrea Tabor of the Ever So Humble Pie company, who refused to accept EBT cards for her pies at her local farmers’ market.

I asked Haverhill resident and organizer of the rally, GBTP president Christine Morabito, to share a few words with you.

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