Apr 17, 2010

Videos:Are the Oath Keepers the military wing of the Tea Party?


April 15, 2010 — The Tea Party rallies are certainly a large gathering of people with many ideas about politics and society. But they rally around the central goal or idea of lowering taxes and lessening big government. The Oath Keepers are often guest speakers at the rallies, what are they trying to convey through what the Oath Keepers call education?


Meet David Berry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyaxEw...
Meet Eddie & Ada Gilbert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GPAK...

"This is my old, private blog that is now sadly neglected since I have launched Oath Keepers, which has truly taken off like a rocket, leaving me no time for personal blogging - not that I'm complaining. the Oath Keepers mission is very important, and worth the time and effort.

Go here: www.oathkeepers.org

However, if you want to see what prompted me to finally launch Oath Keepers, there are several posts on this blog that show my thinking.

Back in 2006 I wrote several scathing criticisms of the Bush Administration's absurd and dangerous claims of nearly unlimited executive "war" powers. Those articles built on my research at Yale Law School (where I won the Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights).

One of the most common refrains I get from Obama supporters is "where were you when Bush was violating the Constitution." Well, I was right here. Read this:"

OATH KEEPERS is a non-partisan association of Military, Veterans, and peace officers who will honor their oaths to defend the Constitution, will NOT just follow orders, will stand for liberty, and will save the Republic, so help us God. Our motto is:

"Not on Our Watch!"


1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.

2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the American people

3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as unlawful enemy combatants or to subject them to military tribunal.

4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a state of emergency on a state.

5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty.

6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to keep the peace or to maintain control.

9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies.

10.We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

Read the full declaration at http://oathkeepers.org

This is a new version of our original video Oathkeepers Orders We Will NOT Obey Full Length Video. We have corrected various errors and made a few other changes.

Stats: Tea Parties on Apr. 15, 2010

Pic from http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2494063/posts

I copied this report from http://www.economypolitics.com/2010/04/ever-wonder-how-many-people-actually.html

Dozens Turn Out for Tax Day Tea Party - San Diego -  Dozens
Hundreds of Tea Party activists gather at Legislature - Las Vegas - Hundreds
'Tea party' protesters descend on state Capitol - Atlanta, GA - 3,000
More than 10000 attend Madison Tea Party - Madison, WI - More than 10,000
Handful of Tea Party Patriots Show Up to Protest on Tax Day in Pasadena & Burbank - Pasadena, CA - Dozen
Oklahoma Capitol tea party draws smaller crowd this year - Oklahoma City, OK - 1,200
Thousands Turn Out for Tax-Day Tea Party Rallies - Colorado - Thousands
Tax day brings out tea party protests - Charlotte, NC - 1,000
Tea Party rally draws crowd to Bristol's Cumberland Square Park on tax day - Bristol, VA - 200
Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Cumming - Cumming GA - 300
OC Tea Party rallies roil with discontent - Orange County, Ca - 300
Tea Party rally stirs local support - Muskingum, IA - 200
Tax Day Tea Party - Lewis, DE - 200+
Taxes forefront at local Tea Party rally - Chillicothe, OH - about 200
Tea Party protestors chant for lower taxes at statehouse - Atlantic City, NJ - 200
Grayson County Tea Party - Grayson Co, OK 100+
Tax Day Tea Parties Held Around North Central West Virginia - 100+
Tea Party rally stirs local support - Coshocton, OH - 200
Muskegon Tea Party rallies at Muskegon's - Muskegon, MI - 300
Tea Party held in Florence - Florence, NC - 300
Hundreds Gather At Tea Parties Across State - Oregon - Hundreds
Tax Day Tea Party not as large as last year but still draws hundreds - Gainesville, FL - 300
More than 150 Tea Party faithful take part in Tax Day rally at Under The Oaks Park - Jackson - 300
Hundreds gather for Tea Party protest in Thousand Oaks - Thousand Oaks, CA - 400
Tea Party again uses tax day as rallying point- Naperville 500
Tea Party rally draws about 400 downtown - Rochester, NY - 1000+
Tea Party protests return to State College - Central PA - 400
MN Tea party protests govt. spending on tax day - St Paul, MN - 500+
Tea Party rally draws hundreds - Springfield, OH - 500
Tea partiers' battle cry: 'Lawmakers, listen to us!' - Portland, OR - 500
RI Tea Party holds tax-day rally - Providence, RI - 2000
Hundreds gather for Tea: Protesters speak out on Tax Day - Cleveland, OH - 500+
Thousands Turn Out for Tax-Day Tea Party Rallies - Colorado Springs, CO - 600
Salina Tax Day Rallies - Salina, KS - 600
With Tax Day as Theme, Tea Party Groups Demonstrate - Manhattan, NY - 700
Tea Party holds rally in Yuma - Yuma, AZ - 700
About 800 people at Veterans Park in Hoover for Tea Party rally - Birmingham, AL - 800
Tea Party, anti-tax activists rally in Lansing - Lansing, MI - 1000+
Tea Party rally draws 2000 - Colorado Springs 2000
East Valley tea party protest draws 2000 - Gilbert, AZ - 2000+
Tea Party rallies on Tax Day across Washington - Olympia, WA - 3000
Tea party rally centers on calls for lower taxes‎ - Sacramento, CA - 3000
Thousands converge for Tea Party rally - Indianapolis, IA - Thousands
Thousands of Idahoans Speak Out on Tax Day - Treasure Valley, ID - Thousands
Video: Thousands of Tea Party protesters gather around Mobile - Mobile, AL - Thousands
Tea Party Rally Draws Thousands - Tulsa, OK - Thousands
Tea Party activists protest in South Florida - Miami, FL - Few Hundred
10,000 tea party protesters stir it up in East Bay - Pleasanton, CA - 10,000
Tea Party rally draws large crowd - Wichita Falls, TX - Several Hundred Local Tea Party activists hold Tax Day rallies - Chicago, IL - Several Hundred
Tea Party Gathering in Hornell - Hornell, NY - 200
Headlines: Tea Party can be 'difference makers' in 2010 election: organizer - Cleveland, OH - Several Hundred
Hundreds gather for tea party rally in Wichita - Wichita, KS - Several Hundred
Tea Party Activists Gather In Maine - Augusta, ME - Few hundred
Hundreds attend Tea Party rally in downtown Mason City - Mason City, IA - Hundreds
NC Tea Party groups demand action at Capitol rally - Raleigh, NC - Several Hundred
Tea Partiers Rail Against Gov't At Iowa Statehouse - Des Moines, IA - Several Hundred
Tea party and 9/12 supporters rally in Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City, UT - Few Hundred
Tampa, FL - (over 2600)
Tax day 'tea' rally peaceful, heartfelt - Lafayette, IN - 400+
Tea Party rally draws thousands to Nutter Center - Dayton, OH - 8,000
Cincinnati Tea Party Responds to Allegations - Cincinnati, OH - 10,000
Tax Day tea date: Hundreds gather to protest paying taxes - Bloomington, IN - Hundreds
Tea party protesters rip taxes, government spending - Pensacola, FL - 1,000
UPDATED: Locals tea off in front of City Hall - Santa Clarita, CA - Nearly 1000
Over 200 attendees at local Tea Party - Schoharie County, NY - 200+
22 Scenes from the Pittsburgh Tea Party - Pittsburgh, PA - 4,000
1,500 attend Tucson Tea Party - Tuscon, AZ - 1,500
Protesters vent anger over taxes - All Delaware - 600

Tea Party Express
New Boston tea party: Sarah Palin leads defensive, defiant crowd - Boston, MA - Several
Tea Party at Erie Canal Commercial Slip - Buffalo - 1,500 
'Tea Partiers' flood streets of capital - Washington DC - Several Thousand
Palin Tells Tea Party Rally in Boston to Fight Obama - Searchlight, NV - 10,000
Tea Party Express stops in Syracuse on Monday - Syracuse, NY - Hundreds

Aesop's Fable: The Wolf and the Lamb.

A WOLF, meeting with a lamb astray from the fold,   resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea, which should justify to the lamb himself, his right to eat him.   He then addressed him: Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.  Indeed, bleated the lamb in a mournful tone of voice: I was not then born.  Then said the wolf: You feed in my pasture.  No, good sir, replied the lamb: I have not yet tasted grass.  Again said the wolf: You drink of my well.  No, exclaimed the lamb: I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me.  Upon which the wolf seized him and ate him up, saying: Well! I won't remain supper-less, even though you refute every one of my imputations.

Moral:  The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny, and it is useless for the innocent to try by reasoning to get justice, when the oppressor intends to be unjust.

It's not just about taxes. "Contract From America" Outlines Tea Party Principles

Source:  http://www.boston.com/video/viral_page/?/services/player/bcpid16977198001&bctid=78073304001

The Contract from America 

Source:  http://www.thecontract.org/the-contract-from-america/

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)

2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)

6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)

8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)

9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)

10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

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