THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: America's last best hope at preserving itself as a nation has finally come, in the form of yellow flags not seen in such large numbers since the first American Revolution over 200 years ago. April 15th, 2009 marks the day American patriots punched back, with the largest grassroots nationwide protest ever coordinated. For the time being, there is no end in sight. More "tea parties," named after the Boston Tea Party tax revolt of 1773, have been scheduled for the coming weekend, followed by larger rallies on July 4th of this year. This is to be followed by another round scheduled for April 15, 2010 and July 4, 2010, leading up to the 2010 Congressional election. Still there is talk of the movement going on past 2010 all the way into the 2012 election.
Behold the symbol of the new conservatism. It's called the Gadsden Flag (wiki here), and it features a coiled rattlesnake on a yellow field with the inscription "Don't Tread On Me" written below. It was used during the American War for Independence. Now it resurfaces once again in another "war" for independence. This time it's independence from high taxation and big government. The nationwide tea parties are truly a grassroots effort, and consequently, their message can be multi-layered, and sometimes a bit confusing. The basic gist of these rallies is as follows..
- The federal income tax system is oppressive and obsolete. It must be abolished and replaced entirely with something new. The Fair Tax (Retail Consumption Tax) is a viable alternative.
- The federal government has grown too large and become overly intrusive - bordering on tyrannical.
- The economic stimulus packages, recently passed, are going to bankrupt the country and mortgage our children's future with a national debt they will never be able to pay.
Now certain political figures are also targeted for protest as well, such as President Obama and Speaker Pelosi for example. However, these personality protests take a back seat to the overarching message of the nationwide tea parties, which are protests primarily directed at oppressive income taxes, stimulus packages and big intrusive government.
The Gadsden flag is now the symbol of the new conservatism, which is no longer linked to the Republican Party exclusively. Speakers at tea parties include Libertarians, Independents and Constitutionists. They all come together in agreement at these tea parties that government is too big, and taxes are too oppressive.
If these tea parties fail, then America is destined to become a socialist nation on par with Canada and Western Europe. The American dream of 1776 will be lost forever. So this is it. It's our last stand. Either these tea parties rally the support we need to defeat the socialists in congress and the whitehouse, or else we succumb to their rule forever. If you're a patriot, get a Gadsden flag, t-shirt and cap. Look up a tea party in your area and show up. Get involved now, because if this fails, there will be no need to protest anymore. Get your Gadsden supplies HERE.