Boston Tea Party
On January 22, the Boston Tea Party National Committee (BTPNC) passed a resolution supporting the February 1st 2009 Tea Party. The Tea Party effort originated at Market-Ticker.org, where Karl Denninger wrote, "It is time for We The People to send a strong message to Washington DC - no more. No more loading our children and grandchildren with debt. No more bailing out speculators and bankers who made bets they knew were unsafe at the time. No more bailing out people who came to Congress to demand the removal of leverage limits, got what they asked for, then blew themselves up with the very leverage they demanded to be able to use."
The BTPNC resolution expressed support for the Tea Party, and called on each BTP member to mail one bag of tea to the President of the United States, one tea bag to the member's Representative in the House, and one tea bag to each of the member's two Senators.
On February 1st, thousands of people will send tea bags to the Capitol, sending a strong message to the executive and legislature that the American people do not wish to take on the debt created by bailing out private corporations.
"It is time that America returns to its founding values of protecting liberty and expecting personal responsibility," says Douglass Gaking, Chair of the national committee. "The American taxpayer can not afford to take on this debt. He did not ask for it, and it should not be his responsibility."
This resolution comes in the same month that the committee passed a resolution calling upon "both houses of the US Congress to promptly pass,and ... the state legislatures to ratify, a constitutional amendment repealing section 4 of the 14th amendment, prohibiting future indebtedness and deficit spending on the part of the federal government, and repudiating all federal government debt and debt service obligations accrued prior to the ratification of said amendment."
As the growing national debt currently creeps past the $10.5 trillion mark, the presumptive personal debt burden of each and every American -- man, woman and child -- for past US government expenditures now exceeds $35,000 and is growing at a rate of more than $3,000 per year. The BTPNC's resolutions, backed by the activism of hundreds of Americans, send a message to Congress that the American people do not accept the responsibility of this unwanted debt.
The Boston Tea Party, a new libertarian party which ran its first presidential slate in 2008, campaigns on a one-sentence platform: "The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose."
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Petition to Repudiate the National Debt:
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