Written by Carla Howell and Michael Cloud
Carla Howell delivered this speech on April 15, 2009 at the TEA Party Event in Boston:
"I did NOT come here to Protest.
"I did NOT come here to try to change the minds of Democratic or Republican officeholders in Washington - or on Beacon Hill.
"I came here to change politics in America - just like the American Patriots who gave us the first Boston Tea Party.
"The Original Boston Tea Party was NOT a Protest.
"Let me say that again: the Original Boston Tea Party was NOT a Protest.
"The Patriots did NOT just hold up signs, give speeches, and complain.
"The Patriots stopped British ships from unloading Monopoly British Tea - their version of AIG.
"The American Patriots blocked the collection of taxes.
"That is why the Boston Tea Party mattered - and why we remember it today.
"Because it was direct political action, not just protest.
"And it was action that made government smaller.
"Those great American Patriots realized that
what they said and what they wrote - changed nothing.
"But action changes everything.
"Not just any action. Action that shrinks Big Government.
"They were right!
"Deeds, NOT just words.
"Direct political action, NOT just protest.
"Action that moves us forward, that moves us closer to small government - NOT the no-win strategy of holding the line, or just opposing more Big Government.
"This is the lesson of the first Boston Tea Party.
"Now it is our turn to live the lesson.
"Let me ask you a few questions.
"Do you believe that the Wall Street bailout is insane?
"Do you believe that the massive federal government borrowing is hurting your business and your family?
"Do you believe that government is too big?
"Do you believe government debt is too high?
"Do you believe government spending is too high?
"Do you believe taxes are too high?
"Now let me ask you the questions inspired by the Original Boston Tea Party:
"Are YOU willing to take political action?
"Are YOU willing to END the Big Government Insanity - and start voting to make government smaller than it is today?
"Are YOU willing to vote against every Big Government candidate - in every election?
"Now here's the really hard question: Are you willing to vote against them even when you hate the other Big Government candidate more?
"Are you willing to vote FOR small government candidates and FOR small government ballot initiatives?
"Most political candidates who tell you they're against Big Government, who tell you they are for 'smaller government' talk your way -- and vote the opposite. They vote for tax increases, debt increases, spending increases, and more Big Government programs. They vote for each year's higher government spending. Their votes raise your taxes.
"The only way we can protect ourselves against these phonies and fakers is to ASSUME THAT EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL IN AMERICA IS GUILTY OF VOTING BIG GOVERNMENT - UNTIL OR UNLESS HE PROVES HIMSELF INNOCENT by showing you his voting record. By proving to you that he voted small government while in office.
"Are you willing to vote against every officeholder who refuses to show you their voting record?
"To reclaim the American Dream, we must vote out every Big Government officeholder in our federal, state, and local governments. Every one. Democrat AND Republican.
"But we must NOT stop there.
"We must vote FOR candidates who campaign for, promise, and vote to reduce and remove today's Big Government social and economic programs - and GIVE BACK EVERY DOLLAR SAVED TO THE TAXPAYERS.
"We must vote for candidates who campaign for, promise, and vote to reduce and END government borrowing, reduce and remove government overspending and waste. Starting now. Small government candidates who will give back every dollar saved to the taxpayers.
"We must vote for small government candidates.
"We must vote FOR ballot initiatives that shrink Big Government.
"Candidates and ballot initiatives that cut or end taxes.
"Candidates and ballot initiatives that drive down today's Big Government spending.
"Just protesting Big Government will never give us what we want. Voting against Big Government will. Voting FOR Small Government will.
"Every Election. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.
"This is the ONLY way we can fulfill the promise of the Original Boston Tea Party.
"I'm Carla Howell. I head the Center For Small Government. We're on your side. Please join us.
"Because 'small government is possible'."
2009 Copyright Carla Howell and Michael Cloud
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