Topic: Mark Meckler relates his take on the American landscape and how we can move forward.
Report by Howard Myers
Mark Meckler kept a crowd of 250 people spell bound as he related his take on the American landscape and how we can move forward.
Mark asked the audience if they have read more US history in the last three years then they had in a long time. From their response it was obvious he was right.
What started the Tea Party movement? Do you know where it came from and why it rang a bell? On February 19, 2009, right after the Real Estate Bail Out was passed Rick Santelli; a CNBC on line editor was asked what he thought of it. He said he didn’t like the idea of rewarding failure. If you took out a loan that you knew you couldn’t repay it wasn’t right to make the hardworking people that are paying their mortgages foot the bill. He ranted that what we needed was another Tea Party right here in Chicago. This video clip was heard ‘round the world, not just because it resonated with people but it came from CNBC which was main stream media and received lots of coverage.
Within a few weeks there was a Tea Party event in 30 cities with 35,000 people attending.
Asked why he was at the first Tea Party Mark said he felt compelled to be here. He didn’t know what else to do and he had to do something.
Mark contacted with other people that had participated in the tea parties and compared notes about what each did, what worked, and what didn’t. It was like open source code, everyone got to share in it and help improve it.
He said we asked ourselves, what do we do next? When is the next Tea Party? Well, everyone hates tax day, so April 15th was a natural. People accuse Fox News of promoting the Tea Party but they were just being a legitimate news agency reporting what was happening.
On April 15, 2009 we had tea parties all over America, with 1.2 million participants. The establishment said we would go away and 1.2 million showed up with one question, “Can you hear us now?” Still, they thought we would go away; we had no leadership and could not affect the election.
The 2010 election was the largest midterm election seat swap since 1938. We are engaged in a very important point in American history.
Right after the election the incumbent representatives started making committee appointments and trying to influence the freshman members. The Tea Party held their own orientation for freshmen members and published their phone numbers so the constituents could pressure them to attend. This created quite a stir but all the phone calls and tweets worked and the freshmen members showed up. Congress members didn’t like being told what to do, because when they arrive they are no longer representatives but are now ‘members’. They needed to be reminded they were sent there for one reason, to defend our liberty.
When being interviewed about why he fought in the Revolutionary War against Briton, the biggest, best equipped army in the world, Eli Preston said it wasn’t the tea tax or the stamps they had to use, it was about liberty.
That is what we are all fighting for today, our liberty. We are losing it little by little, like a frog in a pot of water being heated slowly. Mark says we should be glad for Barak Obama because he turned the heat up so fast many of us frogs jumped out.
The question is, can we talk to the president, our senator or even our representative? Even if we hold the house and take the senate and white house we could lose this in four years. We also need to take over our local government. Run for local office or get behind someone that thinks like we do and support them.
The year 1913 was one of the worst years in American history. The Federal Reserve was set up and the 16th and 17th amendments were passed.
The worst part of the 16th amendment (Federal Income Tax) was it established for the first time a direct link between individuals and the federal government. Mark is in favor of repealing the 16th amendment.
Prior to the 17th amendment senators were appointed by state legislatures to represent the states. The representatives were intended to represent the people and the senators the states. So the states lost all their representation. Some will say this was necessary due to large scale corruption, but certainly this didn’t work because we are anything but corruption-free now and the states still have no representation and very little control over what the federal government does to them.
The Reapportionment Act of 1929 created a constant 435 seats in the House rather than let the number continue to grow with the population. If it was allowed to grow we would now have approximately 6,220 members in the House. Obviously it would be hard to have this many members in one location, but the members could be located close to their constituents and conduct business remotely for most of the year, gathering in large venues, in different locations, several times a year. There is no law, only a House rule, that requires the members to be present to vote. This could easily be changed.
In America we have always governed ourselves and were meant to govern ourselves, the concept of liberty was unique.
Washington DC is a favor factory. Somebody does a favor for you and then you owe them a favor. Mark and some others met with Rep. John Boehner, the speaker of the House. During that meeting Rep. Boehner asked what can I do for you? When the reply was ‘absolutely nothing’, there was stunned silence. Well, he asked, why are you here? The reply to Rep Boehner was, ‘We want to let you know that we represent millions of people and we are watching you.’ The silence became a bit more cool.
At a different meeting they suggested to Boehner that he enact the same budget from Clinton’s last year and all he did was laugh.
What I got from Mark’s remarks it is time for us to take our country back and protect our liberty before it is lost forever.
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