"What follows are my own opinions … about conservatism and, conversely, non-conservatism — that is, liberty and tyranny in modern America," deadpans Mark R. Levin in his instant Amazon #1 hit, On Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, just out this week. We love "The Great One's" calling a spade a spade [Are you still allowed to say that in this "post-racial" error era?], naming non-conservatism the tyranny it is. As we were so disagreeably reminded the other day — when the Obama "I won" Administration recast terrorism as the morally ambiguous "man-caused disasters" and robbed the "War on Terror" of its poetic fire by dubbing it the bloodless "Overseas Contingency Operation" — words matter. Levin's book will be just the thing to read on our way to the Essex County Tea Party Rally at City Hall in Newburyport midday tomorrow.
Other action steps in preparation for shaking our fists "Just say no!" signs before the powers that be who would spread hard-working Americans' wealth around:
1. Spread the word:
"Yes we can" RSVPs from friends, virtual and real-world, so far: Our sis (local resident who put us up to this), Amy Kane of Atlantic Ave, Miss Kelly, Neo-neocon, Jill of The Business of Life. An army of women?
Hats off to event organizer Paul Breau and Newburyport's Voice blogger Larry Giunta, who is Chairman of the Newburyport GOP, for their efforts. "The democrats in town started their own blog and have been reeling against the tea party," emails Larry, adding "This can only be a good thing."
2. Prepare signs:
Good buddy Carol Ward had emailed with "two things": 1. Will I be seeing you and Tuck at the Tax Day Boston Tea Party? [Yes] 2. I have been racking my brain over something clever for a sign, but everything I come up with is waaaaaay too long — more like an essay than a pithy headline. Oh mistress of pithy headlines, got any other ideas?
As we blogged a couple of years back regarding "Don't mess with my Dick," linked by Instapundit at the time, "Well, I always try to be provocative with my headlines." We suggested for Carol the slogan we're using for our own signs, "Just say no," plus another one that's sort of like Newt Gingrich's slogan. Ours is "Tea'd off." Newt's version, a little too wordy for our taste, goes "Americans are TEA'd," where TEA is an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already."
In the works for the Boston Tea Party, a shortened version of Benjamin Franklin's timeless "A republic, if you can keep it." "If you can keep it." Sounds like a keeper
Update II: Amy Kane can't make up her mind between Benjamin Franklin's "He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing" and her own "More govt = Less freedom." We like 'em both and suggest she carry one and ask the dog to wear the other. Check out her excellent related post with more quotable quotes pulled out of "The American Form of Government" YouTube video (See #3 below) and other good stuff.
It's a sign. Three, actually. The prototype right, and the new, improved model with Tuck's wooden handles left. As we've said early and often, he's a keeper.
3. Listen to "The American Form of Government," a quickie video Pierre Legrand of Pink Flamingo Bar calls "The Best Ten-Minute Lesson on Our Government I Have Seen." If only they were teaching such things to the kids ta-day.