It was a cold, damp day to start, which I think discouraged some participation, but the sun came out before I spoke, so it became a lovely afternoon to spend with old and new friends. The theme of the event was, “If you like your Freedom, you can keep your Freedom” (though you have to fight for it). Speakers included:
Jim Wallace, Gun Owners Action League, who so far has successfully defended our Second Amendment right to bear arms. This could explain why, although there were at least six unprovoked attacks on people last week by young thugs on the Common, no one came near a group that probably included a few armed patriots.
Terry Schilling of American Principles in Action, speaking on Common Core. This is a relatively new subject since someone got the bright idea to put the federal government in charge of K-12 education. Hey, it worked for health insurance! “If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance” (Obama and Tierney).
Steve Aylward, chairman of the ballot committee “Tank the Gas Tax,” which requires more signatures this spring.
Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, R-Taunton, also supporting that ballot question, as well as speaking about her big issue, EBT card reform, and the startling news from last week that the Massachusetts House won’t allow discussion of that subject during its coming budget debate.
Jessica Vaughan, from the Center for Immigration Reform, telling us that “if you like your borders, you should keep your borders,” and pointing out that Jeb Bush’s recent remark that illegal immigration is “an act of love” didn’t acknowledge the Americans who have lost loved ones to illegal drunken drivers.
Daniel Morris, campus coordinator for the Salem State University Students for Liberty, was my favorite speaker, as he told us about the young people who are spreading the cause of freedom not only here but around the world.