To the editor:
This Sunday, April 15, the Massachusetts Tea Party Coalition will hold a Patriots Day rally on Boston Common.
We harken back to the men who fought for liberty on April 19, 1775. We saw this as a fitting way to celebrate our movement as opposed to the depressing Tax Day. We wanted to hold a patriotic rally that displayed all of the tea party groups and their accomplishments. We also chose a date that would not interfere with local rallies anywhere in the state.
We try to represent the mores of those Revolutionary War patriots as much as possible. We shall not allow God to be taken out of our movement. We believe that all issues are crucial in our quest to maintain our liberty, not just a few.
One of our speakers, Carla Howell, has led the most successful group on fiscal issues for two decades. Another speaker, Scott Lively, has been slandered in unimaginable fashion by the leftists. He is the subject of an international leftist lawsuit designed to subvert our constitutional court system to a foreign jurisdiction.
Our main speaker, Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, is the spokesman for the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives. Other speakers will include Citizens for Limited Taxation founder Ed King, a great leader who is a giant in the fight for true fiscal discipline, and Mass Resistance founder Brian Canemanker, who leads the strongest family-issues group in the state.
We have a vast array of speakers on fiscal, social and security-related issues.
One of our coordinators is Bridget Fay. She, along with Corie Whalen, founded the Greater Boston Tea Party, which is now down to seven members.
Initially, the rally was universally complimented and accepted. However, a few infiltrators and elitists have attempted to undermine it. They claim we "hijacked" the movement and a rally they claimed as theirs.
They certainly could have pulled a permit for April 17 if they had true plans. When this event was organized, all tea party groups were invited to participate. Since these elitists were not in charge, they decided to attack.
They have declared loudly on several occasions their refusal to work with us. If anyone is peddling poisoned fruit juice, it is they and their commentator ally. In fact, this commentator behaved shamefully (as a guest) at a North Shore rally, interrupting a speaker she did not approve.
Using the language of the left, they open the door to even greater damage to the movement. That is the sure path to failure. Others were driven away by these elitists as they also attempted to undermine other rallies and groups.
While a few of these attempts succeeded, most failed. They do not own this movement much less codify a doctrine for it. Now they have deliberately set up a rally opposite ours out of spite.
In fact, the event coordinators in Worcester promised not to interfere with our rally time. Two coordinators were pressured by the GBTP to break that promise. In fact, several people from Worcester are supporting and helping with our rally.
We will have a great event on Sunday. We have planned many activities for children. We are conducting a tour of Lexington and Concord by bus from 10 to 11:30 that morning along the Battle Road. Our event is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Boston Common near the bandstand.
Come and go at your leisure and enjoy the several amenities around the common, including several eating places. All events are free and open to the public. Come celebrate Patriots Day!
Massachusetts Tea Party Coalition
Patriots Day Committee