To all who joined us in person and in spirit on
the corner of 12th and Commercial in Anacortes for our 2nd
Tax Day Tea Party. As a precursor we were both surprised and blessed
with favorable articles and interviews from the local news media, to
whom we extend our thanks.
On a day with
predicted showers we were blessed with sunshine and a few sprinkles
and much enthusiasm. On a day for the working class we had we had a
large turnout of folks who either took the day off or found time
during lunches or breaks to add their physical presence and support.
The complexion of the “Tea Partiers” ranged in
age from five to ninety.Attending were
doctors, lawyers, teachers, republicans, democrats, liberals,
independents, union-members, workers and unemployed, a cross section
of Americans with one concern, “Where in the hell is our Country
headed.”We were joined by political
candidates Mike Newman, John Swapp and Dusty Gulleson, each
with “Tea Party” values who took time share
their views and platform with the crowd.
We were visited by reporters and photographers who documented OUR
We did not
keep a running count of visitors but at any given time there were
anywhere from 80 to 150 in attendance. By our best-guesstimation we
feel the days total attendance to be somewhere in the vicinity of
five hundred plus.
So once again,
THANK YOU for joining us and THANK YOU for making a difference.
Friday September,11th at 8:46 AM marks the ninth anniversary of the
worst attack and concurrent loss of life ever to take place on U.S.
To honor the lives lost during that cowardly and
infamous event as well as those of the members of our Armed Forces and
their families who have given so much to keep America safe and free,
we implore you...
Please join our
on Friday the 11th, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
on the corner of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue in Anacortes.
Saturday September 12th, 2009: 912 Project
... Supporting our freedoms
First, a special THANKS to you all,
for your great efforts to preserve our freedoms and rights. Next, I
ask that you please forward this to your list, perhaps some folks
live too far to travel to your events and would possibly be able to
attend our Glenn Beck 9-12 Project & Government Health Care Takeover
Protest in Anacortes on September 12th.
Mary & Andy Stevens,
Anacortes Tea Party Organizers
Tea Party Patriots on the march
Nationwide September 12th!
Our Anacortes Tea Party Tax Protests
have been extremely successful (Thanks to all of YOU!) with over 800
citizens attending our Anacortes rallys.
This is your Call to Action!
This is the ONE email you should forward to your lists.
Saturday, September 12th, we are
joining with the Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project. This movement is sweeping
the Nation. Also The TEA PARTY EXPRESS Bus will be in
Washington DC September 12th with the largest group of citizens ever
WE ARE THE SILENT MAJORITY NO MORE! We
will show these politicians we are everywhere, in every community and
that we are organized and on the move. The peasants are revolting!
Again concerned Americans are gathering
in cities & towns across our Nation to have our voices heard. Citizens
are demanding their voices be heard. AND...WE WILL BE HEARD!
When and Where?
Saturday, September 12th
10:00 am until 2:00pm
the Corner of 12th & Commercial
We will again be turning out in force
to voice our opposition to government takeover of our health care
system and to declare our Independence from tax and spend politicians
who are trading our individual liberties and sovereignty for political
BRING A FLAG! BRING A SIGN! BRING ALL
YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Rain or Shine, bring your sign!
We will have some extra signs available.
Our Anacortes Tax Day Tea
Party Protest was so successful (Thanks to all of
YOU!) drawing over 1.8 million angry taxpayers
nation wide. We have decided to join with the
National movement, "The July 4th
Independence Day Protest"! Again concerned
Americans are gathering in cities & towns across our
Nation to have our voices heard. AND...WE WILL BE
This is your Call to Action!
WE ARE THE SILENT MAJORITY NO MORE! We will show these
politicians we are everywhere, in every
community and that we are organized and on the move.
On the 4th of July, from Noon
to 2 pm, after the parade, we will gather on the
Corner of 12th & Commercial Avenue in
Anacortes. We will again be turning out in force
to declare our Independence from tax and spend
politicians who are trading our individual liberties
and sovereignty for political gain.
BRING A FLAG! BRING ALL YOUR
FRIENDS & FAMILY! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Commercial--Noon to 2pm- Rain or shine... Bring a
p.s. 4th of July Parade activities: BE
PROUD OUT LOUD!!!
We are also inviting you to join
with the "American Pride & Support the Troops" group
marching in the Anacortes 4th of July
Gather at 10:30am near the
corner or O Avenue and 3rd Street on the 4th of July.
We have a very large group meeting with positive signs
like "Proud to be an American" and "Thanks U.S.
Military" with lots of American Flags. We will be
marching with Bill Wooding's group of ten vintage
military vehicles including armored troop carriers,
tanks and jeeps.
Although we are avid
supporters of the Tea Party Protest, we
respectfully submit the 4th of July Parade
is not a suitable platform for negativity. We feel
signs like "We the People" and "Read the Constitution"
would be very appropriate, respected and well
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Protesters: We’re ‘taxed enough already’ Joan Pringle, April 21, 2009 - 11:08 AM
to 600 people showed up at one time or another for
the six-hour Anacortes Tea Party Protest at the
corner of Commercial Avenue and 12th Street on April
“It was very well-attended; much more than we
ever expected,” said Mary Stevens, who helped
organize the event with her husband Andy Stevens.
The protest was part of the National TEA (Taxed
Enough Already) Party that occurred in cities
throughout the country on Tax Day, the deadline for
filing federal income tax returns.
By the end of the local protest, 587 people had
signed rosters being passed around during the
protest. Mary figures there were about 50 more who
showed up but didn’t sign up.
People cycled throughout the day, she said,
coming and going and leaving their signs behind for
others to use.
Some of those signs referenced taxes — such as
one that read “Born Free but taxed to death!” —
while another spoke directly to state legislators —
“Attn: Washington, you have run out of our money!”
Other signs read “Stimulate Business NOT
Government” and “Obama’s the pirate holding your
grandkids’ future hostage” in reference to the
federal economic stimulus bill. A few people seemed
to have slightly different agendas such as one man
holding a sign that read “I’ll keep my money and
guns, you keep your ‘change.’”
While Andy Stevens said one beef he had with the
government was over concessions to the United
Nations and foreign powers, Mary complained that
many legislators voted for the stimulus bill without
reading it and with most citizens against it.
Besides the good turnout, Mary Stevens said the
group was getting an overwhelming response from
passers-by. Many honked, waved and gave the
protesters the thumbs up.
“This is an absolutely nonpartisan effort to get
our representatives to represent us,” Mary said.
The Stevenses also organize the “Patriots Corner”
demonstrations each Sunday on the northwest corner
of the intersection.
Mount Vernon protestors join in
nationwide anti-tax demonstration
Aaron Burkhalter: Skagit Valley
Herald, April 16, 2009 - 10:52 AM
VERNON — The letters T-E-A stood for more than just
a leaf-infused beverage to the crowds of people
standing on all four corners at Riverside Drive and
College Way on Wednesday afternoon. The letters also
became a handy acronym for the crowd’s sentiment:
Taxed Enough Already.
A crowd Skagit residents stood at the
intersection from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday,
protesting big government, stimulus spending and
corporate bailouts. It was just one of many events
organized across the country to coincide with Tax
Participants strung tea bags onto their hats and
painted pictures of teacups on picket signs, echoing
a December day in 1773 when colonists threw tea into
“The tea party has been taken as symbolism for
social upheaval,” said John Swapp, 54, of
Sedro-Woolley, holding a sign that stated, “We will
not be socialists.”
Swapp, like many others holding signs to a stream
of honking cars, said the government no longer
acknowledges his viewpoint.
“We work hard, we pay lots and lots of taxes, and
I’m beginning to fear and distrust my government,”
Swapp said. “I think I’m not listened to or
respected by the government.”
Skagit Democrats largely ignored the protests.
Jack de Yonge, a Democratic activist from Concrete,
dismissed the tea protesters he said were from a
“reactionary wing” of the Republican Party.
“It’s to be expected, and it’s basically
meaningless,” de Yonge said. “You can’t have a
civilization without taxes, you can’t have schools
without taxes, police, firemen, the list goes on.”
Glenn Bordner, former chair of the Skagit County
Democrats, said that while the protesters may be
reacting to major Republican losses in the last
election, their anger may be misdirected.
“(President George) Bush didn’t give us smaller
government, he gave us larger government; he didn’t
give us less spending, he gave us more spending,”
Bordner said. “No one likes taxes, but we have to
fund education, we have to fund highways and the
infrastructure we need.”
Bordner said the protests were largely promoted
by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, and not a grassroots
But to Laura Burt-Thorpe, the organizer for the
Mount Vernon demonstration, the protest was a long
time coming and fueled by a grassroots core of
people fed up with big government.
Burt-Thorpe said she was overwhelmed by the
response to her local event. She came dressed as
Betsy Ross, wearing a colonial-style dress with a
white bonnet and carried red, white and blue fabric
draped over her arm.
“There’s so many people that want to get on board
with us,” Burt-Thorpe said. “I had no idea I’d get
the response for something like this.”
Burt-Thorpe organized the event in Mount Vernon
after attending a Seattle protest last month. She
said many people would turn out for events if they
didn’t have to drive to a major city. And if College
Way around lunchtime on Wednesday was any
indication, she was right.
Protesters lined all four corners of the streets
with signs reading “No to socialism,” “I am not your
and “Give me liberty, not debt.”
In addition to encouraging people to stand on the
corner with signs, she brought a large black barrel
painted with flames for people to “burn” mock
Burt-Thorpe wrote “Stimulus” on a sheet of paper
and tore it into pieces as she threw it in the
“The government is out of control,” she said.
“For years I’ve said we need a Boston Tea Party.”
Burt-Thorpe also took names and contact
information for those who attended, saying that this
would be the first of many events for the new
generation of tea protesters.
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Norma Smith, 10th Legislative District:
Support of our Tea Party!
April 13th, 2009
This is the first, and only I might add, letter from
an elected public official sent, unsolicited, to our group in recognition and
support of the Tax Day Tea Party. Norma Smith will continue to
receive my vote and support. Kudos to Ms. Smith.
Webmaster: Andy Stevens
I understand that on April 15th,
you and others will be advocating for “no new taxes” from your
government. I enthusiastically support your efforts, especially
in this difficult economy, where real people are struggling and
Habitual overspending by leadership in Washington state paired
with our national economic situation has us facing what is now
projected to be an almost 9 billion dollar budget deficit. We
must prioritize the way we use our valuable taxpayer dollars, and
minimize the impact we have on essential services. Our focus must
be on leaving earnings in the hands of our families, businesses
and individuals. More taxes will only discourage growth in the
private sector, and hurt those already struggling right now.
Thank you for your involvement in the process and for letting your
voice be heard on such a critical issue for our families and
communities. Please keep in touch.
listened to the cuts on this album and they are excellent. I
immediately went Online and purchased the album. I'll be playing it at
our Tea Party and at our weekly "Support Our Troops" vigil, something
we've been doing every Sunday for over 400 consecutive weeks.
This is a great album with a great message and
should be a consideration for any of your Patriotic Events, or just
your local DJ and request play....
Webmaster: Andy Stevens
NOMINEE REVIVES ROUSING AMERICAN ANTHEM
Will 'TAKE AMERICA BACK' Get Him Blacklisted Again?
"I still get chills when I hear the original timeless version of
the song. But Vaus' reworked rendition speaks to the hearts and
souls of Americans who are genuinely suffering today because their
country, and everything good about it, is being taken away from
them. This is truly a song for our times."
- Joseph Farah, CEO of WorldNetDaily
STEVE VAUS, whose anthem "WE
MUST TAKE AMERICA BACK" got him blacklisted by the
recording industry 17 years ago, has re-recorded the song with
updated lyrics for 2009 -- and, this time, he believes, nothing can
silence his haunting and inspirational track.
In 1992, Vaus signed a recording contract with RCA. The resulting
CD was called "WE
MUST TAKE AMERICA BACK," and the song struck a chord with
The track rocketed onto the BILLBOARD TOP 100 CHART. It was the
most requested song at many radio stations coast-to-coast. Vaus'
star was rising. He was immediately put out on a nationwide tour.
But, complaints from a handful of big-city radio stations about
the conservative, patriotic nature of the song, prompted RCA,
inexplicably and inconceivably, to pull the CD off the radio and out
of stores. Vaus' tour was cancelled, days after it began. In fact,
the week Vaus was dropped, the song was still climbing the charts.
It was number 56 still with a bullet. RCA received thousands of
phone calls from outraged listeners but they refused to reconsider
and subsequently prohibited Vaus from re-recording or re-releasing
the song for five years.
"Being gagged like that, I was devastated. Particularly because
in the same timeframe the ACLU made headlines defending the rights
of other recording artists to sing about killing cops and violent
sexual acts. But they had no interest in defending my right to sing
about God and country," said Vaus. "But now, with updated lyrics,
that reflect my frustration and anger with where America is headed,
the song is more relevant than ever. It is a rallying cry. And in
this age of instant internet downloads and podcasts there's no
record company or radio station that can block it."
Vaus was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2007 & 2008 for his BUCK
HOWDY family music cds CHICKENS and AROUND THE CAMPFIRE
President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have gone on a
spending and debt spree that the country cannot afford. As a
result, a spontaneous grassroots movement is emerging from
every corner of the nation with a message for Congress and the
president: Stop spending us into an inevitable spiral of debt
and higher taxes … now!
To that end, groups of Americans will be meeting in towns and
cities across the nation on April 15 for “Tax Day Tea Parties”
(think Boston Tea Party, not biscuits and fine English china).
These “Ten Tax Facts” are our effort to make sure the American
people are well- informed as they gather together to express
their concern about the direction Washington is headed.
#1 .Under the Obama budget, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
projects that the national debt will double over the next five
years; and it will triple over the next 10 years to $17.3
#2. Under the Obama budget, CBO projects that the national
debt will soar over the next 10 years from 40 percent of GDP
today to a shocking 82.4 percent. (Ronald Reagan left office
with the national debt at 42 percent of GDP).
#3. The president’s budget also states that total federal
borrowing will grow by $2.7 trillion this year alone, an
increase of 27 percent in one year!
#4. The budget President Obama proposes for this year
increases federal spending by an incredible 34 percent over
the previous year, with a total of $4 trillion in federal
spending, the highest ever.
#5. The federal budget deficit (not the national debt) would
reach $1.845 trillion this year, according to the CBO, the
highest ever. That would be more than seven times Reagan’s
largest budget deficit of $221 billion, which caused so much
consternation among Reagan’s critics.
#6. The CBO estimates that this Obama budget deficit will
total an astounding 13.1 percent of GDP, more than one-eighth
of the entire U.S. economy, for the federal budget deficit
alone! Under George Bush, the federal deficit for 2008 was 3.2
percent of GDP. The deficit for fiscal year 2007, in the last
budget adopted when Congress was controlled by Republican
majorities, was $162 billion, or 1.2 percent of GDP.
#7. The Obama budget also includes $1 trillion in tax
increases on the upper 5 percent of income earners, mostly tax
rate increases. But the top 5 percent of income earners
already pays 60 percent of all income taxes.
#8. The Obama budget projects that revenues from the corporate
income tax will more than double in 3 years, increasing, in
fact, by more than 124 percent.
#9. Another $645 billion tax increase comes from President
Obama’s anti-global warming cap and trade system, which is
essentially an energy tax on the production and use of carbon
energy, such as oil, natural gas, and coal.
#10. While the Obama administration claims to have cut $2
trillion from the budget over 10 years, fully $1.5 trillion of
those “cuts” actually represents the troop drawdown in Iraq,
which was already scheduled to occur under the Bush
administration. Of the remaining $500 billion in budget
“savings,” fully $311 billion is categorized as “interest
savings” but is actually an additional tax increase on upper
It’s not as if you can’t stimulate economic growth while at
the same time cutting government spending. President Reagan
did it. Reagan adopted budget cuts soon after he entered
office equal to close to 5 percent of the federal budget at
the time. Even with his defense buildup, total federal
spending declined from a high of 23.5 percent of GDP in 1983
to 21.3 percent in 1988 and 21.2 percent in 1989. That’s a 10
percent real reduction in the size of government relative to
the economy. Reagan’s policies conquered inflation and started
a 25-year period of economic growth, which would look awfully
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Identify those who are internet savvy. These folks can help
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