As most of you know, the Boston Tea Party was a revolt against corporate greed. The only connection to taxes was that the King had imposed a tax on tea to benefit the monopoly of the British East India Company.
On April 15th, we recognize that we have the obligation to pay our taxes. That’s the price for democratic representation. Whether we like what they do or not, we are only entitled to the government we elect.
As we do every week, tonight we hold our Drinking Liberally gathering in Santa Ana. In response to the rallies of people across the country who have been fooled, by an astro-turf movement created by corporate interests that care nothing about the people they are whipping up into mini-riots, we raise a glass to democracy. We are not loosing it. We are actually gaining it back, bit by bit, through the efforts of a few bold Democrats in Congress working to free us from the grip of corporate control of our government and elected officials.
So join us tonight, as we join thousands of Liberals across our country, to raise a glass to freedom. Tonight we raise our glasses in celebration of small steps of progress, rather than throwing our values and freedom overboard like crates of tea.
See you at Memphis at the Santora in Santa Ana. 8:30 p.m.