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Have you been taxed enough already?

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By Robert E. Beckner

I want to share a little about the event that happened in the Ocala Town Square on April 15: the Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already).

If you missed the party (actually, there were two, one at noon and the other at 4 p.m.), you truly missed wonderful signs and sounds of peaceful democracy in action.

The crowd of truly inspired American Patriots filled the air with their chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” and “Repeal or Resign.”

The shouts were so loud at times they could almost be heard in Washington, D.C.

Signs were everywhere, covering numerous subjects, and all of them showing their anger and frustration and displeasure with our current administration.

Some told our government to stop borrowing money from some of our anticipated future enemies, i.e., China, as well as countries such as Indonesia and Japan, to whom we already owe billions.

Also covered were feelings of their desires that the bailed-out companies quit giving bonuses to employees of banks, Wall Street and  auto companies.

The protestors let Washington know there were no strings on the bailouts and no oversight at all by those responsible for oversight  on those disgusting bonuses given out to individuals who caused the failures of these various companies.

The signs let everyone know the people are aware how things are being handled in Washington. What else were they going to try to get away with?

There were signs covering high taxes on all the people, the billions in debt already incurred and the failure to create the thousands of new jobs that were promised.

Some signs showed a battle between capitalism and socialism and they did not want any of the latter.

Signs said we had an oppressive government, one that is already too large and growing larger by the day as the administration gains more and more control of not only businesses but American private lives.

Also there were signs that stated, “Taxpayers are fed up and we’re not going to take it anymore.”

These demonstrators were truly energized and inspired and covered many subjects they disliked, showing they were against “Radical Socialist Agendas.”

They also signed, “While you have freedom, speak up for it.”

Other signs were against illegal aliens, immigration and the government’s failure for years now of enforcing our borders and letting the illegals take American jobs, especially now with so many plants and factories closed and the fact that the administration still wants to give amnesty to at least 13 million more illegals.

The crowd seemed to agree the government is out of control and that taxpayers are fed up and want their outrageous current bills and plans stopped now.

It should be noted that this large popular group of protestors were not organized; no one was directing them as such.

It was simply a ground roots uprising of a truly emotional cross-section of Americans, young citizens and their children, middle-aged folks and senior citizens – all clearly wanting the same thing – for Washington to hear and see their complains and to listen to them.

In central Florida, parties were held in the Villages, Gainesville, Orlando and Tampa. A poll by one of the conservative television networks showed 88 percent of the voters favored the Tea Parties; 5 percent were against and 5 percent, unknown.

It appears to be a ground swell and beginning of a national movement for  better and honest government.

Maybe this is the beginning of the end of our two-party system?

One thing the excited group wanted to get across to the government is that the money they are spending so wildly is not the government’s; it belongs to the American people.  Along these lines were signs indicating they wanted the IRS closed down and the “Fair Tax” plan put into practice.

The Fair Tax Plan is the one where you get to keep your full salary; then you only pay taxes on what you buy and there are no taxes on food, medicine and other necessary living expenses.

Maybe due to these out-pourings of displeasure,   the direction our government is going may be stalled or even stopped.

It was expected, of course, and true to form that almost all TV and liberal print media came out with criticism against the Tea Parties, citing extremist activities and saying the concept was totally wrong, making fun of it - calling it GOPee^sponsored, etc., etc. This wasn’t any political party’s idea or sponsorship; everyone was welcome.

There wasn’t a politician allowed to speak from the stage. Those in the crowd who wished to speak, came forward and poured out from their heart the complaints and concerns, not only regarding today but about the future of their children having to try to pay off the billions of debt they are already burdened with.

Stay tuned for information about a “bus caravan” to Washington, D.C. for the Fourth of July weekend.

Robert E. Beckner lives in Majestic Oaks with his wife, Sarah. He is a retired private investigator and insurance adjuster. He has also been a photographer and served with the Military Police in the Marine Corps.