Taxpayer Activists Rally at the Statehouse

by Aimee Lawton

Members and supporters of the Green Mountain Patriots gathered in front of the State House Wednesday morning for a Tax Freedom Day Rally.

The turnout may have been small, but voices and opinions were booming as the patriots made their voices heard. Those in attendance were protesting not only the single payer system, but also the state government as a whole, and the fact that they need to start hearing the voices of the people and stay true to the ideas of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The featured speaker at the rally was Loren Spivack, the “free market warrior” who travels all over the country to teach people how freedom and capitalism works. During his speech, he emphasized the importance of the upcoming Presidential election and choosing the right Republican Presidential nominee.

“We are on the verge of one of the most critical turning points in American history,” Spivack said. “The 2012 Presidential election could be the most important in our lifetime. Barack is going to lose. Take my word for it, he is going to lose.”

In order for this to happen, Spivack said that the most important thing is nominating the right Republican candidate to challenge Obama in the presidential election next year.

He said that this candidate can be determined by three different traits: someone who won’t talk about cutting budgets and will eliminate government programs; someone who understands that the deficit is the second biggest issue and the first is that the government does too much; and someone who knows how to get the right message out and will tell people every day that their money is being flushed down the toilet.

Spivack continued by saying that the Tea Party will play a crucial role in determining who the right Republican Candidate will be.

“The Republican nominee will be chosen by the people, because the Tea Party is the heart and soul of the Republican Party,” Spivack said. “They will not be chosen by the majority but by the majority of the majority. No Republican candidate from any state can win if they don’t have support from the Tea Party.”

“Get the right person in,” he said. “If you get the wrong guy, you will lose before you even start.”

Talk radio host TJ Michaels spoke at the rally on behalf of the “forgotten man” and gave him a voice.

“The forgotten man is invisible to the government,” Michaels said, citing that the forgotten people are the largest group without representation in government. “The forgotten people are bound by a set of beliefs that were established by our founding fathers.”

Michaels continued by saying that he was at the rally for his children, and he wants the government to hear the voice of the forgotten man so that they will be able to live in a state and country with a freedom that is greater than anything he has seen.

St. Michaels College Sophomore Dan Bower said that he believes the government needs to stop straying away from the Constitution and make their decisions based on the foundation of our country.

“I’m here because I am concerned about spending and the lack of respect that the government has for the constitution,” Bower said. “I think that liberty is still the virtue that this country and state is built on and I want to see people wake up to that.”

Like Michaels, Bower also said that the government needs to start listening to the voice of the people.

“Government is not our boss, we are the government’s boss,” he said. “They don’t tell us what to do, we tell them what to do.

He concluded with a message to Governor Peter Shumlin, demanding that he eliminate the single payer bill.

“Governor Shumlin, we are aware of you and aware of these lies and we’re not going to take it anymore. KILL THIS BILL.”