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THIS SUNDAY APRIL 15: Patriots Day Tea Party Rally on Boston Common
To feature MassResistance, Scott Lively, Don Feder. Also: Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), frmr New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
POSTED: April 12, 2012
POSTED: April 11, 2012
The Tea Parties across Massachusetts are fearless when it comes to confronting the threats to our freedoms. It's certainly a refreshing contrast to the Massachusetts Republican Party, which has caved in and compromised on just about every important issue.
LISTEN TO great interview with Congressman Gohmert on Boston's Jeff Katz Radio show earlier this week.
Louie Gohmert Interview
A major Tea Party rally to commemorate Patriots Day in Massachusetts will be held on the historic Boston Common this Sunday, April 15, from 1-4 pm. It will include both national and local speakers including many pro-family advocates such as Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Brian Camenker of MassResistance, well-known pro-family writer Don Feder, and Rev. Scott Lively, who is being targeted with an international lawsuit a Soros-backed organization for his pro-family views. Other good advocates include Rabbi Jonathan Housman and Rev. Garrett Lear.
Sunday's theme: Patriot Courage!
The event is being put on by the Massachusetts Tea Party Patriots, a coalition of over 40 Tea Party groups across the state. The bold theme this year is "Patriot Courage."
“This shall be tremendous,” said Richard Howell, co-founder of the Pioneer Valley Tea Party and one of the event coordinators. “These speakers were selected because they represent the true spirit of freedom and liberty which honors the tradition of Lexington and Concord. They are not afraid to take on the issues nor do they pander to the elitists."
The speakers include:
In the past, these annual Tea Party rallies on the Boston Common have attracted thousands of people. It is meant to be a family affair and they are planning to provide patriotic face painting for children, as well as balloons and prizes. In addition, at 10 am Sunday Richard Howell will conduct a free tour of the Battle Road in Lexington and Concord.
Rep Louie Gohmert is a particularly popular national Tea Party figure and a great conservative voice in Congress. Gov. Gary Johnson is a candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for President.
Establishment moderates attack Patriots Day Tea Party event for having pro-family themes. Harangue speakers to not show up. Set up alternative "fiscal issues only" Tea Party event at same time in Worcester.
In an outrageous move, a small of group of fiscal-conservative Tea Party leaders has begun a vicious campaign to subvert Sunday's Patriots Day Tea Party on the Boston Common because three of the speakers - Scott Lively, Brian Camenker, and Rep. Louie Gohmert -- are known for their pro-family stands.
They claim that all Tea Party events must be only about fiscal issues -- a "rule" which they feel they must personally enforce. They have started a campaign with a flood of vicious Internet postings and emails. They have contacted some of the other speakers to persuade them to withdraw. They have even set up an opposing "Tax Day Tea Party" event at the same time that day in Worcester. And they are using the local media and other venues to attempt to get people to go there instead of the Boston Common.
Here is just a small example of the flood of postings and messages targeting statewide Tea Party activists (all quotes are verbatim):
And it's gone on and on. You'll notice that they use of the Left's terminology when describing pro-family activists:, e.g., "bigoted", "anti-gay," "homophobic." And they make good use of the Saul Alinsky tactic of "isolate, freeze, and escalate." They identified the particular speakers they don't like and have been demonizing them over and over. This is all meant to cause intimidation and to silence everyone else. Not exactly the spirit of the Tea Party.
Who are these people?
Christen Varley is a co-founder and spokesperson of the Greater Boston Tea Party (GBTP). It is basically a shell group consisting mostly of a 7-member Board and a large mailing list, But using the "Greater Boston" title they have staged several large events, and Varley has positioned herself with the liberal Boston media as the state's "reasonable" Tea Party representative -- and has often been quoted in news stories and invited on radio talk shows to the exclusion of other Tea Party leaders.
Varley has long seen herself as an enforcer against pro-family subjects being brought up at any Tea Party meetings in the state -- even those to which she has no connection. In 2010 she orchestrated the shutting down of a large Lexington Tea Party rally -- organized by others -- by haranguing the main speakers to withdraw (and then bragging about it). Later that year she attempted to shut down a similar South Boston Tea Party rally, but was unsuccessful.
Although Varley moved back to Ohio several months ago, she continues to work with the GBTP to carry on her anti-family crusade here via phone and email, even appearing recently on local Boston radio.
Christine Morabito and Patrick Humphries are longtime cohorts of Varley and fellow board members at GBTP.
Varley is the main organizer of the alternative Worcester event, along with the other GBTP board members and various state Republican Party types, mushy Republican state reps (fearful of the Boston Globe's opinion of them), and others.
But guess what: The pressure's not working!
To their credit, none of the 40-plus Tea Parties in the group running the Boston Common event have budged an inch in response to Varley's and Morabito's flood of harangues and negativity. If anything, they are even more resolute that a broad, diverse message is necessary for our freedom. And many are increasingly angry -- as they should be -- that an outsider (who now lives in another state!) should try give them orders on how to run their event.
Big crowds are expected! After all, the celebration of freedom covers many fronts.
No Room for WHINOS: Rev. Scott Lively answers back!
However, Brian Camenker of MassResistance did respond with the following in an email to state Tea Party leaders, regarding "fiscal" issues only being discussed:
I would suggest that those Tea Party critics take a look at some of the things that their TAX MONEY has been paying for in the public schools. The "Fistgate" tapes. The "Little Black Book". The annual taxpayer sponsored "transgender" events for kids, where kids are brought to mingle with adult men wearing women's clothes, and adult men involved with S&M and other interesting behaviors. The "anal sex" pamphlets and material given to kids at state-sponsored events. And there's a LOT more I could mention, but can't really without making a lot of people sick.
The response by Tea Party leaders was overwhelmingly positive.
Outrageous: Nasty anti-family Tea Party leader honored by GOP state reps & "pro-family" establishment. (The Massachusetts WHINOs.).
Probably the most vehement over the past few years has been anti-family "conservative" Christen Varley (see above).
Shockingly, when Varley decided to move back to Ohio last December, the "conservative" establishment held a party for her and presented her with an interesting going-away gift arranged by Republican legislators.
Presented "certificate or recognition" at "pro-family" party
The going-away party was apparently organized by a part of the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI). (MFI has recently announced its support for civil unions [LINK] as a solution to the California Prop 8 Marriage court fight.) Also in attendance, we were told, were a group of WHINO-type Republican State Reps.
Varley was presented with a "certificate of recognition" on behalf of the (uber-liberal) Massachusetts House of Representatives. It was signed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a tireless supporter of the homosexual lobby who had just finished pushing through the odious "Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes" Bill.
The certificate was arranged by Republican State Reps Paul Adams and Jim Lyons. It was also signed by Republican State Reps Steven Levy, Ryan Fattman, Kevin Kuros, Daniel Webster, Geoff Diehl, Richard Bastien, Nicholas Boldyga, and Keiko Orrall.
In talking to a few of these reps (and it's always a weird conversation), it's pretty clear what's happened to them. Most of these GOP reps were considered "pro-family" (and some even were considered "principled") when they were elected. But now they're afraid of offending the liberal establishment and being called names. So they're embarrassing themselves with this kind of nonsense.