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Yesterday we attended the Tea Party in Portland, Oregon, where several thousand peaceful demonstrators gathered in Pioneer Square to oppose the trillions of dollars that the government is allocating to spend America out of debt, to the huge tax increases that will inevitably result and to the expansion of government power.

There were hundreds of handmade signs -

SPREAD MY WORK ETHIC, NOT MY WEALTH
NO PUBLIC MONEY FOR PRIVATE FAILURE
KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY PIGGY BANK (a child)
I'LL KEEP MY MONEY, MY FREEDOM AND MY GUNS, YOU KEEP THE CHANGE
DON'T TREAD ON ME
PIRATES ARE NOT ONLY IN SOMALIA
I'M NOT YOUR ATM
DON'T MORTGAGE MY FUTURE
WE THE PEOPLE

This was one of 22 tea party protests in Oregon and one of a thousand protests across America.

The warm-up was reading aloud the Declaration of Independence. The speakers who addressed the crowd were "ordinary" men and women and they were eloquent. They referred frequently to the 1773 Boston Tea Party, when Americans who were British subjects at that time dumped tea in the harbour to protest taxation from London without representation.

As we've observed in the Liberty Timeline the Americans were fighting for what they called "the bright inheritance of English freedom".

Similar but less vociferous protests have been held in Britain. We wrote about the Constitution Group's first meeting in January. They will hold a second Constitution Meeting, Lawful Rebellion, on June 13th in London.

All the various American groups who believe in keeping to the Constitution, personal responsibility, and small government are working together. They identify themselves as Americans, not as Republicans, Democrats or Independents or even as the members of any particular group. Like Brits in earlier centuries, no one is being paid to protest or making a career of it. They are welcoming members of other groups who share their basic beliefs. That is important. It means the difference between failure and success - in America and in Britain.

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