Thursday, April 16, 2009

Taxes are patriotic?

"A Dutchman was explaining the red, white, and blue Netherlands flag to an American.

'Our flag is symbolic of our taxes. We get red when we talk about them, white when we get our tax bills, and blue after we pay them.'

The American nodded.

'It's the same in the USA, only we see stars, too!' "

Although this seems humorous when we read it, it is sadly all too true. Yesterday, my mom, Jacob & I attended a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party in Bismarck that we had learned about from a friend on Tuesday. The TEA party was sponsored by the American Family Association and was a peaceful outcry against the governments' goal of taking away our freedoms and their continual abusing of our money. There were about 300 people in attendance--even with all the wind. Several men spoke and lots of people who attended had made signs for the occasion. There are plans of having another TEA party around the 4th of July, so if you're interested, you can keep up to date by going to the AFA website: This was the first public outcry I had ever attended, and it felt a little strange to be thought of as a rebel, but evil prospers when good men (and women) do nothing, so we must continue to fight the good fight! Here are several pictures from our time there:

One lady even had tea bags hanging from her glasses!

After the speeches, everyone walked around the block saying, "USA" and singing, "God bless AMERICA."

Here's the friend who told us about the gathering... After the meeting, we went to his house and visited with his family for a few minutes. They loaned us "Fireproof", as we've never seen it before, so now I can hardly wait for Saturday to come. Aren't true friends one of God's greatest blessings?

Here are a couple of the signs that we made quickly Tuesday evening...

And now, on a TOTALLY different note.... I'd like to show you a building that is going to be a big part of Mother's life here shortly... But, I'm not going to tell you anymore, as this is Mom's news! I'm sure she'll be posting a long post about it all soon...

Yesterday was a big day for my dad and Andrew as well, as they started grain cleaning. My dad taught Andrew the ropes of the business so that he can take over the cleaning. Dad has a lot of hauling to do now, so this way, hopefully, they can get all the farmers' grain cleaned AND hauled before we need to get out in our fields as well! It's been a real late Spring here, with all of the snow and water, so once it dries off a little bit, everyone is going to be going--day and night, I'm afraid.

Well, I need to make some lunch, so I'd best post this now....


Jonathan said...

I'm glad to hear your family attended the tea party. We would have attended somewhere if there was an official one in our area, but there wasn't to my knowledge. Guess we could have had our own, come to think of it.

Naomi K said...

Hi Cora Beth! We're from Northwest MN (about 4 hours from Fargo) - but us older kids work with CEF in the Grand Forks area in the summers, so sometimes I feel like I live in ND! Yes, we do really enjoy SM Davis' sermon's - we've visited his church a few times and my brother ended up marrying a girl from there. I've been enjoying looking at your blog too!

Cora Beth said...

Thank you both for the comments!
I'm thinking there'll be more TEA parties or related things to participate in--in the future...! Perhaps you can have more time to prepare for a meeting in your area then?

That is so neat that you've been to SM Davis's church! I'm so glad your brother found a lovely girl there to be his bride. Their little boy makes such adorable expressions!
Oh yes, I also wanted to say that I really like the cakes you made and posted pictures of on your family's blog! You do a really good job!!!

*~Virginia~* said...

Hello there! My name's Virginia and I'm from Gettysburg PA. I was checking out your blog, it looks really nice!!!!
There was a tea party held near us in Harrisburg (the capital) so we went to it! It was REALLY good!!!!
Keep up the good work!