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A New Rainbow Coalition?

We got a press release last week from a group called the Knoxville Patriots, which is convening on Wednesday afternoon at World's Fair Park at 3 for a patriotic "tea party." It's headed with the old Revolutionary-era banner, "Unite, or Die." 


The announcment opens hopefully, and appealingly: "The goal of this coalition is aimed at getting all Americans, regardless of their political-party affiliation, to put aside their differences and return to the same spirit of solidarity and pride they displayed the 'day after' September 11, 2001, when our country was attacked."


Sounds great so far. We were about to put it on our calendar, and see if we could find our three-cornered hats in the attic. But then, toward the end of the second paragraph, it mentions that there's another goal of this reunion: "for citizens to express their opposition to wasteful government spending and the rapid rise of big government." (Somehow  we suspect they're exempting all major invasions of recent years.) 


So you're welcome to come to the party no matter how much you hate big government. It's open to both conservative Republicans and conservative Democrats. All degrees of conservatism are welcome. 


Is it possible to be a Knoxville Patriot and, say, appreciate the need for, say, a national health-care plan that makes it possible for Americans, even those who don't work for large corporations, to afford health care? 


For most of us, federal taxes, which pay for the military, veterans' benefits, road-building projects, and many other programs unquestioned by conservatives, comprise the only bill we pay only once a year, and it's often an uncomfortable day, even for liberals. 


If our medical bills, including prescription costs and insurance premiums, all came due on one particular day of the year, there might be another sort of tea party. 

Comments » 4

  • April 22, 2009
  • 5:33 PM
Greg Barnett writes:

Mr. Neely
This is my brief reply to your comments on our meager press release.
"for citizens to express their opposition to wasteful government spending and the rapid rise of big government." (Somehow we suspect they're exempting all major invasions of recent years.)
No we are not exempting “all major invasions”. The quote clearly states wasteful government and the rapid rise of big government. There is nothing between the lines.
“Is it possible to be a Knoxville Patriot and, say, appreciate the need for, say, a national health-care plan that makes it possible for Americans, even those who don't work for large corporations, to afford health care? “
Answer: NO. Please show me a plan that will work. Obviously, you are not a healthcare professional.
“For most of us, federal taxes, which pay for the military, veterans' benefits, road-building projects, and many other programs unquestioned by conservatives, comprise the only bill we pay only once a year, and it's often an uncomfortable day, even for liberals.

If our medical bills, including prescription costs and insurance premiums, all came due on one particular day of the year, there might be another sort of tea party. “

I do not know too many average Americans who pay their taxes once per year. If they did, there would certainly be a revolt on taxes. The reason taxes are taken out of payroll, is to avoid this very issue. In reality, the majority of Americans pay no net federal income taxes.

You are more than welcome to attend a meeting of The Knoxville Patriots.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Knoxville-Patriots/

Greg Barnett
Organizer
The Knoxville Patriots

  • April 22, 2009
  • 5:34 PM
Greg Barnett writes:

Mr. Neely
This is my brief reply to your comments on our meager press release.
"for citizens to express their opposition to wasteful government spending and the rapid rise of big government." (Somehow we suspect they're exempting all major invasions of recent years.)
No we are not exempting “all major invasions”. The quote clearly states wasteful government and the rapid rise of big government. There is nothing between the lines.
“Is it possible to be a Knoxville Patriot and, say, appreciate the need for, say, a national health-care plan that makes it possible for Americans, even those who don't work for large corporations, to afford health care? “
Answer: NO. Please show me a plan that will work. Obviously, you are not a healthcare professional.
“For most of us, federal taxes, which pay for the military, veterans' benefits, road-building projects, and many other programs unquestioned by conservatives, comprise the only bill we pay only once a year, and it's often an uncomfortable day, even for liberals.

If our medical bills, including prescription costs and insurance premiums, all came due on one particular day of the year, there might be another sort of tea party. “

I do not know too many average Americans who pay their taxes once per year. If they did, there would certainly be a revolt on taxes. The reason taxes are taken out of payroll, is to avoid this very issue. In reality, the majority of Americans pay no net federal income taxes.

You are more than welcome to attend a meeting of The Knoxville Patriots.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Knoxville-Patriots/

Greg Barnett
Organizer
The Knoxville Patriots

  • April 23, 2009
  • 2:58 PM
Scott Ballinger writes:

You were kind enough to include the date, time, and location of the Knoxville Tea Party - but that's about the only thing you got right. The press release was actually about the Knoxville Patriots.

The press release didn’t say that The Knoxville Patriots “hate” government, big or otherwise. Nor did the press release mention a particular focus on health care or taxation, although these and many other topics should rightly be matters of concern for all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

The US government has expended hundreds of billions of dollars for corporate bailouts. Obama administration initiatives have expanded the reach and scope of the Federal government, and the expectation of government has radically changed as well. From medical records to mortgage guarantees to automobile warranties, the Federal government is poised for an unprecedented level of involvement in the day-to-day lives of individual Americans. The Knoxville Patriots object to wasteful government spending and the recent explosive government expansion.

We have not forgotten the wars which you attempt to characterize as wasteful government spending and refer to as "major invasions of recent years". Wars fought on your behalf and ours by the brave men and women of our armed forces. While they paid a great personal price in blood and treasure, the financial cost of these wars is dwarfed by the multiple trillions of dollars in current costs and future debt the Obama administration and the Obama congress have imposed on us all.

You seem to have an ideological objection to grassroots opposition to this government. Or perhaps yours is a contrarian's view. You simply may not be a “joiner”. You seemed to infer a bit of prejudice with your remark about whether one could be a Knoxville Patriot and "appreciate... a national health-care plan". While it is worth noting that more foreigners come here for health care, than Americans leave here to go to Canada or Cuba to receive health care, the press release did not promote a particular view of health care. In fact, to imply that we are motivated by a single issue like taxation or health care, is to compare us unfavorably to monoliths like NARAL, NOW, Planned Parenthood or MoveOn.org.

Among other things, The Knoxville Patriots embrace and support God, family, limited government, sound fiscal and economic policies, taxation with representation, strong national defense, freedom from illegal search and seizure, redress of grievances, transparency in government, freedom of association, free speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, a coherent foreign policy, state sovereignty, the sovereignty of the United States.

Was it really the press release that bothered you?

Respectfully,
Scott Ballinger
Strawberry Plains, TN

  • April 23, 2009
  • 2:58 PM
Scott Ballinger writes:

You were kind enough to include the date, time, and location of the Knoxville Tea Party - but that's about the only thing you got right. The press release was actually about the Knoxville Patriots.

The press release didn’t say that The Knoxville Patriots “hate” government, big or otherwise. Nor did the press release mention a particular focus on health care or taxation, although these and many other topics should rightly be matters of concern for all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

The US government has expended hundreds of billions of dollars for corporate bailouts. Obama administration initiatives have expanded the reach and scope of the Federal government, and the expectation of government has radically changed as well. From medical records to mortgage guarantees to automobile warranties, the Federal government is poised for an unprecedented level of involvement in the day-to-day lives of individual Americans. The Knoxville Patriots object to wasteful government spending and the recent explosive government expansion.

We have not forgotten the wars which you attempt to characterize as wasteful government spending and refer to as "major invasions of recent years". Wars fought on your behalf and ours by the brave men and women of our armed forces. While they paid a great personal price in blood and treasure, the financial cost of these wars is dwarfed by the multiple trillions of dollars in current costs and future debt the Obama administration and the Obama congress have imposed on us all.

You seem to have an ideological objection to grassroots opposition to this government. Or perhaps yours is a contrarian's view. You simply may not be a “joiner”. You seemed to infer a bit of prejudice with your remark about whether one could be a Knoxville Patriot and "appreciate... a national health-care plan". While it is worth noting that more foreigners come here for health care, than Americans leave here to go to Canada or Cuba to receive health care, the press release did not promote a particular view of health care. In fact, to imply that we are motivated by a single issue like taxation or health care, is to compare us unfavorably to monoliths like NARAL, NOW, Planned Parenthood or MoveOn.org.

Among other things, The Knoxville Patriots embrace and support God, family, limited government, sound fiscal and economic policies, taxation with representation, strong national defense, freedom from illegal search and seizure, redress of grievances, transparency in government, freedom of association, free speech, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, a coherent foreign policy, state sovereignty, the sovereignty of the United States.

Was it really the press release that bothered you?

Respectfully,
Scott Ballinger
Strawberry Plains, TN

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