“Carthago delenda est”, or “Delenda est Carthago” (English: “Carthage must be destroyed”), is a Latin oratorical phrase. Originating in the Roman Republic in the 2nd century BC prior to the Third Punic War against Carthage, by the party advocating destruction of Rome’s ancient rival Carthage, which was thought to be rebuilding its capacity for further warfare. The phrase is associated with the Roman senator Cato the Elder, who is said to have used it as the conclusion to all his speeches.  WikiPedia

Socialism has again begun to attract followers here in the United States of America.  Less than three decades after the Red Hammer & Sickle flag of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was lowered for the last time, a Socialist that honeymooned their received 13.2 million votes in the (D) presidential primary.  While the citizens of the nation with the largest reserves of oil are reduced to slaughtering race horses for food by their Socialist masters.  A Socialist is the new hotness in a New York congress race.  Indeed Socialism has again begun to attract followers here even if they have to lie about how many.

This is a discouraging development as a nation political party embraces a political philosophy that is antithetical to the founding principles of our Republic.  At the same time it is an opportunity for us recommit to the principles of our founding and to discredit that hoary ideology once again.  We can do this by imitating Cato the Elder, we must patiently and politely, but persistently ask our politicians what they have the done to refute the arguments of Socialism.

It should be a given that the arguments of  Socialism should be repudiated.  “What have you done to refute the arguments of Socialism?”  It should be a given that it is the job of our political leaders to stand up for our Constitution and argue against Socialism.  “What have you done to refute the arguments of Socialism?”   At any event, on social media, in letters to the editor of the local paper;  “What have you done to refute the arguments of Socialism?”  Focus on their actions, ask them to live up to their oath.

If they want to have a debate about Socialism, let us be certain that we are ready for it.  We have all that is required to win.  My only concern is that too many of us think the evils of Socialism are too obvious to justify our concerted effort.  If we don’t show Socialism for the hateful violent failure it is, who will?  Every generation must work to protect Liberty from Tyranny. This is thew work we must do.  Now is the time we must do it.

 Popularis Socialismi delenda est !!

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
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The Worcester Tea Party is most famous for hosting Educational Events where we discuss topics of public interest. Most have been free due to the generosity of our members, but occasionally there must be a charge to cover expenses. Over the years we have heard from many famous people: Mark Fisher, Evan Falchuk, Professor Maurice Cunningham and Ed Lyons. We arranged to have Professor Charles Murray speak at Harvard University. For that event we partnered with the Greater Boston Tea Party, and the Harvard chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. I am very proud of that event as Prof Murray spoke without incident to a crowd of college students and Tea Party stalwarts.

The Worcester Tea Party, working with Camp Constitution and The Meat And Potatoes Show welcome Lord Monckton to talk to us about The Myth of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Lord Monckton is the internationally famous critic of the Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria. He will share his knowledge of the topic and his experiences as a target of the loonie lefts in his own entertaining style. This will be the hottest of topics in politics as the left use it to justify stealing more of your rights and their lust for power. It will not end with bans on plastic shopping bags and drinking straws.

This educational event takes place at Peppercorns Restaurant 455 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01610 Thursday, Aug 9th, 2018 doors open at 7:00 PM. There is a full dinner buffet, and drinks will be available from the cash bar. Cost is $25.00 per person and seating is limited to 60 people. Cash and credit card payment will be accepted at the door.  Reserve now as seats are filling up.

To reserve your seat, or you have any questions about this event, or any questions about the Worcester Tea Party in general, please contact me by email at: matt@worcesterteaparty.com

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Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.

– Sun Tzu The Art of War

The Worcester Tea Party is constituted as a non-profit educational organization; our structure is modeled on the collegiate system. This is not to say that we spend our time drinking Sam Adams Boston Lager and arguing with each other in the Faculty Lounge. Our calling requires we reach out to people and help them understand why our Republic is great and why socialism isn’t great. The former is easier than the latter, but both present challenges.

A tactic that has been of some effect has been writing letters to the editor of you local newspaper. A short and civil letter that gets publish enhances the reputation of the person writing it and the organization they represent. A good letter is well under the word limit and focuses on one single issue or topic. The best letters include a call to action. I would encourage that you do not attack a person as such negativity turns off people in the persuadable middle. It is those people that we need to appeal to most. You should remember that few people want to be involved in politics and fewer wish to spend their time with political fanatics.

The Worcester Tea Party can support your effort by proof reading a draft of your letter. Just e-mail them to wtp@worcesterteaparty.com and our experienced letter writes will reply with suggestions on improving your submission. If you have mastered the letter writing craft we will invite you to join our letter writing team. Any of us can write a letter and together we can write the letters that will save our Republic. Thank you for all that you do in the cause of Liberty.

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Writing for Pete’s blog allows me the opportunity to speak to a nationwide and perhaps international audience. While it’s not uncommon for me to have a choir to preach to, I feel I have to up my game a little and speak not about local taxes issues or individual corrupt politicians or odious ordinances, but I have to speak to things that are of national merit. One thing I have learned and can share with you is that the virtue of courage is required for all effective political action.

Courage is a requirement for leadership, if you cannot stand up and motivate yourself to do what needs to be done even in the face of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, frankly it won’t get done. People respond to courage and courage is contagious. When they see you being courageous they instinctively want to be on the side of that person, they want to be courageous too. So courage is the most important of all political of all virtues in politics.

With courage being so important we must figure out how to grow our own courage and how to transmit it to other people, we must expand it in every possible way. It seems to me that courage is like a muscle the more you use it the more of it you gain. It also seems that courage is the opposite of bullying; if you develop a habit of bullying people you lose your courage. Using social media to confront politicians and policy makers with truths they would like to ignore grows your courage. Posting ad hominem attacks on anonymous trolls decreases your courage.

It is not enough to be courageous by yourself you must enlist others friends Neighbors in your courageous action because courage is action. Sometimes it’s easier to be courageous in a group often the opposite is true groups make cowards of us. The important thing is to surround yourself with courageous people.  I gain most of my courage from the patriotic members of the Worcester Tea Party.

Here’s a little exercise you can try, are you courageous enough to listen to someone you disagree with and not lose your patience with them? Are you courageous enough to go to a meeting supporting a proposition you oppose stand up and speak out against it in a room full of people that you know will despise you for that? These are things that take real courage and these are the things that need doing today more than ever.

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Matt O’Brien
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Today we celebrate the birth of our nation and our own independence at a time when the enemies of both are feverishly active in our republic.  For 242 years our nation has been a beacon lighting the way for all the peoples of this blue planet.  The appearance of our republic has been imitated, but its substance has never duplicated.  Many nation have constitutions, most aren’t worth the parchment they are written on.  Only one other nation holds that its peoples happiness is an important goal.  That is just an obvious difference that you can share with children before tonight’s fireworks.

The core of our republic is that from its founding the primary focus has been on the individual, most other nations focus on groups and group interests.  When our republic has been at its best we have stood up for the individual, when we have been at our worst we have treated people only as a member of a group.   Our crowning achievement is that we welcome new members into our republic and advance together better than any other any other group on earth. That is the “how” of Americas greatness.  The “why” goes back to the pursuit of happiness.

Happiness is an intensely personal concept and a mercurial goal.  We have it as a foundation of our republic.  This more than anything else has inspired people to come here and be a part of the grand experiment.  The pursuit of  happiness is at the same time selfish and noble.  The pursuit of happiness motivates people to try new things and create what has only been dreamed of  before.   The pursuit of happiness brought us to the moon.  It is the power that energizes our economy.  It is what keeps us together, and it can make us move apart.

Since individuals are the focus of our republic, it is true that only individuals can be its saviors.  But it take an individual able to bare up under the burden of that individuality.

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about
to preserve their reputation and social standing,
never can bring about a reform.  Those who are really
in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing
in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately,
in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised
and persecuted ideas and their advocates,
and bear the consequences…”

– Susan B Anthony​​​​​​​ (1820-1906)

As many times before our republic needs men and women to express the individuality and pursue happiness to defend our republic.  It can’t be done by people that have given up on being happy, but by those that are actively pursuing happiness because they want more.  It doesn’t take 51% of us, but just a few people.  I have ever confidence that there are more than enough of us here now.  Here and there stepping up when it is easier to step back.  Easy isn’t happy.   Which is why easy isn’t in our founding documents or our national character.

Happy Independence Day to all of you, and every one you love, and all Americans everywhere!

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”


George Bernard Shaw

The Worcester Tea Party (WTP) is the organization of unreasonable men and women; you have to be unreasonable to advocate small government in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 9 years. In that time we have learned many lessons of political hard ball. “Politics ain’t beanbag…” Mr. Dooley told us more than 100 years ago, and it seems to be getting worse today.

Much of what the WTP does is holding educational events were we discuss topics of public interest. Most have been free due to the generosity of our members, but occasionally there is a charge to cover expenses. We are proud of our events and publish videos of them.

We of the WTP believe that any community (City, State, or Country) can’t move forward if acrimony is their focus. To work out solutions to the challenges that face our communities we need discussions that require civility. We are determined to host such conversations. Last year several community leaders in Worcester called for civility with the “One Worcester Pledge”.  Members of that group said they are joining together to express their “deep concern about the state of civic and political affairs in our city.” We are seeking to bring as many of these people together as is practical. We will also be reaching out to those that did not sign the pledge as well. We can provide a speaker, Rev. Massey Campos who can speak about civility and respect.  But we have yet to secure the appropriate venue for this event. We have penciled in the evening July 20th as the date but we can be flexible. I will keep you informed as this progress.

On August 9th the Worcester Tea Party, will welcome Lord Monckton to Worcester to talk to us about the myth of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Peppercorns Restaurant will provide a full Buffet and a cash bar. Doors open at 7:00 PM. This is a LIMITED seating event. 60 people MAX! A donation of $25.00 will be required so get in early and reserve your seat.

I am, sure that it must seem unreasonable to attempt these two events. It was also unreasonable to bring the South back into the Union or stand up to Communist aggression for decades. Our Republic is great because unreasonable people have done exceptional things to advance the cause of Liberty. Thank you for all that you do for the cause of Liberty.

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Matt O’Brien
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The work of the Worcester Tea Party is being the sensible alternative to the scroungy schemes put forth by the Loony Leftists.  We do this through education and by drawing attention to the issues and challenges facing our Commonwealth (Massachusetts).  This may seem parochial, but if you remember it was the alleged success of Romney Care, that got us the Odious Obama Care that continues to afflict our Republic as a whole.  If we don’t fight them here, you most assuredly will fight them where you are.

Therefore Worcester Tea Party continues our opposition to the cynically named “Fair Share Amendment” which seeks to change our state’s Constitution to allow a surtax of 80% on incomes of one million or more. This ludicrous tax scheme that has been tried and failed in Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut. If enacted here it will cause businesses and jobs to flee our Commonwealth. It should be called the Mass Exodus Tax!

To bring our message to the patriots of western MA we are proudly partnering with Steve Tougas in sponsoring the fantastic Jordan Page in Concert.  Jordan will be rocking the house with his own hit songs, and brilliant cover remixes. Don’t miss this chance to see liberty rocker, Jordan Page, LIVE IN CONCERT, right here in Massachusetts! This special benefit event will kick off this year’s big 5th Annual Flag Day Second Amendment Rally.  Admittance to the concert is ONLY $20 at the door!  So its worth the drive from anywhere.  At this concert we will be distributing our new MA Exodus Tax Bumpah Stickah’s. Get them while they last and spread the truth to our truth starved neighbors.

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Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

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Everywhere you look in the media the headlines are full of it. Incivility Reigns! Bullying! Cyber bullying! Mean Girls Rule! All there on the front page, all there on the splash, all there waiting for you to click on to see who said what about whom. Never mind if any of its true, never mind for any of it matters to anything more than some imagine scorecard written in some media office pool. But we’re constantly berated, and constantly told that we’ve allowed incivility to overwhelm our Republic. We elected President Trump and created the Republic of Hate, all incivility for everyone all the time.

The only problem is it’s not true.

Every book on etiquette I have ever seen has had some version of the phrase; the social norms today are much looser than they were in our parents’ time. This is way of saying all the social norms are out the window, and the world is going to hell in a hand basket. This is also a common refrain when people talk about civility. I find this kind of incredible, but of course completely credible because so few people understand our history.

We are in a golden age of Civility, even though we are also at an all-time high for the use of  George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say. It was not that long ago that mob violence common occurrence in our country. Levels of incivility in our nation are on the decline people actually get along a lot better. There is a lot more Harmony than people give credit to because “War Imminent” headlines sell more newspapers than “Peace Breaks Out.”

It is up to all of us to do our little bit to spread Civility and to not make incivility profitable. Don’t get me wrong I’m not thinking being civil is easy, and frankly I’ve had my own lapses. But if we remember our history, we will see what happens when we allow those dogs to get off the leash. Incivility is detrimental to our beliefs about who we are and who we want to be. Practicing Civics with Civility is the main way that each of us can do our share to create that more perfect union.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in the process of reacquiring the nickname TAX-achusetts.  The Loony Left has come up with a ballot question they have cynically named the “Fair Share Amendment.” This proposed change our state’s Constitution would allow a surtax of 80% on incomes of one million or more. Further language in the amendment ear marks the additional funds be spent on public education, roads and bridges, and public transportation.  This is the same graduated income tax that has been rejected by the voters many times before.

The Worcester Tea Party opposes this cynical tax scheme that will drive productive businesses and families from our state.  We have created an online petition opposing the “Fair Share Amendment” ballot question.

Here is the link to the petition, please sign it and share it on social media.

We will demonstrating against the “Fair Share Amendment” before the start of the GOP State Convention on Saturday April 28th at the DCU Center 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608.  We are calling on Governor Baker to make opposition to the “Fair Share Amendment” ballot question part of his reelection campaign.  With enough signatures we hope to stop the “Fair Share Amendment” before it ruins our economy.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

While the Federal Government and the press seems to have forgotten about the targeting of the tea party by the IRS The Worcester Tea Party has not.

On Monday March 14th from Noon to 1 PM at the Worcester common on front street, Day 1040 of the IRS scandal they will be holding a standout demanding answers. As their email puts it:

Worcester Tea Party stands out at Worcester Common to ask the IRS why no one has been held accountable since 2014 on the tax status targeting of Tea Party groups.

Former head of the IRS Lois Lerner, who pled the fifth, now enjoys a cushy retirement after unfairly and unlawfully denying lawful tax status to groups with whom she and this administration are politically opposed.

Alas I can’t attend but if you are interested you can email Matt O’Brien the president of the Worcester tea party here

This is , in my opinion, the most important factor in the upcoming election. It’s very clear that this administration is not going to punish anyone for this and I guarantee you that if the next president is Hillary Clinton not only will nobody punished but do you really believe that given the power of the white house behind her a president Hillary Clinton will not do the same?

And once that’s finally established as the norm it is forever.

If you do, then frankly you DESERVE a President Hillary.