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Wolfeboro holds a tax day Tea Party

PATRIOT PASTOR Garrett Lear declares, “There is no other king, but King Jesus!” to a crowd assembled at the Wolfeboro Town Docks on April 15 for the Wolfeboro Tea Party organized by local Republicans to protest government spending. ELISSA PAQUETTE. (click for larger version)
March 04, 2009
WOLFEBORO — On a day when Americans all over the country were sealing the envelopes on their tax returns, protesters were gathering in village greens across the country to protest government spending. The nationally organized tea parties, bringing to mind the American Revolution against King George and the cry of taxation without representation, were promoted by FreedomWorks, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas.

Here in Wolfeboro, according to Linda Da Bica, a delegate to the New Hampshire Republican Party, the event came together at her kitchen table. She credits her friends Barbara Narramore, a fellow delegate to the state Republican Party organization, and Beverly Bruce with getting the event rolling in Wolfeboro.

A crowd filled the parking area and lined the docks along Wolfeboro Bay by 8 a.m. on April 15, a sunny spring day. Some protestors carried printed signs with slogans such as "Born Free, Taxed to Death," "Give Me Liberty, Not Debt," "I'll pay for my house, You pay for yours" and "Stimulate Business, Not Government."

Carroll County Republican chair Luke Freudenberg, outfitted in clothing modeled on that of America's colonial settlers, settled onto the wooden seat in a boat used for reenactments and began rowing out into the picturesque bay. Barbara Narramore's daughter, Maya, sat behind with a small cannon at her back, and a man known as Captain Jones gave directions as the threesome eased out past the docks to set off the cannon.

Narramore, wearing a black tri-corner hat, stood up on a bench to address the crowd. For her, she said, freedom of speech is an important right, and she urged participants to "speak up if there's something you don't like."

Patriot Pastor Garrett Lear of Wakefield, in full regalia, addressed the crowd with readings from the Bible and a message of protest against taxation by the federal government that he said exceeds the boundaries as outlined by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Lear, a full-time minister of the Free New Testament Church in America, travels the country (as his Web site states) "challenging America to be restored to the vision of the Founders as a Constitutional Republic based on Christ and the Bible."

Narramore noted in a phone conversation that the Carroll County Republicans were in attendance, along with the Winnipesaukee Republicans, headed by District 4 State Rep. Chris Ahlgren, and groups from Tuftonboro and North Conway.

Da Bica was pleased with the turnout but says that she would like to broaden participation in events such as Wolfeboro's Tea Party. She is most concerned about government overspending and its consequences in the future. For her, it's not just a Republican issue, but a matter that should concern all Americans.

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