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Monday, September 14, 2009

Monterey Libertarian Leads Tea Party Protest At Health Care Town Hall

Former Libertarian Party Northern Vice Chair Lawrence Samuels led Montery County Tea Party protesters at a town hall meeting on health care convened by Congressman Sam Farr, according to a Sep. 12 article at KCBA.com (Fox 35 in Monterey).  The article said:
Many Monterey Tea Party members showed off their strong messages in the streets. The organizer said the President's recent speech didn't change their views on the health care bill. "To stop Obama care and bring back real reform and health care not government take over," said Lawrence Samuel. [sic]
Samuels was also featured in a TV news report about the event on KION 46.   On camera, Lawrence says: "We don't like the government telling us what to do. We need to have our own freedoms. Let us self-organize, let us do our own health care."

2009-10-02 update:  There has apparently been a rift between conservatives and libertarians in the Monterey County Tea Party.  Their original mission statement was to support smaller government, lower taxes, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  A report from Samuels says that the split was sparked by libertarians favoring the inclusion of Monterey CodePink as a co-sponsor.  CodePink describes itself as "a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect [government] resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities."

Samuels' report concludes: "Our questioning rubbed their noses too deeply in their ignorance.  The Monterey County Tea Party purged libertarians by dissolving the entire organization. That failed to stop us. Libertarians soon formed the Liberty Tea Party, and, to set up a large tent, invited everyone to join a more enlightened Tea Party."

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