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Glenn Beck: Put that Constitution away! (R.I. Tea Partiers banned for life from 4th of July)
Glenn Beck Radio Show ^ | July 14, 2009 | Glenn Beck

Posted on 07/14/2009 6:14:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

GLENN: Helen Glover is with us from our affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, 920 WHJJ. Helen, tell me about the tea party that happened this July 4th?

CALLER: Good morning, Glenn. Well, you know, the tea party movement's growing across the country and certainly here in Rhode Island, one of the most liberal states in the union, there's really been a real grassroots effort to get this tea party going. One April 15th and another one in June and then we put together a float for the Bristol Fourth of July parade which by the way is the oldest parade in the country. And it was pretty much made clear to the Rhode Island tea party association that they weren't wanted in the parade to begin with and...


CALLER: Well, because apparently we're a subversive group, Glenn. We're on the terror watch list.

GLENN: Hang on, I'm looking at the picture. I'm looking at the picture. This is from the HJJ website. Is that the picture of everybody dressed in colonial clothes that looks like a giant boat?

CALLER: Yeah, it's actually the British slip the beaver that was ransacked by the colonists they Boston tea party in 1773. Now, we were told that we could not dress as Indians. I don't know why because the original colonists dressed as Indians. They said we could not do that. So we said, fine, we'll dress as patriots.

GLENN: Hold it, hold it. Is there a possibility that I mean, let's take a wild guess here on why you couldn't because it would be offensive to Native Americans?

CALLER: Well, I'm sure that was the reason. However, there were other floats with other people in the parade that were dressed as Indians. Some of them are legitimate Native Americans but others were not. But that, you know, the stipulation was only put on our float.


CALLER: Oh, it gets better.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: I asked for a PA system. I said, you know, because let's face it, they are looking for a reason to kick is out of the parade. So let's just have a PA system on the boat and play on the float and pay patriotic music because you can't go wrong with that, right? I thought.

GLENN: Right.

CALLER: Then we were told we couldn't have a PA system on the boat.


CALLER: No reason given, but

GLENN: I'm sure all of the other floats, none of them had a PA system.

CALLER: All of the other floats if they wanted them had them.

GLENN: That's a different parade. I'm sure you are thinking of a different parade.

CALLER: That's right. Well, of course, we were also told we couldn't throw tea bags off the float because that's dangerous. It could put an eye out.

GLENN: Well, if they had knives in the tea bags. They don't know. Maybe you had some of those Chinese death stars.

CALLER: Exactly.

GLENN: They were and you were throwing the tea bags out like that. They didn't know.

CALLER: Even wet a tea bag's not going to cause bodily harm.

GLENN: Hang on just a second because I know that I have been in parades before where you are not supposed to throw out candy because it's dangerous because people run to the street and then they, you know, get hit by a, you know, a giant float.

CALLER: Completely understandable. Completely understandable and that is in the regulation that the tea party, the application that they signed and agreed to those rules, that's fine. We adhere to those rules.

GLENN: Okay. So did anybody else throw things at them?

CALLER: Of course they did. Of course they did. Lollipops off one float, flyers announcing a roller derby schedule. There were flyers to and again I can understand if they don't want somebody soliciting during a parade but there was one dairy that was allowed to hand out information if you want to sign up for home delivery of milk, eggs and the like. Apparently that was okay.

GLENN: What wasn't okay? Did you throw the tea bags at people?

CALLER: No. We didn't know.

GLENN: What was the problem?

CALLER: Glenn, I'm a rule follower and I made that very clear when I got involved with the parade and the float. I said, I don't want to be the reason you are thrown out. I obey the rules. That's just one of those quirks I have. So I said I'm not going to do anything that's against the rules. So we didn't throw anything off that float.

GLENN: And you didn't dress as Indians.

CALLER: I didn't dress as an Indian

GLENN: And you didn't have a sound system.

CALLER: But they gave us a bullhorn. And that was my other fear, Glenn, because I tend to be, kind of like you, I sometimes am not politically correct, especially on my show.

GLENN: Sure.

CALLER: So I said, you know what, maybe the safest thing is for me not to use that bullhorn. So I gave it to a few other people but they really

GLENN: That was a mistake.

CALLER: Well, they thought maybe reading some quotes from the founding fathers. But, you know, you are going along a parade route with a bullhorn. That's not the same as a PA system. You are not going to be able to understand, you know, something that Ben Franklin said that's maybe a couple of sentences long. So I thought, okay, maybe simply reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" keeping out the subversive line one nation under God. And I thought, you know what, I'm just going to stick to real quick bullet points. You are going by in a parade, people only have a couple of seconds to absorb something. So I said something that came from the house of parliament when one of the British politicians said, "Quite frankly, sir, you've run out of our money." I thought that's a good one, no more taxes, we've been taxed enough, hold your elected officials to a higher standard, make them accountable. That was the kind of stuff I said.

GLENN: This is crazy. Stu, crazy. I mean, Helen is crazy.

CALLER: Radical stuff.

PAT: Crazy talk.

GLENN: How are you not in handcuffs?

CALLER: Well, strange as it seems when I found out we were kicked out of the parade the first thing I said was oh, no. And Marina Peterson who was the first one who got the call on this was told it wasn't because of something I said which I'm relieved at although, you know, I can stand behind anything I said. I made sure it was not political. We were thrown out of the parade because a gentleman who was not on the float, by the way, had been walking up and down the parade route for about an hour and a half with his 10 year old, 11 year old son handing out little pocket you've probably seen them, little pocket guide of the Constitution Bill of Rights.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh!


GLENN: What, are you crazy? That thing is so ancient and distorted. I mean, it was an updated version of the Constitution, wasn't it? It wasn't like I didn't include, like, the preamble and all the other stuff.

CALLER: No, unfortunately it was the whole shebang, the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

GLENN: Oh, jeez.

STU: That's extremism. Do we have a warrantless wiretap?

GLENN: Hold on just a second. Are we tracing the call? We are tracing the call? Just stay on the line with me. Just talk to me. So what else is happening?

CALLER: I think the Secret Service are at the door right now.

GLENN: So they kicked you out because you were handing out the Constitution.

CALLER: I believe, Glenn, the words were, "Don't even bother wasting the stamp for an application next year. You are..." and not just kicked out, Glenn. We are banned for life. It's like double secret probation in Animal House. We are banned.

GLENN: The oldest parade in the country.

CALLER: You got it.

GLENN: For the Fourth of July.

CALLER: Banned for life.

GLENN: You are banned for life.


GLENN: For handing out... the Fourth of July parade... the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

CALLER: Yeah. They said...

GLENN: What is the name of the organization that does this little parade?

CALLER: It is the Bristol Fourth of July parade committee. And believe me, that is a group that you know what, that is ironclad. Apparently they can make law, enforce it and you have no recourse.

GLENN: Stu, could you get a hold of the I tell you what..

CALLER: Good luck.

GLENN: Have one of the producers at Fox get a hold of them and let them know that we would love to hear the explanation of this.

CALLER: Yeah, good luck. Good luck.

GLENN: Oh, no, no, no. Make sure they know if they don't appear on the show, somebody will appear for them.

CALLER: (Laughing).

GLENN: Can you do that?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: And report back to me tomorrow. Hopefully they can find it in their schedule in the next couple of days. Helen, thank you for bringing this to our attention. You stay in touch with me and I'll let you know. I'll let you know because we'll open up the show at any time they can be on to tell us because they must have had a good excuse.

CALLER: Oh, absolutely, yes.

GLENN: And I'm sure America would love to hear it and I sure would because I can't trust you, Helen.

CALLER: Oh, no.

GLENN: You are a crazy woman.

CALLER: Absolutely.

GLENN: You were dressed up in colonial garb on a big boat in a Fourth of July parade, you know. Next thing you know, you'll be dressing up like an Indian. We can't trust you. So we'll get a hold of the parade people and we'll keep you up to speed on this.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: 4thofjuly; beck; conservatism; constitution; donttreadonme; fascism; glennbeck; independenceday; liberalfascism; lping; talkradio; taxes; teaparties; teaparty; teapartyexpress
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Up is down, black is white, cold is hot ... we have always been at war with Eastasia!
1 posted on 07/14/2009 6:14:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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Our government like that of the UK is out to destroy civilization as we know it.

2 posted on 07/14/2009 6:15:45 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We need a telephone number for these people. A few million Americans can call them with their thoughts.

3 posted on 07/14/2009 6:17:08 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, and some animals are more equal than others.

4 posted on 07/14/2009 6:17:10 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...

Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!
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5 posted on 07/14/2009 6:22:10 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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I hope there is an update ..;.

6 posted on 07/14/2009 6:23:14 PM PDT by gondramB
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Here's their website: /

They removed the photos of the parade from the website except for the one on their title page.

7 posted on 07/14/2009 6:23:18 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (
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Next year they can appear in Redcoats and play “The World Turned Upside-Down” through the PA.
8 posted on 07/14/2009 6:23:18 PM PDT by dersepp (Orwell Was An Optimist)
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To: gondramB

Here are the decision makers for 2009.


On September, 2007 the Bristol Fourth of July Committe held elections for the 2008/2009 Committee Officers, listed below are the officers:

David A. Burns
General Chairman

Judy Squires

Dudley Hallagan

Gina M. Moreira
Recording Secretary

Patty Squatrito
Corresponding Secretary

If you would like to join the Committee either as a Full Member, Associate Member (Resident), Associate Member (Non-Resident) or to simply Volunteer, fill out the application and send it to:
Bristol Fourth of July Committee
Attn: Membership
P.O. Box 561
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809

Please make sure the application is complete and signed.

9 posted on 07/14/2009 6:23:53 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think this their website

This is the only rule I can see they could stretch to possibly include handing out things during the parade.

>>Soliciting along the parade route is illegal unless a license has been obtained from the Fourth of July Committee. <<

10 posted on 07/14/2009 6:26:22 PM PDT by gondramB
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This is the only rule I can see they could stretch to possibly include handing out things during the parade. >>Soliciting along the parade route is illegal unless a license has been obtained from the Fourth of July Committee. <<

But since the person who was passing out the copies of the Constitution was not a member of their group, it's a very big stretch. (But that's never stopped liberals from crushing people's free speech.)

11 posted on 07/14/2009 6:28:00 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (
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Rhode Island liberal fascism ping

12 posted on 07/14/2009 6:34:13 PM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Tamar1973

Are these folks all trust fund babies or do they have a business linked to their capacity to put food on the table? Just wondering.....

13 posted on 07/14/2009 6:34:17 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who thinks our founding fathers would be putting up with this crap?

14 posted on 07/14/2009 6:45:06 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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So do it anyway just like our Founding Fathers did. If 2 or 3 thousand people show up they wont have enough police to arrest everyone. If you do get arrested ask for a jury trial and you will be let off. The second amendment was just for this very reason, to protect us from our own government. What would happen if 3000 all showed up armed? Maybe it’s time.

15 posted on 07/14/2009 6:45:31 PM PDT by fish hawk (Lord, help us to attain knowledge and the wisdom to apply it toward your ultimate will.)
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I went ahead and fired off an email to “Judy”. Here is the context.


I am sorry to hear that your organization has been dragged through the mud by that shyster Glenn Beck.

I wish there were more parade organizers such as yourself. We need to rid this country of the horrible red white and blue flag. Our founding documents should be shredded and burned. Who ever thought of founding a country based on freedom or self reliance. We all know that the people need government to help them along. Only bright minds and unselfish people strive for political greatness on the democratic side. The Republicans only stand for greed and self gratification.

I hope that in the future you are more effective in stamping out this horrible uprising of self reliant freedom loving fools.

Have a great day.


16 posted on 07/14/2009 6:52:19 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Your Socialist Beat our Liberal)
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To: Tamar1973

Yep looks like they scrubbed it any incriminating photos of Indians and people throwing stuff off the floats and pa systems.

17 posted on 07/14/2009 6:56:49 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s time to start suing over stuff like this. Better that, than having to shoot down the road.

18 posted on 07/14/2009 7:08:49 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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I wish I had confidence that people would get off in a jury trial.

19 posted on 07/14/2009 7:09:47 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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Could you have ever imagined a time when handing out copies of the US Constitution would get you banned for life from participating in a 4th of July parade? That parade committee needs to be replaced imediately for embarassing the town in front of the American people!

20 posted on 07/14/2009 7:27:15 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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