AZ Tea Party- Fair Noblemen Onto St. Crispin’s Day

By Gayle Plato

In the face of powerful men, grabbing us in fixed stares, we can get off message- become timid. The entire nation rises up but in small ripples on little ponds. The wave of discontent is not a tsunami; grassroot protests flow on to erode injustice, one piece of grit at a time.

Everyone runs to the party, drippy tea bag in hand, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged underarm, trying to ferret out reality from talking points. Noble savages remember one thing: There are no Cliff Notes for Liberty. Thoughtful reflection seeds all clever strategy.

Rand wrote of John Galt because she questioned collectivism and loss of the individual. Has the revelation become reality? It’s hard to say. But the greatest thing you have, your number one tool when going into a battle, is your mind. Your brains are your quiver, with arrows of truth to help you see. Question Authority.

Valor and freedom rest in endless review and dissection of talking points. Look between the lines; listen to what the men of power do not say. You see Rand and Galt, but I say onto Agincourt with Fair Harry, King Henry V, of Shakespeare and the battle of St. Crispin’s Day. 

Angincourt was a real battle, fought over rights to land, taxation issues, and years of dispute.  It was already of legend in the time of William Shakespeare.  Henry was young, vastly outnumbered, and his men, sick, weak.  They were the underdog of discontent, strapped, cornered.  Yet, they did not give up.  It is said that in truth of history, Henry V gave a rousing speech, of which Shakespeare dramatically wrote. In my mind and many others, the greatest piece of writing, drama, and historical perspective all rolled into one.  We, fair citizens for freedom, can also rally.  Onto Agincourt! 

Please see the best redition of the great Kenneth Branagh as Henry V-

St. Crispin\’s Day

more on the great battle:


Wednesday, April 15, 2009 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Where:Arizona State Capitol, Senate Lawn
Who: The AZ chapter of American for Prosperity
-Allied pro-taxpayer organizations
-Hundreds of taxpayer activists from around the state
-Arizona’s best legislators

Please let the organizers know you will attend by sending an email to


  1. It’s always inspiring to hear Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech.

    But I wonder about John Galts today. Could one say the AIG executives getting their bonuses are John Galts? They are getting what they earned through their individual initiative — yes, in service to a corporation, but one that was aimed at maximizing profits? Are they all not celebrating Rand’s self-interest? Aren’t calls for them to give back their bonuses “for the greater good” inimical to the philosophy of “Atlas Shrugged”?

    For that matter, wouldn’t Rand argue that the illegal immigrants, maximizing their self-interest, all John Galts? Yes, they are breaking regulations, but wasn’t Rand someone who believed that these regulations made for the general good are inferior to the much more valuable and noble virtue of one man’s (or woman’s) self-interest?

  2. By the way, Henry V raised taxes constantly during his reign. According to a history website at the University of Wisconsin:

    “Henry V also had largely cordial relations with his parliaments, which were summoned eleven times during his short reign. Initially, they willingly granted him taxes. These included the customs duties of “tonnage and poundage” – a levy on wool, wine, hides, and other commodities – given to cover maritime defense. After Agincourt, they granted Henry these customs duties for life.

    From 1420, Parliament grew more reluctant to vote the king money as the Treaty of Troyes suggested that the King’s new French provinces should finance the costs of war and pacification.

    Henry also financed his activities by regularly asking wealthy and important subjects for tax-free loans. At first these were readily forthcoming – like today’s party political contributions, they ensured access to power and policy-making. Later in Henry’s reign, the supply began to dry up and signs of resentment began to appear. However, Henry died before discontent reached serious proportions.”

  3. Remember what you just said- Henry raised taxes for specific reasons of state-protection via defense. There has not been much disagreement from most conservatives for the need of a military and infrastructure based on societal need (highways, federal currency, etc.)

    There is a HUGE difference between raising funds to create a society and to maintain it’s NEEDs. Earmarks and pork barreling, or criminal bail-outs and money laundering with no reprentation or public review at all are not examples of useful, raising of capital. That is NOT for the common man and is NOT part of vital servicing of the people.
    You point fails as you give an all or nothing scenario- never a good way to defend or explain.

  4. “Question Authority.”

    I was in college in the 60s. This was our mantra.

    Conservatives love to hark back to this when liberals are in charge but hate it when anyone dares question them when they are in charge.

    I am question those in charge now – and I will question when your crowd is in charge (oh, they are in charge in Arizona).

    I have lots of 60s blood in my veins.

    I am doing lots of questioning. Just don’t get mad when I question you.

  5. Ron- Can you imagine the bore life would be if we didn’t question each other? I am game! Hey you lived through the 60’s I was born in th 60s–we are of two worlds merging. Thank goodness my generation is still functioning and can pay for yours as it ages.

    I am thinking though that your grandchildren won’t be thrilled with paying for me as I age.

    Political posturing does no good and issues flip sides all the time. If you hauled JFK out into the light- let him talk of economics- you’d think he was a raving Red Stater! It’s a mystery rapped up in an enigma, stuck inside and old burrito I think… hmm 🙂 THX for the comments and passion is never a bad thing as long as respect is it’s bedfellow.

  6. I just wish these people who say they’re “going Galt” would just do it and shut up about.

    Like we’re going to stop them:

    “Oh please! Don’t go! Don’t take all your stupid ideas with you that got us into this mess in the first place! Anything but that!”

    Anyone who says they’re going Galt is a liar. No one’s going Galt. If they had the opportunity to get a government project paid for with stimulus money, they’d take the money as pretty as you please.

    I think half the people who say they’re going Galt would stand on the Capitol steps and sing “The Internationale” if it meant they could keep their business in the US.

  7. I’m going “un-Galt.” I’m going to work twice as hard and make twice as much money. Even after the confiscatory taxation, I will still have more money.

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