Rick Barber's Must-Watch Tea Party Ad: "Gather Your Armies"
Check out the ad above, and be sure to watch all the way through.
"And I would impeach him," Barber, sitting at a table in an empty bar, says as the spot begins. "And if that's not enough - some of your men own taverns. Sam [Adams], you were a brewer, Mr. President, a distiller. You know how tough it is to run a small business without a tyrannical government on your back."
"Today, we have an internal revenue service that enforces what they call a progressive income tax," he continues. "You'll love this. Every year, if not every quarter, we're basically required to spy on ourselves. Report what we earn, who we hire and fire, with an all powerful separate court system. Without representation they could increase taxes, add costly regulations, or perform malicious audits."
According to his website, Barber is a proponent of the so-called "FairTax," which would replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax. The "all powerful separate court system" he refers to appears to be the U.S. Tax Court.
Back to the ad: As the camera shows a Revolutionary War-era pistol resting on the table, and the George Washington character tapping his fingers, Barber goes on to say "that same IRS" is going to "force us to buy health insurance - cram it down our throats, or else."
"Now I took an oath to defend that with my life," Barber continues, jabbing his finger on a copy of the Constitution sitting on the table. "And I can't stand by while these evils are perpetrated."
"You gentlemen revolted over a Tea tax - a Tea Tax!" he says, voice rising as Washington, Adams and Ben Franklin stare intently across at him. "Now look at us."
At this point, the camera zooms in on Washington, his chin resting in his hand in a moment of contemplation. "Are you with me?" Barber asks.
Replies Washington, a look of disgust and anger on his face, speaking slowly and deliberately: "Gather your armies."
Washington's response doesn't seem to make a lot of sense historically, as the Washington Post notes.
"President Washington presided over, and approved, the first tax levied by the federal government -- the 1791 whiskey tax," points out David Weigel. "When the tax met resistance, he approved the assembling of militias to enforce the law and mobilization of agents to collect the revenue."
Earlier this month Barber forced a runoff in the GOP primary, winning about 28 percent of the vote against preferred establishment GOP candidate Martha Roby, who did not get the 50 percent necessary to avoid a July 13th runoff despite outspending Barber 7-1. The Alabama Tea Party express has backed Barber in the runoff. The seat, in a heavily Republican district, is currently held by Democratic Rep. Rep. Bobby Bright.
In an earlier video, Barber railed against Islam and complained that "the Obama administration wants to call 9/11 a man-caused disaster." (Watch above.) He goes on to complain that "Muslims want to build a mosque just two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood."
Barber's ad is the latest in a string of striking ads to come out of Alabama Republicans in the 2010 campaign cycle. Among them: Tim James' "We speak English" spot; Les Philips' forged Obama photo ad; Dale Peterson's angry horse-and-Winchester spot; and the ad from the state teachers union attacking Bradley Byrne for allegedly believing in evolution.
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