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Hart’s Patriot Act Doesn’t Pass Muster

State Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, who was KO’d in the GOP primary during his ongoing battle with the IRS and Idaho Tax Commission over $600,000 in unpaid income taxes, remains unbowed. On the morning of the Fourth of July, Hart joined in the reading of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Point in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The event was advertised by the Kootenai County Republicans, who are standing by their man, even as Hart files a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan. Not quite as impressed were two Huckleberries Online blog wags, pseudonymed Ron Burgundy and Eddie Torreal. Ron: “The only document this sunshine patriot should be reading is the receipt indicating he has finally paid his taxes that all the other true patriots in his country have already paid.” Eddie: “I would rather hear him read the penalty section of the IRS code.” Tough crowd/DFO, Huckleberries print. More here.

Question: When did you last read the Declaration of Independence or some other historic U.S. document?

High Noon: Hart To Read Document

The IRS, Idaho Tax Commission and House District 2 voters may have turned against controversial state Rep. Phil Hart. But the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee still has his back. In an email circulated to local Republicans, county GOP secretary Sheila Waller encouraged partisans to join Hart for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Independence Point. Waller told those on her email list that the reading will be complete by 10 a.m., an hour ahead of the Fourth of July Parade on Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. See flyer here. (AP file photo: Ben Gates (actor Nicolas Cage) stealing Declaration of Independence in movie “National Treasure”)

Question: When did you last read the Declaration of Independence?

Hart To Read Declaration Sunday

For those looking for something to do before the 4th of July Parade Sunday morning, you might want to head to Independence Point, where Rep. Phil Hart will be reading the Declaration of Independence at 9:30. A Berry Picker hijacked this e-mail from an unabashed fan of the controversial legislator who’s up to his arm pits in IRS and Idaho Tax Commission alligators as a result of overdue income taxes: “Come celebrate the Declaration of Independence on its birthday, July 4thIt will be read by one of Idaho’s greatest patriots, Representative Phil Hart. This will be a great gathering of friends for liberty to remember why we, just as our forefathers found ourselves needing to fight back against tyranny and regain our independence and freedom!” 

Question: Do you plan to be there? ;-)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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