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Ovide Lamontagne was the opening speaker at the much-hyped but relatively little-attended (4 Presidential candidiates, 246 or so other people) Concord, NH Tea Party rally.  If you are not from New Hampshire, you probably haven't heard of him yet, although he will be a key power broker during the Presidential Primary: he is a longtime republican activist who almost beat now-Senator Kelly Ayotte in the 2010 primary and who is expected to run for Governor in 2012.

His speech climaxed when he held up a great small pamphlet (the U.S Constitution) with an evil 4052-page book (the Internal Revenue Code.)

Ironically, he didn't buy a copy of the "Complete Internal Revenue Code; Winter 2011" from the publisher.  (The code is in the public domain but a private company compiled the book.)  He borrowed it from a socialist library: a library which doesn't even use God's own Dewey Decimal Code.  This library uses the liberal Library of Congress classification.  If you look closely at the picture, you can even make out the LC# (KF 6278 .U3 2011):

Ovide Lamontagne in Concord

At the end of the speech, Lamontagne tossed the offendingly lengthy tome in a trash can.  If he didn't fish the book out afterwards, he was guilty of destroying library materials, which is a crime in New Hampshire.  Even if he did recover the book, someone vandalized it (also a crime): you can see "4,052 pages" scrawled on the wrapper.  (I have my doubts that this book really is over 4,000 pages long, but maybe it was printed on onion-skin paper.)

Originally posted to TimothyHorrigan on Sat Apr 16, 2011 at 06:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward! and Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.

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