Tea Parties Sweep the Country
To almost every American, April 15th represents one thing: the dreaded “Tax Day.” It is the day taxpayers realize just how much of their paycheck is lost forever to the government. The day we double check our math and wait in long lines at the post office, seeing to it that our returns are properly postmarked to avoid penalties (assuming, of course, we aren’t members of the Obama administration).
But this year, April 15th has a different significance for Americans who aren’t happy with the way their tax dollars are being spent. This year, those Americans will take to city streets, county courthouses, and state capitol buildings to peacefully protest President Obama’s poor handling of the economy and Congress’ misuse of our tax dollars.
They call the protests “Tea Parties,” a throwback to the 1773 Boston Tea Party (in case you haven’t set foot in a history class in a while, the Boston Tea Party occurred when unhappy Americans decided to rebel against British colonial taxation and is usually considered an important step towards our independence). The idea began in February when CNBC’s Rick Santelli stood on the floor of Chicago’s Board of Trade and called for Americans to fight back against the government bailouts. By February 27th, citizens across the country had organized large gatherings of hundreds and in some locations, thousands of protesters. But that would only be the beginning.
Planning for the “Tax Day Tea Parties” on April 15th began immediately and word began to spread across the internet. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and thousands of bloggers were buzzing about the event for weeks. “Are you going to the [insert almost any city here] Tea Party?” has become as common a greeting amongst conservatives online as “how are you?” But it’s not just an event for the computer-savvy; as a matter of fact, just today, a neighbor told me she and her husband would be attending a Tea Party. People are buying and selling merchandise, writing songs and posting videos on YouTube, and preparing signs, all with “Tea Party” themes. Celebrities and media personalities are taking notice and getting involved from coast to coast: from Fox News’ Sean Hannity and country singer, John Rich, in Atlanta to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, conservative pundit and blogger, Michelle Malkin, and singer, Lloyd Marcus, in Sacramento. Even businesses such as the Portsmouth Tea Company are supporting the idea!
Republicans and conservatives were criticized for being apathetic during the 2008 election. They were critized for not knowing how to properly utilize the internet to deliver a message. If the Tax Day Tea Parties turn out to be anything like they’re expected to be, critics of the GOP’s grass roots will be forced to eat their words.
There are several Tea Parties happening in every one of the 50 states! Want to make your voice heard but not sure where to go? Visit: Tax Day Tea Party for up-to-date information on almost every Tea Party in the country!