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Tea Parties Sweep the Country

April 15, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party

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!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 15, 2009 7:04 am

    Sad – sad – sad… I did not see you protesting when our constitutional rights were being taken away one by one.. I did not hear your voice when we invaded a country pre-emptively.. I did not hear you complain as de-regulations occurred that made this all possible.. So sadly – at a time when American need to come together the radical right has people throwing a tea party.. Obama has not been in office long enough for me to have this violent an opinion of his actions – which is a rational thought.. instead people will rally against something that has not even come out of its infancy – Why not offer solutions, help, ideas – why not work together and not tear apart.. the sad thing.. is that most that will do this have no concept of the complex issues that underlay our current crisis.. Obama is not perfect as no president is, but at least he is trying new things.. What have the right offered.. more tax cuts? We know these have not worked since the time of Regan. What have they suggested? They were the ones that gave the bailout money with no accountability at least the Obama administration has added that. Grow up and get a grip. This reminds me of a bunch of two year olds throwing a temper tantrum. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Guess what side you are on!

  2. April 15, 2009 2:10 pm

    Interesting that you use Anonymous as your name. I guess you really don’t stand for anything.

    Yes, Obama is our new president. In just 3 short months, President Obama has already inflicted so much damage to our economy that our grandchildren will be paying for his and the democrat controlled congress’ wild, unaccounted for spending on pork barrel projects.

  3. randyllewis permalink
    April 15, 2009 2:39 pm

    Its very interesting to see people stand up at last. Although I don’t agree with Obama and the direction he is taking the country. I am not sure McCain could have done much better.

  4. Sheron permalink
    April 15, 2009 2:55 pm

    I don’t agree with most of the changes that are happening. And people do have the right to come to together and voice their displeasure at the way our goverment are running things.

  5. Darcy Mann permalink
    April 15, 2009 3:05 pm

    I am an American, I was raised with parents by a strong hand, good common sense, and the understanding that I am responsible for my actions. I live the “American Dream” with a loving family, nice house, rewarding job, and good cars. I have earned every bit of it, worked every day for it, and I will do everything in my power to preserve it. My government is now undermining the values my parents taught me. I don’t really have to work hard and pay my bills or make sacrifices with the state economy is in. If I make poor choices and let greed for having everything now overtake me, my government will just pay for my mistakes, by passing the cost off to someone else. I believe the answers are with the people of this nation. People need to share their ideas, not blindly try something new. Our businesses and corporations need new leaders with stronger backbones and previsions to stop the internal gluttony that has put them in the state they are in, not a bail out so they can keep their bonuses and parties.

    I am an American and my voice is important, my opinion matters, my county has given this right to me. One voice can be heard, many voices cannot be ignored, and unity for a cause will always make a difference.

  6. Janine permalink
    April 15, 2009 3:14 pm

    One thing that our government has given us is the right to voice our opinions. As an American, I am very proud of this country and what we need to do is stop being complacent. These tea parties are a good step in letting the representatives that we elected know that we are watching – closely.

  7. April 15, 2009 3:45 pm

    Watching the liberals come out of the wood-work last night on Twitter to rant about the Tea-Parties was amazing. From “who is paying for them” to nonsense like the first comment above that calls peaceful opposition to the biggest government spending in the history of the nation the “radical right”.

    The disconnect from reality that most liberal posses truly scares me.

    As I said last night I am tired of hearing patriotic Americas being accused of treason from the same group that thinks George Bush blew up the World Trade Center and Cindy Sheehan is a hero.

    And after eight years of listening to the left whine, in the most vulgar, hate filled, and immature manner imaginable, about every world that came out of our president’s mouth, I am in no mood to keep my opinions to myself on the economic disaster Obama is laying on our country.

    The hypocrisy of the left is very well demonstrated in the first comment above that mocks the idea of tax cuts, while now in the name of “trying something new “, is totally complacent with GIVING these same people HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of bailout money that we as a country don’t even have.

    So yes, when someone is that stupid, and endangering the future of my children, there is no place for “unity”.

  8. Etha Walters permalink
    April 15, 2009 5:45 pm

    While I don’t agree with the tea parties people have a right to protest. I’m keeping the faith in my decision to support Obama. I see that he is doing what JFK did to balance the budget once before and I think given some time his plan will work out for the greater good. One of the big inevitable rules of business is you have to spend money to make money and it is always a risk. I think it is important to remember that we were in debt to begin with and we have to spend more money to fix it. I believe Obama will keep his word to help small businesses and keep the tax weight off of the already struggling middle class. Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better.

  9. April 15, 2009 10:26 pm

    I believe Obama is inflicting so much damage now as a result of his policies and decisions, when and if we recover from this recession, it will be a mild recovery and our future generations will still be paying the price. Hopefully these tea parties will empower citizens and the conservatives in Congress to oppose any additional “stimulus” or “bailout” packages.

  10. Anarcho-capitalist permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:53 pm

    “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. ”

    Actually, the tea-party was started thanks to Ron Paul. See:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/63587.html

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/70264.html

    Wikipedia (moneybomb):

    No fundraising drives for any campaign matched the success of the Fawkes bomb until December 16, when the moneybomb on the Boston Tea Party’s anniversary, organized entirely by online volunteers, raised an amount estimated as $6.0–$6.6 million from 58,407 individual contributors to Paul’s campaign. This broke the November 5 record, as well as the 2004 one-day political fundraising record of John Kerry, indicating it was the largest single-day fundraiser of any kind in U.S. presidential campaign history

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