Boston Tea Party 2009

I like this theme, can we mobilize enough people to stop this madness? Can we make enough noise to keep the mainstream media from talking down our efforts? Could we start a new 'Sons of Liberty Movement'?


'Tea Party' Protests Spread Nationwide; Will They Keep Growing Or Peter Out?

BY DAVID HOGBERG AND BRAD KELLY
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Posted 2/27/2009
The anti-stimulus demonstrations that began about two weeks ago moved Friday to more than 35 cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
They have been dubbed the "Nationwide Tea Parties," after CNBC commentator Rick Santelli's suggestion in a recent spirited diatribe.
They are enthusiastic affairs, but relatively modest so far. The largest one, in St. Louis, may have attracted 1,000 protesters. Most drew no more than 200 to 300.
It remains to be seen if the movement will gather more steam.
The protest in D.C. attracted about 200 people and included conservative commentators and celebrities such as Michelle Malkin, Deroy Murdock and Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher.
The protests' theme is moving beyond the stimulus to President Obama's proposed budget, tax hikes, and mortgage and bank bailouts.
One protester, Lisa Miller of Silver Spring, Md., said: "I do banking, and every time I see a Bank of America ad, I know I'm paying for that. So I have to compete with my government."
"We have to pay our own mortgage, we got a house we can afford," said Jo Ann Abbott, a military wife. "My grandson is going to pay for Obama's spending."
The Tea Party continued out West, where a better-than-expected turnout of roughly 200 people showed up on the Santa Monica Pier in California.
Brooks Bayne, CEO of social media tracker The Graph, organized the event. And it wouldn't be an L.A. protest without some Hollywood star power, as ex-Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson came out to voice her opposition to excessive government spending.
With four days to pull the event together, Bayne was very happy with the turnout. "This kind of spending is not wise when the nation faces a deficit over a trillion dollars, and within the first month of his administration, Obama has doubled the budget deficit," he said. "This is not the kind of change I was looking for."
The crowd held signs that read "Legalize Capitalism," "The best government, governs least" and "No to Socialism."
Many resented being forced to bail out others for their reckless mistakes. Or as one D.C. protester's sign put it, "Your mortgage is not my problem."
OK, Now What?
Jon Caldara, president of the conservative Independence Institute, who spoke at the Denver protest, said: "The general theme was that of pure frustration. I've never experienced this level of unbridled frustration by average people."
But will the frustration grow into something resembling a potent political force, one that could affect the outcome of elections?
"These events will probably end at some point," said J. Peter Freire, managing editor at the American Spectator and one of the organizers of the D.C. protest. "But it's a preview of the sentiment that is harbored by regular citizens everywhere."
Many organizers blamed the relatively low turnouts on having only a few days to a week to organize.
D.C. protest organizers noted that many conservatives were busy across town at the annual CPAC gathering.
There have only been a few high-profile conservative figures taking part in the protests. On the other hand, that underscores the true grass-roots nature of the events.
"I think you could see the next generation of young conservative leaders and politicians come out of this," said Malkin, whose eponymous blog has been an Internet focal point for the protests. "There are a lot of people who are here for the very first time. I'm finding that it's bringing out people who've never been involved in partisan politics or movement conservatism before."
Caldera concurred: "We're not quite ready for prime time. The left knows how to throw a wonderful rally. We're learning, slowly, how to communicate with each other in a viral way, which the left has done masterfully."
A virtual Tea Party was organized via Twitter and Facebook.
The future may show how broadly the anti-spending sentiment is shared. More protests are being planned for April 15 and July 4.

1 comment:

  1. I like the theme too.

    Continue to promote and defend the Tea Party. Threats to the political establishment are met with attacks from every angle.

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