I am sure you have heard at least a bit about the Tea Parties that have been happening all over the country. Hopefully you know about the ones scheduled for April 15th. But maybe you don't know the background behind these protests. From the National Tax Day Tea Party web site:
Tax Day Tea Party
The Tax Day Tea Party is a national collaborative grassroots effort organized by Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, the DontGo Movement and many other online groups/coalitions.
The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.
During Rick’s rant (see video below), he called for a “Chicago tea Party” where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.
A few days later, grassroots activists and average Joe Americans began organizing what would soon become the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party effort.
On February 27th, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities accross the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.
Organizers of the February 27th events pledged to continue on with an even bigger and better protest to follow the first. With April 15th being “Tax Day”, it was decided to schedule the second round of Tea Party protests to ride alongside the tax deadline.
And with that, the “Tax Day Tea Party”, the second round of the Nationwide Tea Party protests, moved into reality.
Right now I feel that the out of control .gov spending and the nationalization of major segments of the American economy are the number one issues of the day. This is a turning point for the United States, and if we don't put a stop to this madness our grandchildren will rue the day that we failed.
Tax Day Tea Parties are taking place all over this great country. Head on over here to find one near you.
Click here to find a Texas Tax Day Tea Party.
V and I will be attending the Dallas Tax Day Tea Party. The Dallas event will take place at the Dallas City Hall from 5:30 to 9:00PM. Why so long? Here is the answer:
We are moving the time to 5:30-9. We still want a great crowd at 5:30 for the local news, but we’ve been notified that a national news show will carry the event live at 9pm, so we hope you’re excited about the chance to really make an impact. It’s well worth a little of our time to do so. Can’t wait to see you at Dallas City Hall!I know that all y'all who read this blog are not the protesting kind of people. You are like V and I. You work, you take care of your family, you pay your bills and put food on the table. Free time is precious and best spent with those you love. You expect your elected officials to do what you elected them to do and see no reason to stand out in the streets waving signs like a '60's hippie.
This event is worth it. Our elected officials are not doing what is best for our country, and we have to let them know that we do not approve. Those folks up on Capitol Hill know that we have to be pretty pissed to do something like this, and the more bodies we have on the streets, the more they will understand just how pissed we are.
This will be V's very first protest, my second. Take the time to join us, there is an event near you.