Michelle Malkin has an excellent primer for the Tax Day Tea Party protests detailing the history of the movement. Here is the short version, go to her blog to get the longer version with links and pictures:
Feb. 15: Keli Carender, who blogs as “Liberty Belle” spread the word about a grass-roots protest she was organizing in Seattle to raise her voice against the passage of the trillion-dollar stimulus/porkulus/Generational Theft Act of 2009.
Feb. 16: An energetic crowd of about 100 people came downtown to lambaste the Chicken Little process and the lard-up of the stimulus bill:[pictures]
Word of the Seattle protest spread across the blogosphere. Readers suggested there should be a Denver protest on Feb. 17 to greet President Obama for the porkulus signing. Separately, the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity was already working to put something together on the fly.
On Feb. 18, 500 fed-up taxpayers showed up in Mesa, AZ to oppose President Obama’s campaign for massive expansions of the government mortgage entitlement and to mock what SC Gov. Mark Sanford rightly called savior-based economics. No top-down organization. Just the effort of local talk radio station KFYI.[pictures]
On Feb. 19, reader Amanda Grosserode e-mailed that she was organizing a tax revolt protest in Overland Park, KS the following weekend. More than 400 people showed up in freezing weather to protest Rep. Dennis Moore’s vote for the bill. Glenn Reynolds did the reporting the MSM didn’t do.
On Feb. 19, CNBC’s Rick Santelli issued his now-famous “Tea Party” call — prompted, many people forget, by Obama’s mortgage entitlement expansion plans (proposals I’ve protested whether from Democrats or moron Republicans):
David Hogberg of Investor’s Business Daily was the first MSM reporter to cover the burgeoning tax revolt protests. Here’s an excerpt of what Hogberg wrote on Feb. 20:[article]
On Feb. 21, the grass-roots Internet group, Top Conservatives on Twitter, founded by Michael Patrick Leahy and powered by Rob Neppell, announced “simultaneous local tea parties around the country, beginning in Chicago, and including Washington DC, Fayetteville NC, San Diego CA, Omaha Nebraska, and dozens of other locations” on Feb. 27. Patrik Jonsson of the Christian Science Monitor was one of the rare national MSM reporters who attended one of the tea parties (Atlanta) and provided a fair and balanced look at protesters mad at both parties:[article]
An Internet-based coalition spearheaded by TCOT, Smart Girl Politics, and the DontGoMovement formed to coordinate today’s Tax Day Tea Party. It is a totally unprecedented phenomenon that no Beltway GOP guru or elected leader can claim credit for.
Rock on! To all those taking part in their local protests, give em’ hell! Send your pictures our way or paste em’ into the comment sections….the people need to cover these protests seeing as how our media won’t.
Have fun at your teabagging parties! Thanks for the laughs…
Curt: We’ll see what the MSN, whoresons ‘report’ and How.
The ‘tea parties’ started the American Revolution, I’m sure they had fun dumping that hated tax into Boston harbor. The primary hindrance of protest as a catalyst in this country in the past was getting the word out to interested parties. With the web, such is now instantaneous.
As you probably know, citizens have a right to address the government for re-dress of griefs. The more voices, the more impact. Hold those laughs.
Suppose every person in this country refused to send in their taxes today. Exactly how would/could the government respond? This will never happen though because you liberals would never join the show. This brings up the question: Why don’t you guys voluntarily give up a greater portion of your income to the government rather that cheering on the government to take it involuntarily from others? (As long as it ain’t in my backyard)
Seems to me Fox News is pretty mainstream, at least millions watch it and millions more have access and could if they chose too. They are practically corporate sponsors.
if i wasn’t working i would be at one. i get to work to pay the taxes so that the government can continue to screw me. i am getting very tired of the news reporting on all of the special needs kids who are losing out if any services are cut. and why in the hell should i pay for some skanky hoe to have birth control through the county or state, buy a condom.
I work with someone who drives a big luxury vehicle with an $800 monthly car payment.
This person was mad when the DES cut off her child day care.
Guess who she voted for.
BTW sh*tfit, teabagging is something I’m sure you do with your boyfriend.
The time of cretins like you will be short, especially after the obominations policies take hold.
For anyone who doesn’t know, “teabagging” is a sex act. Vermin like brain dead Unfit
like to think they are clever when they call the protestors teabaggers.
Unfit, you have been humiliated everytime you’ve made a claim, yet you think you are
smarter than those here. You really need professional help.
Taxes, Taxes and more Taxes. Do you think you pay enough, do you think you pay too much, do you think you pay too little, or do you think at all. Unfortunately, many Americans fall into the last catagory. They don’t think, they don’t care, or they don’t think they can make a difference. The Tea Parties may, just may be a spark that ignites a great fire-storm, on that we’ll have to wait and see. At least some took the time, took the effort, and took a stand for what they believe in. And that by any view is good and the way it should be… Napoleon said, “ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent”. That says it all.
Oh Fitty…not this crap again.
When the lefties protest…it’s okay by the MSM. No hardball questions, no follow up, and no looking into their backgrounds (those protesting or their leaders/sponsors).
But once the mainstream has protests, then it’s…
Called a bunch of hicks, hacks and wackos
Called a “vast, right-wing, conspiracy”
Called “potential terrorists”
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Has the MSM done an expose on George Soros and his funding of MoveOn???
Anyone happen to notice the CNN “reporter” confront several attendies (Chicago Tea Party) and give out Obama talking points (in an attempt to force a confrontation).
t I can’t stand those who criticize while lying though their teeth and offer no ideas except continue tax cuts for the rich while the middle class-that’s you and me-continue to be choked with most of the tax burden.
And I can’t tolerate those who buy these lies and vote against their best interests. For example, Fox is owned by New Corp who owns more than 15 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands, 40 in the Virgin Islands. They shield their profits from taxes. They, and other companies shield some 100 BILLION dollars a year from taxes which you and I have to make up.
These are the same people sponsoring the so called Tea Partys to get people riled up and carry Hitler=Obama signs. Then pay with life savings or die when they get sick.
I can’t stand those who criticize while lying though their teeth and offer no ideas except to continue to let the government spend our hard earned money on pork, entitlements, and vote-buying (calling it ‘stimulus’), while productive members of society continue to be choked with the tax burden and wanton wastrels are bailed out.
And I can’t tolerate those who buy these lies and vote against their best interests. For example, Obama promised a net spending cut when he was campaigning. Does anyone really think he’ll do that? And he said this: “They sent us here to usher in a new era of responsibility in Washington — to start living within our means again, and being straight with them about where their tax dollars are going, and empowering them with the information they need to hold all of us, their representatives, accountable.” BO – 2/23/09 (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/197265.php) When’s THAT gonna happen?
My Dad always said, “Start as you mean to go on.” And, “If you say you’re going to do something, do it.” Two lessons Obama obviously never learned.
I was at the Tea Party (TEA: Taxed Enough Already) in Olympia, WA today. It rocked. There were no corporate or extreme ‘right-wing’ sponsors. There were no Obama=Hitler signs. There were families, and business people and farmers and veterans and students and grandparents — nearly 5000 of us lifting our voices for liberty, government accountability, and state sovereignty.
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Sock puppet orion, you have gotten so much wrong in your mindless leftist rant,
The Tea Parties are not sponsored/organized by wealthy Conservatives, the GOP, etc. Just because
most “protestes” by the left are, doesn’t mean our is.
That’s called projection on your part.
Voting against massive deficit spending that we will pay for, being taxed
for sub-standard universal healthcare, paying more for utilities due to cap and trade, being taxedmore when obama lets the MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT end, and a weaker military IS in our interest.
I would also like to see leties like you go after businesses owned by uber rich liberals.
That will never happen tho and you know that.
Ya know, you sound like some 18 year old kid. You don’t know shite but are so convinced
Anyone believe Obama was not aware of the Tea Party protests? It’s what the White House was trying to sell. What is it? Could he be so unaware/uninterested in this country’s citizen grievances or, is he lying?
Then we had the CNN Obama babe reporter out there yesterday, heard about it and finally saw it for my self. Here it is titled, ahem:
CNN says she was doing her job and called it as she saw it.
Stuck in spam. P&T