Another great sign from the Washington Tea Party Rally/Protest:
(More great pics at TOMLLEWIS)
So many great signs, so little time. Responding to Obama's derogatory comments about the "party of no":
Gotta love it!
Via: Michelle Malkin
I guess Obama's answer to that is No. Apparently he left town.
An early picture of the rally:
Great turnout, this will be huge. Many, including me, could not be in D.C. today for various reasons, but we support this Tea Party and back the protesters 100%. Obama and the Dems can ignore us at their peril. Obama is convinced he has the power and authority to ram his socialist heath "care" plan down our throats. His speech Wednesday night proved he has not listened to the American people and has no intention of ever doing so:
Like a petulant child, Obama has assumed that the problem is that he hasn’t spoken often or loudly enough, which is one of the reasons that his speeches on health care have not changed an iota in substance but have gotten louder and angrier in tone.
Obama couldn’t sell ObamaCare, and now he wants to scold America for not agreeing with him.
WE will not be scolded. WE know when we're being lied to. WE know what's at stake here:
Activists were derided as amateurs who couldn’t turn out a crowd. Then they were smeared as corporate shills. They were criticized for not having a coherent message. Then they were mocked for ideological single-mindedness. They are resented by professional strategists who accuse them of organizing empty protests that won’t translate into electoral gains. But the movement has given birth to a new generation of movers and shakers who have rejected establishment partisan politics for nimble, Internet-facilitated, issues-based advocacy.
We will not back down or go gentle into that good night.
(Compliments of Lucianne's Home Page)
Let freedom ring! Celebrate Independence Day with other freedom-loving, limited-government activists at a Tea Party near you.
In the Birmingham area:
Montgomery, from my friend Don:
The Montgomery Tea Party Patriots will host a 4th of July rally and celebration
Saturday, July 4th at Overlook Park between the Alabama River and Bell Street in downtown Montgomery, Alabama between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. This celebration of our nation's independence is open to everyone who loves America.
On the schedule:
WWII airplane formation fly-over
patriotic music by sound man and disk jockey “Dr. Sam”
Speakers (all topics related to the U.S. Constitution) include:
talk show host and emcee Greg Budell
talk show host Kevin Elkins
Dr. Bart Cook-nationalized medicine
George Sullivan a WWII, Korea and Vietnam veteran
Becky Gerritson-cap and trade speaker
Tom Mullens-author of "Common Sense Revisited, Awakening the Spirit of Liberty in the Inhabitants of America"
Bring your chairs, WATER, flags, noisemakers, signs, family, friends, and enthusiasm for our country. We will celebrate and educate on how dear liberty is to our country. Let us raise our voices in peaceful assembly to let our "leaders" know this is the country of "WE THE PEOPLE" as we honor the sacrifices of Americans from the beginning of our republic. We will present current legislation that is damaging to our freedom and contact information for your elected officials.
There will be celebrations going on at the River Walk Amphitheater. The Biscuits have a baseball game. The Alleyway is open and will have dining and entertainment. The Brewpub is a staple of fine dining. Linger at Overlook Park to view the fireworks display or take part in the other activities downtown. Plan to spend the night at the new Renaissance Hotel or the Hampton Inn.
There is ample parking close to Overlook Park. American Legion Post 210 has offered its parking lot at 903 Bell Street about 3 blocks away from the park across I-65. There are parking decks nearby, and parking on Bell Street will be allowed.
Visit the Montgomery Tea Party Patriots website @ http://ddforliberty.blogspot.com/.
Limestone & Morgan County:
It will be 9am to 11 am
Gateway Shopping Center on Sixth Street in Decatur (right off Beltline or Point Mallard Blvd)
Also, from Tea Party Patriots:
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday at Spanish Plaza on Governement St from 4-8pm
The TEA Party will be at Fort Payne City Park at noon July 4th. James Martin and Jay Hollland will be speaking. Payton Sells, Jill Burt and Hunter Wright will be singing patriotic music.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Us Highway 431 Boaz, AL
I know there are other Tea Parties being planned in Alabama and I'm trying to get details. I will update this post with any new information.
Update from the Mobile Press-Register on Mobile area tea parties:
* Mobile: 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Spanish Plaza, 401 Government St.
* Eight Mile: Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Magee Farm, 6222 U.S. 45.
* Robertsdale: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Road.
Yesterday's blog post concerned the need - or not - for a leader of the Tea Party movement. My conclusion was no. The Tax Day Tea Parties were a phenomenal success by any measure. They succeeded without a national leader, although many well known politicians and pundits participated. That success proves we don't need a national figurehead, we just need to stick with the plan and keep going. What is the plan? Maybe that's where we need a little work.
The overriding theme for the Tea Parties was, appropriately, TEA, Taxed Enough Already. I believe this will remain the number one priority for most of us. Significant, permanent tax cuts. But there is so much more that needs to be done. Tax cuts aren't enough. The tax code must be overhauled (FAIR TAX IS THE ANSWER HERE). Additionally, the hundreds of other federal taxes we are charged every time we make a phone call, turn on the AC, buy a pack of cigarettes, turn on the TV, die, retire, sell stock, fill-up the car, must be brought under control. (Coming soon, tax on Coke. The one you drink). These are pretty much hidden taxes that we all pay without batting an eyelash. Where does the federal government get the authority to charge all these taxes? From We the People. We sit by, some of us complain, but by and large we just accept it and continue to vote for the same self-interested folks who are taxing us to death - at which time we will have to pay more tax.
And that's just for starters. I believe we must take this opportunity to totally overhaul not just the tax code but the federal government itself. Return it to its proper place according to the United States Constitution. That too often ignored document that made the United States of America the greatest country in the history of the world, the beacon for millions of people who longed for the liberty promised and assured by its words. We don't need a leader for this, we do need a plan. How about A Bold Step Back?
Today is Memorial Day. The day we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. What price are we willing to pay to keep it? Can't we at least sacrifice a little time? It is a very small price, after all.
The end of blogging? Are Facebook and Twitter making the blog obsolete? I suppose I can speak to that since I haven't blogged at all since April 19, however I have been twittering away. When your computer starts crashing every 15 minutes or so, twittering at 140 words or less is much easier - and much less frustrating - than attempting a coherent blog post. I had decided to get a new computer rather than trying to figure out the problem but for some very strange unknowable reason my computer stopped crashing a few days ago.
What prompted me to get back in the blogging game today was this column by Andrew Malcolm. What's coming up for future "tea party" protests. Malcolm concludes the tea party movement needs a leader, or as he calls it a "decider":
It will be interesting to see if someone emerges as organizers roll out plans for the next round of protests. If it is to be effective in the long term, it seems the movement will need a decider: not just a public figurehead, but someone who can focus and modulate the multifarious blob of themes and emotions that seem to drive this fascinating middle-class revolt.
Someone, in short, who can tap both the thoughtfulness and anger behind the movement, the patriotism and Americans’ natural skepticism of government power … plus the anti-Obamaism, the call for a fair tax, the fear of new controls on carbon emissions. All that and more.
We managed to get the movement off the ground without a "decider" so I don't believe we necessarily need one now. We organized via the new media, Facebook, Twitter, and the not yet obsolete blogs. Along the way we attracted the attention of politicians, pundits, and Fox News. The above article by Andrew Malcolm was posted at Lucianne.com. Many commenters are arguing against the involvement of politicians and to a point I agree. The Tea Parties were conceived, promoted, and successfully carried out by We the People. Critics, most notably the Speaker of the House, tried to downplay the success of the Tea Parties by claiming they were organized and subsidized by the wealthiest people in America. Nancy Pelosi's blatant, intentional mischaracterization of the Tea Parties proves the power of a true grassroots movement:
Pelosi, of course, provided no names, no evidence of such involvement by the wealthiest people in America, she was flat-out lying. Now there's a shocker.
In order to build on the success of April 15th we need to remain a true grassroots movement but I don't think that necessarily means we should shun the involvement of like-minded politicians and pundits. We have many true conservatives serving in government at all levels and we need them as much as they need us. Why shut out those who agree and are willing to fight with and for us? No, we don't need them to lead but we need their voices. They are already in the arena, our movement can help them by discovering new talent to join them in Washington and in state and local governments. We are in perilous times right now and need all hands on deck.
Next up for the Tea Party Movement is Independence Day. Let's celebrate our Independence by reclaiming it. Loud and clear. Twitter it, Facebook it, and Blog it.