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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tea Parties Make A Splash

(Tea Party in Lansing, Michigan)

The other day we showed some organized events, planned protests against the stimulus bill which is no more than a spendfest, and showed people how to organize their own "Tea Party".

Today we see those parties are in full swing, reported on by major news outlets and happening all across the country, some big, some small and all making a splash against the stimulus bill the Democrats passed through the House, the Senate and Barack Obama signed.

The Christian Science Monitor reports from Atlanta:

Several thousand neopatriots – some shouting “Give me liberty or give me death!” – took to the streets in over 30 US cities Friday, representing what some of them call the beginning of a new conservative counterculture in America.

“The spark has been lit,” says Ben Mihalski, a “house husband” from Cobb County, Ga., one of at least 300 protesters who gathered in a hefty downpour outside the Georgia Capitol on Friday to protest what they see as profligate spending by Washington.

Protesters with sign-slogans like “Pillage and plunder: At least the Vikings did it openly” fanned out across capitols and courthouses in cities from Nashville, Tenn., to Los Angeles, objecting to bailouts and policy changes since the inauguration of President Obama.

The Tea Party USA movement also added some symbolic flourish, vowing to gather tens of thousands of tea bags to be dumped on the floor of the US Congress. In Atlanta, the brand was Luzianne.

Critics call the protests a predictably partisan, ill-informed and unhelpful development in the midst of a deep-sink US recession.

But the largely grassroots show of force hints at a sharpening thorn for Democrats and a potential powder keg that could threaten to blow ahead of the 2010 congressional elections.

(Sign from the Tea Party held outside the White House)

Lots of photos and news links provided by Instapundit, so head over and see.

Via Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, etc... it seems news is springing up all over the Internet about these organized rallies.

More reactions and plenty of other links to stories, photos and such can be found at Memeorandum.

Update: Malkin has great reader photos as well, head over and read some of the emails from those that attended.