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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Tea Party Movement

Late on this one but the "Anti-stimulus "Tea Party" movement seems to have grown considerably since I first heard of it, so, without further ado, let us take a look at what is going on around the country.

I received yet another email today, referring to the "Tea Party", so to explain concisely, here is a bit of that email:

Last week you may have seen or perhaps heard about CNBC’s Rick Santelli and his report from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, ground zero for American capitalism and free market commerce, where he called for a “Taxpayer Tea Party” in the wake of efforts to enact a new, multi-billion dollar taxpayer funded housing bailout.

If you are like me, you stood up and cheered.

Rick was channeling what so many limited government advocates have been feeling now for a long time when it comes to out-of-control spending on the backs of hardworking U.S. taxpayers to reward the irresponsible and the corrupt: enough is enough!

Whether it’s this latest housing bailout bill (the second in less than six months), a bailout for the auto-industry or failed banks, the more than $1 trillion sham of a “stimulus” bill, or the $400 billion omnibus spending bill that Congress is now debating, Americans are sick and tired of their hard-earned money being thrown around. In just the last few weeks, FreedomWorks has been contacted by volunteers within the ranks of our own membership (a nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of activists) that want to take to the streets in mass protest to this big government bonanza.

And FreedomWorks is answering the call with a new website, True to its name, the site features the video of Rick on the floor of the Chicago Exchange and seeks to enlist those concerned taxpayers who want to go to the Taxpayer Tea Party that he talked about this summer in Chicago. In addition, FreedomWorks is also helping to organize other tea party protests in cities around the country. Currently, we have events planned in Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Fort Myers, Orlando, Greenville, SC and cities across North Carolina.

We need your help to make these events a success. Go to, sign up and select one or more of the tea parties that you would like to attend or help us to organize.

So, I checked out the "IamWithRick" site and see their message is:

No one has said it better than Rick Santelli of CNBC when, on the floor of the Chicago Exchange, ground zero for American capitalism and free market commerce, he called for a “Taxpayer Tea Party” in the wake of efforts to enact a new, multi-billion dollar taxpayer funded housing bailout.

In the new Obama Administration the bailout train continues to run full steam towards the destruction of our American capitalist system and ultimately to outright socialism. It must be stopped!

FreedomWorks and others in the limited government community stand with Rick and want to make this modern day taxpayer revolt a reality. Will you join us? Sign up for this event using the form below. If you would like help organizing a protest in a city that is not listed, please contact us.

The interesting part about that site is the amount of locations you can sign up for, and the encouragement for more people to have their own "Tea Party."

Fort Myers, FL - Feb. 27, 11:00am - 1:30pm, Bowditch Point Park

Denver, CO - Feb. 27, 10:00am, Colorado State Capitol Building - 200 E. Colfax Ave, EAST side steps

Saint Louis, MO - Friday, February 27th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, The Steps of the Arch on Wharf Street

Los Angeles, CA - Saturday, July 4th, Santa Monica Pier, 7:00am-12:00pm

Boston, MA - Saturday, July 4th, 12:00pm, Griffin Harbor

Chicago, IL - July 4th, 7:00pm, Belmont Harbor, Lakeshore Drive

Vancouver, WA - April 18th, Lawn of Clark County Courthouse, 11am to 1pm

Kansas City, MO - Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10:00am - 2:00pm, J.C. Nichols Foundation, 47th and J.C. Nichols Parkway

Philadelphia, PA - Saturday, Feb. 28th, 12:00pm, Independence Hall

Orlando, FL - Feb. 27th, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Lake Eola

Cleveland, OH - February 27, 2009, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Public Square in Downtown Cleveland

Tulsa, OK - Feb. 27, 2009, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Veterans Park, 21st and Boulder

Greenville, SC - Feb. 27th, Main Street, 6:00pm

San Diego, CA - Feb. 27th, The harbor (just north of the Star of India), 9:00am

Pittsburgh, PA - Feb. 27th, 2009 , 12pm - 1pm, Market Square

Fort Worth, TX - Feb. 27th, The outside stage at The Cowtown Bar & Grill, 7108 Camp Bowie Blvd, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Houston, TX - Feb. 27th, 11:00am, Fondren Green at Discovery Green Park, (in front of the amphitheater)

Atlanta, GA - Friday, Feb. 27th, State Capitol (Washington Street exit), 12:00pm

Chicago, IL - Friday, Feb. 27th, 11:00am central, Daley Plaza

Washington, DC - Friday, Feb. 27th, 12:00pm, Washington Monument

Tampa, FL - Fri. Feb 27, Noon, Federal Courthouse, 801 N Florida Ave Tampa 33602

Sarasota, FL - Fri. Feb. 27, noon, Sarasota Island Park and Marina, Bayfront (41) and Ringling

You can sign up for one of them at the link above.

FreedomWorks also has a page to show you how to organize your very own "Tea Party" and offers to help if needed.

Couldn't resist doing a search and found Michelle Malkin, on the 21st, bringing more updates on this growing movement.

Also found a piece in Investors Business News, called "Anti-Stimulus Protests Sprout Up."

Holding signs reading "Stimulate Business, Not Government," "Families Against Porkulus" and "Say No To Generational Theft," protesters opposed to the $787 billion stimulus package have been mobilizing across the country.

It started last Monday in Seattle, then moved Tuesday to Denver, where President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law. That was followed by another one in Mesa, Ariz., where Obama unveiled a mortgage rescue plan.

Another protest was planned for Saturday outside the office of Rep. Dennis Moore in Overland Park, Kan. The Democrat voted for the stimulus. His office didn't return calls seeking comment.

Today Instapundit points out that this whole thing has gone viral, and he offers a poll, go on over and vote in it, weigh in.

World Net Daily has quite a few more links and information about it.

Looks like there are far more Rick Santelli type people around and they have decided to organize.