What a wild two months.
On February 15th, 2009, all of us were going about our lives. Many of us were feeling the pinch via the bad economy, most of us were reaching the boiling point with regards to frustration with a Government that appears to be completely out of control.
On February 19th, Rick Santelli, via national news television, said what millions of Americans wanted to say, and he said it in a way that represented a rally call. Whether or not Rick really meant what he said is not relevant, what IS relevant is that fact that so many of us heard it, and were ready to react.
So here we are... just under two months later and looking at a Historic day ahead of us. Today we’ll be protesting nationwide in almost 800 cities. Many of these protests will see thousands of Americans pour into the streets, some will see tens of thousands.
Our estimates show that we’ll easily be in the six figures when all is said and done.
Tomorrow, April 16th, will represent a new day for the freedom movement. New leaders will come into play, new coalitions will form, new tax groups will be born, and a new energy will surround us all across the country. Tomorrow, a completely new face will be put on a movement that has suffered at the hands of attempted top down control and old school political hacks over the years. The individuals and groups that have attempted to control the freedom movement have literally been shoved out of the way by tens of thousands of Americans, and it happened in just nine weeks.
This is all because of you. People from all walks of life joined in on this effort, and the collaboration that occurred over the past month was ground breaking. There is no doubt in my mind that we would not be where we are today had it not been for 800 or so local organizers, the graphics designers, the coders, the server admins, the data volunteers, etc.
The work that went into this has been nothing short of remarkable. In fact, for me, it’s been rather awe inspiring.
So, with that said, I want to personally thank everyone for the work put in. It’s extremely encouraging to see this all unfold, and I believe that at the end of today, we’ll all look back in shock at the results of our labor.
Thank you for doing what you do. Good luck and Godspeed with your event today.
Thanks for the thread!
Is there a record for the amount of posts on a thread?
Heavenly Father, please watch over these fine people across the USA coming together to bring attention to the heavy taxation burden being forced on our shoulders. Please send your Holy Spirit to keep the activities peaceful, to bring and show truth to all who watch. Please soften the hearts of those who wish confrontation and keep all safe. I ask that your perfect will be done on this day and that you will continue to bless this country and lead us and direct us in the way that you would have us go. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Thanks for starting the thread! Godspeed FReepers!
Heading out in 20 mins to the event in Virginia Beach. Be careful, all. ACORN will likely plant themselves within to make trouble. If they start up, shout them down with chants of “USA! USA! USA!”
God bless (what’s left of) America!
Bookmarking for this afternoon.
Headed to the Atlanta State Capitol tonight for the tea party. A group of us are going together.
Just got back from the Pittsburgh tea party. It was awesome. Still going on but I had to get back to work. Even though it was drizzling rain there was still a huge turnout. We had some protestors that were shouted down a couple times, but no violence or anything breaking out. Jim Quinn from the Quinn and Rose in the Morning show was the MC.
As you can see, it was overrun by dangerous, radical, right-wing extremists organizing a violent overthrow of the government.
I had to give the thumbs up to this gal and her hubby and their matching sweatshirts
Little old geezer was the one lone heckler, and it seemed to be simply just a hatred for Dan Burton. Wanted to ride him out on a rail...lol...
They must sell a lot of Oompaloompah tanning products in DC.....Dan had that John Kerry "glow" today.
Heading out to the Washington, PA TEA party!
Will report back tonight!
Hope everyone is enjoying the day and everyone stays safe!
Hot off the presses from Palm Desert, California. I'd guess 2000 in attendance - but ZERO in the way of TV news vans. We don't exist to them.
I just got back from the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party. I didn’t think I’d be able to go, but at the very last minute it worked out. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me.
As we got closer to the event site traffic got pretty bad, but we managed to find parking fairly easily. We saw a LOT of people walking towards Kanawha Plaza with signs in tow.
When we reached the site it was 6 p.m., the event was beginning. There were so many people there that I never did get to actually SEE the stage. I could see an sea of signs....everywhere! And lots of umbrellas....it was raining and cold.
I can’t really estimate the turnout as I never could find a vantage point to look at the crowd. I do know that Kanawha Plaza was too small for everyone. One of the speakers estimated over 5000 people.
The turnout was GREAT, the speakers were GREAT and there was just a good vibe all around. I’m so glad it worked out that I could go.
I look forward to seeing pictures!
1500 in Bend Oregon!
Twenty tea parties in this state. My wife and I went to the tea party in downtown Bendand it was fantastic - no obcenities, no broken store front glass, just wonderful concerned folks with signs and flags and baby strollers and a “we aren’t going to take it anymore” attitude.
I talked with several folks and they all agreed - this is only the beginning. My hope is that this is change we can believe in!
Do we have one page devoted to pics?
I would like to see something like that so we can send them to the nay sayers who think that there were only a few thousand people who attended.