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Tea Party Day

They did it for you, now do it for them.

Going to rallies/protests kind of goes against the grain of my nature. I suspect many of you are the same.

So, for all of you who are - like me - politically sympathetic to the tea party movement, here’s a little needed inspiration…

THEY DID IT FOR YOU. NOW DO IT FOR THEM.

Bill Whittle

On Wednesday, April 15th, thousands of Americans who have never before protested anything in their lives are going to be taking some hours from their busy workdays to go out into streets and show the Statists that they are not simply going to roll over and hand over the fruits of their labor to fund this growing aneurysm known as the Federal Government.

They will be on solid philosophical ground.

Anyone with any fundamental understanding of the United States Constitution, and the process by which it was negotiated, shouted over and eventually ratified, would tell you of the horror and shock that would confront every single one of them if they were to see what we have become: a gigantic, ever-growing welfare state that breeds resentment and dependency, perpetuated by a ruling oligarchy of 535 congressmen, 9 Justices, a president, vice-president and cabinet that contain people with three, or four, or five decades away from the people they represent and who function as an imperial aristocracy ? because they are.

If you are feeling dismay and astonishment at what has happened to our Country, can you not find some way to take an hour or two from your busy schedule and attend one of these tea party events? Yes, I know it?s a lot of trouble. I know it?s hard to get out of work, tough to drive to the location, hassle with parking, and all of that. You probably don?t have a sign prepared and you don?t need one. You can make a hundred solid excuses why it?s damn near impossible for you to go, and I am sympathetic to all of it?

But:

[images of FOUNDING FATHERS]

These men signed a document knowing that was their death sentence, should their ramshackle collection of farmers and brewers and smiths fail to prevail against the most powerful military force the world had ever seen. A death sentence. They did that, not because they craved money, or social position, or political power ? as with all revolutions before or since. Most of them had that in abundance. This was a risk they took not to gain everything, but to lose it.

They did it because they believed that men should be free: free from the petty tyrannies of other people telling you what to do for your own good. They risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for you. If we cannot take two hours out of work to repay that debt, then we deserve everything that is coming to us.

http://pajamasmedia.com/ejectejecteject/2009/04/14/they-did-it-for-you-now-do-it-for-them/

I will be on the steps of the Capitol building today in St Paul with my wife.

Glad to hear it Lifty! I’ll be on the Boston Common in front of our state house - looks like we have some really good speakers lined up. I have to leave in a few minutes. Cheers! ~katz

I’m working, but I am trying to get away to the Sacramento capitol.

I’m headed to City Hall after work.

[quote]LIFTICVSMAXIMVS wrote:
I will be on the steps of the Capitol building today in St Paul with my wife.[/quote]

Didn’t know you were from MN. I’d be there but have a funeral to go to in Becker.

[quote]dhickey wrote:
LIFTICVSMAXIMVS wrote:
I will be on the steps of the Capitol building today in St Paul with my wife.

Didn’t know you were from MN. I’d be there but have a funeral to go to in Becker.[/quote]

For some reason I thought Lifty was Canadian.

Sacramento, CA

Just got home from my small towns TEA party. Great turnout, good music, good speakers…very moving and inspiring.

I have to work late to pay other peoples mortgages…

I was at San Antonio in front of the Alamo. It was good. Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, the hot chick from Northern Exposure. The best part was being around thousands of well-behaved, presumable productive citizens who are concerned about some of the same things I am.

It was the first demonstration/protest I have ever been to…always been part of the silent majority. Not anymore.

I had planned to go to Lansing, but I had 3 new customers I couldn’t risk losing though it was a tough decision.

Here in Nashville and Franklin (the suburb I live in) there were thousands. I have some pictures of the Franklin one I haven’t gotten off the camera yet.

They 9,800 by police estimates in Nashville. I would guess 2-3000 in Franklin (haven’t heard any real estimates).

The picture is of the Nashville one.

This Susan Roesgen is pathetic.

First, she hounds this guy about calling BO a fascist (how many called Bush fascist?) then chastises the other demonstrator for his opinion about over taxing/spending.

What is amazing is she uses the exchange to advertise BOs program with the $400 he may get personally and the 50 billion Illinois may get in “stimulus”.

The point of that is that someone will eventually have to pay for it.

It will be the 2 year old daughter he is holding, and her kids).

Listen towards the end, you can hear people yelling “You’e not a reporter”.

My son had surgery yesterday so I could not make it to any of the demonstrations though I wanted to.

This entire administration needs a giant tea-bag right in the fucking mouth.

[quote]pwilliams wrote:

This Susan Roesgen is pathetic.

First, she hounds this guy about calling BO a fascist (how many called Bush fascist?) then chastises the other demonstrator for his opinion about over taxing/spending.

What is amazing is she uses the exchange to advertise BOs program with the $400 he may get personally and the 50 billion Illinois may get in “stimulus”.

The point of that is that someone will eventually have to pay for it.

It will be the 2 year old daughter he is holding, and her kids).

Listen towards the end, you can hear people yelling “You’e not a reporter”.[/quote]

Definitely not family viewing like the reporter said…I mean my God the dude with the baby was ready to wipe some ass!

[quote]usmccds423 wrote:
pwilliams wrote:

This Susan Roesgen is pathetic.

First, she hounds this guy about calling BO a fascist (how many called Bush fascist?) then chastises the other demonstrator for his opinion about over taxing/spending.

What is amazing is she uses the exchange to advertise BOs program with the $400 he may get personally and the 50 billion Illinois may get in “stimulus”.

The point of that is that someone will eventually have to pay for it.

It will be the 2 year old daughter he is holding, and her kids).

Listen towards the end, you can hear people yelling “You’e not a reporter”.

Definitely not family viewing like the reporter said…I mean my God the dude with the baby was ready to wipe some ass!

[/quote]

LOL! zactly.

People of ALL political parties should be outraged at that sort of thing.