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I Saw the Signs

As I said in my last post, I did decide to venture out to the tax day tea party in Franklin yesterday evening. I got there right as it was getting started, and had a bit of trouble finding somewhere to park, which for an event like this, is a good problem to have. The square in Franklin has a traffic roundabout, which I was surprised to see what open. Franklin closes down the square every other week for something it seems. The nice thing about the roundabout being open was the fact that people were able to honk in support of the gathering as they drove by.

The event had some local radio personalities, as well as the organizer of the event that had been in downtown Nashville earlier in the day and special guest Representative Marsha Blackburn. They tied in gathering food for a local shelter, something that I will venture to say is rare at most protests. The estimates that I am hearing for Franklin are easily over 2000 in attendance. I have seen some estimates of higher numbers, but I figure 2000 is a good median number to go with. The attendees ranged from children in strollers, to entire families, including the family dog.

The PA was at max volume, but unfortunately that was not loud enough for most of the crowd to be able to hear the speakers, but that did not deter people from clapping and showing their support as they waved their signs. Everyone was peaceful, and folks even stayed at the end to be sure that there was not trash left where the gathering had taken place.

Earlier I was reading Jessica’s post about all of these hate signs that were supposedly at all of these rallies. I took about 90 pictures, and I saw some signs that expressed anger at the way things have been done, but no signs calling Obama Hitler or anything of that ilk. Most of the signs were creative, yet to the point. Here are a couple of samples of the signs I saw.

The rest of the pictures can be seen via the galleries link on the left.

So what’s next? The vibe I got when speaking to some of the people in the crowd is that this is just the beginning of people getting involved. The website seems like it is going to be the local resource for getting people involved. This is specific to the state of TN, and I encourage people to go and sign up. From what I have seen online today, it looks like July 4th will be the next gathering against overzealous spending and a government that cares about itself, and not about the people it should be representing.

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A spot of tea seems to be in order

I have decided that I am going to participate in the nationwide tea party movement tomorrow by attending the one that is in Franklin, TN at 6:00 pm. I don’t think that I am going to make a sign or anything like that, but I do plan on having the camera in tow to try and get some pictures of the event.

For those not familiar, here is a little background on the tea party events that have been going on around the country from the website

Tax Day Tea Party

The Tax Day Tea Party is a national collaborative grassroots effort organized by Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, the DontGo Movement and many other online groups/coalitions.

The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.

During Rick’s rant (see video below), he called for a “Chicago tea Party” where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.

A few days later, grassroots activists and average Joe Americans began organizing what would soon become the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party effort.

On February 27th, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities across the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.

Organizers of the February 27th events pledged to continue on with an even bigger and better protest to follow the first. With April 15th being “Tax Day”, it was decided to schedule the second round of Tea Party protests to ride alongside the tax deadline.

And with that, the “Tax Day Tea Party”, the second round of the Nationwide Tea Party protests, moved into reality.

I agree that it is ridiculous that in our country today, the responsible people are the ones who are screwed at every turn. There are so many people asking for handouts, and the bill for these handouts falls to responsible tax paying Americans. Many people feel entitled to free money and help, and for what? Have they worked in order to deserve these things? I know that anyone can fall on hard times, but that is when you tighten the belt and work your ass off to get back into the black. You don’t sit around and hope for someone to come and give you a unicorn and a rainbow. My dad is an offshore engineer. When the oil market took a dump in the 80s, times were rough. He worked the night shift at the corner gas station in addition to his regular job in order to keep the family afloat.

As long as you are breathing, there is a way to make things work. It might suck for a while, and you might have to sell your nice car and tv. You might need to go from filet mignon, to beefaroni, and caviar to carryout. Your standard of living will change, but that should be motivation to work harder and vow to return to the higher standard once you can afford it.

Hopefully these tea parties will be a wake up call that honest hard working people are sick of carrying the slack for others. If nothing else, it is a good springboard for getting people ready for the 2010 elections, when it will be time to start regaining some lost ground in Congress.

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