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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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