Last night, the ABC Evening News said the Tea Parties were backed by people fronting for corporate interests.
Nancy Pelosi said that the Tea Parties were not a grass roots effort but was AstroTurf with no roots. She said the rallies were funded by the wealthy who do not want their taxes raised.
Other comments were made by a number of news organizations parroting Susan Rojen of CNN, saying that the original Boston Tea Party was taxation by representation. She said that we have taxation by representation. She said that they did vote but they lost. I addressed that issue yesterday, maintaining that voting for someone is not a mandate for them to break their oath of office by betraying the Constitution as President Obama has. Also, our current situation is not too different than the original Tea Party. When we have taxation without representation when over 90% of the messages received by our representatives who voted on the stimulus package, were against the passage. Our representatives did not represent us. They seldom do any more.
The media is working against average Americans in their attacks on those who attended Tea Parties. Most people who came to these events had never protested before. They were the silent majority, the backbone of the country, finally letting their voices be heard because of their love for this country. The sheer numbers and non-radical crowds have so shaken up the establishment and their stooges, the MSM, that they are doing everything they can to play it down. We scared them, America.
The following article shows a determination to find anything seemingly radical, negative or create a slant that way. I will post my remarks about this article in between the lines. Reading between the lines should prove easy this time.
Thousands rally with ‘tea parties’ on tax day
By JOE BIESK, Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA – Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged “tea bags toward the White House, causing a brief lockdown at the compound.” around the country Wednesday to tap into the collective angst stirred up by a bad economy, government spending and bailouts. The rallies were directed at ‘s new administration on a symbolic day: the deadline to file income taxes. Protesters even threw what appeared to be a box of
This was whipped up by an off the cuff rant by a newscaster on the floor of the Chicago stock exchange and furthered by average Americans using the internet. Talk radio came along after the fact. The organizers of the DC protest believed that the person who threw the box of tea bags was not a part of their protest.
Shouts rang out from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to Salt Lake City, where many in the crowd booed Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman for accepting about $1.5 billion in stimulus money. Even in Alaska, where there is no statewide income tax or sales tax, hundreds of people held signs and chanted “No more spending.”
They are really reaching in their determination to find something negative. Shouts rang out…they booed…how radical!
“Frankly, I’m mad as hell,” said businessman Doug Burnett at a rally at the Iowa Capitol, where many of the about 1,000 people wore red shirts declaring “revolution is brewing.” Burnett added: “This country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can’t afford.”
In Boston, a few hundred protesters gathered on the Boston Common — a short distance from the original Tea Party — some dressed in Revolutionary garb and carrying signs that said “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.”
There were rallies with ten thousand people in a number of places but they talk of Boston with only a few hundred.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up a tea party at Austin City Hall with his stance against the federal government, as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, “Secede!”
Governor Perry clearly said he did not want succession but could not say what would happen in the future if the federal government continued out of control. This makes it sound as if the governor was whipping up the crowd to chant ‘secede”.
In Atlanta, thousands of people gathered outside the Capitol, where Fox News Channel conservative pundit Sean Hannity was set to broadcast his show Wednesday night. One protester’s sign read: “Hey Obama you can keep the change.”
Here, the media admits that there was a big crowd, but they don’t say how big. Estimates put it around twenty to twenty-five thousand. Yet, the clear message is that the crowd was big only because of Sean Hannity.
The tea parties were promoted by , a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, who is now a lobbyist.
This did not start with FreedomWorks and lots of other groups were involved and most Tea Parties were not launched by FreedomWorks. After sticking that in our heads, they write the following, in an attempt to be a tiny bit fair:
Organizers said the movement developed organically through online social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and through exposure on Fox News.
While FreedomWorks insisted the rallies were nonpartisan, they have been seized on by many prominent Republicans who view them as a promising way for the party to reclaim its momentum.
Many Republicans wanted to address various crowds and were turned down because this was nonpartisan and people did not want them to take advantage of the crowds for personal reasons. Not all Tea Parties followed this, but most did.
“All you have to be is a mildly awake Republican candidate for office to get in front of that parade,” said Americans for Tax Reform., president of
The movement attracted some Republicans considering 2012 presidential bids.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich planned to address a tea party in a New York City park Wednesday night. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sent an e-mail to his supporters, letting them know about tea parties throughout the state. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford planned to attend two tea parties.
There were several small counter-protests, including one that drew about a dozen people at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. A counter-protester held a sign that read, “Where were you when Bush was spending billions a month ‘liberating’ Iraq?” The anti-tax demonstration there, meanwhile, drew about 4,000 people.
A dozen people? You have got to be kidding!
In Lansing, Mich., outside the state Capitol, another 4,000 people waved signs exclaiming “Stop the Fiscal Madness,” “Read My Lipstick! No More Bailouts” and “The Pirates Are in D.C.” Children held makeshift signs complaining about the rising debt.
More than 1,000 protesters gathered outside a downtown federal building in Salt Lake City despite the rain and snow. Kate Maloney held a cardboard sign that read “Pin the tail on the jacka$$” with a picture of Obama on a Democratic donkey.
Interesting how hard the media had to search for something this negative. I wonder why most of the media never showed the racial and hate-filled signs and chants from the rallies a couple of years ago supporting illegal immigration. We had to see those things on alternative media sites.