Tea Party

Legacy of the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign

In 2008, I joined the loud chorus of Ron Paul supporters who cried that the system is broken and needed a complete dismantling. When Ron Paul won only a handful of delegates, won only 3% in the Alabama primary, and won only three (3) votes at the Maytown Baptist precinct (mine, my daughter’s and my wife’s— my son’s vote was at the absentee box), I began to feel that the Ron Paul effort was a waste of our energy.
When the Paul for President campaign horded $5 million to promote post-election causes, some of us who contributed felt thrown aside and were less-than-happy. But time has proven that the Ron Paul for President campaign had an effect far beyond the 2008 Republican primaries. So far, what is the legacy of the Ron Paul campaign? For starters, let me mention four:

Tax Day Tea Party - “You Might Be A Right Wing Extremist if….”

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“The Other McCain” gives 7,000 Teaparty goers in Birmingham, Alabama an idea if they are Right Wing Extremists, as the DHS report leaked earlier this week stated.

Tea Party Speech in Montgomery, AL

This past Wednesday, millions of Americans attended Tea Party rallies across these United States. The seed of these protest rallies was the Ron Paul movement from 2008, the most vocal effort against big government in years. While Ron Paul did not sell to the masses of conservatives, the message that government is bloated and out-of-control is resonating with average citizens in all fifty states.

So we had a tea party. Now what?

I was honored to be invited to speak at the Raleigh, North Carolina Tax Day Tea Party Wednesday evening. I’m a poor judge of crowds, but estimates ranged from 2,000 to 7,000 from various sources — the east lawn of the old capitol downtown was completely full.

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This event was the perfect opportunity to capture the transpartisan frustration surrounding our economic malaise, and the immense conflicts of interest that drive government efforts at “recovery.”

Chris Martenson recently explained the root of our shared frustrations. America is literally being looted:

Tea Party Post-Mortem

Numbers are still coming in, but it looks like somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 people showed up in more than 700 locations around the nation for a Tax Day Tea Party. The Atlanta Tea Party was politician heavy; several speakers either currently hold or have held elected office. Among them were rising conservative state legislators, Sen. Chip Rogers and Rep. Tom Graves, US Reps. Tom Price and Lynn Westmoreland and former US Rep. Dick Armey, now head of FreedomWorks (one of the groups responsible for the protests around the nation).

MSNBC Covers “Teabag Mouthpieces”

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Wow. MSNBC’s coverage makes Fox News look like the Charlie Rose show.

Tea Parties in Alabama

It appears that the Tea Parties held in Alabama yesterday were a rousing success.  It’s reported by ABC News (and my friend and attendee Shirrell Roberts) that the Montgomery Tea Party held at noon on the Capital steps had about 1,000 people (*Update- Organzier Cindy Wright says attendance was closer to 2,500).  Great job, Matt Givens and Cindy Wright, in organzing and promoting this event!  This is what Shirrell said after the event-

It really fired me up just seeing common everyday folks give a rip about the direction this country is headed.  Sometimes it is easy to become cynical. Yesterday restored my faith in the people of this country.

Man Up, Huck, You’re a Fiscal Fraud

Tax Hike Mike wants an apology from Dick Armey over criticism of his tax-hiking record and misguided populism:

A History Lesson From A 4 Yr. Old

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A four year old takes time out of his busy schedule to give grown-ups an American history lesson. Watch him explain the Declaration of Independence, the Boston Tea Party and the rights of American citizens.

Even he understands citizens should be in charge! Take some time out of your schedule to find out how ballot initiatives can work for you at http://www.CitizensInCharge.org

On Tea Parties and Republican Hypocrisy

As you may already know, there will be nationwide protests on April 15th, Tax Day, to protest spending and tax hikes by the Obama Administration. These protests, referred to as Tea Parties, have taken place nearly every week since Friday, February 27th (yours truly attended the Atlanta Tea Party and was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on Fox News about the events) and have been gaining notoriety and slowly more people are attending. The protest here in Atlanta had around 300 people, not bad for a cold, rainy day.


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