A large crowd braved chilly temperatures downtown today to protest President Barack Obama’s stimulus program and to throw tea into the Mississippi River.
The gathering was organized by several local conservatives, who estimated the showing at more than 1,000 people. There was no official crowd estimate, but the gathering filled roughly one fourth of the grand staircase from the Gateway Arch grounds down to the levee.
Smart Girl Politics says: Most people aren’t hurting yet. At last not to the point they are prepared to make personal sacrifice to save our country. Most people don’t really understand or are not aware of the real and present danger we are facing. Many are still flush with their excitement of the new cool dude President. Others just don’t think about it one way or the other. People are generally concerned with their own lives than they are with the bigger picture.
My fear is that we aren’t quite ready for the Tea Party. I fear we’ll be forced to fall down before the average person is ready to stand up to ‘The Man’ and tell him (them) ‘No taxation without representation’ as our forefathers did. We aren’t quite ready to experience sacrifice that isn’t forced upon us.
My fear is that there will be a lot more loss, suffering and big government infringing on our lives before a real grass roots effort to stop the bleeding will take effect. My hope is that it won’t be too late and we will be able to salvage our country before so much damage is done that the cure entail enormous sacrifice and pain.
Tea Parties are planned in 20 cities across the country this weekend. The weekend tea party schedules are below, thanks to Little Miss Attila. Read more here
From Smart Girl’s: Smart Girl Politics is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party.
Online conservative activists have rallied to CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s call earlier this week, backed by mortgage traders, for a “Nationwide Chicago Tea Party” to protest the Obama Administration’s bailout plan.
Moving quickly, Top Conservatives on Twitter , Smart Girl Politics, the #DontGo Movement, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heartland Institute, and American Spectator Magazine joined forces to announce a “Nationwide Chicago Tea Party”, to be held on Friday, February 27 at noon EASTERN STANDARD TIME.
Please find the cities and links for individual tea party events. You can also join the action Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 12:00 pm est virtually on Twitter. (Use the hashtag #teaparty to join and support the protests)
Read to see the Tea Party in your area
Now I goodtimepolitics says hats off to Smart Girl Politics and all the protesters that will be out in force to let their voices be heard. Anyone interest in letting their voice heard can surely keep up with where the protest will be next at Smart Girl Politics