Monday, April 20, 2009

Richmond Area Tea Parties a Huge Success

It rained on the Richmond Tax Day Tea Party, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of several thousand chanting, sign-waving Virginians.

They crowded into the Kanawha Plaza tonight to vent their anger at what they consider a big-spending government that they fear is taking away their freedoms.

The signs told the story:

"The Real Pirates are in Congress."

"Stop Toxic Spending!"

"Tea Party Today. Tar and Feathers Tomorrow!"

"Unrepentant Capitalist!"

"Obamanomics. Trickle Up Poverty."

"Obama Wants Your Dollars. Do You Want His Change?"

"Who Will Bail Out the Bailout?"

Across the nation today, tens of thousands of protesters staged hundreds of "tea parties," from Boston to Salt Lake City, from Kentucky to Alaska to rail against the nation's mounting debt and spending they think is out of control.

Protesters even threw what appeared to be a box of tea bags toward the White House, causing a brief lockdown at the compound.

At the Richmond tea party, some wore tea bags as earrings.

A series of speakers, many from radio station WRVA, railed against the government and the growing federal debt. But the loudspeakers weren't strong enough to carry the speeches to the rear of the crowd. Many shouted their disapproval with the sound system.

A Patrick Henry impersonator drew the biggest applause with a recitation of his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, made just a few blocks away in 1775.



At April 20, 2009 at 6:23 AM , Blogger Ruby Marie said...

Chester Patriots continue to work in their community after Richmond Tea Party Success.

At May 8, 2009 at 7:58 PM , Blogger Ruby Marie said...

A group of over 30 Americans, who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia, hand delivered to their federal citizen representatives' Richmond offices a Petition for Redress of Grievances. A copy of the Petition can be found here…

The results and reactions varied by federal office. It ranged from a cordial and frank conversation about the status of our country to muffled conversations behind a bank teller window.

The bottom line is Americans deserve answers and these citizen representatives were formally asked to respond in a forum that is appropriate to reach their constituents.

Here is a copy of the cover letter submitted with the petition.

May 8, 2009

To:Citizen Representatives
Citizen Rep. Eric Cantor
Citizen Rep. Randy Forbes
Citizen Sen. Mark Warner
Citizen Sen. Jim Webb

From: Your Constituents

Subject: Our Petition for Redress of Grievances

On April 15th of this year, We the People posted in our local paper, the Village News, our Petition for Redress of Grievances. We addressed it to you as our citizen representatives. As this practice is protected by First Amendment, we expect your thoughtful, written response to each of our concerns.

We the People are watching and are taking steps to protect our liberty. We wanted to make sure that our citizen representatives heard our concerns loud and clear. Therefore, we decided to hand deliver our message to you such that you make no mistake about our grievances and our unwavering mandate. We are requesting the following four actions:

1.To cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers;
2.To formally and publicly recognize the natural and Constitutional rights of the American People in a manner appropriate to your branch of government;
3.To answer, point by point the questions contained herein;
4.To honor your oaths to support the Constitution or resign immediately from your positions.

We the People will continue our march toward liberty, not looking left or right, until they are heard and responded to.


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