The Tea Parties And Tech

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February 28, 2009

The latest write up on the spread of Tea Parties across the Internet and America. h/t Instapundit.

Might it not be helpful to begin directing some of these protests at the field offices of DC politicians when it works out?  

Also, while this is and should remain a people's movement, isn't it time for some politicians to come out of hiding and start addressing, if not even attending some of these events? I suspect protesters have plenty of questions for them.

Obama's budget could prove to be even more disastrous than his stimulus plan and that debate remains to be had. Perhaps that can be somewhat influenced by this, too.

Lastly, anything scheduled for Chris Dodd's Connecticut by chance? Two birds with one stone and all that.

Update: Don't miss the new Day by Day Tea Party cartoon! 

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Comments:
  1. ic says:

    It’s time to extract promises from voters to drive out the bums who voted for the package without reading it even if the economy revives by 2010.

  2. Tom Keeler says:

    Now that the Republicans have sullied their name for a generation of young people and have made me and my like-minded friends ashamed to call ourselves conservatives, maybe it’s not that we should be waiting for people who are part of the problem in D.C. to show up and address our issues but that we should start considering a new party altogether. So, why not think outside the box, why not a 3rd party, a “Tea Party” if you will? A party with the low tax/anti-big government zeal that Republicans claim to have, but with the social appeal of being pro-choice, pro-freedom, etc? Someone smarter than I should come up with something. I’ll join it in a moment if I think it’s got a slight bit of chance.

  3. Bob1 says:

    Now that there’s some inertia behind our dissatisfaction, how about pushing for a recall vote or two? Pick a vulnerable Dem (or Snowe, Collins, or Spector) and see if we can get the ball rolling.
    Make it a survival issue. Right now, the Tea Party movement is just a minor news blip. The politicos can ignore us. But the threat of a recall might get their attention.
    Strike while the passion is there!

  4. Micha Elyi says:

    Might it not be helpful to begin directing some of these protests at those who voted for Obama? It’s time to extract from the bums who voted for Obama promises that they’ll never abuse the franchise again.

  5. David Govett says:

    Simply listing economic projections glazes over peoples’ eyes. Make Obama’s policies personal. Show in detail how the increased taxes will affect a few particular families. Have the families discuss in detail what they will lose to support others in favor with the ruling class.

  6. James Durbin says:

    A next step can be harnessing the names and email address, as well as Twitter and Facebook handles for those who attended, and setting up times to meet with local representatives.
    We could schedule 15 minute meetings with staff spread out over months, keeping a steady diet of pressure on Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and it would be easy to keep up.
    Facebook is not a bad way to organize, but we should be using the Ning Network to run things, as Facebook is not private, and not friendly to conservatives. Always back up the data.
    This gives people something to do that is constructive – it keeps us organized, builds community, and takes just a little time – 15 minutes every few months.
    And it will annoy the hell out of the Congressfolks if we write, post pictures and video, and do it all without breaking the law.
    It also trains people to get very good at verbalizing what they want.

  7. Zanne says:

    Forget government building for protest. We should protest outside MSM outlets. Print/media/lobbyist. Someone on another site agreed and said the French leave a huge pile of manure also. Makes sense. If you give it…get it.

  8. W. P. T. says:

    I agree to some extent with the comments by Mr. Keeler, that the current Republican leadership got us into this mess by reaching a level of corruption that many of us found outrageous. It is still astonishing and infuriating the extent to which the Democrats have exceeded that in such a short time. But I don’t think that the majority of voters are ready to replace either the Republicans or Democrats. They are institutions, unfortunately. Instead, we will have to push out the current Replblican leadership and replace it. We need a purge of party leadership. Public, loud, and thorough. Independent voters need to see that it really is a different Republican party.

  9. Bob says:

    In for a penny, in for a pound:
    If we really believe that Washington is out of control, then one way to reassert the will of the people is to re-declare independence: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,” etc., etc.
    That opening sentence of the Declaration asserts, as a matter of Natural Law, the ability of a people to assume political independence.
    “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
    If the current government is “destructive of these ends,” then we have the right to declare our independence and start over. Nullification at the national level.
    I suggest one way to do this is to form new states out of the red regions of the country. For example, the southern portion of Virginia could cast off the liberal northern part that currently hijacks much of the state’s legislative agenda. Similarly, rural Colorado could vote the liberal parts of the Front Range off the
    island as being non-representative of the state. Heck, even form new states out of some contiguous regions. Then establish a new capitol somewhere other than DC.
    [Yes, I'm aware this runs afoul of Article Four, Section Three of the Constitution ("no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress."). However, as I note above, a declaration of independence carries the seeds of nullification. So arguably, if we're declaring independence and forming new government, we can form it of like-minded regions.]
    Such a declaration might keep the Obama administration from passing any more budgetary nonsense by forcing him to concentrate instead on fighting to maintain a semblance of legitimacy.

  10. Bob says:

    In for a penny, in for a pound:
    If we really believe that Washington is out of control, then one way to reassert the will of the people is to re-declare independence: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,” etc., etc.
    That opening sentence of the Declaration asserts, as a matter of Natural Law, the ability of a people to assume political independence.
    “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
    If the current government is “destructive of these ends,” then we have the right to declare our independence and start over. Nullification at the national level.
    I suggest one way to do this is to form new states out of the red regions of the country. For example, the southern portion of Virginia could cast off the liberal northern part that currently hijacks much of the state’s legislative agenda. Similarly, rural Colorado could vote the liberal parts of the Front Range off the
    island as being non-representative of the state. Heck, even form new states out of some contiguous regions. Then establish a new capitol somewhere other than DC.
    [Yes, I'm aware this runs afoul of Article Four, Section Three of the Constitution ("no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress."). However, as I note above, a declaration of independence carries the seeds of nullification. So arguably, if we're declaring independence and forming new government, we can form it of like-minded regions.]
    Such a declaration might keep the Obama administration from passing any more budgetary nonsense by forcing him to concentrate instead on fighting to maintain a semblance of legitimacy.

  11. The “people’s movement” might actually be an astroturf campaign from the same family that funds open borders groups:
    http://www.playboy.com/blog/2009/02/backstabber.html
    Try and ignore the source and the title and concentrate on the interesting network they’ve uncovered.
    If anyone wants to actually do something, go ask a politician a question designed to discredit them to their face on video and upload it to Youtube. And, write major bloggers and suggest they promote that much more effective plan rather than being useful idiots for those who have no use for our borders.

  12. Al Reasin says:

    I was at the DC Tea Party. No politicians that I saw or heard were there and few from CPAC. The politicians do not fear consequences with these types of rallies, so we need to tea party their offices; that would get more local media attention. Direct action may influence them and the apathatic voters; the media then might get out the word that they are not appreciated. The MD senators voted for the stimulus and since MD is overwhelming Democrat only ID’ing them with pork may change the next election. Make them publicly justify their votes.

  13. Stan Smith says:

    Why don’t we just send a pound of our favorite tea via FedEx to our elected representatives on April 15th? Attach a note expressing our displeasure with the way government has been handling the “stimulus” and end with the line “I vote.”

  14. Stan Smith says:

    Forgot to add: 500,000 pounds (or more) of tea being delivered to the capitol would make a bit of an impression, no?

  15. James Thomas says:

    This is just the beginning. Do not lose faith. The country is bursting with people like you and me, and just waiting for the voice that can speak the words to equal their thoughts It’s not so easy in such a hostile environment. In the meantime, keep the Tea Parties coming. We must never let them think they have the stage to themselves.

  16. Smorgasbord says:

    WASHINGTON DC TEA PARTY
    I sent the below letter to Barack Obama, and included a tea bag:
    ——————————————–
    Mr. President,
    As the early colonists of the USA did on December 16, 1773 I am starting a Washington DC Tea Party for the same reason as they did: TOO MANY TAXES. THE STIMULUS TAX INCREASE is the straw that broke the taxpayers back.
    This is my token way of tossing YOUR TEA into Boston Harbor. I will be contacting as many people as I can to do the same thing if they feel the government is overtaxing us. We need TAX RELIEF, not a bunch of NEW TAXES. No reply necessary, except to start putting the taxpayer first.
    ———————————————
    I encourage anyone who feels the stimulus bill is the tax that broke the taxpayers back to do the same, and to send a tea bag to each of your members of Congress. Please pass this idea along to others. Send the president and members of Congress a tea bag, and include a SHORT, polite letter explaining why you are doing it. The address to send it to the president is:
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington DC
    20500

  17. yehudit says:

    Tom, it’s called the Libertarian Party. But it’s marginalized like every 3rd party in our system, and therefore full of kooks. I think joining the Pubs will be more effective, even with the social conservatism.

  18. yehudit says:

    jim Durbin, that is exactly how the Obama army organized. We should learn from them. Appropriate all leftist organizational techniques which are legal and ethical.

  19. John Samford says:

    Anyone that thinks murdering unborn babies is OK is NOT a consevative. Period. Those that think they can do that and still call themselves conservatives are the problem, NOT the solution. No more Rino’s please. McCain, Mitt and Huck are enough. They are examples of what is wrong with the Republican party today.
    Conservatives are split over their core principals. Democrats have no principals beyond power, so they have an organizational advantage.
    Anyone that thinks the Usurper will quietly leave office for any reason needs to drop the pipe.
    There will be a civil war and we need to start organizing NOW!
    Obama is;

    Don’t think he is serious?

    Better have lots of ammo ready when the Usurper’s brown shirts come for you.

  20. JeanE says:

    I attended a tea party protest and it was evident that the protesters are not long standing members of the GOP. I think the nation has been uneccessarily polarized by those seeking political power. Many voters do not really support the spending proposed by the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress, but they still identify themselves as Democrats and are not going to support a movement that they perceive as a partisan attack on the administration. Conservtives who are more interested in promoting their ideas than in promoting the GOP will identify Democrats and Republicans who will advocate fiscal responsibility.
    While it may seem a bit off topic, I think the 2010 census and redistricting can play a significant role in reining in our out of control federal government. The best way to get fiscally responsible candidates into office is to eliminate the gerrymandered districts that almost guarantee reelection to candidates who support their party irrespective of the interests of the people they represent. The Boston Tea Party was less about taxes than it was about getting proper representation in Parliament. Likewise, the American Tea Party movement should recognize that the real problem is the lack of real representation, and should work to address that issue. Financial policies will change when representation changes. For more info about changing the redistricting process, check out this article.
    http://www.centrists.org/pages/2004/07/7_buck_trust.html

  21. Two of Eight says:

    Hi. New here.
    JeanE says: Many voters do not really support the spending proposed by the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress, but they still identify themselves as Democrats and are not going to support a movement that they perceive as a partisan attack on the administration
    I agree.
    You have a popular president (at least for now) and an unpopular policy.
    We’re not changing presidents til 2012 at the earliest.
    You have a sort of gap – Obama voters, who don’t like current policy. As differentiated from people whom JeanE is referencing – people who will snap to defense of the administration, if that’s the perceived target.
    They, and influencable policy makers who voted the wrong way, are the ones I think you want the message directed at.
    Go after the policies. They’re his anyway. If there’s outrage enough, that’s also how you keep them ongoing. The rest of the country (media) can’t ignore it forever.

  22. Tom Keeler says:

    yehudit – “Tom, it’s called the Libertarian Party. But it’s marginalized like every 3rd party in our system, and therefore full of kooks. I think joining the Pubs will be more effective, even with the social conservatism.”
    I’m aware of the Libertarians, and I agree they’re populated with kooks (although you have to wonder which came first, the marginalization or the kooks). There seem to be too many “true believers” in that party whose dogmatic belief that they must stay pure to their ideals comes at the expense of being taken seriously by the rest of the country.
    John Samford – “Anyone that thinks murdering unborn babies is OK is NOT a consevative. Period. Those that think they can do that and still call themselves conservatives are the problem, NOT the solution. No more Rino’s please.”
    See above regarding kooks, true believers, and not being taken seriously by the rest of the country.
    Also, in my opinion, you are what’s wrong with the GOP. This abortion litmus test has to go; if Roe v Wade were to be rolled back by congress you’d see the Republicans lose so many seats in the next election that 2006 would look like a good year. The Republican party as it currently stands is on the wrong side of history with it’s anti-choice, anti-gay marriage positions. It has proven over the last decade that it’s incapable of being trusted with power. It’s also showing me that they think if they blindly keep plugging the same old tired lines that eventually people will come back to them.
    I had a RNC telemarketer call the other night and I ended up laughing at him and hanging up the phone. I’m done with the GOP. But I will never vote Democrat, so I might as well just stay home on election day. A pox upon all their houses.

  23. Margaret says:

    I would only send the label of a tea bag to Obama or legislators lest it be mistaken for something dangerous or threatening.
    I would not support any party that did not support the Life/Marriage issues, so you can forget having my support if you help create such a party to oppose the Democrats.
    The same lack of morality in sexual, life, marriage issues is at the core of the decline in morality that causes people to think they have the right to steal your income to advance themselves.
    As the Founders stated, only a religious, moral people can be self-governing. We have to carry a policeman inside us (conscience) to avoid having policemen controlling us. All of our morals derive from religion; if not for a belief in God and fear of His punishment, why should we not do whatever is in our own best interest even if it hurts others? “Grab all the gusto” would be everyone’s motto.
    Why doesn’t the “Right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” apply to the unborn child?

  24. To those of you who have had it with the Republican party, we hear you. We decided in 2008 that they had not learned the lessons of 2006, and given the chance, they would simply sit back and let the Democrats scare voters back to them. That is exactly what is happening, and that is what we seek to prevent.
    We are the American Conservative Party. Find us online at http://www.americanconservativeparty.org Phase I of our plan will be rolled out this Tuesday, March 3rd. We’re not running around creating unfocused protests; we’re getting the pieces in place to challenge the major parties where they are most vulnerable — upcoming local elections.
    Volunteers are welcome.

  25. AST says:

    If you’ve read Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, you’d know that “movements” and “activism” are fascist ideas, not connected with conservatism. The later is about individualism, really “doing your own thing.” The reason the left does demonstrations better is that they think in terms of marching in step with each other. They might like the idea of chaos, but would not tolerate it within “the movement.”
    Conservatives have lives. It’s the lefties whose lives are caught up in organizing. The problem they have is that if and when they really get organized the rest of us remember how nuts they are and refuse to vote them in again. That’s part of what happened in 1994, and it should be what happens next year.
    There needs to be a new Contract with America, but I’d like to see it coming up from the voters, not down from politicians. Either way, it’s a better way to decide who to vote for than how much spending they bring to their home districts.