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Conservatives &Fiscal Policy &Tea Parties Richard Falknor on 20 Apr 2009 09:25 am

“Live Tea or Die!”Local Participants’ After-Action Reports

“Like the original tea party, it is in the end about freedom. Live Tea or die!”
— Mark Steyn

We asked our first sample of last Wednesday’s Tea Party participants around our region for a one-sentence summary of the event they attended. And we included remarks of two fierce defenders of the Republic (Mark Steyn above and Michelle Malkin below) to provide national perspective.

Hagerstown, Md.: 

“I was inspired by the fact that so many, just regular people from all walks of life came out in a very cold rain with creative signs into which they obviously had put some time and thought thus demonstrating how important it was for them to be there with everyone in good spirits and enjoying the camaraderie of like minded strangers.”

Frederick, Md.:

“The very down-to-earth crowd at Frederick’s tea party of parents, middle-income Americans, veterans, and some young children, all seemed to express on homemade signs or in shouts of frustration a plea to ‘get back to basics’ in traditional, constitutionally outlined government–forget bailouts and cut taxes.”

Reston, Va.:

“I’m sure the weather was a factor in everyone’s mood, yet still this was a serious, determined group of people.”

Reston, Va.:

“Amidst the drizzle and cold, there was a warmth and camaraderie of purpose to sound the alarm over the pending tax increases and inflation which will be ruinous to our way of work and our way of life.”

Merrifield, Va.: 

“The Merrifield Tax Day Tea Party demonstrators showed utter disregard for the pouring rain and showed a resolute determination to express their outrage at the overreaching Government spending and control under the Democratic Congresses under the Bush and Obama Administrations.”

Winchester, Va.:

“The grassroots citizens came together to send the message that, ‘we are out here and we expect Congress to stop the pork projects, lower taxes and spending, and deliberate over legislation before making it law.'”

Prince William, Va.:

” . . . [Y]et in spite of the chaos, (and bad weather) one thing is for sure. . . and that is, we are taxed enough already! So spontaneous gatherings – spawned by Rick Santelli’s outburst on the stock exchange floor. . . and tea parties held all over the country – bubbling up from the grassroots make us all ‘rightwing extremists’!”

Annapolis: (unsolicited — from a widely respected Marylander):

“This protest is not just about high taxes. It is about the effort moving with lightning speed to reinvent America into a European style socialist country.  The next challenge is to keep this opposition movement growing and convince the politicians in Washington and Annapolis that we are indeed Mad as Hell and that we aren’t going to let them take us down that road.”

Michelle Malkin reported Saturday morning in her “Another Republican booed by Tea Party protesters” here that – –

I reported in my column this week the news the Tea Party-bashing MSM doesn’t want to report: Republicans who supported the bailouts, the stimulus, and tax increases are in just as much hot water as Democrats. I told you that California GOP chairman Ron Nehring and GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were booed in Sacramento and GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman was booed in Utah.

Now, see this.

At the Greenville SC Tea Party last night, via Palmetto Scoop, an estimated 3,000 people booed and heckled GOP Rep. Gresham Barrett, who supported both the trillion-dollar TARP and now supports the trillion-dollar porkulus package. The crowd blew air horns as he tried to speak. Do you think the politicians are getting the message yet? And do you think someone in the MSM might grow up, stop wallowing in sexual teabagging jokes, and report these newsworthy developments? The anger at reckless spenders in Washington is palpable, deep-seated, bipartisan, nationwide, and not going away . . .

Malkin had declared in her column last Friday – –

“In Madison, Wisconsin, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan – hyped as a conservative ‘rockstar’ – was well-received. But I heard from staunch fiscal conservative constituents who refused to be silent about Ryan’s complicity. He gave one of the most hysterical speeches in the rush to pass TARP last fall; voted for the auto bailout; and voted with the Barney Frank/Nancy Pelosi AIG bonus-bashing stampede. Milwaukee blogger Nick Schweitzer wrote: ‘He ought to be apologizing for his previous votes, not pretending he was being responsible the entire time, but I don’t see one bit of regret for what he did previously. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to let him get away with it.’

Other Tea Party participants pointed out that Newt Gingrich, who jumped aboard the bandwagon, flip-flopped on TARP in the space of a week last September and made common cause with Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi in ads calling for immediate action on ‘climate change.'”

Malkin asks whether the politicians are getting the message yet.  Certainly porking and private-property-snatching Republicans in the Maryland General Assembly should be listening.  And Virginia U.S. Representatives who supported the TARP and set the precedent for 90 percent tax rates should be paying attention — to say nothing of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidates who urged bigger government through higher taxes.

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