The movement started with a “Porkulus” protest organized by Keli Carender, a blogger-mom in Seattle getting her first taste of political activism, three days before the now-famous Feb. 19 television news rant by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Carender was concerned about Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package. Blogger Michelle Malkin got wind of Carender’s activity and touted it, which led to similar protests in Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas. A national movement caught fire, organized by a bunch of mostly unconnected people who found each other via social networking on the Internet. These facts about the origins of the movement render especially goofy recent accusations from pro-Obama groups on the left that the Tea Party Protests are somehow part of an evil right-wing conspiracy funded either by CNBC or Fox News.
Part of the reason for the mean-spiritedness in some of the attacks from the pro-Obama groups is likely the failure of efforts to turn out large crowds in support of the chief executive’s $787 billion economic stimulus package and $3.6 trillion 2010 federal budget, with its $1 trillion deficit and comparable floods of red ink for a decade thereafter. The recent “New Way Forward” gathering here in D.C., for example, was heralded by organizers as the first of a wave of counter-Tea Party Protests, but barely a dozen people turned out. Similarly, much-publicized efforts to use the 13-million email addresses compiled by the Obama campaign to generate pressure on Congress barely caused a ripple, much less a wave of support for the Obama budget. The piece links to Tax Day Tea Party and National Tea Party Day.
See "The New Tea Party and Revolution" for another tremendous resource.
Nice Deb has bumped up her post, "Who’s Going to A Tax Day Tea Party?", and she links to Luke America's resource, "101 Tea Party Sign Slogans."
Please e-mail to be added to this roundup. Patriots, to the streets!
* Adam Graham, "Why I’m Attending a Tea Party."
* Angry White Dude, "Liberals Fear Conservative Tea Parties."
* Astute Bloggers, "Pawlenty Slams Obama Taxes."
* Atlas Shrugs, "White House Distances Itself from ... Lovers of Freedom."
* Cheat Seeking Missiles, "Toast Krugman At Your Tea Party."
* Dan Riehl, "The New Battleground: Tea Parties And The Tenth Amendment."
* David Weigel, "Tea Party Activists: Tax Day Events Will Attract ‘Silent Majority’."
* Flopping Aces, "Homeland Security Report targets Flopping Aces."
* Glenn Reynolds, "MARK LEVIN’S LIBERTY AND TYRANNY is still #1 on Amazon."
* Liberty Papers, "The White House responds to DHS report."
* Liberty Pundit, "Gallup Poll: People OK With Level Of Taxation."
* Little Miss Attila, "The Jon Henke Smackdown of Tea-Trutherism."
* Lonely Conservative, "Liberals are Mocking the Tea Parties."
* Lynn Mitchell, "Tea parties going global."
* Michelle Malkin, "Where will you be for Tax Day Tea Party?"
* PoliGazette, "Are the Tea Parties A Delayed Reaction?"
* Protein Wisdom, "Tax Day Tea Parties."
* Repurblican, "Beware of Tea Party free-riders and saboteurs, Right and Left."
* Right Wing News, "I am Participating in my First Protest Tomorrow."
* Robert Stacy McCain, "Alabama, here I come!"
* Snooper Report, "You Throw It Out And Replace It."
* Stop the ACLU, "Gallup Poll Apparently Says Us Teabaggers Are Out Of Touch (?)."
* The Strata-Sphere, "The Threat Of Far Right Extremism - Updated!"
* Sundries Shack, "Ignore the JournoList Meme of the Week and Go to a Tea Party!"
* Wake Up America, "Watch For 'Men in Black' At A tea Party Near You Tomorrow."
* William Jacobson, "The Constitution Is A Subversive Manifesto Per DHS."
UPDATE: More Tea Party and related posting:* The Anchoress, "DHS documents picking a fight? UPDATED."**********
* Andrea Shea King, "Tea Party Anthem Singer ... “This whole thing is Rush Limbaugh’s fault”."
* Critical Thinker, "Edmund Burke and a Progressive went to a Tea Party."
* Founding Bloggers, "Is DHS Writing Any Reports About ... Leftwing Extremists In Chicago?"
* Gateway Pundit, "St. Louis Tea Party Organizers Fight Back!..."
* Gayle's Place, "I'm a Rightwing Extremist, are You?"
* John Romano, "Tea Parties, Homeland Security and Silencing the Opposition."
* Maggie's Notebook, "AMERICAN LEGION: An Open Letter to Homeland Security ..."
* Mark Goluskin, "Of Tea Parties ..."
* Michelle Malkin, "Tracking the Tea Party crashers."
* The Next Right, "The Tea Party protests."
* Political Pistachio, "The Shadow Gallery."
* Power Line, "Watch Out For Those Crazy Right Wingers!"
* Pundit & Pundette, "David Shuster outdoes himself."
* Red State, "Obama ... Veterans, Pro-Lifers, Gun Enthusiasts ... are “Right Wing Extremists”."
* The Rhetorican, "Attack of the Anti-Tea Party Attack Poodles."
* Roger L. Simon, "Tea Party Derangement Syndrome - it’s here!
* Tygrrrr Express, "Events, Announcements, and Link Love."
UPDATE II: From Dave at Point of a Gun: "I Am Going For The Pulled Pork Sandwiches And The Protests."
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Well, tomorrow's the big day. Americans around the country will gather at civic centers nationwide to protest "the high-tax and deficit spending policies of President Obama and the Democratic Congress," as the Washington Examiner puts it, in "Angry Taxpayers to Rally at Tea Party Protests":