Grassroots? Umm … yeah

Nancy Pelosi sure won’t like this … but I wanted to take a moment to point to two posts that point out the grassroots nature of the Tea Parties today. The first comes from Brainflation who reported on the Hartford rally for the Huffpost.

One of the organizers identified as Rick reluctantly volunteered as a grassroots organizer when other leadership failed to surface. He jokingly wondered when he’d be receiving his check in response to claims by some media outlets that the Tea Parties were a product of the RNC or other national Republican organizations. There was a variety of material being passed around from multiple organizations including the Campaign for Liberty and Federation of Connecticut Taxpayer Organizations but the lack State or National Republican representation at the event gave credibility to the grassroots claim. Organizers were deliberate in their exclusion of politicians and candidates from the microphone citing a desire to prevent a genuine citizen movement from being hijacked by the agendas of the same politicos who brought on the need for protests.

Indeed. I know Rick … he’s still looking for contributions to help defray the cost. Just so you know.

And here’s what the Kansas City Star reported today.

Democrats and other skeptics are desperate to dismiss the tea parties that popped up across the country today. Kansas City political consultant Steve Glorioso told The Star they were being staged by the “same far right fringe characters driven in large part by talk radio.”
This eagerness to explain away this movement is telling, suggesting the skeptics see these gatherings as a real threat. Certainly the tea parties have an anti-Obama slant, but what we’re seeing is something outside the normal dynamics of Democrat-Republican tension.

It is a real threat … but just to politicians who do not pay attention … and spend our money too freely for their benefit. And here is what Glenn Reynolds wrote in the WSJ this morning.

So who’s behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the power of the Internet to organize. For a number of years, techno-geeks have been organizing “flash crowds” — groups of people, coordinated by text or cellphone, who converge on a particular location and then do something silly, like the pillow fights that popped up in 50 cities earlier this month. This is part of a general phenomenon dubbed “Smart Mobs” by Howard Rheingold, author of a book by the same title, in which modern communications and social-networking technologies allow quick coordination among large numbers of people who don’t know each other.

If you are not afraid (ha!)… it’s worth the entire read.

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Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. PatRiot on April 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    The Kansas City Star hit on a great point:  "something outside of the normal dynamics of Dem – Repub tensions." 

    If we capitalize on this, we can regain the credibility of the power of We The People.  They won't know how to handle us.   We have a chink in the armor, a soft spot.  We can break this 2 party paradigm.

  2. PatRiot on April 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Now we start to use  our voices to bring back journalistic professionalism – This will erode DC's power base.  We call each media and let them know if they were fair or not.  Let them know that we will call their advertisers with the same sentiments as well as our new buying decisions.  The advertisers will respond to our calls and the change in sales.  That is when the media will feel our power.  This in  turn will filter to the DC mob.

  3. PatRiot on April 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    While we are at it.  Call our state legislators and request that they sponsor a bill for CT to  claim sovereingty from the Federal Gov't.  Bills have been confirmed in 11 other states (10 more are being researched before confirming).  This will send a message that We The People are behind it as well as our state.  

  4. PatRiot on April 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Then we call he Pentagon and the Supreme Court to join us in defending the Constitution.  Pressuring Congress to get back on track – or better yet – resign.   While we have the Supreme Court on the line,  ask how to start a class action suit to charge Congress with treason.  

    These are the 3 best ways I can think of to restore the Republic, the constitution and the balance of power.

  5. Dimsdale on April 16, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Remember: Democrats and Republicans are politicians first, representatives second (maybe lower).

    Don't beg for crumbs from them!  Let them know who makes the bread (pun intended)!

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