Update 2: The Florida Rally in Cape Coral City is back on. Pam Fowler, Connecticut’s Tea party Point person writes to tell me this:
Despite the efforts of the local government in Cape Coral, FL, to prevent people from showing up, the tea party is on! FreedomWorks activist Mary Rakovich is taking over the planning of the April 1st Tea Party and wants to send a message to the city that the people of Cape Coral will be heard.
Update 1: Here’s video of the Tea Party in Stamford yesterday, shot by RVO Chat Room veteran Judy A. (H/T to Rick R). The great audio starts around 2:00. Nice job everyone.
And here’s a slide show I put together from the video:
Sunday Post: The Tea Party movement is alive and well, growing and spreading and folks are beginning to take notice. The Hartford Courant covered yesterday’s Stamford Tea party.
Critics dismiss the phenomenon as little more than a sharply partisan attack on President Barack Obama and the Democrats. But the protesters say their cause represents something bigger: a collective yell of “I’m not going to take it anymore” from the American taxpayer.
The movement takes its name, and much of its imagery, from American history. Participants — including home-schooling moms, Libertarians and Rush Limbaugh Republicans — compare themselves to the 18th century patriots who dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation.
Compare? I think its more like we draw our inspiration from. But this line kinda cracked me up …
Yet the target is unmistakably Obama and the Democrats. At a Tea Party protest that drew about 300 people in Ridgefield last weekend, one participant carried a sign that read “Obama=Socialism,” according to a report in The News-Times of Danbury.
Well … they are the ones in power and cramming this through. Just saying, that’s all.
Meanwhile in Florida, Cape Coral canceled a Tea Party there because they feared more than 500 people might show up. Under the circumstances, the city requires insurance for a crowd of that size and stopped the event ...
Lynn Rosko planned to hold a tax payer tea party at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on April 1st. The idea was announced at a Cape Coral City Council meeting, then an e-mail blast by the Republican Party and it was mentioned in the local media. With all of that attention, the City of Cape Coral felt there could be more than 500 people attending the tea party.
Therefore Rosko needed to get a permit and insurance for the event. Rosko says she’s not willing to get insurance and accept liability for something that a stranger could do.
Its not surprising they wanted her to get insurance, and not surprising she would say no … to me this is just further evidence of the grass roots nature of the movement. If there was a political party or organization behind this, insurance would be no problem. Going forward though … these are things The Tea Party organizers are going to have to consider.
Red State has a nice take on this one:
Remember this report from our nation’s history?
CNN (Continental News Network) Boston, 1773: The city of Boston canceled a proposed protest over tea taxes today, citing the fear that too many people dressed as Indians would be gathered near the wharves. Organizers expressed sadness over the cancellation, but meekly returned to their homes fearful of upsetting the officers of the Crown. Taxmen breathed a sigh of relief as the tar and feathers were put away not to be used this day.
Ya gotta love it. Go ahead and read their take. And there’s another post here.