Reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party of 1773, thousands of citizens across the United States are planning a protest. The Tax Day Tea Party is an event slated to be held in cities and communities across the country on April 15 to protest the recent tax increases and bailouts that the new Presidential administration has imposed.
Locally, Blanco resident Charley Pemberton is organizing a Tea Party on the lawn of the Old Blanco Courthouse.
Mr. Pemberton says, “I am a registered Republican, but this demonstration is open to anyone who pays taxes, and that includes anyone who eats, drinks, drives, or smokes.”
The grassroots movement, organized by Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, the Don’t Go Movement and several other online groups and coalitions, is the result of reaction to a rant by Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC.
In his rant, which was meant to expose “the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress,” he called for a Chicago Tea Party.
On February 27, an estimated 30,000 Americans took part in the Nationwide Tea Party.
The Tax Day Tea Party will be the 2nd such event. The theme of this meeting is Repeal the Pork, Cut Taxes and Spending.
Several residents were asked to share their opinions regarding the Tea Party:
“I am in agreement. In fact, I sent a tea bag to the White House on April Fool’s Day.”-Bobby Leggett
“The frustration in our country is only beginning to boil over the top of the teapot.” -Suzette Connell
"I am not sure how much good it will do, but at least we will be doing something." -Deb Yorgensen
Blanco residents who want to support the movement are encouraged to attend on April 15 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Courthouse.
There will be no political speeches. There will be a protest that attendees can sign if they choose, but all are requested to report their presence in an effort to get a count of those attending.