“On April 15, 2009, at over 800 locations across this great country, the Tea Party Patriots gathered to protest government spending, bailouts, deficits and high taxes. The events were peaceful, patriotic and non-partisan, involving Democrats, Republicans, and many who no longer associate with any political party. All across the nation, people came out to protest against government irresponsibility and politicians who are no longer interested in the public good. A great wave is sweeping the nation.
One speaker summed it up well when he said, “For too long politicians have used party affiliation, social issues, and the intentional promotion of class warfare to divide the American people. They have caused Democrats to hate Republicans, conservatives to hate liberals, pro-life advocates to hate pro-choice advocates, and the list goes on and on. Using the strategy of divide and conquer, politicians of all parties have distracted the American people while they destroyed our economy, increased our taxes, and lined their own pockets and the pockets of the special interests to whom they are obligated. They have consolidated their power, to the detriment of the people they serve.
Many groups are trying to take credit for the Tea Parties, and many are trying to promote their own organizations by taking that credit.The credit belongs to the 1,000,000+ patriots who sacrificed work or family to come out to protest their lack of representation in the political system. The credit belongs to you, the Tea Party Patriots.”
(Unfortunately many of the events were taken over by a political party, some self-serving politicians, and media personalities. However, the bulk of them WERE true grassroots, patriot efforts. D.M.)