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Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Richmond Tea Party, The Begining

The Big White Dog and I were at the Richmond Tea Party with my wife and a friend. The Patrick Henry Impersonator, one of the Patriots of Virginia did a fine job of performing that famous speech known by the statement spoken in unison by the crowd, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

The crowd was estimated by one of the mounted police officers at 3500. You can see by the pictures that the park was packed beyond capacity. I arrived at about 6:30 and passed a steady stream of people leaving who had come early. There was a tightly packed crowd with many more coming in when we joined in. Tucker and I walked the perimeter meeting many people. The crown was the same mixture one would find at any park on any sunny day. Older couples, to young families were all braving rainy cold weather to make a statement of frustration with those who are supposed to represent us but instead ignore our letters, phone calls and emails, the only acknowledgment being some boiler plate generated by computer. They no more read our correspondence that the laws they pass.

The politicians seem to wish we would all just disappear. They dismiss us as elitist , wealthy taxpayers and anti government right wing extremists. Only Fox News has made any attempt to report what we are doing. CNN just sent out a hit job reporter the try and bully people she interviewed. I say let them ignore us at their peril.

The first is the overflow on the street, then the back end of the crown, the new arrivals and the veiw to my left after I arrived. Finally the Patriots of Virginia.

More pictures at The Write Side of My Brain, Bearing Drift, Richmond Tea Party: The Blog and video at Richmond BizSense.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chester Patriots continue to work in their community after Richmond Tea Party Success.


9:27 AM  
Blogger PHenry said...

I attended the two Northern VA tea parties, the first in front of the Merrifield post office, which is a high traffic area on tax day.
There was under a hundred people there I would guess, but we were very visible, and plenty of people driving through to drop off their taxes beeped and threw the thumbs up.
I was there from 4 30 till after 6 when I grabbed a burger and headed out to Reston's tea party. Arrived around 6:30, to find it had moved from lake Ann to a nearby park. By the time I got there, many were leaving. It was getting pretty cold in the rain, so I just hung around there with my Liberty or Death, Don't Tread On Me flag flying for half hour or so.

The hysteria coming from the media, as well as the nose in the air, oblivious to it all stance from the former community organizer in the white house show that this was a successful demonstration.

And it shows me that there are plenty of people in this country who comprehend that this insane spending combined with this rushed move toward collectivization is going to destroy this country's, and with it the wold's, economy.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A group of over 30 Americans, who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia, hand delivered to their federal citizen representatives' Richmond offices a Petition for Redress of Grievances. A copy of the Petition can be found here…

The results and reactions varied by federal office. It ranged from a cordial and frank conversation about the status of our country to muffled conversations behind a bank teller window.

The bottom line is Americans deserve answers and these citizen representatives were formally asked to respond in a forum that is appropriate to reach their constituents.

Here is a copy of the cover letter submitted with the petition.

May 8, 2009

To:Citizen Representatives
Citizen Rep. Eric Cantor
Citizen Rep. Randy Forbes
Citizen Sen. Mark Warner
Citizen Sen. Jim Webb

From: Your Constituents

Subject: Our Petition for Redress of Grievances

On April 15th of this year, We the People posted in our local paper, the Village News, our Petition for Redress of Grievances. We addressed it to you as our citizen representatives. As this practice is protected by First Amendment, we expect your thoughtful, written response to each of our concerns.

We the People are watching and are taking steps to protect our liberty. We wanted to make sure that our citizen representatives heard our concerns loud and clear. Therefore, we decided to hand deliver our message to you such that you make no mistake about our grievances and our unwavering mandate. We are requesting the following four actions:

1.To cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers;
2.To formally and publicly recognize the natural and Constitutional rights of the American People in a manner appropriate to your branch of government;
3.To answer, point by point the questions contained herein;
4.To honor your oaths to support the Constitution or resign immediately from your positions.

We the People will continue our march toward liberty, not looking left or right, until they are heard and responded to.

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is video shot of two of the four deliveries of the Petition for Redress of Grievances to our federal citizen representatives...



Also, here is this week's commentary from the Village News Editor...


6:30 PM  

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