The Richmond Tea Party, The Begining
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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