Delaware’s Tax Day Tea Parties Reflections

I will be posting some things about the Tax Day Tea Parties in here as I pull what I have together. Feel free to share your thoughts and impressions in the comments section below.

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I ran into my friend Brian from The Mourning Constitution at the Laurel Party. He actually liveblogged the Georgetown Party and secured some photos too. He liveblogged the Laurel Party and got pictures too. He did pretty good clicking around on his phone. My hands were too cold and too wet to type anything.

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Some of the text from Shaun Fink’s speech at the Laurel Party:

…our greatest strength as a nation has always been the product of our willingness to band together and face our enemy as one.  One nation, under God.

My friends, it is becoming quite clear that we are now living in one of those crucial moments in history. Only this time, our fight is not with an invading army. This time, our struggles are not against a visible foe. This time, our greatest challenge to freedom comes from the enemy within.

As a nation, we have begun down a course that will inexorably lead us back into the bonds of slavery. Only this time, our bondage will know no color; it will know no race nor gender nor culture. Our bondage will affect all alike, young and old, wealthy and poor, healthy and sick. Because, this time it is our own government that has fallen victim.

The heavy boot of Socialism has begun its march across the vast plains and wilderness of this great nation. Freedom is singing her swan song and a new age conformity is now taking the stage.

As a nation, we have agreed to exchange the gift of our liberty for the lie of a utopian society, all in the name of “fairness.” And, with history as our guide, we can only conclude that the result of such a bargain will be the loss of our freedom.

And some additional text:

…to those in Washington listening today, we speak loud and clear when we say “No more taxes, no more spending, no more wasting the hard earned money of the good men and women of this great nation.”

We also want them to know that we are sick and tired of their habitual reordering of the Constitution. This document is not living and breathing, rather it is tried and true. The Constitution has served, from the beginning, as the fundamental building block of the greatest nation history has ever known. To ignore its precepts now is to declare that this generation knows better than every generation that has preceded us. And judging by the quality of the character now presiding in the nation’s capital, I think we all know that isn’t true.

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A contributer to this site, Michael at Monoblogue posted some pictures and comments from the Salisbury, MD Tea Party.

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Some pictures from the Laurel Party:

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Five Delaware Tax Day Tea Parties

Here is the list of all the Tax Day Tea Parties in the great State of Delaware:

  • Georgetown: The Circle, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Dover: Legislative Mall on the Green, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Middletown: Middletown Town Square, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Wilmington: The Riverfront, 4:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Laurel: Janosik Park, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

To keep up with everything, stop by the official Delaware Tax Day Tea Party web site. The national web site is here.

If I get any updates, I will post them as soon as possible.

Several folks have asked this question: where will Laurel’s Number One blogger be attending? As it stands right now, I will probably only attend the Laurel Tax Day Tea Party. Hope I can see you there!

Outraged Richard has a list of Maryland’s Tea Parties on his blog, particularly highlighting the party in downtown Salisbury.

(Previous posts are here, here, and here.)

UPDATE: Here’s the latest from Chris Shirey, state coordinator:

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It’s Official: Tax Day Tea Party In Laurel and Other Delaware Locations

NOTE: The latest information on Delaware Tax Day Tea Parties is at this link.

Delaware Tax Day Tea Party Events Planned

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2009

CONTACT:
Chris Shirey
302 W 8th Street
Laurel, Delaware 19956
302 875-5489
Delawaretaxteaparty@gmail.com

Delaware announces participation in the Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2009

Plans are underway to hold a Tax Day Tea Party in all three counties of Delaware. This will be part of a national movement with rallies being held in all fifty states to protest out-of-control government spending. Timed to coincide with the date by which Americans must pay their federal income taxes, the Tax Day Tea Party effort is a totally volunteer movement. Confirmed parties include the Circle in Georgetown from noon to 2p and Janosik Park from 4p to 8p. Plans are underway for of Legislative Mall and Rodney Square.

The Tea Party movement has given voice to the average American whose voice gets lost when spoken alone. Each of the Delaware events will be asking for food donations. The need for food has been increasing at a terrifying rate! This is our opportunity to show government that We The People, can recognize a problem and provide a solution faster and better than the government, and we will not require a contract, increased taxes or need a million dollar bonus. The Tax Day Tea Party is history in the making. The only other event in history that can be compared is the Boston Tea Party. This will be the largest gathering of citizens voicing their opinions ever in the history of our country. We also want it to be the largest food drive ever in history. Please don’t just bring a can, bring a box! Your neighbor needs it.

The national coordinators include Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter and the DontGo Movement, in addition to other center-right activist groups. When asked about the need for nationwide rallies based on the Boston Tea Party of 1773, Eric Odom, Chairman of the DontGo Movement, remarked, “Building on the free market ideas of our founding fathers, and embracing the passion they shared to bring them to light, the Nationwide Tea Party Movement is giving voice to tens of thousands of Americans.” Added Stacy Mott, President of Smart Girl Politics, “Average Americans do not support mortgaging away our children’s futures, and the time to speak out against it is now.”

Information on The Tax Day Tea Party can be found at http://taxdayteaparty.com.