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Billings Tea Party

posted at 8:49 pm on April 15, 2009 by

Wow, what an exciting event! People from all walks of life gathered in downtown Billings to protest the out of control spending, as well as the breath taking power grab that is taking place by President Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress. The energy at this event put goose bumps on my arms. Despite a combination of snow and rain, a large crowd of all ages gathered for this peaceful Tea Party protest. People driving by in their trucks, cars, and emergency vehicles honked and waived their hands in a show of support. A lovely lady headed up a station where a petition was getting signed by the Tea Party participants, which will eventually finds it’s way to the White House. I didn’t witness any trouble of any kind, just a huge amount of energy and genuine disgust for the crazy spending and nationalization of American businesses.

The so called Main Steam Media can continue to ignore these Tea Party’s, they can call the participants silly names, they can present this story as a bunch of right wing terrorists trying to create a stir for purposes of recruiting… They will not silence this movement, as this movement is not dircted by any political party. This movement is not directed by any Religious organization. This movement is directed by mainstream Americans who are sick and tired of watching the corruption and blame game that has rendered our political establishment as dysfunctional beyond comprehension. Mainstream Americans, not Republicans or Democrats, not the Poor, nor the Rich… Americans of all walks of life have had it with the corruption, the lying, the cheating, the blaming of anybody & anything but themselves.

When the numbers are calculated, the totals will likely be in the millions of American citizens who participated in civil protest on this day. Ignore that media heads, ridicule that media heads… You won’t stop this movement, as this movement is something you can’t understand. No, you in the media are so far out there, so far away from the mainstream, you haven’t a clue as to what this is all about.

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Your first sentence made me think of Jimmy from South Park.

BadgerHawk on April 15, 2009 at 8:58 PM

BadgerHawk on April 15, 2009 at 8:58 PM

That would describe the way I’m been feeling for the past 2-3 months… Watching 37 years of savings go down the drain can do that to a guy…

Keemo on April 15, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Mainstream Americans, not Republicans or Democrats, not the Poor, nor the Rich…

Sowwy Keemo, but there are only republicans.
It is a fantasy that you have bi-partisan support.

The business of the Dollhouse Teaparty is fantasy…..but that is not its purpose.

strangelet on April 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM

BTW, you are minorstream Americans now.

strangelet on April 15, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Sowwy Keemo, but there are only republicans.
It is a fantasy that you have bi-partisan support.

I see, so somehow you managed to alter the time-space continuum and put yourself not only at every single tea-party, but also gained the ability to ascertain political affiliation of party attendees?

Can I have your autograph?

Bishop on April 15, 2009 at 10:39 PM

strangelet on April 15, 2009 at 10:11 PM

A truther in disguise?

I actually attended this event yesterday. I actually engaged in discussion with participants. I have been reading and following the Tea Party movement. I have been listening to talk radio and I’ve heard the people from all walks of life call in to express their disappointment with this administration.

Have you?

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 6:27 AM

From the American Thinker:

The Tea Parties represent real citizens’ anger over watching powerlessly for the past two months as a president, who ran as a moderate to get elected, has taken the fastest, boldest leap to the far left of any president to date. Not only has President Obama upped the ante on the failed policies of FDR and Lyndon Johnson, he has gone on an apology tour of Europe, bowed to a Saudi King, and promised billions more of our hard-earned money to global entities over which we have absolutely no control.

And we’re stuck with a mainstream media complex so in bed with the new administration that they fête us to nonstop commentary on the Obamas’ new dog, the swing set on the White House grounds, the organic garden of the new First Lady and the exploits of the first mother in-law. We get stories on Reggie Love, the personal gopher of the president, and how this closest-of-closest intimates to the Commander In Chief, always has Nicorette gum and mints and specialized water for the self-anointed one. We are treated to prime time press conferences galore that are nothing more than scripted campaign stops, complete with pre-selected questioners and not a word spoken by our President without a teleprompting device.

Yet, from these members of the fourth estate, we see next to no interest in this administration’s fumbling, bumbling, giveaway foreign policy. We see only the lamest of excuses for the ever-increasing numbers of tax cheats and lobbyists — handpicked by this “new kind of president” — filling up the administration. We hear no cries of collusion, even though this president kowtows to labor bosses while he imperiously fires the CEO of GM.

http://www.americanthinker.com/

Hate to break the news to you strangelet; Americans are fired up for reasons articulated very well in the article above. Read the entire piece…

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 7:07 AM

From the Billings Gazette:

Hundreds rally in objection to government spending

By LAURA TODE
Of The Gazette Staff
Some 500 people gathered on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn Wednesday – tax day – to voice their concerns about recent government bank bailouts and the congressional economic stimulus package.

“Our government is addicted to spending, and sadly that’s why we’re here today,” said Jan Linn, a speaker from Billings.

The rally was one of numerous protests staged nationwide Wednesday that have been dubbed “tea parties,” playing off the Boston Tea Party of colonial America, which was a protest against taxation without representation. The historic Boston Tea Party helped set the stage for the American Revolution.

Protests were held across Montana, including in Helena, where about 200 people gathered in front of the Capitol.

Advance word of the protests was spread through e-mails, social networking Web sites and conservative radio talk shows.

Members of the Montana group of a national network calling itself The Patriotic Resistance also urged members to take part. The social network promotes resistance to President Barack Obama’s agenda.

Many members of the Montana House who voted against accepting federal stimulus money also attended.

Those in attendance at the Billings gathering wore tea bags on their hats and umbrellas and carried signs that said, “Taxed Enough Already.”

Although the Billings tea party was billed as nonpartisan, most demonstrators were conservatives concerned about excessive government and the national deficit, which exceeds $11 trillion.

“This amounts to generational theft, stealing from our great-great-grandchildren who have yet to be born,” said Dave Rye, a local radio show host who emceed the event.

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 7:54 AM

I have scanned all the available slideshows, and the viddie posted on rightwing sites.
There is zero evidence that this is a “bipartisan” event as many claim.
YOU claim democrats, Keemo.
Show me one.
You have the mic, FOXnews would put them up there inna heartbeart.
Show meh the Montana house democrats in attendence.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Hate to break the news to you strangelet; Americans Republicans are fired up for reasons articulated very well in the article above. Read the entire piece…

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 7:07 AM

fixed that for yah.
;)

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 8:46 AM

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 8:46 AM

I’m going to put the mic on hold while I attend to my real job. Have my own bills to pay, not to mention the bills of others that Obama has so politely put in my stack.

This movement will speak for itself as the days unfold. Folks like you will see the truth in time if you are capable of open mindedness. I’ve read your comments on several threads, which leads me to believe that you don’t understand this movement as of yet.

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM

which leads me to believe that you don’t understand this movement as of yet.

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM

I don’t. I have repeatedly asked for purpose and for support of the apparent fantasy that the teaparties are bi-partisan. If someone can explain the purpose of the teaparties, and demonstrate ANY evidence of bipartisanship, you would gain a ginormous amount of credibility with meh.
From the empirical data available to me, I can only agree with this guy.

The point of the Tea Party movement, besides the largest thrusting of testicles to America’s collective face since the Soviets launched Sputnik, is to protest…well, basically the entire functioning of the government with no alternative plan or goal whatsoever. The stated purpose of the protests is “protest against out of control government spending”, which, while something, is also terribly and uselessly vague. It’s easy to lump in the gun nut survivalists and the Paulies and any number of other wackos because a mission to do stuff (and things!) tends to welcome in anyone who has similar feelings about the top-level definition of “stuff”. When you have a bunch of angry people welcoming a bunch of other angry people with no core principles or mission, it’s hard to get pissy when you all of a sudden find yourself standing beside Clem the White Supremacist Marksman with your “NO PORKULUS” sign.
Even teabagging advocates have no fucking idea what it is they’re endorsing, all they know is that Reagan fought against high taxes, and this feels like that, so it would be totally awesome if this created a similar result of massive deficit spending and a large tax hike that Reagan…
…Oh, fuck.
Tea Partiers are hoping that if they mimic the energy of anti-war protests and the savvy of Obama’s new media operation, that at some point an actual movement will spawn. Getting together a bunch of pissed off middle-aged white people with no clue about how the tax system works in public areas will generate a coherent agenda designed to combat the stimulus; if it gets enough media coverage, they will DOMINATE THE AGENDA.
It’s like taping a horn to a horse and waiting for it to alight on a magic cloud of stardust and pixies.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:07 AM

okfine, i’ll redact the fwords.

which leads me to believe that you don’t understand this movement as of yet.

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM

I don’t. I have repeatedly asked for purpose and goal and for support of the apparent fantasy that the teaparties are bi-partisan. If someone can explain the purpose and goal of the teaparties, and demonstrate ANY evidence of bipartisanship, you would gain a ginormous amount of credibility with meh.
From the empirical data available to me, I can only agree with this guy.

The point of the Tea Party movement, besides the largest thrusting of testicles to America’s collective face since the Soviets launched Sputnik, is to protest…well, basically the entire functioning of the government with no alternative plan or goal whatsoever. The stated purpose of the protests is “protest against out of control government spending”, which, while something, is also terribly and uselessly vague. It’s easy to lump in the gun nut survivalists and the Paulies and any number of other wackos because a mission to do stuff (and things!) tends to welcome in anyone who has similar feelings about the top-level definition of “stuff”. When you have a bunch of angry people welcoming a bunch of other angry people with no core principles or mission, it’s hard to get pissy when you all of a sudden find yourself standing beside Clem the White Supremacist Marksman with your “NO PORKULUS” sign.
Even teabagging advocates have no f**king idea what it is they’re endorsing, all they know is that Reagan fought against high taxes, and this feels like that, so it would be totally awesome if this created a similar result of massive deficit spending and a large tax hike that Reagan…

Tea Partiers are hoping that if they mimic the energy of anti-war protests and the savvy of Obama’s new media operation, that at some point an actual movement will spawn. Getting together a bunch of pissed off middle-aged white people with no clue about how the tax system works in public areas will generate a coherent agenda designed to combat the stimulus; if it gets enough media coverage, they will DOMINATE THE AGENDA.
It’s like taping a horn to a horse and waiting for it to alight on a magic cloud of stardust and pixies.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:13 AM

And actually….if the teaparties are just meant to rally the troops after a crushing and humiliating defeat, i can go wid that.
But you need to stop fantasizing about bipartisan support.
Most of us Americans think that Obama is doing the best he can in a perfectly awful inherited situ.
As long as you can’t offer an alternative plan (other than the joke budget proposed by Republican congressmen), you jus’ wilin’ on O while frontin’ about about bipartisanship.
You juggalos Republicans/conservatives/white supremacists/Paulites are on your own out there.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:30 AM

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Alternate plans have been offered on numerous occasions by Republicans. Such plans were met with a simple “we won” attitude by Pelosi and Reid. The MSM has offered no reporting on such efforts made by Republicans.

This subject will make for a good thread at another time. In the mean while, this statement made by you is quite revealing:

You juggalos Republicans/conservatives/white supremacists/Paulites are on your own out there.

Are you a racist?

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM

To be honest, I think the teaparties did start as grassroots movements, and were intended to protest government spending, and were intended to be bipartisan.
But you lost control of the message, and now the teaparties’ main theme is anti-Obama.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Are you a racist?

Nope, I think the BLT black supremecists are evil whackjobs too.
Are you denying that white supremecists self-identify as republicans?

Alternate Joke plans have been offered on numerous occasions by Republicans.

Fixed that for yah.
Ryan’s plan was panned by all serious economics as being unfeasible.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM

economic–> economists

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Look.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Keemo…..if you cannot be honest about what the teaparty movement has devolved to, how can you take back the message and gain bipartisan appeal?

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Look at Madison.

On a totally unrelated note, I would like to say that the invitation extended to the head of the Wisconsin state GOP was a stroke of genius. His denunciation of Democrats every 5 seconds during his speech really made it clear that these tea parties were not about blaming one side or the other, but about finding fault with the government as a whole.

Reality bites.
I think you are a good honest decent person, Keemo.
And there probably were a lot of people just like you at the teaparty rallies.
But there weren’t any democrats.
Be honest.

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:58 AM

strangelet on April 16, 2009 at 9:58 AM

I’m off to my day job stranglelet… Let me just say this. To say there were no participants at over 800 Tea Party’s across the nation yesterday; well, that’s just naive.

Thanks for the kind words, & back at you… We’ll have many more opportunities to share thoughts and ideas, and I look forward to those occasions.

Cheers…

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Meant to say “no participants other than Republicans”

Keemo on April 16, 2009 at 10:18 AM

strangelet,
I went to the Denver tea party. Over 5,000 in attendance. We moved around and spent 2 hours talking to as many people as we could. This was by no means a partisan event AT ALL!!
Repentant Obama supporters, Ron Paul supporters, McCain supporters…Blacks, Whites, Hispanics.
W even had anarchists… needless to say they didn’t stick around long as they crowd made sure of that!

You just don’t know cause you just weren’t at one. I was. I know what I saw. I know what I heard. And this was no small event either.
This was Middle America. The resurgent silent majority.

katy on April 17, 2009 at 8:58 PM