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I’ve got tons of photos and e-mails pouring in from Tea Party people across the country. I joked to a Christian Science Monitor reporter covering the events that fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture. More coverage/photos/livestreaming at TCOT Report.
There is, as the old ’60s song goes, something happening here. And what it is, is very clear: A grass-roots revolt against the culture of entitlement. The spendzillas in Washington do not speak for us.
From Susan in San Diego:
Just back from the San Diego Tea Party. Great turn out, the San Diego Police estimated the crowd to have reached 600 and stated that it was a very peaceful and respectful display.
My husband is an immigrant from Australia having arrived in 2005. He was interviewed by several reporters and his message is “I entered this Country legally, was turned down for a home loan and car loan because my credit rating didn’t follow me from Australia. I have had to start all over building credit and now I have to do it while paying everyone else’s debt. When do I get a bailout?”
It has been a GREAT DAY!!!
From George in North Carolina:
From Michael in Oklahoma City:
From Augie in Nashville:
About 100 of the estimated 600 who protested in Nashville headed over to Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper’s office to give him some peaceful hell:
From Portland via TCOTTV:
From Scott Allan in Shelby AL:
I attended the Shelby, AL Tea Party today organized by @ZanP. I found out about it from your site about 15 minutes before it started.
Considering the severe weather, it was amazing how many people stood outside and/or drove by. Less than one hour before the event, a tornado touched down down the street just one mile away! As you would expect, the people in Alabama were very supportive.
The pictures were taken on my phone while I was trying to hold my umbrella.
From Doug Powers in Lansing MI:
From Rachel in Cleveland:
From mes in Houston:
From El Presidente in Denver:
From Sidney in San Diego:
From Lori in San Diego:
Dear Michelle, Just got home from the Tea Party in Dan Diego, about three to three hundred and fifty people showed up, yes we had to skip work. What was new is the young families at the rally. Lots of strollers and signs, not sure how loud to be, but glad to have taken part, the signs were great. They are angry and scared for their children’s future loaded with debt. Please let’s keep the heat on, people want to have control of their future and keep what is theirs.
From Allen in Atlanta:
I just wanted to let you know that I attended the Atlanta Tea Party. I would say there were over 200 people who came out and stood in a driving rain to listen to the speakers, and make their voices heard! The inclimate weather was not enough to dampen the spirits of modern day patriots, or to quench their outrage over the Obamanation.
Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work!
More from Atlanta from reader Scott:
I’m sitting back at my desk, dress shoes, feet, and lower legs soaked, and I feel incredible! Although standing in driving rain, the turnout here in Atlanta was shocking. People spilled out from the steps of the capital building onto the sidewalk on both sides. I saw people of all ages. I saw children in strollers. I saw Americans rallying for America. I love this country enough to fight for it. I’m am elated that despite the weather conditions so many others in Atlanta agreed.
God Bless America.
More DC Tea Party blogging: Jonn Lilyea
The Tampa Tribune covers the local Tea Party protest in their backyard.
Andrew Marcus has coverage of the Chicago Tea Party, where the weather was freezing, but the folks were steamed:
From Rachel in Orlando FL:
From Maureen in Austin TX:
[I]n your tracking of the tea parties, several folks stood today in front of the Texas Capitol in support of the Tea Party Movement. It was organized on the fly by Debbie McKee and Peggy Venable is the Texas director of Americans for Prosperity and some others. State Rep Wayne Gilchrist joined us and urged us to make our voices heard. I send this to you in case you want to add it to your site. I think it’s amazing that people can spontaneously come to together and share their views… in most cases, complete strangers!
All the best,
From Ian in Hartford CT: