We'd like to know how many of you went to a Tax Day Tea Party and where, so please vote for the location you attended. If you didn't go to one, let us know that, too. Then leave a comment on the thread about why you went or didn't go, where you went if it's not listed, what your experiences were, what you liked or didn't like, and what you got out of it all.
At the Virginia Beach Town Center Fountain Plaza, reports range from about 1,000 to 3,000 people who turned out on their lunch hours today for that metro area's Tax Day Tea Party. The turnout even got a shout out from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel tonight, who said it was a "several thousand" turnout. These pictures are courtesy of Robert Dean of the Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance and the Tidewater Libertarian Party.
As mentioned in the News Stand, last post, another Tea Party is scheduled in Lynchburg at 3:00 at Monument Terrace downtown. This wasn't listed on the TaxDayTeaParty Virginia Web page, so we wanted to bring it to your attention in case you are in the area, or will be in the area, and can't make the original one scheduled for 5:00 on the Waterfront. This makes 20 in Virginia today and 21 total incuding the one this past weekend in Williamsburg. Looks like Virginia has rediscovered its revolutionary roots.
As you well know, in 1773, colonists gathered to dump imported tea into the Boston Harbor to protest the British government's oppressive tax system that allowed for no direct representation. At the Boston Tea Party, determined colonists stood against the expanding British authority and said no more! Expanding government authority . . . sound familiar? Are you tired of bailouts, stimulus packages, endless national debt and increasing subsidization? Do you practice financial responsibility and watch those who do not get rewarded by the government? Along with many other Americans, are you frustrated by our government reaching its hand out to take far more than it needs?
If so, join thousands of Americans on Tax Day, April 15, at your local Tax Day Tea Party to express your frustration over our out of control government and its redistributive economic policies. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Libertarian, conservative or liberal, all are welcome in this stand against unrestrained government. This true grassroots movement is spreading with Tea Parties planned across the nation.
While those who gather will not be throwing crates of tea into a harbor, many of the Tea Parties will feature speakers, patriotic activities, music and welcomed audience participation. Below is a list of confirmed Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties. Visit the national Web HQ, TaxDayTeaParty, (click here) for more information, to RSVP, or to volunteer.
Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties: (Click here for a Virginia specific Web site. All parties scheduled for April 15 unless otherwise noted.)
Abingdon Time: 5:00 p.m. Location: TBD Information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=75478635585
Charlottesville Time: 3-6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Mall by the Pavilion Information: http://vateaparty.wordpress.com
Franklin County Time: Noon Location: In front of the Franklin County Courthouse (40 E. Court Street in Rocky Mount) Information: http://franklincountyteaparty.blogspot.com
Lynchburg Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Lynchburg — Waterfront Information: www.lynchburgtaxdayteaparty.blogspot.com
Northern Virginia Shenandoah Valley Time: Noon Location: Front of Old Frederick County Courthouse Old Town Walking Mall, Winchester
Peninsula/Newport News Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Oyster Point City Center Fountain Plaza in Newport News Information: http://newportnewsteaparty.wordress.com
Reston Time: 6-8:00 p.m. Location: Lake Anne Village Center (1609 Washington Plaza)
Richmond Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Kanawha Plaza, South 8th St. (near Federal Reserve Building) Information: www.richmondteaparty.com/ Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndr_vK0akAM
Roanoke Time: 5-7:00 p.m. Location: Wiley Drive (near footbridge to old Victory Stadium)
Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Virginia Beach Town Center Fountain Plaza Information: http://taxdayteaparty.wordpress.com/, http://budurl.com/hrteaparty College of William and Mary/Williamsburg (April 11) Time: April 11, 1-2:15 p.m. Location: Crim Dell Amphitheater at the College of William and Mary