Friday, April 17, 2009

Arizona Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was a direct action protest by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and has often been referenced in other political protests.
The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout
British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their constitutional right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protesters would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented.
On April 15 hundreds of cities around the country held Tea Parties. I was able to attend the one on the Capital lawn in Phoenix. There were over 6000 people in attendance on a chilly night, unfortunately the sound system wasn't adequate to the job of allowing everyone in the crowd to hear. The news helicopter overhead didn't help either. That said, what I could hear was very motivating.
I got a couple of good clips, warning, I was in the back of the crowd for the 1st one, so I am not really that bad of a photographer, I just didn't have a good vantage point.

Shouts of U.S.A. broke out spontaneously

These are pictures of the crowd from my vantage point in the back. Some of the signs were very creative.
There were some big name speakers like JD Hayworth, and Tom Jenny founder of Americans For Prosperity as well as a number of members of the State Senate and Congressmen. I couldn't hear a lot of the speeches up until the end.

This was the final speaker, I was closer, but still not able to see the stage.
This was a really good evening with other people who are equally anxious to defend the constitution and our Freedom and Liberty and get rid of tyranny, new taxes, bailouts, socialism, fascism and other evils facing the country.
Get involved in Political Groups like AZ Tea Party (or the group for your state), Americans for Prosperity and America C2C to name a few, to find out what you can do to help.
The next Tea Party's will be held July 4, what a great activity to do for Independence Day.

1 comment:

Krystal said...