What To Bring To A Tea Party

1) Bring your righteous indignation.
2) Handmade signs. This will help us stand out. Makes for great pictures on the news and in the papers.
3) Invite your friends to come along and bring your children, after all it is their future we are trying to protect.
4) We will be having some guest speakers but we will offer time to individuals who would like to say a few words. We are only asking all speakers to keep their speech non-partisan, we are here supporting conservatism not a particular political party.
5) Bring small American Flags.
6) Bring tea bags to drop off at Tom Perriello’s office.
7) Finally we are asking participants to bring a food donation for the Charlottesville Emergency Food Bank.

*If you haven’t already done so and are planning to attend please register using the poll further down on the page.


28 Responses to “What To Bring To A Tea Party”

  1. Gretchen Stelling Says:

    I’d like to attend a Tea Party, but the time and day you’ve chosen is not good. Wouldn’t more people be able to come on Saturday – no dealing with rush hour traffic and maybe easier to park.

  2. blueridgeguy Says:

    True Saturday would be more convenient for some people, but this party is being coordinated with about 200 other nation wide rallies. Just about all the rallies are being held on the 15th of April the deadline for Federal tax filing hence the name Tax Day Tea Party. I realize that many people are busy but we need to put up with a little inconvenience if we want to make changes. Plus weekends are terrible days for news coverage, that is why if politicians want to sneak something by the public they will do it late on Friday.

  3. InTheValley Says:

    The weekday timing is still a problem Blueridgeguy as it will greatly reduce crowd size – a fact opponents will use to disparage the movement. Also, in C’ville a good many people work for government; taking time off to protest government will be deeply frowned upon by their employer.

    Maybe having a second wave of parties on weekends would help swell the crowds. A second wave may also grab news attention even on a weekend. Maybe the weekend nearest Tax Freedom Day? 2009 TFD will be announced on March 30.

  4. Carrie Says:

    There’s another Tea Party event happening in Richmond later the same day at 6:00 PM for those who absolutely cannot make the Ch’ville one at 3:00. I understand the sentiment of the demonstration happening mid-day mid-week, but I agree with blueridgeguy. We want to make a statement that will be heard, so the media coverage is important. Plus, whichever time/day you pick will be an inconvenience for somebody.

    Another point is if we’re really mad about the situation in Washington and what’s happening with our tax dollars, I would hope we wouldn’t let something like our employer hold us back…especially if it happens to be the government! When you think about the Boston Tea Party, I don’t think those folks were too concerned about getting off from work to make their sentiment known.

    While this demonstration may be just a fun outing for some, for others this is a way to take to the streets in a peaceable manner to protest an injustice being thrust upon us. It’s all a matter of priorities.

  5. Bruce Says:

    HECK I’ll be there…Employer or no employer

    If you fail to raise your voice now than you just failed. Time to get off the cozy places and do something before this administration (just like the last administration and the one before that etc.) destroy your future.

    Don’t make excuses! Make reasons!

  6. sfb Says:

    I agree that the event needs to be held on the 15th, but I see no reason that the time can’t be changed to 3 to 7pm. Richmond and other areas are having them when people can get there, in the evening. You say your goal is to have as many people as possible attend. Teacher, bus drivers and government workers can’t just take off and keep their jobs. For people who don’t care about their jobs or don’t have one, 2 to 5 is fine, but for those who care 3 to 7 would be much better and you would have twice the crowd. Think about it!!

  7. Freedom Says:

    I’ll be there, but not to support conservatism. I will be there only to support freedom.

    • blueridgeguy Says:

      I am glad you will be there to support freedom. However, conservatism is all about freedom. Freedom to live without government interference, freedom to succeed or fail on your own, freedom from over burdensome taxes, freedom from over regulation. To sum it up freedom from an oppressive nanny state.

      • Will Says:

        I think you’re right going by the strict definition of conservatism. However, when people hear the word today they think of Republicans who are both non-conservative and also very much opposed to freedom. If you read Hans Herman Hoppe in “Democracy the God that Failed”, he thinks you have to be a hard core libertarian to truly be a conservative, which I tend to agree with. As Mises said and Reagan paraphrased, “government is essentially the negation of liberty.”

  8. Susan Says:

    Where is the poll where we are supposed to register number of people attending? I’ve seen the request on several pages but haven’t found the poll yet.

    Can’t wait for the “Party”!! I hope our arrogant Congressmen start to get the message and we have enough support to kick them out next election!!

    My inclusion with my tea pouch to Washington is a pink paper with the words, “Next Election, You’re FIRED!!!!” I surely hope that comes true!!

  9. Carrie Says:

    Are we supposed to be bringing tea as well?

  10. Eileen Hamlin Says:

    My husband and I are so excited about this event. We will definitely be
    there to share our conservative concerns. God Bless America and God bless those who have organized this event.

  11. psevans Says:


  12. Will Says:

    Can we burn Federal Reserve Notes? I think the Gadsden flag is preferable to the American flag. They’re taxing us under the American flag after all.

  13. leslie Says:

    If it’s raining, won’t the tea bags get wet? I see this as incredibly silly and destructive waste of perfectly good tea. I actually like tea and would hate to see it tossed about.

  14. rugrat Says:

    Wow…..I’ve never seen such enthusiam in activism against govt policy……Where the heck were all of you when the govt was spending BILLIONS of your taxpayer dollars to kill people in Iraq and Afganistan.

    With all that’s gone wrong in the world in the last eight years, not one peep until your personal wallets are threatened. All I see with this tea party stuff is a bunch of whiny deadbeats trying to weasel out of paying their taxes.

    • blueridgeguy Says:

      We are deadbeats because we don’t want to pay for someone else’s mortgage or because we work hard for our money and don’t want it wasted on failing businesses? Then yes I am a deadbeat I act responsible and I expect nothing less of someone else. It is not my job or the government’s to bail out someone who bought a home they couldn’t afford. It not mine or the governments responsibility to bailout automobile manufacturers or banks that don’t know how to manage their companies. I pay my taxes and my bills I expect others to do the same. If you want to pay someone’s mortgage feel free but use your money not mine.

      • rugrat Says:

        Well Blue, You’re either still employed, comfortably retired or independently wealthy. Not everyone is that lucky (especially the 4.4 million who lost their jobs in the last two years).
        BTW-The one’s getting bailed out are the financial institutions who overleveraged themselves, not the folks in upside down mortgages. Your taxes did diddly-squat for those poor schmucks, so don’t blame them for your thinner wallet. I also realize that you work hard for your dough, but doesn’t everyone. I wonder if most people underestimate the role of luck in their lives.
        The point I’m trying to make is that I find it inexcusable that so many have turned a blind eye to the war spending, job outsourcing, and fiancial fiasco that was brewing YEARS ago, start bitching only when it hits them personally. It this were happening to “someone else”, you wouldn’t give a damn.

      • blueridgeguy Says:

        What does luck have to do with a person buying a house they really can’t afford? By the way I am not wealthy or retired, I live in a small house that I can afford to pay the mortgage on and I drive a car that has over 250,000 miles on it. Our family has bought 1 new car in the last ten years only after our car which had over 3000,000 miles on it died, so don’t talk to me about some people being luckier then others that is the biggest copout. Those so called poor schmucks had the same opportunities that everyone else had, they just decided that they don’t want to work the 60+ hours a week it takes to become successful. They preferred to go home at 5 and watch American Idol and drink beer. For the most of my adult life I have worked 6 days a week, I come from a lower middle class family and paid for my own schooling. I was not born “lucky” or rich.

      • rugrat Says:

        Hey Blue,
        It’s good to see that you’re a regular guy. If you make less than a quarter of a million/year, then your taxes are going DOWN. There’s a lot of displaced anger associated with this tea party thing–the anger is real, but who should it be directed at? Obama? the liberals ? the Bush administration? Wall street?

        I think there needs to be more critical analysis about how this country got to this dark place in our history (and stop listening to the talking heads on the teevee–they make too much $ telling you who to hate–It’s a real shame to see you guys so eager to go out to do Rush and Hannity’s bidding without question).

      • Will Says:

        So you are pleased that your government let you keep more of your own money this year? Do you not see anything wrong with them forcefully taking it from you in the first place? If you want to donate your property to the Federal government, I have no problem, but it simply is not moral to take my possessions from me by force. I don’t care if you do it as a robber or through democratic vote. I should be able to choose what to do with my own person and possessions so long as I do not hurt anyone. I have a total misunderstanding of the moral standard of others who disagree with these simple principles.

        Again, I can’t stand Rush or Hannity. The person who started this whole thing was Ron Paul back in November 2007 when he raised $6 million in 1 day. I would guess a lot of the 1500 people there today were not Republicans. I saw a sign reading “angry liberal”. The news even called the event an “equal opportunity protest.”

        I think your criticisms bring up a good point, however. If this tea bag “movement” is to be meaningful, it should be welcoming to the well-intentioned Democrats. I think everyone agrees on freedom. We should put together the liberal’s anti-war and pro-personal freedoms with the conservative’s pro-economic freedoms. Then this would be something truly meaningful. This is what the founders wanted – liberty as an entire package, not broken into pieces.

    • Will Says:

      Wait, so you do not support our government’s guns pointed at the heads of people in the middle east (completely understandable) but you do support our government pointing their guns at our heads??? Let’s face reality, taxes are not voluntary. Try not paying your taxes and see if you don’t get your home raided and/or forcefully thrown in jail. War is an ugly, violent racket. So are taxes. A little consistency from both bickering parties would be nice.

      By the way, many of us who will attend these tea parties despise what the Republicans did the past 8 years. We also despise what the Democrats are doing. The problem is not the blue states or the red states, the problem is the STATE.

      • rugrat Says:

        Gee Will, since when did filing taxes become so ugly and violent. No one put a gun to my head, I even got a tax break compared to last year.
        Besides, this isn’t bickering, this online stuff is quite civilized (if you want bickering, try me in person)
        It’s fraking late, so lastly:
        On the eve of Tea Bag Day, I offer this, from Thomas Paine:

        “All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, beyond what a man’s own hands produce, is derived to him by living in society; and he owes on every principle of justice, of gratitude, and of civilization, a part of that accumulation back again to society from whence the whole came.”

  15. Countrygirl Says:

    Thomas Paine wrote many things including the following, which was published in 1776. Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. From that writing
    “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression”
    Under Bush the deficit doubled in 8 years, and in three months it has doubled again.
    I would suggest to those who think this is not important, that you spend time reading and educating yourself. I’ll invite you to read the Five Thousand Year Leap and join us at Timberwood Grill on May 11th to discuss it, 6:30 PM, we will be in the room in the back.

  16. Countrygirl Says:

    The tax tables didn’t change, if you qualify for the tax credit and are smart enough to take it when you file your taxes for 2009; then you get to keep it. Otherwise, if you don’t qualify or you miss it, you just received an interest free loan.

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