Independence Day Celebration

Saturday July 4th 2009 was without a doubt the best Independence Day that I have spent in my adult life. It was great to be able to spend the afternoon with 1000+ friends who share the same beliefs as I do. To listen to great speeches and to fellowship with others who are determined to take our country back is the best way I could think of to spend the fourth. We have been the silent majority too long and we are beginning to find our voice. Unfortunately our local paper did not think that a 1000 person rally was important enough to cover. I would encourage rally participants to contact the Daily Progress and let them know that you do not appreciate their ignoring the second largest activist rally that has occurred in Charlottesville in the last five years, the April 15th rally being the first largest. If you subscribe to the newspaper I would seriously consider canceling it or contacting their advertisers and let them know that you are very unhappy with the paper ignoring a major news event.

We are facing a difficult challenge in trying to get the truth out and we cannot let the local media get away with ignoring our message. So make phone calls and write letters. Demand to know why a major story is ignored. But no matter what, we will not be deterred. Whether or not the media pays attention to us we will continue the struggle.

Thank you to everyone for taking time out of their holiday and coming down to be a part of this great movement.

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10 Responses to “Independence Day Celebration”

  1. Carole Says:

    I called the Editor of the Daily Progress this morning and let him have it in a firm (but civil) manner. In addition, I canceled my subscription. I encourage all my fellow JATPers to do the same.

  2. organicpeas Says:

    As a group, you should pick one advertiser in the Daily Progress and make them the object of a boycott.

  3. TwoTerriers Says:

    I want to thank everybody who worked so hard to organize Saturday’s Tea Party. DH and I came from Fauquier for the first JATP on April 15th and returned for Saturday’s event. What a wonderful and inspiring day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. pheonixcoat Says:

    It was a great day for all who attended the rally. It was my first tea party and it certainly will not be my last.

  5. Don Graziano Says:

    I sent an email to both the publisher and managing editor of the “Daily Progress”, and I must say the editor did not seem to know what I was talking about! Here is part of his response:

    Thanks for the message.

    …If you did, you would have seen our sigificant (page A1) coverage in Friday’s edition of a local Tea Party protest at the local congressman’s office regarding legislation now before the Congress. People who regularly read the paper have the benefit of knowing about our coverage across time and even our political endorsements, etc., that can help judge the product over time and not in response to a single event or a few items.

    Is your message part of a coordinated e-mail response following the tea party rally saturday?

    By the way, how did you determine that this was the second most attended activist rally in the past 5 years? I’m trying to figure out what some of those rallies might have been and what the top rally would have been.

  6. Carrie Wigal Says:

    I encourage folks to write up a “press release” about the Tea Party and send it along with pictures to the surrounding local papers (ie. Fluvanna County: Fluvanna Review). Unfortunately I was unable to attend, otherwise I’d write one.

  7. dymphna Says:

    Here’s our post about the Tea Party. And thank you for using our panorama shot; it really gives a sense of the crowd.

    http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2009/07/dont-tread-on-me.html

    I’d have done a live link with HTML but I can’t tell if your comment window supports it. So I apologize to people for having to scrape off the link. I think you’ll like the pictures, though. Maybe you’ll spot yourself!

    At any rate, the post is a reflection on how the second Tea Party differed from the first…

    As time goes on, we’ll get better at taking notes, names, and pictures. This one is a bit random.

    Since I don’t read the Regress on principle, I’m not going to complain to them. I make my complaint by never, ever buying their papers. They’re like the old grey doxy in NY: the Times doesn’t listen and it continues to lose readership.

    The editor has a point, though. If that’s the biggest crowd in however long, we *have* to cite our sources. As a blogger, I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. And even if you can cite a source, it has to be a reliable one.

  8. jeanne Says:

    One of the speakers at this tea party mentioned that we needed to get organized and i forgot to stop by the table and ask what those suggestions were. Can someone fill me on what was said? Thank you!

    • blueridgeguy Says:

      That is what you are doing by becoming involved with the Jefferson Area Tea Party. Make sure you on on their mailing list and participate as much as possible in their events. Respond to the email requests to contact your representatives and just be as active as possible by speaking out and informing friends and relatives as to what is going on.

  9. Chaplain Doug Says:

    I attended the “tea party” on July 4 and thank you for providing this opportunity to my family and me. I have only one critical comment. I wish that before those who speak continue to use “Lincoln” as an example of what we want to emulate, that they would do at least a cursory reading of what Lincoln did during his time in office. Lincoln was much worse that Obama, and went far beyond anything Obama has yet done. Lincoln imprisoned his own people (northerners) who dared speak out in word or print against his policies. Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus and imprisoned without charges those who opposed his policies and actions. Lincoln ordered the invasion of the Southern states and the decimation of the land, includiing the systematic abuse of men, women, and children.

    Don’t forget (PLEASE!) that the reasons for which the Southern states separated were the same as those for which the modern “tea party” movement advocates. The north, led by Lincoln, was stomping all over the Constitution and disregarding it whenever and as often as was profitable to them. Taxes were being levied punitively against the Southern agricultural industry to support an expansion of the federal government and to reward northern industries who stood behind the federal expansion.

    Lincoln was not and is not a hero of constitutional government. He was a tyrant of the first order. Please do not use him or cite him as the authority on freedom and limited government. Remember, Obama has some slick rhetotic as well, yet we know him by his actions not his words. Before you buy the rewrite of history that makes Lincoln a great “liberator” please take time to read what he really did.

    We cannot have a “tea party” that marches forward carrying revisionist propaganda that has been fed through the state schools. The books are many, please read them:

    Facts & Falsehoods Covering the War on the South, 1861-1865, by George Edmonds

    The Real Lincoln, by Charles L. C. Minor

    Lincoln Unmasked (What You’re not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe), by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

    The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda and an Unnecessary War, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

    Lincoln Takes Command; How Lincoln Got the War He Wanted, by John Shipley Tilley

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