Friday, April 17, 2009

Tea Party Texas Style

April 15, 2009
The Woodlands Tax Day Tea Party
Every year Americans are well aware of the date April 15th. We must file and pay any tax balance to the federal government by this day. This year was different. Yes, we mailed our tax forms and payments but also many people across the nation came together for Tax Day Tea Parties. We had one in our area north of Houston. This was definitely a grassroots effort by everyday citizens who are concerned with the direction that our government is going and all the wasteful spending we see happening. Capitalist and people who are hard working and trying to get ahead and provide for their families are made out to be villains for some reason. The philosophy of 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.' and a "spread the wealth" mentality is starting to invade the thinking of some in this country.
The Tea Party organizers anticipated between 500 - 1000 people would attend this event. We were blown away by the numbers of people that attended. There were an estimated 6000 people that attended throughout the course of the event. Here are a few pictures I took with my phone. They aren't great quality. There is also a Youtube link that has great pictures also.
This was a peaceful protest.
I was really proud to be a part of American history. I'm sad it has come to this though. We only pray that Washington is listening.
This picture was earlier in the event:

There were homemade signs everywhere. The Youtube videos features many:

There were different citizens and business owners who spoke at the event. A bluegrass band entertained. A sign parade went across the stage. Our Congressman did attend the event, but was only allowed to speak for a few minutes. This was the citizens opportunity to speak and Washington to listen.

Wanted to give you an idea of what went on in our little corner of the world. Only one local news channel showed up via helicopter to film the event for a couple of minutes before flying off.


Tracy P. said...

Looks like a great time, Joy. We each have a voice, and there are appropriate times and places and ways to use them--this is MOST appropriate!

Melody said...

Wow! 6000 people?! That's great.

tricia said...

great turn out. i saw a little of the different tea parties online on foxnews.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

We had a small one in Little Rock as well.

Glad it was peaceful!

Charity Childs-Gevero said...

A bluegrass band??? Hey you know I've never really listened to that in person...I think probably not even on the radio or on t.v. or anywhere! Oh it must sound lovely...what does it sound like??? :)

Givinya De Elba said...

6000? That's huge!

Betty said...

Thanks for explaining that event for me. I had heard so many reports on the "tea party", but yours finally made some sense... :)
Looks like a great turn out!

HOPE said...

This si GRRREAT! I too LOVE this country and sad to see what is glad I know the LORD JESUS as my Saviour and COMFORT...HE KNOWS ALL.

I liked the pic on the youtube of the baby with the shirt...

only 3 months and already in debt!

I think this is going to speak LOUD and CLEAR..that this is OUR country not just the GOV's...

and yes..PEACEFUL demonstrations expressing the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE!

thanks for sharing...and for stopping by to see Gus. My other Schnauzer did have skin problems from time to time..we gave her Benydryl for the itching..and a spray for skin. She did fine. Some foods might be a culprit.

God bless..

Julie said...

I keep reading about people going to these and I just realized what they were talking about... a little slow living overseas on this...

looks like a great time!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing this Joy. Glad you got to participate. 6000 WOW Tulsa had 3 gatherings here at different times of day. One at noon, downtown, for the workers during their lunch hour, the main sponsored one by a radio station had 3200. We would have liked to have attended that but with picking up the children at school and a church night there was no way. Another one was held in the evening at a park. Again, because of Wednesday church services it was not an option to us.

I'm so glad people are getting up and starting to "say" enough and do something. I think it's just beginning. YEAH!!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

We would have gone to the tea party here --but were leaving early the next morning for Texas. But--my heart was there!!!! We are SO upset at what is happening in this country... We keep up with everything by watching Fox News.