Thursday, April 16, 2009

Raleigh TEA Party

We're havin' a party...

Went down to Raleigh, NC to party with the other "Right Wing Extremists" at the TEA Party. I'm not going to try and estimate the number of people there [Update: "several thousand" per John Hood of the John Locke Foundation. State wide participants exceeded 17,500], but since they are doing renovation work on the old Capitol building, we were crammed onto the South lawn. Undoubtedly the most orderly crowd I've ever seen. And people from all walks of life were there. This is NOT a lower and middle class phenomena. I spoke to a Director of Human Resources whose parents had escaped the Soviet Union under Stalin. His comment? "I don't know what these people (in DC) are thinking!"

Favorite sign:

Second favorite:

Protest babe:

I'm detecting a thyme here:

"So simple, like the Jitterbug, it plumb evaded them:"

The cops appear bored:

A few of the signs:

As I left it appeared that a good time was being had by all:

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  1. In Cincinnati, the cops did get a tiny bit testy (at least the one I overheard was) right at the end, but I think that's because the Square wasn't big enough this time, and we spilled out into the street, then marched up Vine St. to City Hall. He didn't seem thrilled at having a "Parade" in the middle of the day.

    Other than that, yeah, they were pretty much bored. About 5,000-6,000 were there. Got some pictures here.

  2. Thanks for the pictures, Don.
    Wayne, the only people I heard complaining were the crew at Burger King.
    "Why are we so busy?"
    "It's all those damn protesters!"


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