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Protesters Stage Greenville Tea Party Thousands Protest Government Spending
WYFF ^ | 02/27/2009 | WYFF

Posted on 02/27/2009 9:08:01 PM PST by neal1960

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A massive rally in downtown Greenville on Friday to protest government spending was started by the rant of a reporter in Chicago.

Several thousand people flocked to the banks of the Reedy River to re-enact a uniquely American form of political speech. The crowds dumped tea into the river, evoking memories of the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

"They're not like putty in our hands," said CNBC on-air personality Rick Santelli. "This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbors' mortgages, that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills? We're thinking about having a Chicago tea party in July. All you capitalists that wanna show up at Lake Michigan, I'm gonna start organizing."

Santelli's words spurred thousands to take action across the country, and about 2,000 in Greenville alone.

"I'm sick and tired of it," said protester Barbara Keeton. "That's my money. That's my grandchildren's future. It's down the toilet."

Protesters said they were angry over the billions spent by Congress and the billions more on the table.

"No one looked at it, no one read it, no one had any clue what was in it except, of course, for the guys who prepared it," said protestor Joshua Schatzle.

"The debt that Obama's got, is way higher now, less than 100 days after he's been in office," Keeton said.

The protesters vented through signs, chants and tea.

Carl Clegg said he got the idea to start the party less than a week before it occurred.

"We're giving the opportunity for people in the area to come out and say, 'I do not approve of what's going on in Washington,'" said Clegg, of the Upstate Young Republicans.

In a few days, it grew to a size that amazing organizers and observers.

"I'm not exactly supportive of everything that's going on, but I think it was a great display of what you can do in America," said onlooker D.J. Harris.

The rally was one of at least a dozen tea party protests scheduled planned in major cities on Friday. Many more are scheduled over the next few months all across America.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 1773; constitution; teaparty
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Great turn out! Keep it rolling America.
1 posted on 02/27/2009 9:08:02 PM PST by neal1960
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To: neal1960

Here’s a bump.Pics?


2 posted on 02/27/2009 9:13:10 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: neal1960

We posted at the same time, how do I delete my.


3 posted on 02/27/2009 9:14:35 PM PST by DEPcom
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To: fatima

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20090227/NEWS01/90227028/1069/YOURUPSTATE01
Crowd converges at Liberty Bridge to protest stimulus plan


4 posted on 02/27/2009 9:15:11 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: neal1960
The only way to kill this crap is for people to fill out their W4s and put down 87 dependents (under with holding). Then at tax time refuse to either file a return at all, or just don't pay the difference.

For this to work though, it would take millions of us to get on board.

5 posted on 02/27/2009 9:15:23 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: neal1960

Wow!!! Great turnout!!!!!
I’ve been trying to convince Mres FlashBack that we need to move away from this Iowa winter weather....SC sure looks like the place to go!


6 posted on 02/27/2009 9:15:34 PM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: upchuck

Please tell me someone got pictures of this...

...Only 4 more long months until I FINALLY get to go to Greenville for good and leave this socialist hellhole!


7 posted on 02/27/2009 9:17:03 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: FlashBack

It was a great turn out. It was raining all day, the weather turn nice just before the protest.


8 posted on 02/27/2009 9:17:20 PM PST by DEPcom
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To: neal1960
Wow!!! Great turnout!!!!! I've been trying to convince Mrs FlashBack that we need to move away from this Iowa winter weather....SC sure looks like the place to go! Gotta check my spelling!!
9 posted on 02/27/2009 9:17:33 PM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: neal1960

BTTT


10 posted on 02/27/2009 9:18:01 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Lots of links from all over the country assembled on this thread.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2195600/posts


11 posted on 02/27/2009 9:18:49 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: DEPcom

There was supposed to have been a gatering here in Iowa at Davenport and maybe DesMoines...I haven’t seen any After-Action-Reports yet. Gotta go look for those and see how they did...stuck at work today.


12 posted on 02/27/2009 9:19:38 PM PST by FlashBack ('0'bama: "Katrina on a Global Level")
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Our daughter has posted pics here...
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewPicture&friendID=52405754&albumId=2940708


13 posted on 02/27/2009 9:21:34 PM PST by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: neal1960

“”No one looked at it, no one read it, no one had any clue what was in it except, of course, for the guys who prepared it,” said protestor Joshua Schatzle.”

“H”, Those individuals that wrote the bill probably only knew what their assigned portion of the bill was about. I’d believe nobody, I mean nobody knew everything included within that massive text.

There should have been one month at least to read and digest a bill that size, then debate the content before voting on it. Totally improper procedure. The American people understandably are seriously angry.

The whole lot of those voting for this should be drug out of the Capitol by their heels and strung up.


14 posted on 02/27/2009 9:22:38 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: neal1960

Beautiful! Thank you and thanks to your daughter!

Lots of Gadsden flags there...nice to see like-minded folk even if I can’t be there. Hope I can get down there and make the next one! :)


15 posted on 02/27/2009 9:29:33 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: abb
WooHooo,Push the young ones up front.Thanks abb (((((Hugs)))))
PS My youngest became a Bitch Conservative because of Palin.She is 23.
16 posted on 02/27/2009 9:29:36 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

That’s a right fair crowd. Notice all the folk on top of the bridge in the background.


17 posted on 02/27/2009 9:31:42 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Sorry, I wasn’t there. Greenville is a three-four drive from Aiken.


18 posted on 02/27/2009 9:32:42 PM PST by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
I am so proud of my daughter and her family. They are taking up the old mans slack. Our Grandson is holding the sign saying “I am only six, and already in debt.” LOL
He is a future Freeper.
19 posted on 02/27/2009 9:35:55 PM PST by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: abb

It is.Move the young people up for the shot.This is for the pros-if we have any left in PR Dept.in the Rep.Party.


20 posted on 02/27/2009 9:36:09 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: neal1960

Didn’t happen. This is all photoshopped Obama rally images and bloggers’ dreams.

If it had really happened, then Perky Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams would have been fist figting in the streets for the privilege of being the first to tell me all about it.

Remember: “If we didn’t broadcast it, it wasn’t news!”


21 posted on 02/27/2009 9:37:57 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: ApplegateRanch
"I was taught when I was a young reporter that it's news when we say it is. I think that's still true -- it's news when 'we' say it is. It's just who 'we' is has changed"

David Carr (b. 1956), US Journalist. CNN "Reliable Sources", Sunday, August 10, 2008.

22 posted on 02/27/2009 9:38:51 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

When is the March on Washington? How about May 30, 2009 the last Saturday of May.


24 posted on 02/27/2009 9:44:29 PM PST by DEPcom
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To: neal1960

You have every reason to be proud! Thank you for showing me the pictures...it’s the next best thing to being there. :)


25 posted on 02/27/2009 9:46:23 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: neal1960

i am so computer ignorant! My computer will not let me on your site to see the pix. Anyhow, congrats! I went to my tea party here in NC! :)


26 posted on 02/27/2009 9:47:02 PM PST by NurseZac
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To: abb
Thanks for the quotes.

We are too few and too scattered (and too frozen and snowed under) to have any effective action here. AFAIK, the nearest rally to us would have been Cheyenne, WY, about 250 miles away...and I'm about 50 miles closer than the next-nearest SD FReeper I know of.

27 posted on 02/27/2009 9:48:37 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: DEPcom
When is the March on Washington? How about May 30, 2009 the last Saturday of May.

Way 'yonder above my pay grade to make a call like that. I'm just trying to hem up some of the links and threads in one place so it will be convenient to find, and build a ping list. With a bunch of scattered threads, many of us FReepers miss stuff.

28 posted on 02/27/2009 9:48:44 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: NurseZac

http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=319841
‘Tea Party’ protests stimulus plan


29 posted on 02/27/2009 9:50:48 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I am Fire Up, let’s march on Washington!!!!


30 posted on 02/27/2009 9:51:07 PM PST by DEPcom
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To: DEPcom

If you think this something to get fired up about, just wait until they start trying to grab guns, because its coming, slowly at first, but the movement is already starting! America, please wake up!! Our country is being taken away quietly, because the media is not on our side!!


31 posted on 02/27/2009 9:58:39 PM PST by mrsalty
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Please tell me someone got pictures of this...

...Only 4 more long months until I FINALLY get to go to Greenville for good and leave this socialist hellhole!

That's where it's at. We are holding down here in the deep South and are locked and loaded ready for the big reaction coming soon enough. Plenty of good churches and fine people around here, and if you like to party, we call it GVegas. Something for everyone, but still with that slow, sweet southern style. We even have a pretty good economy still going. I guess hard work really does pay off.

32 posted on 02/27/2009 11:53:29 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: fatima
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33 posted on 02/28/2009 12:31:38 AM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Force of Truth

Love it WOOOOHOOOO..Bump to Pics.:)


34 posted on 02/28/2009 12:37:01 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: neal1960
Image and video hosting by TinyPic ' "REPEAT AFTER ME..."I'M MAD AS HELL...... AND, I'M NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANY MORE!"
35 posted on 02/28/2009 12:49:19 AM PST by MtnMan101 (THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISUM IS THAT YOU EVENTUALLY RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY)
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To: neal1960

Oh, these people make me so proud.

Thank you Rick Santelli and thank you real Americans.


36 posted on 02/28/2009 12:53:08 AM PST by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: Baynative

That is EXCELLENT. “Handy Stimulus Flow chart.” “Here’s $15. Please buy a flat screen TV.” BWAAAhahahahaha!


37 posted on 02/28/2009 1:11:07 AM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Force of Truth

Boy. Those pics bring tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting them. God bless America.


38 posted on 02/28/2009 1:15:41 AM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Baynative

That is a great flowchart!


39 posted on 02/28/2009 5:20:00 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (It took 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for BO to tear it down.)
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To: Cobra64

I really don’t want to file my return this year. We’ve already paid through our paychecks.


40 posted on 02/28/2009 5:46:35 AM PST by panthermom
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To: abb

We had an Outstanding crowd - local news is reporting the turn out was in the 1000’s. I am proud to be from Greenville, SC. Last night, I saw history in the making. This was the first time in the my life I ever protested for something but it will not be my last time. In just five days, Greenville turns out thousands, we can make a difference.


41 posted on 02/28/2009 6:06:30 AM PST by neverbluffer
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To: neal1960

I had a great time for this great cause. My son and I attended and I got to finally introduce him to Russ Castle, my buddy at WORD Radio. It was the bonding of true Americans.

The rally was a success as the thousands sent a message to Washington for their over boated spending sprees. This was a symbolic tea party and no we didn’t spend a lot of money on tea. Americans who work hard for their freedom needed to send this message and anyone that feels this was silly most likely has their hand out. We will no longer sit back and watch as a socialist government steals from the hard working man to pay for the dead beats wanting dependence on their government who by the way is the taxpayers. Hope and change? I hope we still have change for a buck after the smoke clears. Obama, this is America, not the USSA. God Bless the true Americans


42 posted on 02/28/2009 8:00:31 AM PST by caterino (America, Greenville tea party, Obama drama, sosialism,)
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To: neverbluffer

It made me proud to. I’ve spent most of my life here, but i’ve been around the world. Greenville is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and a bastion of what the forefathers envisioned in the Constitution. But its fading quickly. We are being overrun by liberals from the places they have already destroyed.

South Carolina has always been a bit of a rebellious state. In fact, they dumped tea in the Charleston harbor in support for the men in Boston during the real Tea Party. Remember Ft. Sumter :-)We already had enough of the Lincoln way of government a long long time ago. We have produced great warriors of tyranny like Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion and Andrew Jackson. (North Carolinians also claim Jackson because it was a frontier border where he was born. Jackson claimed he was born in a cabin in South Carolina)

While i abhor the idea of slavery (we are paying for the sins of our fathers), I often wonder how the Confederacy would have compared to the Union. A large part of the South has managed to retain the independence and spirit that men like Madison and Jefferson and Adams and Hamilton understood. Liberty.


43 posted on 02/28/2009 8:02:31 AM PST by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: ChinaThreat

More coverage of Greenville, SC
http://www.jennqpublic.com/greenville-tea-party-draws-2000-protesters/#comment-306


44 posted on 02/28/2009 8:18:34 AM PST by DEPcom
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To: Force of Truth
"When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him"...Isaiah 59;19b

Our standard is the Word of God and the US Constitution. The Founders fought for liberty...let us follow in their example.

45 posted on 02/28/2009 8:28:13 AM PST by tflabo
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How do I post a picture please?


46 posted on 02/28/2009 9:00:50 AM PST by Liberty_Homeschooler
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To: caterino

My son and I attended and I got to finally introduce him to Russ Castle, my buddy at WORD Radio.**

Talk about one pissed off dude! Tell Russ to given ‘em Hell for me and all the SC freepers!!! God bless.


47 posted on 02/28/2009 12:57:16 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: DEPcom

Thanks for the post DEPcom. Awesome, just awesome and it’s not going to stop until We The People get our representation with our taxation!!


48 posted on 02/28/2009 1:01:30 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Liberty_Homeschooler
How do I post a picture please?

Go to http://tinypic.com/?t=postupload Copy and paste code after you upload a pic.

49 posted on 02/28/2009 1:07:53 PM PST by Force of Truth (Sarah Palin in 2012!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!)
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To: neal1960; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; ...
A related thread can be found here.

South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. | Remove me from the list.
Please welcome our newest South Carolina ping list member, garykfd.

50 posted on 02/28/2009 6:59:14 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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