Skip to comments.After the Tea Parties: A 'We The People' Party in D.C.!
Posted on 03/01/2009 10:36:56 AM PST by DTogo
OK, thanks to Rick Santellis rant weve all had our symbolic tea parties around the country, then CPAC, and are feeling pretty good. Some have protested in public before, others havent but enjoyed getting out and meeting other outraged citizens, and others couldnt make it because it was on a Friday and they still have a job.
So, whats next many are asking. Heres a suggestion, with some built-in skepticism, expounded upon by a recent post by FReeper LS It's Not Time Yet, But . . .. Turn the proposed Bonus Army massing of people in DC into a We The People event, or Woodstock if you will on the National Mall!
Skeptic: Woodstock wasnt that for hippies?
Bear with me a minute. Say were able to amass a couple hundred thousand people or more into DC for several days. Interesting idea! But what would we do; march all day, shout all day, simply mill around? No, we should organize some activities to not only occupy the time, but also draw even MORE people/attention to D.C.:
1) Encourage Talk Radio hosts to broadcast live from the Mall! Imagine Laura Ingraham at one end of the Mall and Glenn Beck at the other in the morning, just talking out a parked RV or bus equipped to do so. Rush Limbaugh, Publice Enemy #1 from noon (would the Maha show up?). Hannity from 3pm and Levin and Savage from 6pm at either ends where Laura and Glenn were in the morning. And whoever has a daytime or evening TV show, like Beck/Hannity, could also do their shows man-on-the-street style.
Skeptic: What, stand around and listen to our favorite radio host yack into a mic?
2) Additionally, invite conservative musicians to come play, motivate the crowds, mingle, etc. No fancy stage set-up, just start playing where you stand and let the crowds gather. Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood, Ted Nugent, etc.
Skeptic: Hmmm, The Nuge on the Mall?!
3) Also, invite conservative celebrities/politicians to come speak and mingle with the crowds. Chuck Norris was just on Glenn Becks show the other night and seemed pretty fired up. How about Melanie Morgan and Michelle Malkin whove been making the rounds recently. Expound on that with invitations to Jon Voight, Robert Davi, Joe the Plumber, and political insiders like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, etc.
Skeptic: I dont like all those guys, and would any celebrity even show up?
Yeah, we dont all see eye to eye on every issue. It's time to unite and use their gravitas on site to attract media attention and motivate even more folks to attend. Im not saying theyd all show up, but their absence might speak volumes and diminish their own future ambitions. And if 2~3 did show up, you'd think they have others on speed dial. Hey, there are no celebrities in the trenches of this 'war' for the Constitution!
4) Notify and invite local and national media outlets to the event. LS himself is a regular on Fox & Friends and other long-time FReepers have connections to the media and perhaps the folks in #3.
5) In addition to the media, wed need some web savvy folks on site to quickly package clips on to Youtube and other web-based outlets so as not to let the MSM marginalize the event and the message.
Skeptic: Yeah, but you need a permit to do this kind of stuff
You dont need a permit to go to Washington D.C., and you dont need a permit to walk around with a guitar over your shoulder or a fiddle in your hand, and play to whoever wants to listen. Pan-handlers strumming for a buck don't have permits, why should Ted Nugent or Charlie Daniels?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Skeptic: Yeah, but if they knew in advance theyd call out the police and shut us down.
Shut what down? People visiting the Mall? A musician playing to some folks who stop and listen? And how many D.C. policemen would probably rather hear Charlie Daniels or meet Chuck Norris as opposed to shoot tear gas at them? (Tear gas to Chuck Norris is actually laughing gas, isnt it?)
Skeptic: OK, then theyd block off the Mall to begin with.
Then youd have several hundred thousand people on the streets of D.C., blocking traffic, walking to different parks looking to hear whos playing or whos speaking. Is that better? Whats next, martial law?
Skeptic: Well yeah, what if they declare martial law?
Fine, then we win as they shut down the District of Corruption for a non event. And we can all stay home and shout Ha HA! at the TV. In the city named after one of the Founding Fathers and our first president, where the very Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are enshrined our government calls out the police to deny We The People our first and most fundamental Right. Would they dare?
They will have demonstrated for the entire nation their absolute disdain and disregard for the Constitution, and distrust of We The People. Stay home, shut up, and pay your taxes it is no longer your country and you no longer have rights. Well be stopping by for your guns later this week.
We all talk a big game about the Constitution, here on FR, on Talk Radio, and recently at CPAC. Well, when are we going to walk a big game?
Yeah, that’s the concern, some speakers who could draw even MORE folks to DC won’t show up if it’s not permitted/planned.
Imagine if no one filed on 4/15. And no one responded to late/penalty notices that followed...
What, the IRS is going to round up, fine, and jail millions of Americans?
Yes, John Lennon, imagine...
Lawyers come in very handy for situations like that. We couldn’t get a permit for our demonstration at the California State Capitol. But a lawyer stepped in a viola! Red tape gone. We got a PERMIT!!!
I’ve been getting a similar idea: The outrage is almost too MUCH; it might be time to march on Washington, soon..
Yeah we could call it NATIONAL “POTOMIC TEA HARBOR DAY”!
Add me, too! TIA
A "Taxpayers Tour" or "Taxpayers Tour DC" on or about April 15th sounds good. That way, we could actually set up a tour route, tour "stops", etc. This could work!
I agree that April 15th is the perfect day. . .
I don’t think ANYONE has an idea of just how many Americans will show up! It’s worth taking the day off from work, or taking the day off from most anything to get this point across. The Obama Administration needs to know that we are not taking this anymore.
No, it IS too much, and has been for some time!
I can’t imagine Chuck Norris NOT wanting to show up in DC on April 15th.
A little adjustment there. ;^)
Thousands of us here have been doing that since 1997 and before.
Continuing the tradition works better when the past efforts are acknowledged.
My bad. I certainly wasn’t trying to diminish all the great activities of FReepers to date.
Some people post statements like that because they think nothing of importance sprung from Free Republic until they joined.
I see that was not your meaning.
Keep up the good work Mr. Togo.
Let’s ping him!
LOL, not the real Chuck Norris but he does look like him.
Good idea. Let’s build on this. We have to speak up for the sake of our country. No more keyboard warriors, let’s act and be heard.
As our beloved Ronnie said, Government is NOT the solution; Government IS the problem!
I think we should have regional protests on April 15 and one major one when congress is in session to protest amnesty or some other issue.
There is going to be one in Austin on
This is no time for complacency.
I would LOVE to see all this come together on the Fourth of July! We are working out of town now, but will attend the nearest rally we can get to. Would love to make it to Austin on the 15th.
Spread the word!
Tell your buddy Cheech! ;^)
April 4 is the Gathering of Eagles event on the Mall.
I’m in and live very close to D.C. Let me know by email if there is a need for help, but please do so in advance.
July 4th is on a SATURDAY.... so....the question is ... the weekend of the day before on a FRIDAY.... traffic is insane here on Friday. Talk about getting media attention...
PARTY LIKE ITS 1773.
Excellent.. I agree. EVERYTHING the lefties have done,we should do too. (God, I never thought i’d ever say THAT! LOLOL..but you get the idea....)
Hitting up our state reps for some help,definitely contacting Sarah Palin and ads in the local papers would help too. We should start right now,especially with the state reps.More Tea Parties, in the meantime,and handing out flyers at those tea parties and speaking to the local media when they show up about what’s in the works. When the AIMM (Armed Informed Mother’s March) was gearing up in 2000, I made flyers,put them out and called my local radio station to tell them about it.Going viral on the Web is definitely a must! I’ll do my part for my area and even in the peoples republic of Maryland,where I work,and,you know? This could be BIG!
Great! Thanks for the info!
It would be nice to perhaps combine the two. April 15th might be more “motivating.”
For soon it will be 1776! (or 1861)
Thanks! How many tents could be pitched in your yard...? ;^)
Spread the word!
Choose seven days in May.
Pick one. ;)
For the event or to pitch tents in your yard, too?
Upon further thoughts...thinking about DC vs Local “Activities”
A Simultaneous Local / DC demonstration sounds good. Summer recess means all the Representative went home.
They have local offices in their Respsective states.
Sounds like a good location....Pursue them to their local office and raise a crowd in their home town and the surrounding areas.....
Simultaneous Activities...Nationwide...targeting individual Representatives.
In their face....since they don’t read E-mails or answer phones.
My condo is leased through my company. But, I can help with other stuff. I need to know the times and dates...in order for people to start making plans.
My email list is large and they network...so there are several hundreds of us who network to get the message out to hundreds of thousands. :)
Right! State by state may be better...but just in case...
I sent an email message to Charlie Daniels, and also to Ted Nugent’s press person and asked them to just check out this article from a link,and gave them a brief outlining of what we would like to put together. (Hey,nothin beats a try...right?) I had to actually join Charlie Daniel’s Message forum to get a message to him,but I did and hopefully will get a message back in the positive.
Kudos on the initiative !
Perfect. That should be a thread all by itself.
It was cold and drizzly but a mighty fine day, esp. hearing later that algork was seriously frazzled by 'Get Out of Cheney's House' !
Would that a few 100k patriots on the mall would scare the shit out of the traitors in the white buildings.
June 14 is Flag Day.
I think we should attract young people like Obama did with his election rallies—free entertainment by rock bands. Too bad there isn’t a conservative George Soros who could pay a band to perform. Alot of rock bands don’t have a political ideology but they would perform if paid. My son went to a rock concert the night of the inauguration in the heart of Chicago and the popular band never even mentioned Obama. So there are groups that would be interested. Another good performer is that guy from machosauce. Breitbart Big Hollywood website may have some sources. 20-somethings like his website which comments on pop culture.