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UPDATED: The New American Tea Party

Posted on 15 April 2009

The town that hosted the very first tea party in American history will be hosting another as tax-protest-doggieAmerican citizens speak out against high taxes at “TEA parties” being held all across the nation today (April 15).

Outrage over taxes is what sparked the American Revolution and motivated the Sons of Liberty as they staged the first tea party more than 200 years ago when they dumped hundreds of pounds of tea into Boston Harbor in protest of a tea tax. Fast forward to the present and Boston will be hosting another “tea party” — only this time it will occur on Boston Commons, and “TEA” stands for “Taxed Enough Already.”

Stay-at-home mom Christen Varley helped to organize the Boston event. “We have 1,500 who have RSVPed positively online,” she shares. “We have reached out via email last week to another 10,000.”

Varley says the attendees will come from all walks of life — Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, conservatives, etc. And all are rallying around a common cause, she says — outrage over tax burdens.

One of the featured speakers at the Boston event will be Massachusetts Family Institute president Kris Mineau, whose will focus on taxes and how they affect the American family. However, Brian Camenker of the pro-family group MassResistance says he will not be in attendance because he claims that Varley will not allow pro-family issues to be discussed.

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“[A]nd I said to her, ‘But we’re talking, for instance, in our situation about the hundreds of thousands of dollars, nearly a million dollars, going for homosexual programs in the public schools,'” Camenker explains. “And she said that she understands that, but that there might be people there who support those programs and support the homosexual agenda and that they didn’t want to offend them.”

Varley refused to comment on Camenker’s remarks, except to say he was misunderstanding her. She also stated that she is not setting any guidelines for how people protest at the event.

“I feel that as a grassroots, non-professional organizer of an event, it is not within my rights whatsoever to dictate to people how they can protest, what they can say, what their signs can say,” Varley says. “All that we have asked online is that people respect that we are on city property.”

According to Varley, everybody has their own personal opinions and that attempts to “pigeonhole” people into political categories such as social conservative or liberal is the “old-style” politics.

Varley says the TEA party movement does not end after April 15, and that people need to start looking for quality, honest, and trustworthy people to put into government — and to get involved in the political process.

UPDATE:

CNN Reporter at Chicago Tea Party: It’s “Anti-CNN Since This is Highly Promoted By the Right-Wing, Conservative Network Fox”

 

CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen could barely get through her live shot at the Chicago tea party this afternoon. Over shouts of, “You’re not a reporter,” Roesgen quickly wrapped up an interview with an attendee, then said, “I think you get the general tenor of this. It’s anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”

A Fox News spokesperson responds to TVNewser, “Judging by their lack of ratings, everyone seems to be anti-CNN.”