Saturday, February 28, 2009

Over 300 at Lansing, MI Tea Party!

They just kept coming. From the all over Michigan people gathered for our Nationwide Chicago Tea Party. Young, old, entire families came to be joined with their fellow patriots to tell the federal government and the politicians that we are mad and we are not going to take it!


Even puppy patriots wearing a sign, "Even I have to earn my entitlements"

What began as a conversation on Twitter, for me and my fellow co-organizers, Wendy Day of For a Better Day and melanieann79, turned into 4 days of hard work of PR, networking, answering e-mails and phone calls which in turn, resulted in this amazing moment at the state Capitol.

This wasn't about Republican or Democrat, it was about fellow Michigan patriots assembled together to say, Enough!

And it wasn't just about the problem, we offered via a flier that was passed out, practical ways for people to become involved to change the out of control spending, and the encroaching socialization of our government, free markets and our personal lives

You could feel the energy in the air. The camaraderie of being gathered together with like-minded citizens caused most to linger even after our program was over, discussing politics and our new movement. And myself and my fellow co-organizers were thanked over and over again.

One of the most unforgettable moments for me was when my fellow Michiganders spontaneously gathered on the steps of the Capitol and began singing, "God Bless America" and the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" What a feeling!

Media coverage

LA Times

Detroit Free Press


Lansing State Journal

Just a few of the comments I have recieved:

Thanks for organizing the Tea Party. I came with a friend and we thought you had a good turnout; there was an article about it on WorldNetDaily.

Linda, Battle Creek

Great event! Thanks for all your hard work. :-)

Gail, Armada

I literally cried today while standing with fellow Americans in front of the Capital in Lansing. The music the words spoken and the people from all walks of life who stood together for what they believe in.

My father must be spinning in his grave to see what has become of the country that he loved so much. This isn't about Republican or Democrat liberal or conservative. This is about plain old common sense and responsibility.

Frugal Granny

I thought it was a good turn out, only wonder why there wasn't TV coverage of the local instead of Altanta..I watched the 11:00 PM news.

Now where do we go from here? I'm tired as are ours of this road leading to Socialism...

Thanks again for the e-mail as we would not have known about the tea party

"My favorite sign was the young lady who asked, "I'm not old enough to vote, but I have to pay for all of this???" What they're doing in DC is plain CRUEL...we need to learn to control our government's appetite for spending for our children's sake! What will their future look like? Will their generation have it better than ours? Will they know the opportunity we have known? It's unfair. It's UN-AMERICAN."


I just would like to Thank Your for a great support for the Americans at the Capitol House today. I enjoyed myself and glad to know, I am not the only one that feels the way that I do. Are there any websites that show the pictures that took place today.


When is the next one?

Nancy, Novi

1 comment:

apackof2 said...

Fellow Patriots

Some thoughts from human-rights blogger Robert Mayer:

I just want to offer you and the tea party protesters some words of encouragement. As someone who has studied (and blogged) protest as an act of democratic revolution and people power in the post-Soviet area, I know a lot about the dynamics of mass civil society unrest, government transition, etc…

What we are seeing now is truly huge POTENTIAL for massive civil unrest against the American government gone lunatic with spending.

Realistically, 400-1000 people at a protest, even at a dozen protests across the country, will do nothing to change the minds of our idiot leaders.

However, it creates the POTENTIAL that each protest could have a million. The Orange Revolution in Ukraine did not start out with two million people camping in tents in downtown Kiev. It started with only a few hundred diehard activists.

Conservatives and libertarians have never had a strong activist base, but this appears to be the time to start. They need to capture today’s momentum and hold bigger and bigger protests every week. Use technology to organize and move and grow the movement. Compared to other countries, the United States is huge.

Don’t aim for a massive march on D.C. (at least, until you have a few million going). Focus the protests locally, on state policians and state capitols.

In any case, this is simply an email of encouragement to you guys.

You just have to stay determined and keep people focused and believing. You’d be surprised. Within a month you could go from 500 to 50,000.

Well, it’s broken a thousand already, reportedly, and in not much more than a week.