I have not attended a tea party as of yet. When we are on the eve of tax day, and a good amount of tea parties that are going to go on across the nation, it seems they do have a statement to make. I have admiration for the sites I have gone into, that have been organizing the parties. Being tax day that is the main objective. People are wondering why people who are getting a tax break are complaining. They make it seem just a political issue "the poor rep. are not in controll, they are sore losers" attitude. What if there is more to it than that? What if there is a point they are trying to make. History has shown their point. Obviously if the taxes produced no thread in history , the people would walk away with the money in thier pockets smiling. There must be more to it than that.
One article in the WSJ explains some of it.
History explains the rest. They are concerned about America. Not dems or reps but America. Most of the groups are non party affiliated. Yes, on the conservative side, but do not wish to engage in party bashing type politics.
The huffington post is gathering people to go to the tea parties to video, interview and take pictures of people. This is the letter they sent out if you agreed to go to them.
Thank you for joining the Tea Party reporting team.
Next week, on April 15, we need you to be inside the crowd taking photos and video, jotting observations, and using Twitter to give HuffPost readers the on-the-ground coverage of the Tea Party protests. Locate the event closest to you HERE (click on your state listed on the right side of the page).
Not everyone is a writer and not all people want to take photographs, which is why we have laid out four ways to be part of the team.
1) Pen and Pad Reporting: Each protest presents a unique story. We definitely want to know the basics: how many people were in attendance? Where there any prominent speakers, and what did they say? Which slogans did the crowds chant, and what did they paint on their signs? We`re also interested in understanding what kind of people showed up and why--so feel free to ask them if you feel comfortable doing so.
We are asking for dispatches of no more than 600 words. Email your report to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on April 16th. (Check out our reporting standards for further guidance.)
2) Picture the Protest: Take your camera and capture the best images from the gathering. Protest signs and banners make for good photographs, as do families and establishing shots of the entire crowd. Email your pics to email@example.com. Incude your name, city, and state in the subject line and a brief description of each photo in the body of your email. For inspiration check out the slide show from the G-20 Pretest in London.
3) Film the Show: Some HuffPosters have already shown interest in filming their local Tea Party. We don`t have specific guidelines on video production, however we suggest that you edit your footage to less than five minutes in length and that you identify all interviewees. You can publish your video to YouTube and email us the link, or send your mpeg file to firstname.lastname@example.org using YouSentIt.
I dread to see what all is reported, about the tea parties. I fear only the crazies out there will have a voice. Believe me, I am not alone on these fears. Meeting about making sure hate groups are not a part of us is going on all the time. Yes, I have joined some of the groups, and yes , I plan on attending a tea party. Now I am finding it scary, when all I wanted to do was voice my oppionion.