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Accompanied by a fife-and-drum combo, two opposing groups are gathered in Old Town Fort Collins over the noon hour to try to persuade U.S....
Unreported remarks by Independence Institute president Jon Caldara at the Denver "Tea Party" protest may have brought wild cheers from the teabagging throng. But the invoking of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech — after Caldara and crew attempted to repeal affirmative action protections in Colorado — is nothing short of abhorrent.
Talk of government pillaging and vague threats of a ballot box revolution at yesterday's nationwide "Tea Party" protests missed a prime opportunity to advance a cause we can all get behind — ending abusive bank overdraft charges by the very institutions taxpayers bailed-out courtesy of the Bush Administration's 2008 Troubled Assets Relief Program. Our Washington Independent colleague Mike Lillis has the skinny on just where the pitchforks and torches should be aimed.
What a difference a few weeks of growing partisan anger and millions of dollars in free publicity can make. At the second of Denver's "Tea Party" protests in just six weeks the contrasts couldn't be more sharp between the crowds, the messages (or lack thereof) and the apotheosis of conservative inspiration — the brainy Ayn Rand is out and the telegenic Ronald Reagan is in.
Conservative Colorado blogger Ross Kaminsky helpfully posts a flier at FreedomWorks advising "how to deal with leftists who may try to disrupt a Tea Party," especially those pesky leftists with video cameras hoping to embarrass teabaggers for the world to see.
Teabagging just isn't what it used to be. And with new revelations that the much anticipated April 15 anti-tax protests are being co-opted by establishment Republican groups and Washington, D.C.-based corporate lobbyists, the term "teabaggery" may well join "douchebaggery" in the pantheon of political recriminations.
One hundred enthusiastic Atlas Shrugged fans braved chilly temperatures on the east steps of the Colorado capitol Friday as part of a nationwide "tea party" protest to rail against the federal stimulus package and the government, in general. Beyond the typical conservative-Libertarian rhetoric was some practical advice on how to "shrug these parasites off our backs" like opening a black market in your own garage.