April 7th, 2009
Or keep quiet and pay your tribute!
‘We don’t necessarily need mainstream media anymore’
Posted: March 19, 2009
10:15 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
While WND has been tracking 170 individual tea parties across the nation, one group has announced it is planning rallies in 1,000 cities and towns on April 15.
The American Family Association, or AFA, is coordinating 1,000 Taxed Enough Already, or TEA, parties to be held at 12 p.m. in front of city halls across the nation.
The organization launched a Tea Party Day website just days ago so volunteer organizers may register their protests with AFA. The website also provides a list of other protests across the nation that are not organized by AFA.
Michael DePrimo, special counsel to AFA President Tim Wildmon, told WND that AFA has been inundated with e-mails from citizens who want to attend or organize tea parties in their own cities.
“We’re trying to get people to attend these and we’re also encouraging others if there is no tea party in their community to start their own,” he said. “All we’re trying to do is really generate activity to try to try to get people to attend these rallies to really send a message to Washington.”
The tea party website asks, Are you fed up with a Congress and a president who:
- vote for a $500 billion tax bill without even reading it
- are spending trillions of borrowed dollars, leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying?
- consistently give special interest groups billions of dollars in earmarks to help get themselves re-elected?
- want to take your wealth and redistribute it to others?
- punish those who practice responsible financial behavior and reward those who do not?
- admit to using the financial hurt of millions as an opportunity to push their political agenda?
- run up trillions of dollars of debt and then sell that debt to countries such as China?
- want government-controlled health care?
- want to take away the right to vote with a secret ballot in union elections?
- refuse to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants into our country?
- appoint a defender of child pornography to the No. 2 position in the Justice Department?
- want to force doctors and other medical workers to perform abortions against their will?
- want to impose a carbon tax on your electricity, gas and home-heating fuels?
- want to reduce your tax deductibility for charitable gifts?
- take money from your family budget to pay their federal budget?
The group encourages tea party attendees to bring a cell phone and call the president, 202-456-1414, and Congress, 202-224-3121, while attending the rallies.
This photo posted on Instapundit.com by reader Russell Sayre was taken from the 17th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower above Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a tea party began on March 15. According to some reports, more than 4,000 people showed up for the Cincinnati tea party. Other national tea parties have reported hundreds, and even thousands, of attendees, but few major media outlets have covered their growing popularity.
While many mainstream media outlets have provided little to no coverage of the nation’s numerous tea parties so far, DePrimo said the growing movement is proof that Americans no longer need them to launch a widespread revolution.
“I think the media does whatever the media choose to do,” he said. “We’re all aware that the media have a liberal bias. I suppose if it’s big enough, they will report on it. If they think it really may spur some change in Washington that the media elites don’t want, they may ignore the story altogether.”
De Primo continued, “The good news is that with the Internet, Facebook, texting and with all the ways we can communicate today, we don’t necessarily need the mainstream media anymore. The message can get out without them.”