Lansing,MI Independence Day Tea Party:After Action Report

We had 1,500 to 1,800 I spoke with Capitol Events staff afterwards.

THAT is a great turnout for a holiday weekend. We also participated in the City of Lansing parade with 2 mounted riders included and an array of flags!

People are concerned AND committed to getting involved.
The most asked question? When is the next one?

Activists are being created out of the tea parties and We’ll be back but perhaps in another form….but expect to see MORE activism because… We are at war. We are at war with those who have methodically worked to dismantle our Constitution, torn apart our representative Republic, and who wish to put another form of government in its place. WE ARE COMMITTED TO FIGHT FOR OUR REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC

Big THANK YOU to our volunteers, speakers and to all who sacrificed some  leisure time to attend.

The Lansing,MI Independence Tea Party is backed by Grassroots in Michigan

Some News coverage:Some News coverage: Lansing State Journal
Detroit Free Press

WILX TV Video Link,
WILX News Story

Video of our parade entry in the City of Lansing July 4 Parade!

Tea party Interview with some folks who came from Indiana!

Some Photos:
Crowd shot

Smash the record sign

Remember Liberty

The lovely Katherine from Bay City and a surprise guest at the Tea Party!
Katherine with pony

A young winner in our Best Sign Contest!
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5 Responses to “Lansing,MI Independence Day Tea Party:After Action Report”

  1. 1 Frank Hatfield July 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Second try: I listened to the first three speeches at the July 4 Lansing Tea Party. I strongly support the fight for individual liberty and against the collectivism that is being forced on us. However, I have two suggestions for success by broadening support: 1. Drop the emphasis on God and Christianity. There are non-Christians who would then support your political mission, there are Christians who believe that God wants gov’t. to practice charity (welfare), and there are folks like me who deeply fear the oppressive effects of a partnership of church and state. 2. Reach out to immigrants, ethnic and racial minorities. They were conspicuously absent on July 4, and I know from experience that some place great value on liberty and just taxation — especially immigrants who sacrificed to come here to enjoy those blessing.

  2. 2 Miro Pacic July 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    The Tea Party was remarkable, and made me proud. I am sorry that others on this post feel that Believing in a Godly Nation would be opressive, and that Government should be involved with providing “Charity”, when it is forced it is not charity it is socialism. Charity should be from the heart and not legislated by the Govt. and opressing the people. On the other note I agree with Frank that we should be reaching out to all races, and immigrants (if they are here legally). I do not see where the GOP is not already doing that. I appreciate each speaker and their desire to state their love for God and Nation.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. 3 Miro Pacic July 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Will you be posting videos of the speakers.

  4. 4 Denise July 8, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I am very grateful for the people who organized the tea party. It is so important to stand up against the socialist ideas of this administration. Independence Day was a great day to stand up against dependence on government. Thank you, thank you!

    I thought that most of the signs at the tea party were appropriate and well done. I want to say, though, that I was very disappointed in the sign contest. As I stood and looked around at the signs, I noticed a few that were crude and/or nasty. I know it would be difficult to get a total consensus on what an appropriate sign should consist of and I know that the committee can’t control what all signs say. I do think, though, that it IS possible to only ‘tag’ or invite sign holders up on the stage who have signs that are far from questionable.

    For example, the sign that read something like ‘Politicians – the second oldest profession in the world’ won in one of the categories. The crowd thought it was funny. If we had been on Fox News or some other news station (which we should always be thinking is a possibility), how would a sign like that represent our cause? I don’t think it would win anyone who was on the fence (about whether taxes are, indeed, too high or whether they should join in on the next tea party) over for our cause. Also, the young people in the crowd that we are encouraging to become politicians and fight the good fight would also not be encourage by a sign that pretty much equates politics with prostitution. Funny? I don’t think the whole protest movement is about being funny. I think it’s about being serious, noble and patriotic.

    Tea partiers should be encouraged to stay away from writing signs that name call, slam liberal people or suggest swearing or potty humor, etc. And if folks don’t listen, we should confront people with nasty signs and I hope that they would not, in the future, be rewarded because the majority thinks they’re funny.

    Let’s be well-mannered and gentlemanly. It’s the only way to win any argument!!

    • 5 Kent Hall July 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      This for Denise and anyone else who lacks the courage to say what you really think about the actions of our Government. Four signs were picked out of the crowd by the organizers and mine received the most positive results from the whole group. The quote is a take off on the following, “It has been said that Politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” by Ronald Reagan. My sign said “Politics the 2nd oldest profession and very much like the first.” I didn’t say that I and many others are tired of being (screwed) by the Government. My sign was a gentlemanly way to say that and if you seriously had a problem with my sign, why didn’t you have the courage to come to me and ask me politely to remove it. Even though I still believe it was appropriate for the occasion, I would have gladly put it down rather than offend anyone. As to being serious, noble and patriotic, My Son served 4 years in the Navy, I am Vietnam Veteran Sgt. in 19 months, My Dad won the bronze star in WWII, My Great Grandfather was a 1st Sgt in the Michigan 3rd Cavalry in the Civil War, and his Grandfather was a 1st Lt. in the Revolutionary War. If that doesn’t qualify me and my family as patriots, nothing will. Look me up at the next party and I would be happy to discuss this with you directly and politely.
      Funny it was not, but most people thought it was clever and it said a lot in a few words.

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