From the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party website:
The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.
During Rick’s rant, he called for a “Chicago tea Party” where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.
A few days later, grassroots activists and average Joe Americans began organizing what would soon become the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party effort.
On February 27th, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities accross the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.
Organizers of the February 27th events pledged to continue on with an even bigger and better protest to follow the first. With April 15th being “Tax Day”, it was decided to schedule the second round of Tea Party protests to ride alongside the tax deadline.
And with that, the “Tax Day Tea Party”, the second round of the Nationwide Tea Party protests, moved into reality.
First Coast residents will be standing together April 15th at the Tax Day Tea Party at the Jacksonville Landing. Festivities start at 12:00 and are scheduled to continue through 1:30 or later. We have a great line-up of speakers, including:
Congressman Ander Crenshaw
Dr. Jim Nealis, WOKV radio host
CEO Rick Scott
blogger Cassy Fiano
DAR Good Citizen Award recipient Haley Brown
… and more! There will also be music, entertainment, and the opportunity to show Washington where we stand. Be sure to take part in this truly historic event.