Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Richmond Tea Party follow-up

Had a great time at the Richmond Tea Party this evening. Talked to some real nice people and enjoyed a couple hours out in the wonderful 45 degree damp weather, which failed to keep the crowds away. I chatted with a cop there who put the crowd to be in the 1000-1500 range. Final tally may have ended up higher, because that was early (right around 6PM) and people were still streaming in.

The crowd was well-behaved with no fringe elements I could see (other than one guy with a cryptic Ron Paul sign), and no ACORN freakazoids or others of their ilk were around to make things unpleasant. Three Richmond TV news trucks were there, but I saw no news crews about in the crowd. I'm not sure exactly where they were or what they were covering, but maybe I'll catch something on the local news tonight.

Near the end I was feeling a little cold and damp, so I headed a couple blocks over to Richbrau, my favorite haunt from my days working in downtown Richmond. I had a pre-arranged phone interview with Liz Stephans and Scott Baker of Breitbart TV's B-Cast, and they managed to get me on the phone for the live interview while I was still into my first beer, so hopefully I made sense. If they post a clip of the interview, I'll update with a link.

Dave...sorry we missed each other!

Update: A tweet (actually a re-tweet) from Tammy Bruce puts the attendance at 3500-4000. Possible, I guess. Who knows? I know I can't tell the size of a crowd just by looking at it.


Liz Stephans said...

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us! We'll be uploading the clips (it might take a few hours since we have 10 hours of coverage to upload ha) but the shows will pop up under the B-Cast tab link your post above.

Have a great night,

Anonymous said...

Chester Patriots continue to work in their community after Richmond Tea Party Success.

Anonymous said...

A group of over 30 Americans, who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia, hand delivered to their federal citizen representatives' Richmond offices a Petition for Redress of Grievances. A copy of the Petition can be found here…

The results and reactions varied by federal office. It ranged from a cordial and frank conversation about the status of our country to muffled conversations behind a bank teller window.

The bottom line is Americans deserve answers and these citizen representatives were formally asked to respond in a forum that is appropriate to reach their constituents.

Here is a copy of the cover letter submitted with the petition.

May 8, 2009

To:Citizen Representatives
Citizen Rep. Eric Cantor
Citizen Rep. Randy Forbes
Citizen Sen. Mark Warner
Citizen Sen. Jim Webb

From: Your Constituents

Subject: Our Petition for Redress of Grievances

On April 15th of this year, We the People posted in our local paper, the Village News, our Petition for Redress of Grievances. We addressed it to you as our citizen representatives. As this practice is protected by First Amendment, we expect your thoughtful, written response to each of our concerns.

We the People are watching and are taking steps to protect our liberty. We wanted to make sure that our citizen representatives heard our concerns loud and clear. Therefore, we decided to hand deliver our message to you such that you make no mistake about our grievances and our unwavering mandate. We are requesting the following four actions:

1.To cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers;
2.To formally and publicly recognize the natural and Constitutional rights of the American People in a manner appropriate to your branch of government;
3.To answer, point by point the questions contained herein;
4.To honor your oaths to support the Constitution or resign immediately from your positions.

We the People will continue our march toward liberty, not looking left or right, until they are heard and responded to.

Anonymous said...

Here is video shot of two of the four deliveries of the Petition for Redress of Grievances to our federal citizen representatives...



Also, here is this week's commentary from the Village News Editor...