May 27th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: Protests, Financial Crisis, Government

Tea Baggers Plan Smaller Event in 'Burbs

Maybe the “spontaneous” Tea Party political movement already is running out of steam.

An estimated 3,000 people — mostly suburbanites — descended on downtown Cincinnati’s Fountain Square last month for a Tea Party protest on Tax Day, part of a series of events aimed at expressing anger over President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package and alleged out-of-control government spending.

A month earlier, at the first local Tea Party, crowd estimates at the square ranged from 4,000 to 5,000 people.

So far, though, only 256 people have been confirmed to attend Friday’s event in West Chester Township, according to organizers.

A Tea Party-endorsed community meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Room 116 at the Miami University campus at Voice of America Park. Keynote speaker will be Springfield Township resident Mike Wilson, the leader of the local movement.

Organized by a West Chester community group called American Junto, Friday’s event is described as a discussion about “methods to involve their neighborhoods and families in the Tea Party movement.”

The West Chester group takes its name from the original Junto, a club established in 1727 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Also known as the Leather Apron Club, its purpose was to debate questions of morals, politics, and business.

On its Web site, the local group describes its mission as seeking “to develop idealogy (sic) and methods for change which focus on mankind's right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — the great common denominator of every American — rights we fear are currently eroding in the name of progress.”

Tea Party leaders are trying to inspire followers to greater activity during the next few months, dubbing it “the Summer of Freedom.”

A Tea Party Parade has been announced in Madeira on May 31, but details haven’t been released.

Also, Wilson’s group recently issued a press release about the troubles faced by a national leader of the Tea Party movement.

News accounts revealed that Michael Patrick Leahy, who helped organize Tea Parties nationwide, had amassed more than $150,000 in state and federal tax liens, small claims court judgments, and civil lawsuits.

Wilson downplayed Leahy’s connection to the effort, stating, “The Tea Party movement has thousands of individuals in hundreds of cities across the country who can claim the same mantle of leadership as Mike Leahy. While we believe that the overall tax rate should be lowered, we do not condone nonpayment of taxes that were lawfully enacted. The Tea Party movement is much bigger than one individual and those who paint it as such are at best, uninformed, or at worst, lying.”

On the local Tea Party Web site, Wilson has a blog where he expounds on various issues. In a recent item, he wrote that ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, a Republican, had more integrity than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.

“Like him or not, Dick Cheney is someone willing to stand on his principles and lead,” Wilson wrote. “Nancy Pelosi, like nearly all the politicians in Congress, are craven political opportunists that will say what they need to say to get one more vote than their opponent.

“This is why the Cincinnati Tea Party is about principles instead of party,” he added. “We need more leaders like Dick Cheney who are willing to say what they believe regardless of the electoral consequences.”

“We need more leaders like Dick Cheney.” Yes, this movement is destined for greatness, indeed.

Question for the day: Why did local conservative leaders roundly criticize then-Cincinnati City Councilman Christopher Smitherman for having his young son testify in 2005 on a proposal to restrict the use of Tasers on children, calling it exploitative, but it’s acceptable for Wilson’s young son to carry the flag and lead the protest march at the April Tea Party?

Just wondering.
05.27.2009 at 07:29 Reply
What a sad and laughable group of wingnuts, loons and thugs. They didn’t say a peep when Bush and Cheney spent this nation into greater debt than every previous administration in American history combined. And how about when their Glorious Leader, the partisan hack DICK Cheney claimed that his administration’s debt was irrelevant, claiming “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”. Remember that one? Not a peep out of these lowlifes about that. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2008/10/02/cheney-deficit-debt/ There are words for crackpots like the teeny tiny teabagging movement: Hypocrites. Clowns. Buffoons. Liars. These asshats can go and Cheney themselves.


05.30.2009 at 02:38 Reply
Nice name calling by CincyCapell... classy. I love it when people who have never organized anything criticize the CTP for not having organized earlier. Why assume that the CTP people were not actively slamming Bush, our Reps, and our Senators for their over spending??? We were!!! This is where the term RINO (Republican in Name Only) came from (not claiming that came from us, but others like us). We have been increasingly disgusted with Republicans spending like Democrats! We've been trying to work within the system to get more Fiscally (we're not about social conservatism) Conservative candidates among Republicans but have been thwarted by those in the party who believe the only way to win is to become the opponent... hence McPain. Every one of us would tell you that we're sick of having to vote for the least bad of two bad choices. If you're going to hate us, fine.. but at least hate us for the right reasons instead of your assumptions. Just because this is the first time Mike and the rest of us have done something to get your attention doesn't mean we haven't been active. The Tea Party movement, in my view, is not born out of love for the GOP and wanting to support it. On the contrary, it is more born out of anger that the GOP has not been what it should have been and out of a desire to change that or find any candidate of any party willing to take up the mantel of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. Regards


05.30.2009 at 02:56 Reply
I’m not really familiar with those who were claiming “exploitation” over that taser hearing but do you really want to compare a kid being asked to testify vs. a kid having fun carrying a flag at a family friendly event his dad organized... seriously? In addition, Mike’s son’s participation, while a crowd pleaser because people like to see the kids, was not intended to sway any hearts and minds to the cause. Can you see the differences yet? Must we keep taking things out of context to stretch points, or can we start being real? Personally, I think many on the supposed Left and Right really want many of the same things… if we could only stop sniping at each other long enough to figure it out. Regards


05.30.2009 at 02:56 Reply
I'd like to clarify something for the author. This article attempts to claim that the tea party movement is running out of steam because only 256 showed up at the event in West Chester. Well.. here's the problem in that logic. Chris originally intended to keep that a small event targeting only 100 to 150 (max) attendees. Unfortunately, word got out and he had many more than planned for. We had not asked for some of the coverage that happened. So, I'm not sure how well this supports your point that things have lost steam. These smaller events are intended to be smaller to allow for more meaningful two-way communication. If you guys ever want to check facts with us before publishing, feel free to contact any of those listed on the Cincinnati tea party website. Regards


05.30.2009 at 02:58 Reply
CincyCapell: The politicians of both parties have been consistently increasing their power for decades. The current administration has taken things a step further however. The massively increased spending coupled with the takeover of the banking industry; the auto industry; and the proposed takeover of health care, the census, etc. should be scary for all of us. Just remember something. You may be in favor of handing these vast powers to government while your man is in office, but at some point, the other side will take over again. It will happen. It is just a matter of "when". Do you think that either party, once given these vast powers will hand them back to us - the people? All great power grabs by government were done by the "benevolence" of that government. If you mistrust the other side so much, you should consider the fact that it is government and not political parties that we in the Tea Party are concerned about. The more recent expansions of federal power were done in the shadows. This time, it is right in our face and as a private citizen, this should give you great cause for concern. Maybe you consider attending a meeting yourself and make an informed statement rather than following a party line thinking. You might discover that there is logic and thought behind this and not simply the angry vitrol that you are assuming. And by the way, THIS post and Brian's were made without slinging mud at you or calling you names. You should think about that before responding lest you allow people to believe that you fall into an emotional, reactionary stereotype. Have a great weekend. The weather is fine. I'm gonna go have some more tea. ;)


05.31.2009 at 06:50
Here's some video of BrianW & etipton Teabagging each other: http://tinyurl.com/ltcfdq