On Wednesday April 15, 2009, better known as tax day because that is the last day to file your tax return, an estimated 10,000 people from all walks of life gathered at Keiner Plaza in St. Louis, MO to protest the stimulus package. This Tax Day Tea Party Protest was one of hundreds being held around the United States. The idea for holding tea parties came from CNBC reporter Rick Santelli who heatedly ranted about stock market losses while broadcasting from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. His passionate display prompted every day, ordinary U.S. citizens all over the country to unit and host tea parties similar to the famous Boston Tea Party of 1773, when the Sons of Liberty, dressed as Native Americans protested the British Tea Act and dumped boxes of tea into the Boston Harbor.
Working a short distance from Keiner Plaza, I left work at four o’clock and arrived at the protest site shortly thereafter. People had already started to gather, even though the event was not scheduled to begin until 6:30 p.m. I met up with a friend and we grabbed a quick bite before joining the other protesters. From our place in the restaurant, across the street from the plaza, we watched as people walked past, some carrying signs, and some dressed in red, white, and blue apparel. Many protesters brought their children with them. After leaving the restaurant, we crossed the street to Keiner Plaza and quickly made our way through the large crowd to a place close to the stage. There were several television and radio news reporters roaming the crowd, interviewing people. Throughout the plaza, tables were set up, and volunteers were asking people for their signatures in protest of the stimulus package.
The event, organized by Bill Hennessey and Dana Loesch, started with a prayer, than the National Anthem was sung as well as America the Beautiful. Kevin Jackson from The Black Sphere acted as MC. Dana Loesch, host of The Dana Show, 97.1 FM talk radio, gave a rallying speech, as did several others.
Jim Hoft, from the Gateway Pundit, garnered laughter from the crowd with his witty comments. The crowd responded throughout the event with shouts of, “Vote Them Out” and “Stop The Spending.” Signs and posters stating, “No Socialism”, “Repeal The Pork”, “I’m Not a Terrorist”, and many more, were lifted high above the crowd.
At one point, veterans in the crowd who were asked to raise their hands. Many were raised and everyone roared out a cheer for them.
The event lasted only about an hour and a half, but it was an inspiration to see people who normally do not participate in demonstrations, myself included (it was my second), come together for a united cause. More Tea Party’s are being planned for July 4, 2009 and beyond.
Source: 97.1 Talk Radio