Many folks — including myself — have said that it’s one thing to get several hundred thousand of your political peers to go out and make your voice heard; it’s quite a different thing to turn this energy into real-life activism and begin the process of change.
Well, consider the process started.
Michelle Malkin relates a story from Rhode Island (excerpted):
It’s not just about protesting in the streets. It’s about demanding accountability from your government at all levels — and getting it. In Woonsocket, RI, Tea Party activists swarmed the City Council and stopped massive new supplemental tax hikes to bail out the public school district. The tax measure, which had been expected to pass 6-1, went down by a 4-3 vote (hat tip – Granite Grok) …
A local government official smugly dismissed the protests last week as “just noise,” according to Granite Grok.
The New Hampshire Democrat Party chief derided the protesters as an“unhinged mob.”
Politicians in both parties underestimate the Tea Party movement at their own peril.
An op-ed concerning Colorado’s protests from GJSentinal.com (excerpted):
…Colorado was among the most successful states in turning out people to tea parties.
According to best estimates, Denver tied with several other cities at 5,000 protesters for second highest turnout in the country, while both Grand Junction and Colorado Springs were tied for 30th place with several larger cities. On a per capita basis, Colorado demonstrated that its anti-tax element is alive, well and dedicated to continuing its resistance to taxes, state as well as federal.
With the expiration of Referendum C in 2010, it will be essential for the Democrats to find new ways to either circumvent or repeal TABOR, while trying to maintain their control of state government. Already mobilized, if the tea-party folks can hold their coalition together until the next election, the Democrats will have their work cut out for them.
And last but certainly not least, check out this video (via DomesticDivapalooza):