Update VI, 4/16: Here are some pictures taken by Jimmie H. Butler at yesterday’s rally in Colorado Springs. Re-posted with permission:
Update V, 4/16: My brother-in-law has a great set of photos from yesterday’s Denver event. Slapstick Politics has begun to post video from the well-attended festivities at the West Steps of the Capitol. Rossputin has some “Post-Tea Party Thoughts” that includes photos, video, and an interactive poll question.
Here is a great site that is tallying attendance reports from Tea Party events all across the country. I’ve already notified the site operator with a few reports from Colorado locations he hadn’t yet received.
Update IV, 10:00 PM: Over at Free Colorado, Ari has a good initial analysis and a slew of pictures from Denver’s event. Face The State’s coverage and slide show can be found here. Zombyboy has a nice spread of photos and some interesting thoughts as well.
Thoughtful Phil Mella at Clear Commentary says he hopes Tax Day Tea Parties “are just the beginning of a great awakening”.
Meanwhile, in a classic case of exaggerated self-serving silliness, a Lefty diarist at SquareState observes that the whole Tea Party phenomenon is a “failure of epic proportions” because street protests are just — so passe. (For people who don’t want to increase the size and scope of government anyway that is.)
What’s humorous is the Left’s weak attempt to dismiss the phenomenon by trying to paint it with the broad brush of a few off-message stragglers (diffused well by Ari Armstrong in this video) and using gutter sexual innuendo to insult everyday Americans showing up to vent their concerns at a family-friendly event.
Lovers of liberty need only scoff at these half-hearted Saul Alinsky disciples.
Update III, 3:45 PM: My source from Colorado Springs says about 4,000 people showed up at the Tax Day Tea Party rally there earlier today.
Update II, 3:10 PM: Other Colorado Tax Day Tea Party estimates … Fort Collins = 1,000, though one attendee reports on Facebook that it was closer to 2,500 … Grand Junction = 2,000, where speaker Ryan Frazier announced he is moving forward as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate … Debbie Buckley reports 60 to 70 attendees, mostly first-timers, up in the mountains at Frisco … Awaiting word from other locations – please drop me a line if you have an update …
Update, 2:30 PM: Returned a little while ago from the Denver Tax Day Tea Party. It was HUGE. The Denver Post says “more than 5,000 people” were there, and I’d be hard-pressed to disagree with that estimate. People were flocking in and out. An upbeat crowd – enthusiastic, energetic, waving signs, cheering. No problems with Lefty disturbances that I could see.
Some of the more popular chants: “No, You Can’t” (Overspend, Regulate, and Put Us Into Massive Debt) / “Let Freedom Ring” / “Don’t Tread On Me” / “Where is Ritter?”
It’s Tax Day, and that means it’s time for Colorado taxpayers to (Tea) party:
- El Presidente has all the details you’ll ever need to find a rally near you, as well as other key links
- Randomridge has printable advice on how to deal with potential Lefty disturbances at the rallies
- Rossputin gives us some compelling (and visually-enhanced) reasons why Tax Day is “a time to mourn and protest”
- Just getting involved as a pro-liberty activist, and wondering where to go from here? Check out this great resource “Getting Connected in Colorado”, compiled by fellow Rocky Mountain Alliance blogger Night Twister
- After The Tea Party is another great resource to find out how to stay active
Sadly, if the legislative calendar is to be trusted, it looks like the majority Democrats in the state house have opted to avoid debate on the budget (SB259) and Pinnacol theft (SB281 and SB273) today. Maybe that will give more lawmakers time to come out and visit with the concerned constituents coming to their doorstep today.
We’ll see … Expect a follow-up report later.