Friday, February 27, 2009

Wichita Citizens Revive Boston Tea Party Protest

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History will repeat itself Friday in Wichita and across the country. Demonstrators are planning tea party protests to show opposition to the federal stimulus bill.

Wichita is one of more than 40 cities that will hold simultaneous tea parties. Protesters say it's time taxpayers to come together and demand to be heard.

It was all the way back in 1773 when American colonists held the Boston Tea Party. They pitched crates of tea into the harbor to protest British taxation.

Now citizens angry over the stimulus bill are paying homage to the event to make a point by hosting tea parties in cities country-wide.

"Let's go back to the founding fathers," says Nancy Armstrong, Wichita event organizer. "Basically, this is a land bound tea party, but it's a populist revolt against the "porkius bills," I like to call it,"

It's all part of the new grassroots movement called American Tea Party that came to life after President Obama signed the $789 billion stimulus package into law last week.

"We're protesting the stimulus bill which really is nothing more than a spending bill. It's not going to stimulate the economy," said Armstrong.

The tea party movement is generating a lot of attention. Already there are blog sites dedicated to it and one can even find information on YouTube.

Organizers say the event isn't only about protesting the bill but also to prove to the powers that be that the average person does care what politicians are up to.

"This is our way of saying 'Yes we do care' about the bills. We do care what's in them and we do care if they're being passed appropriately," said Armstrong.

The Wichita Tea Party starts at 11:30 a.m. Friday. It will be held outside Senator Sam Brownback's office at 245 N. Waco.

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