Organizers are staging a national Tax Day Tea Party tomorrow as a grassroots protest of the overspending of our current administration. (No outrage regarding two wars that’ll have cost taxpayers $864 billion by the end of this fiscal year, though.)
On one hand, I admire when people seek change for issues they feel strongly about. On the other, I think loosely recreating a celebrated event in American history cheapens our colonists’ brave defiance against a powerful monarchy. Particularly if “loosely” means “half-assed.” The only thing the hundreds of tea parties seem to have in common is a lack of tea.
The RI Tea Party has been [promoted in part] by Patriotic Resistance, which touts itself “the network for idea-based resistance to Obama-led socialistic agenda.” So far two people have RSVPd [on PR’s site]—the organizer, and a guy who mentioned something about his gun collection.
The tea party folks aren’t wrong that Lil’ Rhody folks are hurting this tax day. Signs large and small have protested for months, from “this house pays more taxes than Brown University” on Providence triple-deckers to “this is not a good year to raise North Kingston taxes” in SoCo. I’m just not sure hanging out on the State House steps during a quiet legislative week is more likely to bring about tax reform.
But I could just be confused by PR’s mixed instructions for the tea party, which pair “Try to arrange not to spend any money in protest as well. No gas No retail No entertainment NOTHING!” with “I would park at the Providence Place Mall they validate for a purchase.” Or how they ask people who can’t make the protest to mail a teabag to President Obama, or wait, maybe just a photo of a teabag. Commercial or fair trade? Is decaf acceptable? Isn’t loose tea more historically accurate, or would that spark White House fears of a new strain of anthrax? The devil’s in the details.
RI Tea Party, Wednesday, April 15th, 3-6 p.m., State House; possible extra credit for American Indian costumes