UPDATE: The RITP has taken a liking to Matthew’s post: It’s a full-fledged comment war! The questions at hand include: Are all homosexuals Democrats, or vice versa? Are people who kill abortion doctors conservatives, or communists? Did Matthew graduate from the first grade, and if so, how? Please join the fray.
ORIGINAL POST: The Rhode Island Tea Party, the folks who advocate for the reappropriation of centuries-old events in order to forward a kooky agenda about how we shouldn’t be paying taxes, will not be allowed to participate in next year’s Bristol Fourth of July Parade. Presumably this is a devastating blow to the Party, since Bristol is the nation’s oldest Independence Day parade and the Tea Party are, you know, really big into the colonial theme.
According to the parade organizers, the Tea enthusiasts broke parade protocol by passing out leaflets to people along the parade route. The Tea Party people say that it was copies of the Constitution that were passed out, and that people unaffiliated with the party that were doing the distributing, anyway. This came as a surprise to the Bristol folks, who were thrown off by the fact that the so-called unaffiliated people were walking alongside the Party and wearing the same matching t-shirts as everybody aboard the float.
As the ProJo reports, this decision (rather unsurprisingly) ended in tears and the mass distribution of people’s personal cell phone numbers.