A Donkey at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

April 15th. Tax Day and Tea Party Rallies.

Since the Head Teabaggers will be migrating toward Washington, D.C. (see above for the video of this event), I guess I should do the same. I’ll be going not as a member of the Tea Party but as an observer. Political movements by their very nature are dynamic and filled with views and voices. I intend to hear some of these voices and gain a personal perspective on the movement. As they say, the best stories are often personalized stories and these experiences can be used towards another one of my projects.

While I have my personal view on the Tea Party movement, like an open-minded and logical person, I am open to new interpretations. To that end, I’ll move about the Tea Partiers and ask them some simple questions: “Why are you here?”, “What do you say to the economic projections for health care reform?”, “Given that the bailouts benefited the US, are you still opposed to them?”, and of course “Why are you against Czars?”

While I do not expect to be surprised by the answers to most questions, I am hopeful to gain new insights into this political movement.

Of course, I’ll also check out the Smithsonian’s evolution exhibit while I’m there. That could be great fodder for additional questions such as “Do you think Intelligent Design should be taught in schools?” and “Do you believe God has a plan for the United States?”

Tentative Schedule
9 a.m. FreedomWorks Liberty Summit
1 p.m. Grassroots Lobbying on Capitol Hill
7-10 p.m. Speakers and Rally at the Washington Monument. The crowd will begin gathering around 6 p.m.


Notable Tea Party Statistics:

74 percent are Republicans or independent voters leaning Republican;
16 percent are Democrats or independent voters leaning Democratic;
5 percent are solidly independent;
45 percent are men;
55 percent are women;
88 percent are white;
77 percent voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008;
15 percent voted for President Barack Obama


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