Tea Party

Bank ErrorSeveral Libertarians joined the more than 200 people gathered on the Capitol lawn Saturday in a new American Tea Party demonstration. Fernie Williams carried this sign. I debuted the Liberty Penguin Flag and was interviewed by WTVD TV-11.

The rally began just as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, rescheduled from last week because of rain and cold,  kicked off.  So the first speakers had to compete with bagpipes. It was great!

The Dont Tread on Me flag was flag was prominent and taken up as a chant by the crowd, along with “Not one more dime” introduced by Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity, a rally co-sponsor.

The rally was organized the  grassroots group NC New American Tea Party. There will be another Tea Party April 15.

There will be two demonsrations that day, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse on New Bern Ave. and from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at State Capitol (east side).

Here’s a sampling of the slogans from the many hand-made signs:

Socialism: Trickle Up Poverty

Give Me Liberty, Not Debt

Free People for Free Enterprise

Yes Free Markets No Free Loaders

Honk if I’m Paying Your Mortgage

Pork is for BBQ

Spread My Work Ethic, Not My $$$

I’ll Keep My Money and Freedom. You Keep the Change.

Families Against Swindle Us Package.

More pictures here.