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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Tea, anyone?

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 02:52:12 PM EST
    Tags: TEA Party Protest Rally, Tea Party (all tags)

    Update [2009-4-15 16:41:23 by Nick]:As promised...

    Update [2009-4-15 15:42:44 by Nick]:Michigan State Police are reporting that overhead shots indicate the crowd was between four and five THOUSAND people strong.

    Just got back from Lansing's Tax Day Tea Party.  Wowzah.  What an event and what a turn out.  We'll have to wait for the official estimates but as you can see from the images below, we're talking THOUSANDS.  Plural.

    Folks showed up from across the state in droves to tell the politicians in Lansing and Washington, DC that enough is enough. Enough taxes.  Enough spending.  Enough growth to the deficit and the national debt.

    There wasn't a candidate to hock.  There wasn't one specific piece of legislation to protest.  This wasn't about unrest with the electoral process. This was an event that brought together Michiganders of every Party and political persuasion to express their frustration with the tax and spend status quo.

    Hopefully you had a chance to attend the event yourself, watch it live via UStream or attend one closer to home.  Either way, take a gander at just a few of these pictures and you'll get a sense for the feel.

    And stay tuned.  Working on getting some video cut that'll let attendees tell you in their own words why they made the trek.

    To the LEFT of the Capitol steps:

    From the CENTER of the Capitol steps:

    From the RIGHT of the Capitol steps:

    And a few of my favorite signs:

    < Can't attend the Tea Party? WATCH IT LIVE! | Update from the Tea Party in Grand Rapids >

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    Impressive (none / 0) (#1)
    by Republican2679 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 03:03:20 PM EST
    Wow.  Talk about an awesome response to a call for action.  If I didn't live eight hours away, I'd have been there.  And I would have had a lot of fun.  

    I was there. (none / 0) (#2)
    by thejmfc on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 03:09:30 PM EST
    It was awesome.  Huge turnout; can't wait to hear the numbers.  A few nuts in the mix, but all peaceful and friendly in my area.

    I was also there . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:52:45 PM EST
    . . . and cannot verify if I'm in any of the pics (temporarily behind a firweall that's getting in the way).  I spoke with the lieutenant in charge of the MSP detail and he said that the overhead estimate was at least 4,000.  The FOX-47 reporter said his on-the-ground estimate was closer to 6,000.

    Nick and Jason, sorry I missed you.

    Oh, by the way . . . (none / 0) (#5)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 10:16:14 PM EST
    The "official song" of the National TEA Party Protest, according to Sean Hannity:

    Great turnout (none / 0) (#6)
    by asido on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 10:19:33 PM EST
    I think maybe it took a President as brazenly far left as Obama to really shake up America. maybe generations from now we will look back at what was started today and see the beginning of real "change" in America, change that gives power back to the people.

    Arthur Sido

    Great Day, Great Video, Great Job! (none / 0) (#7)
    by conservativefox on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 10:28:41 PM EST
    What a great rally! Great video too Nick.

    It's time we return to our conservative principles to turn Michigan and our country around!

    What an awesome day! (none / 0) (#8)
    by Shell on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 07:38:00 AM EST
    The weather cooperated (except it was a challenge keeping all my balloons disciplined) and the speakers were terrific.  Kudos to Joan and Leon and everyone else who spearheaded this!

    The LSJ reported the Park Service's estimate was 5,000 people, based on how far the crowd stretched.  I don't think anyone expected it would be that big.  We even wowed Dawson Bell at the Free Press; he called our signs "impressive."

    Here's my contribution:

    Tea Party 2009,Tax Day,Joe the Plumber

    The Conservatrarian

    A great start (none / 0) (#9)
    by Republican Michigander on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 12:28:06 PM EST
    Now let's sustain this for 2010.

    Awesome (none / 0) (#10)
    by Hershblogger on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 05:06:12 PM EST

    It was wonderful to see you there, and I really like the picture Jason took of me, Chetly and you. Third from last.

    I'm obviously the old man in the bunch, but somebody had to be.


    Back in the saddle (none / 0) (#12)
    by apackof2 on Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 12:04:21 PM EST
    after a "48 hour vacation" LOL!

    It was truly a great day...a HUGE THANKS to all our volunteers, you all were wonderful...waiting on some more pictures to post...what's next?...:-)

    Some photos of my own.. (none / 0) (#14)
    by jgillmanjr on Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 02:15:53 PM EST
    Nick interviewing my dad

    Dad and Duane

    Probably my favorite photo (although indeed edited for the effect..)

    Others located here.

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