Signs from Madison's Tea Party
Post by Jesse Russell on 4/16/2009 11:37am
Yesterday, Madison's Capitol Square was flooded with thousands of protesters taking part in a national day of action dubbed the "Tax Day Tea Parties." The majority of the outrage was focused on government spending, Governor Jim Doyle, the transformation of the United States into a Socialist state, and taxation.
However, as with any protest on either side of the political spectrum fringe groups made themselves known with big signs protesting a cornucopia of crazy, including Obama's plan for white slavery and the transformation of the United States into either a Communist or Fascist government. Before I present the signs below I'd like to note that there has been a great deal of chatter lambasting the teabaggers as a whole and marking them all as nutjobs. I spent more than an hour at the event and the majority of the people were courteous working class folks who are trying to make some sense out of a world that is in the midst of a major economic transformation. It was exciting to wander through this crowd and see democracy in action--even if I didn't necessarily share all of the opinions of the gathered mob. That said, it would be nice to see some cohesion of message in the future (for example, why was Republican Paul Ryan speaking? He voted for the bailout!), a harder push to keep the event non-partisan as the Wisconsin 9/12 folks proclaimed it would be, and less hyperbolic attack signs suggesting our country is spiraling out of control into fascism.
Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.