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The Hampton Roads Tea Party

(if you stopped by for the liveblog, my apologies…couldn’t pull it off. For a feed, look up the #hrtp tag on Twitter)

Onstage at the Hampton Roads Tea Party

Onstage at the Hampton Roads Tea Party


I had the honor today to join about 2,000 people at Virginia Beach Town Center for one of the many Tax Day Tea Parties across the nation.

I arrived right as one of the co-organizers was giving her speech. She highlighted the theme of our event, which was “Yes, We Care and No, You Can’t!” Focusing mainly on the facts of Congress’ taxing and spending practices of the last few years, she said “The audacity of arrogance this Congress displays is beyond comprehension.”

In attendance-that I greeted-were two politicians: Chuck Smith, who is running for the 2nd congressional district seat as a Republican, and Thelma Drake, the former Republican holder of that seat. Drake gave her perspective of how the TARP bills were passed through Congress, and concluded by telling the crowd that their actions today “were the hope of America” and thanked them for standing up “for (their) children and grandchildren.”

After Drake spoke, I let the crowd know that I-264 was backed up with people still on the highway trying to get to our event. I then introduced the next speaker, Joel Hills-the head of Regent University’s Federalist Society-who spoke on generational theft.

During his speech, some pork rinds and tea bags were delivered to Sen. Webb’s office in Virginia Beach, which was across from where our rally took place. The staffers said that whatever we brought would be donated to a shelter or a food bank.

Some signs-and there were a lot: “Can we bankrupt the country, yes we can,” “Congressional blue plate special-pork fried lies,” and the obligatory “don’t tax me, bro!” sign.

Following a USMC vet who spoke, a representative from the Patriotic Resistance took the stage. He spoke a little about his group and what they were working towards:  “a peaceful, patriotic resistance.” He was followed by a local representative from, who highlighted what he felt were problems with the current tax system, and some of the more unpopular taxes that have recently passed.

More signs-“don’t spread my wealth;  spread my work ethic,” “Obama-nomics=trickle-up poverty,” and “isn’t the free market supposed to be free?”

The head of the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance was the final speaker. He spoke on the need to stay involved and active. One of his best lines was, “We have two wings on a bird; a left wing and a right wing. Both take you and your children’s money.” He also suggested that “if they don’t teach the Constitution in schools,” then parents should “teach it at home.”

 I got to close out the event by thanking the two local organizers and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Before the Pledge, I thanked the crowd on behalf of my children and told them “My children may never know you, but they will benefit from your efforts today.”

Some things that didn’t occur at the Tea Party:

There were no attacks by a majority of the speakers that referenced President Obama directly. The representative for the Patriotic Resistance said during his speech, “When President Obama says only government can solve our problems, we resist!” and that was about the extent of it.

There were also no signs attacking President Obama from a racial angle. I did see one “stop Obama bin Lyin” sign that someone left in their truck. There were signs that suggested Obama was a socialist-and one that called him a “thief”-but nothing so objectionable that myself or the organizers had to ask that it be removed (in full disclosure, we asked people prior to the event not to bring anything that could be considered racist or offensive in nature).

All in all, a very spirited-and peaceful-event.

A big thanks to Jack and Jill Politics for the crosspost.




Written by Coby Dillard

April 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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  1. […] from Jack. You can read the post over at the Dillard Doctrine as well. Tags: Black Conservatives, Tea Party, Virginia You can follow any responses to this entry […]

  2. D I took your advise to see what the teaparty was about.I attended one in my home town of Muskogee Oklahoma and here is my thoughts.
    I went to our local teabagging party today here is my thoughts.
    There were 100 to 150 people all white and the average age was about 55 to 60.There were no anti Obama signs just anti tax and fair tax signs.The speakers to their credit railed against republicans and democrats alike.No one shouted nigger terrorist he is a Muslim or question his citizenship.Basically they were against all taxes and talking with some of the people there they agreed with me that they were complacent when it came to bush.All in all my impressions are they are scared and the world as they know it is passing them by.

    Coby: Well, at least you went out and saw it for yourself, so I can’t argue with you. You probably did more than a lot of people who didn’t agree with the tea parties.


    April 15, 2009 at 8:14 pm

  3. D: THANK U! :>)


    April 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  4. The problem with Black republicans and the reason why most blacks will never be republicans is that people like you come off as fake and dishonest.

    You cannot deny the hate the republicans have for President Obama because he is black. And every time you of Steele have to defend people like Limbaugh to other blacks makes you seem like a dishonest person and no one is going to follow you.

    Coby: Because I haven’t seen you around before, I’d challenge you to read some of my other writings before forming an opinion about me. With that said….are there some Republicans who dislike President Obama just because he’s black? I’m sure there are…just as I’m sure there’s some Democrats who feel the same. Racism is one of those things that transcends political ideology.


    April 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm

  5. You also did not stage a peaceful protest during the Bush years. YOU BLEW YOUR CHANCE TO BE HONEST!

    What black wants to be a part of a un-American political party. You cannot stand strong and criticize the idiots at Fox News or other hateful Republicans because you will be classified as a Repub in name only.

    Coby: LOL….during a majority of the Bush years, I was otherwise occupied (got involved in these little dustups called Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom; you may have heard about them). Far as the name calling…so? Wrong’s wrong, and you criticize it appropriately, regardless of the consequences.


    April 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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