June 16, 2009

FOLLOWING JIM GERAGHTY’S ADVICE: Tea Party Crowd Shows Up To Send Message To Aaronson, County.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson stayed quiet today when asked to apologize for comments he made in May about the anti-government-spending Tea Party movement.

About 50 Tea Party supporters showed up at today’s County Commission meeting, speaking out against county spending and raising concerns about Aaronson.

Aaronson drew the ire of the Tea Party movement last month when he questioned why more of the group didn’t show up for a county discussion about national healthcare proposals.

Since then, Aaronson has been flooded with e-mail from Tea Party group members, taking him to task for his comments. Today, Tea Party supporters showed up wearing red, white and blue, some holding signs with messages such as “Give me liberty, don’t give me debt.”

“Here we are,” Jose Ruiz, part of the Tea Party crowd and a candidate for Congress, told Aaronson and the other commissioners.

Hey, in-your-face politics worked for Alinsky and his followers. It works especially well at the local level.

And here’s more: Ravalli Co. ‘Tea Party’ organizers deliver petitions.

A group of Ravalli County residents stopped at Senator Jon Tester’s and Max Baucus’ Missoula offices to drop off petitions on Monday. They’re asking the Senators to appear at a public forum in Ravalli County and explain their voting record.

Group members say they feel that the Senators and the Obama Administration are putting Democracy at risk by their fiscal irresponsibility. The group also says that the government is inhibiting freedom of speech and moving toward socialist government.

“The voters need to ask the senators questions, more than that we need answers. We’re very concerned with what’s going on” commented protest organizer James McKoy.

All politics is local, and 50 people doing this in a district is worth 500 marching on Washington.

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