There were two tea party events held in Orlando on Independence Day. I chose to head north to Eustis, Florida for a small town gathering to get a different feel and perspective since I had already attended two previous Orlando tea parties in the morning, so I missed the early event held at Amway Arena. A friend of mine attended that event and said that the crowd was fairly small with only about 500 in attendence. If someone has a different report, I would like to hear it, so please leave a comment. The event in Eustis hosted by the North Lake Tea Party group had the same number of people by my estimate. It was a wonderful gathering with a hot air balloon set up for rides, a tribute to our military complete with the playing of Taps on a trumpet and booths representing groups like American Solutions and FairTax.org.
I attended Orlando’s second event which was hard to find since there were two different addresses given on different websites. This was a really small gathering – maybe 150 people by the time I found the place. This was a more intimate gathering which did make it nice because people were able to take the microphone and voice their grievances at will. But 150 people at an Orlando tea party?! A huge gathering had formed down the road at Lake Eola where people were partaking in the beer garden and music and setting up chairs to watch fireworks. All the radio stations and news stations were in attendance. It was a stark reminder that the people of this country are still asleep.
Several people who took the microphone complained about the party being held on Independence Day because they were unable to get friends and family who were curious to come. I do not know numbers around the country, but I imagine attendance was low everywhere for this very reason. How pathetic! People obviously have no idea why they even celebrate July 4th. They obviously have no idea that the Declaration of Independence is in shreds.
And this will piss off more than a few, but shame on anybody who did not attend an event in their area and chose instead to do the BBQ and fireworks thing instead. Because I did the BBQ and fireworks thing as well after I managed to attend two tea party events, both of which were 40 minutes from where I live. The government has to see us out in numbers if we are to make a difference.