Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tea Party Protest for Beginners

Well, apparently it wasn't my last blog. That "incident" in a Waco hotel room is blog/column fodder for a month. Tempting though it may be, I will move on.

Rebecca Yelverton, a teacher at Claude High School, is setting up a "tea party" at 8 a.m. on April 15. That day, many Tea Party protests are set for all over the country to protest what many see as outrageous spending in Washington, specifically the federal government's trillion dollar bailout. More than 500 are scheduled throughout the country, and around 30 in Texas, including ones in Amarillo and Borger.

Armstrong County Judge Hugh Reed will speak to Claude seniors and juniors on April 15 about the significance of protest in America. That first significant protest was in 1773 before there was a United States of America when colonists threw tea into Boston Harbor in their anger about taxation without representation.

Which leads me to ask, what's so great about taxation with representation?

Anyway, Claude students will drink some tea and ponder (probably briefly) what their forefathers did 236 years ago.

"For the most part, I'm not sure my students are all that concerned with pork barrel spending or the huge deficit, but I have a burning desire to teach them about the detriments of apathy," Yelverton said.

1 comment:

EricStevens said...

Have they ever done this with protests that, you know.... actually supported something?