Kansas Tax Protest 2009
The demonstration lasted about an hour. Protesters held placards and chanted their disapproval of Moore's vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill).
A participant wrote, "I was at the Overland Park rally. We got tons of honking support from passing traffic - and those that didn’t honk - the ones with the Obama stickers - seemed to get smaller behind the steering wheel. There’s a lot of emotion out there that needs to be turned into energy."
This event was part of a national movement referred to as the Chicago Tea Party. The series of protests began in Seattle, Washington on February 16, 2009, later gaining momentum on Thursday, February 19, when Rick Santelli in an on-air segment on CNBC Business Newslive called for a "Chicago Tea Party." Santelli's remarks became known as the "Rant Heard 'Round the World."
Organizers sprang up in many different quarters of the fiscally conservative movement online and include Top Conservatives on Twitter, Smart Girl Politics, Don't Go, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heartland Institute, American Spectator Magazine, the New American Tea Party and many others.
- Kansas Meadowlark, "750 in Overland Park brave cold, wind to protest stimulus, pork," February 20, 2009
- Kansas City Star, "Moore’s vote for stimulus package prompts protest outside his office," February 21, 2009 (dead link)
- Overland, Kansas participant comments
- Street Insider, "Rick Santelli - The Rant Heard 'Round the World,'" February 19, 2009
- TCOT and online Conservatives Launch Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Friday February 27 at noon
Chicago Tea Party and Tax Day Tea Party
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