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Letter to our Representatives

The following letter was sent to Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, and Zach Wamp after the April 15th Tea Party. As of yet, we have not received any response from these “Representatives” …

Dear ______________,

No doubt you watched with interest the Tax Day Tea Parties that were held on April 15 in over 850 cities with in excess of 1,000,000 law abiding and freedom loving Americans attending. Hopefully you are aware of the fact that in Chattanooga, we too participated in this historic Protest at Ross’s Landing. By most counts more than 2,000 Chattanoogans attended our Rally. The objective of this Protest, both locally and nationally, was to protest the willful, deliberate and recklessly irresponsible fiscal behavior that is occurring in Washington DC. To be clear though, this Protest was not directed solely at the Democrats but it was also focused at Republicans and Independents, for no political party is exempt from the reckless spending that has been occurring in our nation’s capitol for too many years now.

Many in the media, as well as elected officials and even President Obama, have poked fun at these Tea Parties and have even been critical of our efforts. I would hope that you do not share that same perspective or attitude. The Chattanooga Tea Party was and is a grassroots movement that is autonomous of any particular group or party. Our mission is:

*To bring sound, transparent fiscal policies and accountability to our government through our current elected officials. If they are non-responsive, we will work to replace them with new representatives who pledge to and will manage the nation’s finances in such a way as to achieve balanced budgets and ultimately reduce and eliminate our national debt.

We understand that no Government or nation can remain strong, much less even continue to exist, if it chooses to pursue dishonest fiscal policies that defy every sound economic principle. Yet, with trillion-dollar deficits, the nearly $12 trillion of national debt, and the $50 trillion in unfunded Medicare and Social Security liabilities, the United States of America has been likened to the Titanic rushing towards a fiscal iceberg. And unfortunately, the politicos in Washington are acting as if all is well, as if there is an unlimited supply of ink to print more money, and as if our nation is too big to fail. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The real truth is that over 1,000,000 Americans know better, and in unison we all stood up and sounded the alarm last month. And in Chattanooga, of the more than 2,000 attendees at Ross’s Landing, over 1,500 of them signed a petition which I have attached. The “petition” that was signed is actually our nation’s founding document — the Constitution. The message that each of them has asked that I communicate is that we urge you, along with each of your colleagues in Washington, to return to the foundational principles that are conveyed in the Constitution. “We the People” implore you to measure every piece of legislation that crosses your desk against the restrictive and limited authority which is outlined in the Constitution. For we are confident that our Founding Fathers never envisioned the kind of bureaucracy and governmental encroachment on our liberties that are now expanding on a nearly daily basis in Washington. With each new program, agency, and bailout, our nation’s fiscal obligations are being enlarged to a point that a collapse is nearly unavoidable.

So, in closing, let me reiterate that many thousands of Chattanooga area citizens are more vigilant now than ever before. We trust that you will view us as partners with you as you seek to pursue and champion sound fiscal policies. However, with no ill will intended, we also trust that you will understand that where votes are cast that are contrary to sound fiscal policies, we will seek to hold those casting such votes accountable — both immediately with our feedback and in the long term with our vote.

Promoting Liberty & Restoring Values…

Mark D. West

Founder, Chattanooga Tea Party

Energy Tax

Congress has returned from its Easter Recess and will begin to debate the final version of the Federal budget. Included in that debate is a proposal by President Obama to implement a so-called “cap and trade” plan to impose fees on producing carbon dioxide and raise revenue for the government.

This is simply a tax on everyone who uses energy. Every time you turn on a light switch and every time you buy a product that used energy to produce it, you will be paying this tax. It is estimated it will cost the average family $1960 per year. Do you have an extra $1960 laying around?

Unfortunately, even if Congress doesn’t pass it into law, the EPA may soon begin to do it by regulatory authority.

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Please Help Support The Chattanooga Tea Party

Over the past few weeks, in preparation for the Chattanooga Tax Day Tea Party, we have incurred some costs while making arrangements for the event.

If you believe in standing up against unreasonable Big Government spending, please donate a few dollars to help us cover the costs of putting this Tea Party together.

You can go to the “Donate” button at the top of the page to do so. Remember, every dollar helps. If you can only give a little, then give what you can. We appreciate your support.

What are We Going To Do at the Tea Party?

Several folks have asked about what we’re going to be doing at the Chattanooga Tax Day Tea Party. During the protest, we’ll be doing a bunch of things while keeping the main theme of bringing awareness about current Big Government ploys to enslave taxpayers for generations to come and letting the Government know that we’re not pleased with out of control spending.

Look for some of the following at the Chattanooga Tax Day Tea Party:

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Music
  • Singing
  • Interesting Speakers
  • Audience Participation (this should be fun)
  • Activities
  • Petition Signing
  • Information About How You Can Get Involved

Here are some things you should remember to bring:

  • Signs (Family Friendly)
  • Lawn chairs
  • Blankets for the ground
  • Sunscreen
  • Can of non-perishable food to donate
  • Cameras
  • And all your family, friends and neighbors

If you need more information about the location to plan for parking, click here for a map of downtown Chattanooga.

We Applaud Those Rejecting “Stimulus” and “Bailout” Money

Hey everyone. In the midst of all this protest, we want to make sure that we acknowledge those who have done the right thing and rejected the “stimulus” or “bailout” money that has been stolen from American taxpayers.

In many cases, these companies and state governments have been rebuked and discredited for not contributing to the debt that our children and grandchildren will be chained to, so we want to let them know that we support their decision to reject “stimulus” and “bailout” money.


State Governments

Please contact us using the “Contact” link at the top of this page with any information about banks, state governments, auto makers, etc. that have rejected this money and we’ll post them for everyone to see on this website. In turn, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ANY ORGANIZATION THAT HAS REJECTED THIS MONEY!

Wanna See Something Cool?

These are just SOME of the locations having Tea Parties next week. Click on the link below the map to show ALL locations… I think they may have underestimated us a bit when they said they thought there would be 500 locations across the US having tea parties.

Please continue the effort of getting the word out!

View 2009 Tea Parties in a larger map

So You Say You Want A Revolution?

I’ve been getting TONS of email RSVPs for the Chattanooga Tax Day Tea Party over the past few days and many people are including comments that lead me to believe that I’m not alone in my feelings that the Federal Government has gone TOO FAR.

We have ONE WEEK left to spread the word. The only way we’re going to make an impression on our government on April 15th is if we have UNPRECEDENTED support.

Are you ready to be a part of history? Join the Revolution! Fight Big Government.

Continue spreading the word… if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few days, it’s that WE’RE NOT ALONE!

Rick Santelli’s “Rant of the Year”

Ladies and gentlemen,

May I present to you Rick Santelli… the man who unintentionally started all this national tea party activity by sharing his feelings on the outrageous government spending that is going on.

According to Wikipedia:

Santelli drew attention for his remarks made on February 19, 2009, about the Homeowners Affordability and Stability Plan. While broadcasting from the floor of the CME Group during pre-market hours, Santelli accused the government of “promoting bad behavior”, and raised the possibility of a “Chicago Tea Party”.

Here’s the clip of those remarks, which proved to be the sparks that ignited the National Tea Party movement.