When I organized the first Sturbridge Tea Party rally a year ago, I was surprised at all the bureaucratic hoops I had to jump through. I needed permits, insurance and government approval, all at a substantial cost, all due by some arbitrary deadline. If more than X amount of people were expected to attend I needed to anticipate that so I could pay for more porta-potties. No food was allowed unless it was okayed in advance by the Board of Health. I was limited to when (and where) I could post signs. I had to make sure people didn’t park here, or stand there, or make too much noise, etc etc etc. I was lucky because the Sturbridge Police were helpful not obstructionist. But it certainly was costly and time consuming to exercise my right of free speech. I expect this was the case all over the country for every tea party rally.
Not so for the OWS crowd. The laws just don’t apply to them. They got no permits, no insurance and the government supplies their porta-potties. They play drums all night, disturb the neighbors and refuse to leave when told. They aren’t paying for the police, we are. No one is inspecting their food, or telling them when to leave, or anything else for that matter.
Some of the tea parties are striking back:
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia tea party group is demanding a refund of about $8,000 from the city of Richmond, claiming it was unfairly charged for rallies while Occupy protesters have used the same space for several weeks for free.
The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three years. The Occupy protesters have been camped in the plaza since Oct. 15.
Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens says it’s not fair that her group had to pay fees for permits, portable toilets, police and emergency personnel. The group also had to purchase a $1 million insurance policy.
Tea party groups in Charlottesville, Va., Atlanta and Washington, D.C., have raised similar complaints.
IF OWS decides to come to Sturbridge, I’ll be right there with them. Meanwhile could someone please explain to the democrat mayors and governors in this country what “equality under the law” means.
Tea partiers take great pride in making sure every place they gather is cleaner when they leave it than when they arrived. The OWS crowd defecates on police cars and trash public property with abandon.
Once again people who are out there demanding that the government act like their nanny are getting a pass from the government. While those of us who play by the rules have to pay the bill.