February 28

250 gather at anniversary Tea Party rally

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Anyone see the Tea Party rally yesterday just outside the Northgate Mall parking lot? From our partner The Seattle Times:

An anniversary “tea party” rally drew about 250 people to a rainy corner in Northgate on Saturday afternoon. Not bad for Seattle, or as one participant called it, “Lib-Ville.” …

Some passers-by honked. More kept their windows rolled up, gawking through the drizzle at protesters waving “Don’t Tread On Me” flags and anti-tax posters.

The protest came exactly a year after the movement went national, but area participants seem to prefer keeping their ideas to themselves most of the time:

In Seattle, the movement’s events are something of a coming-out exercise. …

Participants hemmed and hawed about whether they were willing to have their names in the newspaper. Doug and Linda Larsen retired to Vashon Island six years ago. They get along with their more-liberal neighbors, but “We don’t talk politics much,” he said.

Do you think Seattle’s left-leaning politics make it hard for its more conservative residents to speak freely? What do you think about the Tea Party protest taking place in our neck of the woods?

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  1. The funny thing is, the Tea Party movement is not about liberalism or conservatism. It's about limited government and restoring liberty and personal freedom back to the individual. As a Tea Party supporter, I'm not against liberals or conservatives unless they want to limit my personal liberty.

    Just like the flag says, “Don't Tread On Me.”

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