Local Tea Party groups gathered at the Chesterfield County Fairground on Saturday at an event call Celebrate Liberty. Vendors for the event included the Chester Patriots group as well as number of groups from around the area including the Virginia Patriots, Lousia Tea Party, Patrick Henry Tea Party as well as about eight others.
The NRA was on hand distributing brochures; the Virginia Wounded Warrior group; Project Healing Waters Fly Fishermen and the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights among others.
A straw poll was held at the gate. The event was held from noon to dusk. As visitors entered they were asked who they would vote for it the election was held that day. At 3:30 p.m. there were approximately 333 visitors that had participated in the casual caucus according to the Village News reporter who attended the event.
The question the pollsters asked was: if the election was held today, for whom would you vote? The choices included Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul with Mitt Romney (by 3:30 p.m.) getting a preponderance of the votes.
Visitors were also polled on who they would vote for as Virginia Senator if the election were held today. This November the candidates for Virginia Senate will be George Allen (R), Tim Kaine (D), Jamie Radtke (R conservative ticket) among others.
On the main stage, re-enactors taking the parts of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison, never getting out of character had a discussion of early America after the character Patrick Henry recited his famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech.
According to infoplease.com, “Since its inception in February 2009, the Tea Party movement—with the help of viral videos and social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter—almost instantly found a large and loyal following that has gained traction and supporters.
“CNBC’s Rick Santelli is widely credited with launching the grassroots movement. While standing on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on February 19, 2009, he unleashed what can only be called a rant against the Obama Administration’s proposal to help homeowners, facing foreclosure, refinance their mortgages.
“The Tea Party name, a clear reference to the American colonists’ dumping of tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxes imposed by King George, stands as an acronym as well: Taxed Enough Already.
“Santelli, however, can’t claim credit as the sole mastermind of the movement. Prior to his appearance in Chicago, Keli Carender, a Seattle at-home mother also known as Liberty Belle, had been using her blog to get the word out about the populist “Porkulus Protest” she was organizing against President Barack Obama’s proposed $750 billion stimulus package.
“Tea Partiers detest all things big: big government, big business, big national debt, big taxes. They express hostility toward the elite and outrage that the government has come to the aid of Wall Street while ignoring the plight of Main Street. Most Tea Partiers consider themselves citizen activists who are part of a grassroots movement that is organized from the bottom up — small groups united under a shared ideology. The movement claims no national leader or figurehead.”