Palin serves up plenty of red meat at Boston Tea Party
Conservative darling Sarah Palin had no trouble stirring up Tea Partiers at a rally in Boston, not far from the site where colonists staged the original Tea Party revolt centuries ago.
The problems in the United States are “nothing a good old fashioned election can’t fix,” she told the crowd of several thousand on the Boston Common. “The first test will be at the ballot box in November.”
The former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate, who wore a red leather jacket, brought plenty of red meat rhetoric to the anti-tax Tea Party.
Speculation persists that she may be weighing a White House run in 2012, but for the moment she was focused on the 2010 congressional elections in which Republicans are hoping to unseat Democrats from the majority.
“It is time to remind (elected officials) that government should be working for us, we should not have to work for the government. That’s why there are more and more patriots every day standing up and speaking out,” she said.
As Palin gave a speech deploring the “intrusive reach of government” and declaring that America must “stall the spending spree we’ve been on,” supporters carried anti-government placards and flags with the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me.”
Palin critics turned up as well. “Stop hating. It hurts our country,” said Mary Francis, a retired teacher.
At the original Boston Tea Party in 1773, unhappy colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation by the British government.
“The alternative to paying taxes is anarchy. I’m a punk rocker; I know all about anarchy and it doesn’t work,” said Dave Tree, 42, a silk-screen artist and musician from Boston.
But there was something missing from the rally — almost all of the state’s Republican Party leadership. U.S. Senator Scott Brown, who rode a wave of Tea Party support in his upset win for the seat long held by Democrat Edward Kennedy, also did not attend.
Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (Palin at Tea Party rally in Boston, Palin supporter in sweatshirt at rally)
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