Madison Tax Day Tea Party

Photographs of the Tax Day Tea Party held in Madison, WI on April 16th 2009. A similar event was held in every state. For Jim Allard’s analysis, see his article at the Badger Herald. For further coverage and a picture that captures the magnitude of the event, click here.

Eventually, the crowd totaled 5,000. Visible is a sign which reads, “Obama is the Antichrist.” Unfortunately, the media have used this lone sign to delegitimize the event.
Eventually, the crowd totaled in the thousands. Visible is a sign which reads, “Obama is the Antichrist.” Unfortunately, the media have used this lone sign to delegitimize the event.
Media claims that these large video screens suggest the Tea Party phenomenon is not a grassroots movement, but the brainchild of political bosses. Among the visible signs is one which reads, "If I'm paying for 'your' mortgage, then it's my house - not yours! Go back to your apartment!"
Media claims that these large video screens suggest the Tea Party phenomenon is not a grassroots movement, but the brainchild of political bosses. Among the visible signs is one which reads, “If I’m paying for ‘your’ mortgage, then it’s my house – not yours! Go back to your apartment!”
Among the visible signs are one which reads, "Taxpayers on strike" and one which reads, "No socialism! No welfare state!" As evidenced by the Rastafarian and retiree, the crowd was diverse.
Among the visible signs are one which reads, “Taxpayers on strike” and one which reads, “No socialism! No welfare state!”
Among the visible signs are one which reads, "Stop government takeover," and one which reads, "No new taxes. No card check. No prevailing wage."
Among the visible signs are one which reads, “Stop government takeover,” and one which reads, “No new taxes. No card check. No prevailing wage.”
Among the visible signs is one which reads, "Socialism is not an American value."
Among the visible signs is one which reads, “Socialism is not an American value.”
Among the visible signs is one which reads, "What would the Founding Fathers do?" Much preferred to the cliche, "What would Jesus do?"
Among the visible signs is one which reads, “What would the Founding Fathers do?” Much preferred to the cliche, “What would Jesus do?”
Among the visible signs is one which reads, "I believe in Capitalism, not Socialism."
Among the visible signs is one which reads, “I believe in Capitalism, not Socialism.”
Among the visible signs is one which reads, "Corporatism is not Capitalism." An astute observation for a member of this largely Conservative crowd.
Among the visible signs is one which reads, “Corporatism is not Capitalism.” An astute observation for a member of this largely Conservative crowd.
Among the visible signs is one which reads, "American values under attack," followed by the slogan "From each according to his ability... to each according to his need." It is good to see the term "American" values used, rather than "Christian" or "family" values.
Among the visible signs is one which reads, “American values under attack,” followed by the slogan “From each according to his abilities… to each according to his needs.” It is good to see the term “American” values used, rather than “Christian” or “family” values.
Priceless.
Priceless.
Among the visible signs are ones which read, "Government looters are the pirates of congress," "Workers pay while politicians play. Stop spending. Cut government." and "End the Fed." It is nice to see such "extreme" (i.e., principled) positions as this last.
Among the visible signs are ones which read, “Government looters are the pirates of congress,” “Workers pay while politicians play. Stop spending. Cut government,” and “End the Fed.” It is nice to see such “extreme” (i.e., principled) positions.
A Paul Revere wannabe, bearing on his flag the infamous "Don't tread on me" slogan of the American Revolution. Also visible is a sign which reads, "Fiscal child abuse," referencing the burdens placed on future generations by the government of the present.
A Paul Revere impersonator, bearing a flag with the infamous “Don’t tread on me” slogan of the American Revolution. Also visible is a sign which reads, “Fiscal child abuse,” referencing the long-term consequences of “expedient” government policies.
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One Response to “Madison Tax Day Tea Party”
  1. ashleykarenroy says:

    Nat commented:

    The few that I saw that you missed were, “Ron Paul was right,” “I supported liberty before it was cool” (which was mine), and something to the effect of “The problem with taxes is I’ll eventually run out of money to give to other people.”

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