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Tea Party Canceled For Fear Of Crowds

From the Ft. Myers, Florida CBS affiliate WINK-DT:

Cape "tea party" canceled; City fears too many attendees

By WINK News

Mar 27, 2009

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A tea party to protest government spending and taxing is canceled. Canceled by the government.

Why? They feel too many people could show-up.

Lynn Rosko planned to hold a tax payer tea party at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on April 1st. The idea was announced at a Cape Coral City Council meeting, then an e-mail blast by the Republican Party and it was mentioned in the local media.

With all of that attention, the City of Cape Coral felt there could be more than 500 people attending the tea party. Therefore Rosko needed to get a permit and insurance for the event. Rosko says she’s not willing to get insurance and accept liability for something that a stranger could do. Rosko told WINK News, "I have rescinded any organizing or supervision or what ever you want to call it over this tea party on April 1st."

WINK News spoke to the director of parks for Cape Coral. He says that even now if Rosko is willing to get insurance for the event he’ll likely re-authorize it.

For now Rosko’s event is canceled, she’s encouraging people to attend the April 15th Tax Payer Tea Party in Centennial Park in Fort Myers.

These permit and (especially) insurance requirements really stifle true grassroots demonstrations.

Of course the left always has their sugar daddies who are only too happy to pay the freight.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Tea Party Canceled For Fear Of Crowds”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    The backlash is starting.

  2. GL0120 says:

    The Left doesn’t need Sugar Daddies; they’d never be charged since all of their demonstrations are “Spontaneous!”
    The fact that people have been recruited, supplied with signs, and then bussed to the site of the spontaneous demonstrations is conveniently overlooked.

  3. jrmcdonald says:

    “Freedom of Assembly” I seem to remember reading that somewhere… Perhaps we should consult with a professor of constitutional law.

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Show up anyway.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

    Seems like there are two pillars buttressing this argument.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You’re dead-right Banned. Assemble anyway. Insurance, my ass. Permit, my ass. A permit abridges the right. The “requirement” for insurance abridges that right as well.

      We are a free people and to cancel something due to unconstitutional laws…is cowardice.

      How about that “million man march”?

      How about ACARN?

      I’m sure they ALWAYS pay to play.

      What a crock. My head is spinning from the sheer absurdity.

    • VMAN says:

      I just want to point out in this instance congress made no law it was the local yokels. And that is how socialism has creeped into this country under the guise of permits and zoning laws and so many other seemingly harmless laws, Obama is only finishing what our mayors, city councilmen and state reps have been shoving down out throats for decades.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    Funny thing…I’m going…and so are a lot of other people. It’s a public park, and if a thousand people show up on any other day, no one is required to have insurance or permits for them! I remember the anti Bush protests….no mention of permits or fees there! Anti war demonstrations? Uh, nope, not for them either. It’s the city’s fear of the liberal left that has them hiding under the porch…..but trust me, there will be a lot of people there who could give a damn about the City’s fears……we have been subject to countless liberal left protests and “rallies” for the past 8 years….and the first time a conservative wants to do the same thing, it’s fees and permits time??. It’s hogwash, and the conservatives who live here are finally following the left’s lead, and funny, they (the left) dont like it!! They know that they will not be able to face us down, or stop us once we have had enough. Well, we have had enough! We will be not only there, but in a great deal of other municipalities around Southwest Florida. The government’s attempt at quashing free speech and assembly is going to fail miserably. Tough Sh*t. It’s our turn, and this is just the beginning.

    • Howard Roark says:

      I’m with you, SJ. I’m not far from where this event might be held, and I’ll be there to film it if it happens.

    • catie says:

      Yes, the anti-Bush protests, the ACORN garbage last weekend (well every week or weekend) the anti-war pukes and the Tea Party people need to pay. I don’t have much but I can give something, just let us know.

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    I’ll pay for the permit and insurance. Seriously. Steve, feel free to pass that along if you know someone down there…

  7. U NO HOO says:

    Note to self, the problem wasn’t lack of interest.

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    What? Our big, bad, all powerful, all knowing what’s best for us government is afraid? What are they afraid of? That the MSM will see a larger number of Americans that are fed up with a runaway government and voicing their objections loud and clear? This is a good time to show all the lefties that they don’t represent the voice of America and that a lot of us on the right are just outrightly ticked off at what we see happening to our country. So what’s the modern equivalent of tarring and feathering public officials we don’t like?

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “What? Our big, bad, all powerful, all knowing what’s best for us government is afraid? What are they afraid of? That the MSM will see a larger number of Americans that are fed up with a runaway government and voicing their objections loud and clear?”

      Damn straight, 12 Gauge.

  9. wardmama4 says:

    The Organizer needs to revisit the permit – I am reading (a poorly written and proof-read) article on the man who leads our local Tea Party Organization – he originally wrote in 250 for the original ‘attendance’ and went back numerous times to update it –

    and if the local ‘government’ denies it – then I stand by my original statement – The backlash has begun.

    And the Organizer needs to also take in the 1st Amendment –

  10. curvyred says:

    This should be fought – I hope someone sets up a fund so the party can be held.

  11. The Redneck says:

    I hope they don’t get the permit, and fight the city if they try to levy any punishments.

    I’m up north of Birmingham so it’s too far to go, and I ain’t got much, but if y’all need help pass the hat my way and I’ll chip in a few bucks.

  12. canary says:

    Sheehanjihad. Please go. Otherwise other commies will actually make a law that screws the right to assemble, free religion. Rosko, was wise to make her public, also put it in writing to the commie, and attend anyways. I hope the news got it wrong that it was cancelled, and that Rosko did not tell the news this. Other commies will do the same thing.
    If the Hamas can dress up like terrorists and aggressively and loudly protest all across the country, then a tea-party is nothing.
    Rosko needs to attend. She can always leave if the police ask her, or an arrest would bring alot of attention, and show America how our rights are being taken away. Only, that reverand dude get’s arrested, cause he usually won’t stay behind the line, at prison protests. He get’s arrested on purpose, and then crys about a day in jail, reading his bible.
    America use it, or lose it. If this threat works, then it will spread faster than any tea party.

    • canary says:

      I think there should be some extra signs, save our rights to assemble, religion, petition, etc. YES WE CAN.

  13. canary says:

    If the Tea Partiers wore muslim attire, they’d have no problems in assembling.

  14. MinnesotaRush says:

    Oh boy .. I’m with a Tea Party chapter here in the very blue state of Minnesota that’s connecting with a group who already had a permit to demonstrate at the State Capitol on April 15th. I’ve yet to hear of any “flak”; but I’m gonna be sure to keep my ear closer to the ground on anything like this. Nothing .. and I mean nothing .. would surprise me coming from the overabundance of lefty libs we got up here.

    • canary says:

      MinnesotaRush in my state you don’t have to have a permit to assemble and protest at the state capitol. As far as else where you have to stand on near the road, which is considered public. Such as the sidewalks are considered public.
      You can not block pathes from those entering or leaving the building you picket.

  15. artboyusa says:

    Permits and insurance? The Sons of Liberty didn’t need no stinkin’ permits and insurance when they did their thing in Boston Harbor…just some face paint, some turkey feathers and some hatchets. Lots and lots of hatchets.

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