Report in from the Savannah Tea Party

Michael McNeely, Chairman of the Georgia Black Republican Council, sent in some photos from the Savannah Tea Party.

Michael writes:

Myself and Representative Melvin Everson drove down to Savannah last night. We started our day with popular talk radio host Bill Edwards on his show during the seven o’clock hour (Clear Channel, 1290 WTKS). We received great feedback from callers and felt very comfortable. We discussed the tea party movement as a whole and the momentum that is still present to challenge the liberal agenda in Washington, D.C. We were also asked about being black conservatives. I mentioned that the issues we face transcend race and we all need to stick to the message of limited government and freedom for all Americans. If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.

There was a large crowd on hand on River Street and everyone was passionate and excited about what the grassroots can do to change Washington, D.C. Feelings ran deep in Savannah just as they do in Atlanta and all around the country. There were white and black Americans, including many who came here from bordering states. There did not appear to be any reduction in the passion of the movement. The people were optimistic about the November elections and can see the opportunity to shift power back to conservatives. I also noticed a large number of individuals who had Eric Johnson stickers on. Savannah is very supportive of one of their own.

Some photos from Savannah are below the fold.


  1. Jeff says:

    If you’re worried about restoring the Constitution, don’t bother with the Party that apparently has no clue there is a 4th Amendment to it. (Hint: It is the Party in power in Atlanta, not in DC.)

  2. GOPGeorgia says:


    Do you have example of the violation of the fourth amendment from our friends in Atlanta?

      • GOPGeorgia says:

        “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

        From the act: “The board shall establish and maintain a program for the monitoring of prescribing and dispensing of all Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances.”

        If it’s not being used against someone in a court case, I don’t think it violates the fourth amendment. It’s either a controlled substance or it’s not.

        If you had said stops by the highway patrol from drivers licenses and insurance checks, I would have agreed with you. In that case, law enforcement is doing an unreasonable search. In the drug monitoring act, pharmacists are phoning in data.

                • GOPGeorgia,

                  Didn’t you get the memo… Since the Republicans are in the minority, you’re suppose to care about Liberty now… preach its virtues and how patriotically American individual Freedom is…. Oh,.. wait, that’s right, you’re GOPGeorgia, you’re still in the majority here… never mind, … continue to ignore, evade and bastardize the Constitution in order to expedite government growth and power over the individual… my bad.

                  • GOPGeorgia says:

                    Ranting of the 5%. (or less) This comes a chairman who is unafraid to kick a man while he’s down.

                    Name one law that I have personally championed that is unconstitutional.

    • Speaking of idiots… allow me to make you aware that a disproportionate number of people here affiliate with third parties such as the LP. One such person is Jeff.

      Speaking of partisan hacks… criticizing Republicans doesn’t make you a Democrat.

  3. There’s a Georgia Black Republican Council? Somebody send this to the Tip Line… mark it “attn: Pete Randall”. I’d sure like to read that post.

    • ByteMe says:

      The GBRC has pictures of himself and everything.

      Anyone else notice that the crowd looks really old and pale?

      • btpull says:

        I bet they are generally college educated, have children, married, and have above average incomes. So the problem is they are middle-aged descendants of the great melting pot with Western European heritage?

      • Buddha the Magnificent says:

        Right on, ByteMe. I’m surprised older, white people have the nerve to speak up these days, as though they had any real issues that occupied what passes for minds among them. I’m sure things will be so much better when they’re all dead and out of the way.

      • venancia says:

        FYI: The eighth best place to retire, according to CNN Money is Savannah, Georgia. Do you ask you question out of curiosity or does it belie animus to old people and those of a specific skin pigmentation?
        “Gray hair is a crown of glory.” Solomon

  4. Comfortably Southside says:

    Tea Party and Partisan Politics aside, it is darn sure good to see Melvin Everson making sure to bridge the gap between the “Two Georgia’s”. Know matter what you say Melvin is a stand up guy and a real credit to the Republican Party.

  5. Jane says:

    Democrat view of freedom, Gettimg enough wlfare to afford to get stoned in thier own govovernment housing project.

    Conservative idea of Freedom, not being forced at gun point to pay to the drugs, food, and housing of Democrast who had poor life style choices.

  6. hannah says:

    Does anybody care that the Tea Parties are being organized and financed by Americans for Prosperity, a project of one of the owners of Koch Industries, the second largest private firm in the country whose primary enterprises are focused on coal/energy/related mineral extractions? While many of the participants probably think they’re just copying the political rallies and visibilities they saw on TV leading up to the 2006 and 2008 elections, the reality is that Dick Armey and his cohorts have merely moved into astroturf.
    No question, being in front of the TV cameras out in the fresh air is better than sitting in front of the TV munching corn chips. And politics as entertainment is better than football or NASCAR because its an avocation that can be indulged year in and year out. But, leading people to protest against their own best interests is cruel.
    Just sayin’.

  7. John Konop says:

    This is the part I find most bizarre about the Tea party movement. Only about 50% of people pay any federal taxes.

    Poll: Most Tea Party Supporters Say Their Taxes Are Fair

    As Tea Partiers gather for today’s rally in Boston, home of the original Tea Party protest in 1773, 42 percent of Tea Party supporters think the amount of income taxes they’ll pay this year is unfair, according to a new CBS News/ New York Times poll.
    Yet while some say the Tea Party stands for “Taxed Enough Already,” most Tea Party supporters – 52 percent – say their taxes are fair, the poll shows. Just under one in five Americans say they support the Tea Party movement.

    However, those most active in the Tea Party are less satisfied with the amount of income taxes they will pay. Fifty-five percent of Tea Party activists – those who have attended a rally or donated money – (about 4 percent of Americans overall) say their income taxes are unfair.

    Americans overall are more likely than Tea Partiers to describe the income taxes they’ll pay this year as fair – 62 percent do, according to the poll, conducted April 5 – 12.

    Majorities across all income levels say their income taxes are fair, as do most Republicans and Democrats.

  8. benevolus says:

    Who is that woman? Is everyone getting their picture taken with the only Black person in the crowd or what?

    “I mentioned that the issues we face transcend race “, but apparently not political ideology.

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