Fox News televised the partial unloading of more than 1 million of our tea bags at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. near the White House this morning (note background of photo)! Unfortunately, representatives of The Patriot Depot and Reagan.org were told by National Park Services officials to reload the truck. Why? Even though the original protest permit was approved, our tea bag team was conveniently told that it was not the "proper" permit. This is an absolute outrage and a denial of our First Amendment rights, which read:
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.
But our tea bags are not leaving the Capitol City any time soon! We've just set up a towering display of more than 1 million tea bags at a new location in Washington, D.C..—the headquarters of a free market think tank, The Competitive Enterprise Institute. Your tea bags are sending a loud and clear message: Enough is Enough.
Even though more than 1 million tea bags are already on display in Washington, D.C., several hundred thousand remain unsponsored. You can still help us offset our protest expenses by sponsoring a tea bag for just one dollar! We have big plans for these tea bags, so stay tuned.