I just learned today that the folks in Lemmon, South Dakota are planning their first Tea Party for May 1, 2010.
My mother-in-law first heard about it on Jim Thompson Live today and passed along the information to me. I called organizer Joyce Peterson who informed me the event is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 1. The Tea Party will be held at the Beeler Building near the north end of Main Street in Lemmon. All gubernatorial candidates have been invited to speak at the event, and Peterson says so far two of them have already accepted. The keynote speaker will be G. B. Oliver from the Paragon Foundation, a constitution and property rights organization. Oliver will be speaking on the Constitution, and will have a question and answer session to follow his speech.
There will also be musical entertainment, but the exact information on this has not been locked in yet. Peterson said the event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of the event.
It’s hard to believe that it was just a year ago that CNBC financial correspondent Rick Santelli lit the fire that became the Tea Party movement in America. Groups like mine in Rapid City (which eventually organized formally into Citizens for Liberty) joined others in about 2,000 cities to field hundreds of thousands (some estimates went over a million) Americans fed up with big-government intrusions into our lives and government takeovers of huge areas of the private sector.
The Tea Party movement has gone on to hold Independence Day Tea Parties, and many more over the past year. The national Tea Party Express has made two trips across the United States–including one that culminated in the huge Washington D.C. Tea Party–and a third is in the works.
The election year 2010 is going to be an exciting year as big-government liberals in all parties are beginning to see the writing on the wall.
We look forward to seeing the great things that will come out of the new Tea Party movement in Lemmon, South Dakota, as well!