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A BRIEF HISTORY OF Tallahassee Tea Party and www.TAXTEAPARTY.COM
By Pace Allen, Jr., Florida Attorney & C.P.A., Native – Tallahassee, FL
Founder – Tallahassee Tea Party and www.taxteaparty.com on May 12, 2007
Former Chairman, Tallahassee Area Convention & Vistitors Bureau
Many folks and the media have asked me about the history of Tallahassee Tea Party and www.taxteaparty.com. Here’s a brief history:
I created the website: www.TAXTEAPARTY.COM on May 12, 2007. All web pages included a skyline photo of Tallahassee and were titled TALLAHASSEE TEA PARTY. Starting then, I began to describe myself via web, print and other media as Founder of Tallahassee Tea Party and www.taxteaparty.com. I held my first Boston style TEA PARTY in Tallahassee on June 14, 2007. Here's the link to the 2007 news story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjhymXrL89o
During 2007 & 2008, I created and published over 50 web pages titled TALLAHASSEE TEA PARTY. I purchsed radio and print advertising to drive folks to my website. I was concerned about excessive taxation, regulation and excessive political correctness. Freedom works; handouts, bailouts and entitlements don't work.
During 2008, I created TEA PARTY web pages for major Florida cities including Orlando Tea Party, Pensacola (TP), Miami (TP) and Jacksonville (TP). Numerous news articles, blogs, and advertisements associated with TAXTEAPARTY.COM and Tallahassee Tea Party document my efforts to lower taxes and build on conservative American values and history. These were published, heard and broadcast during 2007 and 2008. Blog COMMENTS begin as Founder of Tallahassee Tea Party on March 4, 2008 in the Tallahassee Democrat.
My first Tallahassee Tea Pary was a Property Tax “Boston Style” TALLAHASSEE TEA PARTY held at the Tallahassee Park Plaza Hotel on Flag Day, June 14, 2007. See ABC-27 video. H. J. Kuntry performed I've Heard Freedom's Whistle Blow as he did at the April 15, 2009, July 4, 2009 and Sept. 12, 2009 TALLAHASSEE TEA PARTIES at Florida's Capitol. On November 22, 2007, I changed the name of an existing Florida LLC to taxteaparty.com. On February 14, 2008 I deeded “Tax Tea Party. com Harbor” to the new entity. Search the records of Gasden County, Florida or see Tax Tea Party.com Harbor to view a copy of the recorded deed. The Harbor is located in Lake Talquin between Tallahassee and Quincy, Florida. I created the Harbor as a place to dump Christmas trees [instead of TEA] to build a fishing reef. Note: It was on Flag Day, June 14, 2006 that I raised a very large American flag atop the now Hotel Duval on Monroe Street to honor American veterans and values.
Prior to April 15, 2009 I submitted hundreds of TAXTEAPARTY AND TALLAHASSEE TEA PARTY blog entries to newspapers and lobbied local, state and national lawmakers using the name Tallahassee Tea Party and link to the www.taxteaparty.com website. In April 2008, as Ben ‘Jamin Franklin at Springtime Tallahassee Parade, I carried a “TAXTEAPARTY – ONE MAN BAND” sousaphone and the next week I lobbied at the Florida Capitol to end excessive: taxation, regulation and political correctness. See photos and articles at www.taxteaparty.com
From Chicago on February 19, 2009, Rick Santelli's rant sparked interest in a National Tea Party Protest. Near the same time, Glenn Beck had scheduled WE SURROUND THEM, March 13, 2009 viewing parties around the country. Many folks around the country combined the TEA PARTY theme into the WE SURROUND THEM ... meetup.org groups. At our viewing party, several folks organized the TALLAHASSEE SEND A TEA BAG TO DC effort. After the viewing party Glenn Beck mentioned TAXTEAPARTY.COM on his radio show. See photos at www.taxteaparty.com
Prior to 2007, here in Tallahassee, Preston Scott, host THE MORNING SHOW, WFLA-FM had for many years been the leader in stimulating conservative converstion, thought and action. In 2009, Francisco Gonzales started the Tally Tea Party Facebook group and Founded: www.tallahasseeteaparty.com Preston and Francisco the PRIMARY 4/15/09 ORGANIZER were keys to sparking the turnout for the April 15, 2010 TEA PARTY at Florida's Historic Capitol. Eric Odom, founder of www.taxdayteaparty.com is the major organizer on a national level. His site and www.teapartypatriots.org remain the key national TEA PARTY HUBS. www.freedomworks.org is a favorite national event organizer. At the March 13, 2009, Glenn Beck viewing party, Glenn announced the 912 Project. These were the keys to the truly grassroots turn out of over 2,000 people at Florida's Capitol and hundreds of other locations on April 15, 2009.
Since 2009, thousands of patriots have attended TEA PARTIES at Florida’s Historic Capitol and other locations around the country. See Wikipedia for more details about modern TEA PARTY PROTESTS. The true founders of the modern TEA PARTY MOVEMENT are individuals. You never know when some small contact will educate, inspire or motivate another patriot to take historic action. Individual ideas, education and action will SAVE AMERICA'S FREEDOM.
I continue to support conservative values via TAXTEAPARTY.COM with the help of thousands of contacts I have made with since 2007. I encourage all conservative patriots to support various NATIONAL TEA PARTY HUBS such as www.taxdayteaparty.com and www.teapartypatriots.org Also, I’m a huge supporter of www.freedomworks.org, 912’ers, Limbaugh’ers, Beck’ers, Hannity’ers and everyone who is working to save America’s Freedom. I was host for the March 13, 2009, 912-WE SURROUND THEM Tallahassee event and remain involved. All of our groups must now unite.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “We must hang together or we will surely hang separately.” I remain active in the Tallahassee 912 Group Events, additional conservative www.meetup.com groups and the Facebook Tallahassee Tea Party Group Events. Francisco Gonzalez, founder of the Facebook – Tallahassee Tea Party group remains the TEA PARTY “HUB” for local Tallahassee events. The Back Office is also an important Tallahassee Tea Party group.
By the way, our TAX TEA PARTY MOVIE was submitted to the Tallahassee Film Festival prior to the April 15, 2009 TAX DAY TEA PARTY. The movie was made in 48 hours. Benjamin Frankin [the First American] HELD HOSTAGE IN TALLAHASSEE received over 16,000 votes in the 2009 Tallahassee 48 Hour Film Festival. Please go to the Tallahassee Film Festival and submit your own conservative movie for 2010. You don’t need to live in Tallahassee to enter.
One my primary goals before Nov. 2, 2011 is to educate myself and fellow citizens about America's religious heritage. See, David Barton's DC Tour - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfEdJNn15E
It’s a REPUBLIC, if we can keep it. INFO LINK
Thank you Francisco Gonzales for setting up a Tallahassee Tea Party group at www.teapartypatiots.org on October 25, 2010. Thanks for all you and all the various Tallahassee groups and organizers do. I encourage everyone to join Tallahassee Tea Party at www.teapartypatriots.org and join local 912, BOA and other important Tallahassee groups. .... pace
More favorite Tallahassee Tea Party video clips:
1. Thomas Wilson dressed as Ben ‘Jamin Franklin sings God Bless America on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol, April 15, 2009
2. 11 year old Sara Warmack speaks on the steps of the Capitol and at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Sara’s speeches, save America’s Freedom have been viewed over 1,000,000 times.
3. Search You Tube: David Barton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfEdJNn15E
4. Search You Tube: paceallen for more videos and audio addressing federal, state and local tax issues.
Photo taken in June 2006 or 2007 PACE
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