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The Tea Party: An Embarrassment to Pleasanton

Original post made by Ray on Apr 17, 2009

Don't let the tea baggers fool you, the Pleasanton Tea Party was anything but bipartisan or grassroots. These events were orchestrated by national right-wing groups, like FreedomWorks, and heavily promoted by the Fox News (need I say more). They were also attended by a number of Republican politicians.

Despite want some comments assert on Pleasanton Weekly, this Tea Bag Tantrum was NOT a welcome place for Democrats and very few actually attended the event. For anyone who drove by the Teas Party or saw photos, it becomes clear that the event was made up of a very homogenous and angry group of people known as "the base of the Republican Party." While I support the Tea Baggers' right to protest, I don't think they cast a good image for Pleasanton and I don't believe a group of bitter Republicans reflects Pleasanton as a whole. Tea Baggers need to get over their sour grapes, and understand the fact that Obama was democratically elect BY THE PEOPLE. Also, can you Tea Baggers let me know where your outrage was over the last 8 years when George W Bush ran up our debt? Oh I know, you CONVENIENTLY reached your "boiling point" with Obama's policies...SURE!

Comments (28)

Posted by Dominic Di Blasio, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Dominic Di Blasio is a registered user.

Ray, your closed-mindedness speaks volumes. This is what democrats these days, they call names and demean dissenting opinions to their views. How do you know dems weren't welcome? Did you attend? I did, so I can speak from my experience...This was not a right wing event, only lefties say that, and it's easy to call people names.

Contrary to what is depicted in the orignal post, this was a patriotic, civil, protest against big taxes and big goverment...Anyone who shares those views were welcome; there was no name calling as radical left does when they protest or experience dissent...Hoooray for Pleasanton to host one of these very necessary patriotic event!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Dominic, why are you so full of hate?

Well done Ray!

Posted by Ah, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm

<...your closed-mindedness speaks volumes. This is what democrats these days, they call names... <rest of nonsensical post snipped>>

So it WAS a partisan event. I thought so. Have an Obama/Democrat bashing session, then. It was bipartisan because Democrats were apparently invited. Pardon us for skipping the abuse session.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

My guess is that Ray didn't attend and is writing completely from assumptions. Ray's writing seems no better than the other right-wing partisan writers I've sparred with on this site. Partisan politics sucks.

Posted by Ray, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm


So I'm wrong? There were a ton of Democrats there? Give me a break, it was at LEAST 90% conservatives/Republicans at the Tea Party. Who are you trying to fool? At least be honest.

Posted by Linda, a resident of Jensen Tract
on Apr 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I attended the party and it was indeed a party atmosphere.
I have original Kennedy posters and buttons from when I campaigned with my parents. I have been registered Democrat since I turned eighteen, thirty+ years ago. I know I was outnumbered but I felt welcome, as we all shared a common message.
Stop out of control spending and taxation!

Posted by observer, a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

but is it the original Cholo ? or has he gone from us with
only a growing pile of Valley Times and Glamor magazines piling up by his front door to mark his passage. so sad

Posted by June, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Taxes are lower than they have been in three decades. So why the protest?

Posted by john, a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

are your taxes lower June?

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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At least be honest? Considering that, unlike you, I didn't make any statement about the make-up of the crowd, how can you say that I'm lying?

Posted by Dominic Di Blasio, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Dominic Di Blasio is a registered user.

Ineresting, I state a point of view and my exerience and am labeled as being full of hate. As far as honesty goes, like I originally stated, anyone with a shared view against big government, big taxes, regardless of party afilliation was and is welcome at these events...It's saddening to see that folks with closed-minded views only seem to be able to criticize, label, and call names instead formulating a good case for your side. You say you respect our right to protest these things yet your comments show no respect...

Posted by Veronica, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Check out the web page, I did. It is not a locally sponsored page. There were only two links that connected to local stuff, one to the Pleasanton Weekly and one to info Pleasanton which seems to be a commercial advertising information page for Pleasanton not sposored by the city. It had city links but did not seem to me to be city generated.

The blog had a lot of generic comments and if you linked onto to them they seemed to be repetitive.

What does this mean? Well the purported grass roots nature of it was obviously rooted elsewhere. It was certainly not home grown Pleasanton grass.

I think it is important to know where the info came from.. .

Posted by June, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm


"The Obama budget would sharpy raise taxes for the rich...reduce taxes for everyone else, to a lower point than they were under Mr. Clinton or George W. Bush..."

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Cry me a river dominic or should I say dominella?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Apr 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Post removed for being off topic.

Posted by Big Poppa, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

Don't say you Yoynpeople who voted for Obama weren't warned. You don't realize or refuse to see that your rights are slowey being taken away from you. You are letting the Govt decide how our cars are going to be made, how we warm/cool our homes, teach our children, and a whole host of other things. Speak to any person who grew up in Eastern Europe or Cuba and they will tell you what they see the Obama and the Democrat led Congress is doing iscthe same thing that happened in their country. I know that whenthe Govt comes to my house to confiscate my belongings they will be met with my entire determination and being. I fully expect that I will die at the hands of Govt interaction if this be keep going the way they are.

Posted by Amy, a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:31 am

I agree Ray! It is HUGELY EMBARRASSING to have people from Pleasanton and surrounding area here lining our streets who have the AUDACITY TO ...

- BELIEVE the US Constitution should not be violated as it has with the O Admin
- BELIEVE that LOW TAXES will increase government revenue, as it did during REAGAN
- BELIEVE that the private sector works best with limited govt. regulation
- BELIEVE in the "INDIVIDUAL" vs. people need to be dependent on government

I could go on an on...but I am too ashamed that so many people with the above views "TeaPartied" in Pleasanton. Get our leftist US Congressman Jerry McNerney and our leftist Mayor Hosterman on top of this problem immediately!

Posted by Jack, a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm


If you really think that was what the rally was about, you were not there. It was an anti-American, anti-Obama hate fest with the tone of racism mixed in. I, too, feel that the rally in a publicly funded park in Pleasanton is an embarrassment to Pleasanton. Turn off Fox every once in a while - you are out there pushing "fair and balanced" propaganda.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:24 am


I read, or heard somewhere, the people that organized this event paid a fee to use this "publicly funded park" and the fee was increased when, for whatever reason, it was decided PPD presents was required...

Who do you feel should, or shouldn't, be allowed to use a "publicly funded park". Just because "they" may not hold the same views as you or I, should that be a reason to deny usage of a "publicly funded park" if all necessary requirements are met. I sincerely hope not. After all, you or I, as members of "the public", may one day wish to use a "publicly funded park" for some activity related to our individual point of view that may not be popular with some...

Posted by Agree with Jerry, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2009 at 9:02 am

Thank you for your comments. What is truly an embarrassment is how some posters seem to think that free speech shouldn't be available to everyone.
Disagreeing with the things that were said at the Tea party - no problem - there were a number of different groups there and some I agreed with, some I didn't.
But disagreeing with anyone's right to free speech....give me a break!
Instead of being embarrassed, be proud of Pleasanton for not violating one of the basic rights of every American - the right to free speech.
You don't have to agree with the message of the Tea Party, but everyone should agree that the organizers had a right to voice their opinions.

Posted by Ray, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm


Where was your outrage over the last 8 years when Bush ran up our debt? Oh, I know, you didn't have any outrage because you were too busy worshipping GW Bush and hanging on every word of misinformation Fox News produced. I guess it's ok for you Republicans to run up a debt as long it is military spending...typical. Well Amy, I don't want to waste any more of your time since I know you need to get back to watching Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and forming your own right-wing militia.

Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Parent of Two is a registered user.


You've proven yourself to be a Franken-esque talking head spouting the liberal party line. Many Republicans were (rightly) disgusted by Bush's liberal spending and money-wasting. It's interesting how you immediately categorize any anti-taxation stance as Pro-Bush or Pro-military or Pro-FoxNews.

Raising taxes has long been a way for liberals to re-distribute the wealth from the hard-working successful people to the "disadvantaged" and lazy. It isn't un-American to believe that excessive taxation is wrong, and it isn't un-American to believe that earning wealth should be penalized. Whatever happened to the American Dream where hard work and dedication and loyalty would be rewarded with financial security?

One can dislike Obama's fiscal policies (aka "spend your way out of a recession") without hating America. Your lack of tolerance for opposing view paint YOU as the anti-American.

Posted by john, a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Apr 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

gee Ray -
Making presumptions and generalizations about people you don't know?
We call it ______ (think you can fill in the blank with allittle thought)

Posted by Sally, a resident of Foothill High School
on Apr 21, 2009 at 8:50 am

Seems as if Ray has a very problem with people voicing their opinion when it differs from his own and must resort to name calling and baseless accusations to get his point across. Regardless who is running the country it is and must always be a fundamental right of all to freely express their viewpoint through free speech otherwise we will erode down to a very dangerous level. We have huge problems in the country currently at the local, state, and federal level regardless of party and we must come to grips with that before it is to late. If you read the above and reflect on what is written you will notice that government is the problem!

Posted by Ray, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 21, 2009 at 8:51 am

Parent of Two,

I'm Franken-esque? Is that a bad thing? I'll take it as a compliment that you're comparing me to an intelligent, bestselling author and soon to be senator of Minnesota. That's much better than being whiny and Norm Coleman-esque. By the way, if you don't think people like Amy get their right-wing views from Fox News, you're not very perceptive. I don't think it is a coincidence that she regurgitates statements made by Glenn Beck, word-for-word.

Posted by Ray, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 21, 2009 at 9:00 am


I wasn't aware that I have a "very problem" with people voicing their opinion. I don't have a "very problem" with using good grammar. They don't teach writing skills at the Ronald Reagan fan club?

Posted by Ray, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

For all you Tea Party lovers, look at this link:

Web Link

Posted by Einstein, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Apr 21, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Ray, I think you might be missing the point here and it is that no one in there right mind could be happy with the level of spending by Bush and the amount of debt being put upon everyone to pay off and believe me we will be paying for it as long as the Chinese control or are willing to keep buying our debt (currently they have 2 trillion). The only way to pay off the Bush debt is with a robust economy and cutting back on spending. Corporations must be encouraged to invest and build companies in the US and not abroad.

So then we elect Obama and in the first 100 days he commits us to 4 times more in debt than were incurred in 8 years of Bush! He also wants to increase the corporate tax rate (US is currently the second highest after Japan at about 35%). Heck even in Canada the corporate tax rate is 28% and they are reducing it to 22% to spur investment of corporations in Canada. Increase tax on everything and everyone. Believe me that this is a recipe for failure and it is even scaring the likes of Bill Clinton who looks like a conservative after Bush and now Obama. The bottom like is that the role of government is to protect us and that is about it and they are just getting in the way of prosperity. The issue is that we have terrible elected officials in all levels of government, President, House, Senate, State, and local levels and we must change and change very quickly if we want to survive. California has the highest debt of not only any state but of any of the top 25 countries in the world and our answer to it is to raise the state tax rate to 10% and increase county tax to 9.75% and expect that companies and individuals will move to the state. The opposite is happening as California is a state where business and the wealthy are leaving.

Don't think for a minute that if GM reorganizes that the plant in Fremont which employs over 5700 people will be aroound.

I speak about California as what happened here is what is currently being rolled out nationally. We need to take back our country regardless of party line before it is to late.

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