A story that needs to make the rounds: City of Richmond auditing the Tea Party *UPDATED*

Fact:  The Tea Party, when it held three protests in the City of Richmond, applied for permits, and paid $10,000 for permits, potties, police, etc.

Fact:  The OWS protesters in Richmond simply plunked themselves down, paying nothing (and, I’m guessing, incurring significantly greater police and janitorial charges than did the Tea Party crowd).

Fact:  When the Tea Party learned that it had been damaged by disparate treatment from a civic government, it applied to the City of Richmond for a full refund.

Fact:  The City of Richmond has now sent an audit letter to the Tea Party.  I’ll add here a bonus fact:  the city’s mayor is a Democrat.

Fact:  You need to send this story around to as many people as you can.  The City of Richmond needs to be exposed for this abuse of power and, I hope, horribly embarrassed.

And here’s something that’s not a fact, but that is just my opinion:  The City of Richmond’s behavior perfectly illustrates one of the reasons I’ve embraced conservativism.  I am deeply suspicious of consolidating too much power in any one entity.  The City of Richmond is just one city, yet even that modicum of power has corrupted it.  Imagine this kind of thing playing out on a grand, national scale.  No human is sea-green incorruptible, and most humans, when given power, can get dangerously giddy, with a further subset getting malevolently destructive.

UPDATE: Here’s a more detailed story — which includes a great link to VA Right, a member of the Watcher’s Council.

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  • Charles Martel

    I sent Cynthia Carr, the bureaucrat who signed the letter to the Tea Party, the following:

    Dear Ms. Carr:
    I just read the text of your threatening letter to the Tea Party on the Internet. I hope this letter joins many, many others that comment on just how big a political blunder you’ve made. I understand your party’s need to reassure its base, but I don’t think you understand how this will appear to citizens of other cities that are not as politicized as Richmond. Your city’s heavy handedness is going to win tens of thousands of new sympathizers for the Tea Party.
    I hope you will withdraw the threat and not only save yourself further embarrassment but also save your nearly bankrupt city from a massive lawsuit.
    Best regards,
    Charles Martel
    Marin County

  • Danny Lemieux

    Aren’t Richmond and Oakland just cementing their reputations as Detroit-West?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The fascists aren’t out on the streets. They’re in the thrones of government itself.

  • heather

    Richmond, Virginia.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I stand corrected! 

  • Charles Martel

    Yeah, I realized after I sent the letter that it was Richmond, VA, not CA. But the damned thing was generic enough (Richmond, VA is considered a Demo basket case by its neighbors) that I’m hoping Ms. Carr will still get the drift.