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kpht's Tea Party concept. [Apr. 1st, 2010|04:42 pm]
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[xiphias]
Okay.

After a couple minutes on this, it looks relatively likely that this will happen. I'm predicting a 65% chance of a Tea Party counterprotest consisting of people having a tea party.

I mean, at this point, people are contacting their friends who play in string quartets, and contacting Steampunk LARPers who would have costumes.

As such, it may be appropriate to start thinking about ground rules.

I have some suggestions. These are just suggestions, of course.

Some Principles Of A Tea Party:

  • Good tea. I think that we should find ways to have genuinely good tea at the tea party -- have water that's actually hot enough, and tea that's actually good enough.
  • Good food. Everybody should attempt to bring tasty finger food -- cucumber sandwiches, petits fours, or the like -- whatever is within your budget and skill level, to share.
  • Beautiful clothing. There's no point in having a counterprotest if you can't look good doing it. Everyone should attempt to dress to the nines, or, if you can't do that, at LEAST to the four-and-a-halves. Of course, TECHNICALLY, one shouldn't go to a tea party in evening dress, but, since so many people don't have proper morning coats these days, I think that it would be wise to let this slide.
  • Similarly, beautiful china and linens. We should do our best to bring things that actually look nice. Nice things should be enjoyed.
  • Inoffensiveness. This, I suspect, may be the most controversial proposal. I think that we should attempt to have the world's mildest, most inoffensive, polite counterprotest ever held. My ideal would be for the press to come up to interview people about their opinions on tax policies and health care, and have responses such as, "Oh, dear, isn't that a rather personal question?" and, "Really, I prefer not to discuss politics over tea. Would you care for a cup?"
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[User Picture]From: lizzielizzie
2010-04-01 08:56 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I rather like the idea of being completely and totally inoffensive. I find it makes the best type of protest.
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[User Picture]From: januarygirl66
2010-04-03 05:28 am (UTC)
Don't know how many people are in the Boston area, but Sarah Palin is addressing the tea party folks on the Common 4/14, 10 am to 1 pm. Seriously considering counter-protesting, but with coffee. Ya know...coffee party?

That event was still a go, last time I checked.

And I think it would be great to see a variety of intelligent, civil expressions of protest.
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[User Picture]From: cottonmanifesto
2010-04-01 09:04 pm (UTC)
this is amaaaaaazing.
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[User Picture]From: diego001
2010-04-01 09:13 pm (UTC)
I want to do this so badly. I think you should also post it to boston_teaparty. We haven't had one of those in so long.

Edited at 2010-04-01 09:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2010-04-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
Can you? I'm not a member.

And the more I'm thinking about this, and the more it's bouncing around in my brain, and the more people are talking about it -- the more it's getting to be about having a tea party, and less about protesting other people who call themselves The Tea Party Movement.
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[User Picture]From: chaiya
2010-04-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
As I said previously, I'm in. Possibly with company. :)
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[User Picture]From: lyonesse
2010-04-04 12:27 am (UTC)
i'm very interested, but....will i have clothes? ;)
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[User Picture]From: litter_ladder
2010-04-01 09:22 pm (UTC)
my work is right around the corner from there so i can provide hot water.
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[User Picture]From: m00n
2010-04-01 09:41 pm (UTC)
We're gonna need a table.
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[User Picture]From: litter_ladder
2010-04-01 09:53 pm (UTC)
i may be able to provide a small-ish one
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[User Picture]From: sonofabish
2010-04-01 09:44 pm (UTC)
As the person who originally floated the idea of a counter-demonstration, I love this.

Can I suggest "Now THIS is a Tea Party" as the official title of the gathering? And in keeping with the gentility of the event, our official position can be to decry those who wish to sully the image of a Tea Party with boorish behavior, an unwillingness to share, and frightfully bad grammar?
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[User Picture]From: joifulgurl
2010-04-01 10:14 pm (UTC)
love the official position.
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[User Picture]From: keewee
2010-04-01 09:51 pm (UTC)
I say start a Facebook page for it too for those who aren't on LJ as much anymore. That way you have a bagillion people there and it'll make the news on CA and I'll be like, "I'm from there, woooooOOoOOooO!"
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[User Picture]From: lunarcamel
2010-04-02 01:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's a brilliant idea - then people can RSVP (headcount estimate), there's a set time/place, etc.

Also, not everyone needs tables - maybe do blankets/sheets, picnic-style?
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[User Picture]From: in_vino_vanitas
2010-04-01 09:57 pm (UTC)
i will dress to the 4.5s and can bring tea but not tables or chairs. i'm fully prepared to just stand around with a teacup a la lady gaga

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[User Picture]From: krzdweasel
2010-04-01 10:00 pm (UTC)
I love you all so very much.
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[User Picture]From: emmala
2010-04-01 10:02 pm (UTC)
this is brilliant. the organization Irish Queers organized a tea party in protest to the exclusion of queers from the nyc st patrick's day parade a few years ago. we had a blast and the music adds to it.
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[User Picture]From: diego001
2010-04-01 10:28 pm (UTC)
From which estate?
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[User Picture]From: joifulgurl
2010-04-01 10:13 pm (UTC)
oh, boston. i miss you.

this is the best. idea. ever.
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[User Picture]From: diego001
2010-04-01 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'd say yes. OP?
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[User Picture]From: dj_underdog
2010-04-01 10:30 pm (UTC)
This is just brilliant.
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[User Picture]From: diego001
2010-04-01 10:32 pm (UTC)
You should come.
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