Start of a Revolution

History of the 2009 Albany Tax Day Tea Party – Part II

Even before April 15, 2009 I occasionally joked with my wife about the upcoming rally.  I said, “I can see it now, when the history books are written…”  I paused dramatically, staring far away as if peering into the future, and said, ” …we will read that the revolution started at the 76 Diner.  It was there that the patriots first met.”  Of course, my wife rolled her eyes and did her job:  she reminded me of the importance of humility and told me to check my ego at the door.  Yet, there is a nugget of truth in my statement.

Our first volunteers meeting indeed took place at the 76 Diner.  While we had been communicating online, it was the first opportunity to gauge each other face-to-face.  With the smell of coffee and pancakes wafting through the air, a couple dozen ordinary citizens smiled and spoke with each other.  There were mothers, fathers, and children.  Homemakers, engineers, motorcyclists, retirees, and state workers.  There was even a talk radio host in attendance.  The passion for the rally was palpable.  It was then I knew that we had the potential for a huge success.  I was amazed at the group surrounding me as we dined over breakfast on March 14, 2009 in Latham, NY.

In the month that followed, new volunteers joined the group, ordinary citizens all. We met on the weekends at the rally location in Albany.  People volunteered their time, their passion, and even some money… all in the name of selflessly providing other citizens with an opportunity to vent their frustrations.  Time was short, but this group of intrepid volunteers showed their greatness as they planned, promoted and carried out a Tea Party.

Success comes from the details.  Read more about that in Part III.

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