A Madison firefighter’s union is threatening to disrupt a tea party event in Madison this Saturday.
An announcement on the union’s website says:
Come one, come all, hear the call to . . .DUMP TEA! DUMP PALIN!
Please share widely. The puppets are coming, the puppets are coming! Corporate puppets Sarah Palin and “Americans” for “Prosperity” are rallying at our Wisconsin State Capitol on 4/16.
BRING PUPPETS — sock puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, finger puppets and muppets!
BRING LIBERTY BELLS — that means cowbells, dinner bells, doorbells, jingle bells, you name it, and let’s ring in Wisconsin’s independence from corporate rule!
Let’s show ’em how we really feel about big corporations passing the tax burden on to the rest of us!
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is scheduled to attend the event, along with Andrew Breitbart, John Fund, and Josiah Cantrall.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Palin will keynote the now-annual Tax Day Tea Party event:
Thousands are expected to turn out at the Capitol for the rally, which is scheduled to run from noon to 2 p.m. and feature a series of conservative speakers, including radio personality Vicki McKenna, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund, talk show host John T. Harris, and Americans for Prosperity State Director Matt Seaholm.
The event is being sponsored by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, an organization Talking Points Memo calls “a Koch financed group.” According to an article at Talking Ponts Memo:
The Koch name has popped up quite a bit in the Wisconsin protests — most notably after Walker’s 20-minute phone call in late February with blogger Ian Murphy, who was posing as David Koch. During that call, Walker discussed his ideas for tricking the Democrats into coming back by pretending to negotiate, his ambition to bust the public employee unions in the mold of President Reagan firing the air traffic controllers — an event that Walker said had led to the downfall of the Soviet Union — and that he had considered (but ruled out) planting troublemakers in the crowds of protesters.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, local conservatives are excited to have Palin present, as they believe her appearance will energize the conservative base and “spur voters to support the eight GOP senators facing recall elections.”
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit posted a note that read, in part:
Of course the WIunion hashtag is all a twitter calling in teachers and other union members to come and disrupt the Taxed Enough Already tax day rally. But it gets scary when the firefighters (and most likely police and sheriffs and city attorneys and judges….sigh) join in.
It makes you worry about being fairly protected by city and county services, ya know?
Given the tenor of the protests during the Wisconsin Insurrection, however, Tea Party activists should be ready for anything. Hoft advises those attending should bring cameras, and warns, “be careful out there tomorrow.”
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