Herding Cats

Getting all the various state #TaxRevolt groups on one page

Since the sudden outbreak of unruly moms and dads into Tax Revolt status, groups have been popping up everywhere. Spontaneously it seems these groups all want to protest what they see are excesses in our state legislature and federal government as well.

Rick Santelli proposed a July 4th Tea Party on his now infamous Rant of the Year, but we as a whole were angry now, today!

Starting February 27 in nationwide, events appeared everywhere! Largely ignored by the big media, nonetheless we knew and bloggers covered many in real time.

Still it wasn’t enough, and many are scheduled for the week of April 15 to coincide with our national Tax Day.

So where does one go to find a list, to see if there may be one in your particular area?

In trying to keep abreast of events for CATCOT, I’ve been faced with the daunting task of mining Google, Facebook, and other sites just to try to keep as many people informed as possible. It’s been like chasing individual shot pellets from a shotgun blast.

We have California Tea Party, Fresh Tea Daily, and California Tax Revolt 2009 to name a few I’ve found. In addition there are numerous Facebook groups I’ve yet to discover who don’t advertise on any outside web site.

Do all these groups talk to one another? No.

One group I’ve found just now while mining Facebook is California Tea Party which hopes to; “Coordinate and Provide Support to all future Tea Party Protests across the Golden State. Next protests scheduled for April 15, 2009.” Only problem here is there are events scheduled for the 11th of April.

The issue in getting everybody to at least mine each other’s pages seems to be one of ego. I contacted one group coordinator/originator about possibly listing his event at the TCOT/SGP/DONTGO site and his response was; “They should list their events on our site, meetup.com is a better place to organize”. Ugh.

While I would agree it looks like at first his site would be a good one, I posted a question last week which as yet remains unanswered, and it doesn’t seem to generate email when one is posted.

While I appreciate the energy which is boiling today ready for release, what seems to be happening is ego causing constant re-invention of the wheel, and this in turn makes it hard for mom and dad to find out where to go or even to get them involved.

At this point I’m wondering if a group with resources shouldn’t think about possibly paying either for Google Adwords or there is a Google Grants program for non-profits if any one group really qualifies.

As of now at the grassroots level, trolling the comments areas of local newspapers online and pasting links where appropriate seems to be gathering some traction. Someone is always angry in articles about taxes, and replying to their post with a link to a TaxRevolt site can help not only point them in the right direction, but also anyone else reading the comment stream.

Many newspapers also have their own forum areas, and these are also useful to get the word out to people fed up with the destruction of our economy and out of control spending.

As we learn from our mistakes, this all leads up to a really big event on July 4th. We have momentum going and the present Administration is supplying plenty of fuel almost on a daily basis.

It’s time to get everybody on one page, and I think we can do it if we can just decide where that page will be.

And so, in the true spirit of the Old West and the American Frontier, perseverance and independance;

About Erick Brockway/CA
Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy! He says, "Don't tell me raising taxes won't hurt the little guy, I AM the little guy and I get nailed in California the same as a guy making $1 million per year." Eric Brockway is an original founder of Constitutional Liberty Coalition and offers a California/Teaparty perspective to all things political with a unique sense of humor and common sense. Visit A Tow Dog's Blog for posts by Erick Brockway →


  1. I had hoped that each state would take care of this in whatever way they deemed appropriate. That way no national group or leader or presidential candidate can take credit for “the movement”. This group could serve as a resource to that effort, but only as a resource.

    No one owns middle America!

    In fact much of the game of the power brokers is to keep the left and the right divided into Rs and Ds / Ls and Rs / when really it is about protecting freedom and the constitutional rights of all.

    We must do everything possible to restore personal responsibility and limited government to our nation. As long as we will send DC more money ‘they’ will continue to spend it and want more. The power must be constrained by cutting spending and programs and federal agencies and quasi federal agencies like the federal reserve. It has become a shell game and a ping pong ball from Bush to Obama to the next globalist with the steady destruction of the United States of America in the process.

    As a cat owner, I love the title of this piece. Cats are independent and self sufficient and loving. They only trust after verification! And they don’t take any nonsense from anyone.


  2. Erick, you are right when you name EGO as the big barrier to working together on this. I can only imagine how one coordinated effort could effect the political discourse. We may never know. As long as we remain fragmented, the MSM will ignore us, and the politicians will hope we go away. The ballot box may be our last hope.

  3. Actually, I tend to think our strength is in decentralization so the movement cannot be picked off at the top – our job is to build a firm foundation of Americans taking back their country and keeping it this time!

    The more we take care of ourselves, the better off we will be – IMO. We don’t need no stinkin’ bailout money in my state with federal strings attached . . .

    Same with the teaparty effort – let’s take care of our own areas and quit looking for a master planner. There will always be someone behind the curtain trying to coopt your time and talent and treasure if you let them. More teaparties, more dates, more cities – more than you can publish and print, but have fun trying if you like!