‘FED up’ Richmonders protest Central Bank (Part II)
Tea Party’s Jamie Radtke calls on Fed to ‘stop spending, printing’
Speakers want Fed audited immediately
Campaign for Liberty’s Nathan Cox, acting as the rally’s emcee, introduced the first speaker, Mrs. Jamie Radtke who serves as Chair of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots as well as President of the Richmond Tea Party and chief organizer of the recent Virginia Tea Party Convention which saw 3,000 people flock to the Richmond Convention Center to hear such speakers as Lou Dobbs, Dick, Morris, Rep. Ron Paul as well as Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bolling and Tea Party favorite Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The event attracted national and international media and put forward a significant legislative agenda for both Congress and the General Assembly.
“I stood right here [Kanawha Plaza] on stage two years ago and we had a national debt of over eleven trillion dollars and today it’s over thirteen!” said Radtke through a bullhorn saying “was her first,” joking that if that had given her such a mouthpiece in her cheerleader days there “really would have been trouble”.
Radtke quickly got serious declaring that the recent mid-terms were not the end but just the start and outlined the need for real transparency in government and not just a pre-election nod to openness and referred to the Tea Party’s open letter to the Virginia Congressional delegation issued in the past week.
The letter condemns the recent Federal Reserve policy regarding ‘Quantitative Easing ‘and calls for a stop to the spending and printing of money. Read the full letter HERE. Radtke urged the movement to keep the pressure on elected representatives no matter what political party they hailed from.
“We have to keep, keep going… we have to focus on this debt and focus on this spending and not let up,” Radtke told the cheering crowd as she went on to introduce her Tea Party colleague, fellow Jamie and co-author of the letter to the Congressional delegation, Mr. Jamie Jacoby, whom she openly praised as her favorite ‘non-economist.”
Mr. Jacoby said that it was the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) that woke him up and referred to his first Tea Party meeting whereby he asked others why they were in attendance and TARP kept coming up.
“TARP was a watershed.” Jacoby told the crowd, several of whom held anti-TARP signs. He referred to what he called the ‘Fred Graph’ which outlines the Federal Reserve Economic Data, urged the crowd to ‘Google’ the term and distributed various hand-outs detailing funds rates, the adjusted monetary base and other figures in what Jacoby called a “giant slush fund.”
Mr. Conor Murphy, Vice President of the Young Americans for Liberty at VCU, followed and naturally referred to the younger folk getting involved in civics and politics for both their own self and wider interest. Murphy said it was only a “mere two years ago” that campuses across America were caught up in the Obama election but enthusiasm had waned and that his age group were ‘waking up’ to the obscene federal spending and the inevitable debt that follows which ends up on their shoulders.
Last speaker was Chris Stearns, the 3rd District coordinator for Va. Campaign for Liberty who gave a historical lesson on the Fed and its introduction by Congress in 1913. Stearns outlined other powers granted to the central bank through subsequent ‘progressive’ administrations and Congress. Stearns ended his speech pointing to the Richmond Federal Reserve building shouting “We have to end that vile institution right there.” Cheers all ‘round.
Others in the crowd included former Independent congressional candidate for the 7th District Floyd Bayne, Citizens for Liberty activists Amy Strawser Strong, Harry Holt and Igor Prohorov, and high profile Tea Party activist and speaker Karen Miner Hurd from the Hampton Roads chapter and Virginia Tea Party Patriots.
From the positive response from passersby in downtown Richmond on a Friday lunch hour and a quick ‘Google’ of “audit the fed” and “end the fed” and the ongoing support that Congressman Ron Paul has across America the issue of the Federal Reserve is not going away any time soon.
The crowd, gathering before the Federal Reserve Friday, is urging people to sign the petition supporting HR1207 which is Rep. Paul’s “Audit the Fed” Bill and turn up the heat on Congress to pass the Bill by emails, phone calls and old-fashioned letters telling their Congressman to support the Bill.
More “Audit/End the Fed” protest rallies will take place across the country Saturday.