You may have read that the Bristol July 4th Parade committee “banned for life” our friends at the RI Tea Party.
I think many of us will agree with Governor Carcieri’s comments (emphasis added):
After hearing about the recent decision by the Bristol Fourth of July Parade Committee to ban a local citizens’ group from participating, Governor Carcieri expressed hope that the committee would reconsider.
“The RI Tea Party movement has energized the citizenship of many Rhode Islanders as they call for more responsible government. It seems that the Parade Committee has singled them out for punishment. How ironic that a movement that draws from American patriotic spirit would be excluded from an Independence Day parade. Sadly, they are being sanctioned for distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution. One wonders about the forces behind such a decision,” the Governor said.