Friday, April 16, 2010

Tea Party Update. . .

Yesterday, once again, the American people took to the streets in peaceful protest to take a stand against the abuses of our current government. Nothing makes me prouder of my country than seeing decent, average people standing up to a corrupt and tyrannical government. Indeed, yesterday was a great day for the Tea Party, and the country all around.

Not only did thousands of people gather to protest all over the country (here are some examples: Denver (2,000), Colorado Springs (2,000), Hartford (1,200), Boise Idaho (1,000), Oklahoma City (1,000), Tucson (2,000) and Washington, D.C. (“thousands”)), but they also finally released their Contract From America. This is a great document that was compiled by the votes of millions of Americans, and it outlines what the public wants Washington to do.

Said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), this document “captures the American people’s frustration with a government that has grown too big, too costly, and too arrogant.” Mike Pence (R-Indiana) said it’s a “good start toward the essential goals of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom. I hope that many conservative leaders will join with this bold initiative that’s marked by powerful ideas to get our government’s fiscal house in order.” Good words gentlemen.

Meanwhile, the media was still worried about the false racism allegations from way back when. Sure, whatever, like anyone's listening. In fact, let's ignore the media entirely because we have something better than an AP report -- we have actual witnesses to the Tea Party events of yesterday who have given us their reports.

First, we have Tam from Tucson:

I just got back from the Tea Party in Tucson. I had to leave early because I had to get my kid from school, but there were about 2,000 people there. All happy, positive, energetic, fired up patriots. There were even some *gasp* people of color...it wasn't all old, wealthy, white men. I wandered all around, talking to the people in the crowds. There was no sign of infiltrators while I was there, no angry mob, just very passionate people ready to reclaim our freedom. The thing I liked best about the people and the message was that it wasn't just about "Nobama" or repealing the health care, or stopping the takeover...it was all about what we want to DO to move forward! So much for the party of no! It was fantastic...everybody was discussing action, organizing meetings at schools, city councils, churches...supporting actions that will take back the incremental freedoms and choices we have lost over the last several years of complacency. I am attaching some pictures just in case you are interested in the experience in this neck of the nation.
Secondly, we have a report from my sister from Colorado Springs:
We hit the local gathering in Colorado Springs. We had beautiful weather and a great crowd. A local radio host, Richard Randall, did the emcee-ing and we were treated to a series of conservative, freedom-loving speakers, as well as candidates for the upcoming elections. Swamped in handouts, we can now turn to the internet to examine all the candidates more closely and make an informed decision. We did make sure to sign a petition to get a measure on the ballot that will preserve Coloradoans' rights not to be forced to buy healthcare and to be allowed to pay cash for medical treatment if we choose. There were a few protesters to the protest, but they were easily discouraged and gave up quickly when the 2,000-strong gathering chanted "USA" right over them. All in all, another great day, and another step closer to November. Thank goodness!
Now you know more about yesterday’s protests than you would have learned from watching CNN all day long.

Thanks for the reports. And thanks to everyone who went. Thanks for representing us all. Thanks for keeping the pressure on those jerks in Washington. And thanks for keeping the momentum going. . . right into November!


26 comments:

Joel Farnham said...

Andrew,

This is still a free country. The Tea Party Protesters weren't arrested yesterday. They were ignored by MSM, but weren't arrested.

AndrewPrice said...

Yep, and that makes us a better country than most anywhere else in the world -- the freedom to criticize our government.

And the fact that people use that power is what makes us great.

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: The TV and the Chronicle have been noticeably quiet about the numbers at yesterday's Tea Party in San Francisco. By all accounts, it was a relatively large affair, without any major incidents, good or bad. But the mere fact that Union Square was filled and people were on the sidewalks all around the square is a healthy sign that there are conservatives in San Francisco. The bigger news was the large crowd at the East Bay (Pleasanton) party. News reports are now cagily referring to "many thousand" Tea Partiers, and since the East Bay votes pretty much the same way as San Francisco, that's a very good sign. There's rebellion in the heart of liberaldom.

LL said...

It's a national movement and it's a peaceful movement. The liberals are not happy about it because it represents a genuine cross section of America who are not hung up on race, gender or any of those buzz word issues they like to sling.

They believe that government is out of control and that we don't have a revenue problem -- we have a spending problem.

barack hussein obama doesn't like that, and his skill sets don't allow him to process it, but it's there and in November it will hurt to see his repudiation.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, Interesting times are afoot. . . even in San Francisco and the surrounding communes!

AndrewPrice said...

LL, Well put. The media keeps trying to turn the Tea Party into a Klan meeting, but it's just not true. And every single Tea Party protest proves that as average, normal people -- from all walks of life -- come together to discuss what is happening to the country. The media should be celebrating that, not trying to discredit it!

P.S. I saw on your blog that you and your daughter went to rallies in California -- excellent!

Tennessee Jed said...

Andrew - it only makes sense to post the contract with America (or at least a summary) and kick it around here among America's finest. For sure this won't be done by WAPO or NEWSWEEK, or even the Knoxville News Sentinel.

StanH said...

I didn’t get to go yesterday, but have been to three Tea Parties, and they are amazing, pure Americana. The Atlanta Tea Party pending who you listen too, drew 7 to 10 thousand, in south Atlanta (Peachtree City) 3 thousand plus. Regardless of the numbers the result is a political earthquake, and Washington knows it’s coming. I’ve personally never been so excited about an off year election, and if the Republicans can keep their minds clear America has a bright future…for our children and grandchildren…that’s cool.

AndrewPrice said...

Stan, I agree entirely. This "feels" like a great moment in history, like something special is about to happen.

And you're right about Washington. The Dems and the MSM can say this means nothing all they want, but the fact that it's continued this long is an indication that the people have woken up and aren't going back to sleep any time soon.

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, That's an idea. Would could probably take a close look at it.

Writer X said...

Someone woke up Bill Clinton and now he's referring to Tea Party activists as "dangerous." His desperation, along with the rest of his party, is showing. It's their worst nightmare come true. I'm betting they wish Obama would invent a Hot Tub Time Machine.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, Any time they drag out Bill Clinton, you know they've got problems. Did they at least wipe the lipstick off his face?

StanH said...

WriterX: Carville and Clinton were reported to be working on a strategy to marginalize the Tea Party Movement. It’s pretty obvious their tact is and oldie but a goldie, “racism.”

BevfromNYC said...

I didn't get a chance to report on NY yet, but I will in tomorrow's NYC update.

We had between 10K and 15K people and we had a small but vocal group of counter demonstrators. I was a "marshall"(I got a badge and everything!) and of course they started at my corner. I have pictures. They were bracing for a fight, but they were disappointed sincef we pretty much ignored them.

Then there was the "Coffee Party" people who were handing out flyers and suggesting that "we dialogue" instead of protesting.

The police only had to escort one "counter" protester out just because he was being a loud obnoxious jerk. But other than that it went smoothly.

Tennessee Jed said...

Bev - They actually had the gall to say dialog instead of protest? How did you keep from laughing out loud in their faces? Look forward to your report. I reaaly love the fact these things are happening in places like Gotham City.

Writer X said...

Andrew & Stan,

Clinton did that long fingerpointing gesture thing, like Baboo on SEINFELD. Carville and Clinton together again? Oh, happy day. It's always fun watching Carville froth at the mouth. Bring it.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, A "marshall"? Cool! Way to go! I'm looking forward to your article.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, I think that after Olberman, Carville is probably the other person I like the least on television . . . and I'm including interviews with serial killers in that statement.

CrisD said...

BevfromNYC-
Thank you inadvance for your report! Way to go, leader!

LawHawkSF said...

As I mentioned, I guess I didn't stick around long enough at the Tea Party in Union Square. There were infiltrators after all, but they didn't have any impact. They forgot to lose their revolutionary garb, so most were easily identified. They gathered first at City Hall, and Tea Partiers checked them out, then watched for them at the rally. Their messages made little or no sense, or simply identified them as infiltrators. And for those that were subtle enough to cause any consternation, the Tea Partiers had their own people ready with "Infiltrator" signs in bright pink to ID them. Here are some pictures from PajamasMedia/Zombie: Tea Party Crashers in San Francisco.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, That was awesome. I love the "We're NOT with stupid" signs!

Mjolnir said...

AP:

Albuquerque's count,(by putting round stickers on people attending)...

9,028...that's a hard number...

The estimate ATP placed with drive by and such...12,000...

The Statist Lib Progs are getting VERY nervous in the "Land of Enchantment"...we seem to have more attendees than states with a great deal more population...

AndrewPrice said...

Mjolnir, That's a great sign. I'm seeing the same thing in Colorado. If we're going to stop Obama, we need to win the West big.

Individualist said...

Andrew,

Thursday I took a break from studying and went down to the LAnding in Jacksonville where they were having their Tea Party. We had the pleasure of hearing Star PArker speak and man let me tell you she is a firecracker.

She is running for Congress out in California. I hope she prevails although any republican in Cali running has an uphill battle.

Star Parker

Di said...

I hope that "they" (politicians, media, etc.) realize that each individual at these rallies represents a certain number of people with the same views who weren't able to be there. My sister Tam, who attended the Tucson rally, for a fact represents at least 10 other adults who fully support the concerns and beliefs that caused her to attend.

AndrewPrice said...

Di, They know that, they just don't want to admit it publicly. I think what truly terrifies them are the numbers of people who keep showing up. If the Tea Party phenomena was a one time protest, that wouldn't scare them, but the fact that it keeps growing means that people remain angry and means that those people will turn out in large numbers to vote them out.


Individualist, I don't know her, but she sounds like a good candidate. Let's hope she can win in California!

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