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Tea Party–Mother of All
By: Patriot Paul
During the Bush and Obama administrations, the frustration exemplified with tea parties, rallies, and protests culminated in a massive display of freedom-loving individuals converging on our nation’s capitol on 9/12 for the purpose of showing displeasure of excessive government at the expense of common sense and the rule of law. Freedom Works, Resistnet, Teaparty Patriots, Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Center for Individuals Rights, and others help sponsor and promote the event through networking and emails with Fox News opinion and talk show providing incentive and enthusiasm, along with the Tea Party Express speakers and entertainers. Largely grassroots moms & pops, many of whom never held a sign nor public engaged in defense of freedoms, arrived by plane, train, car and bus (over 450 buses) which accumulated to a mass that surprised the capitol police and overwhelmed assigned gathering areas. Most arrived at Freedom Plaza, roughly one mile from the Capitol building down Pennsylvania Ave where the march was to start. Due to ‘containment’ problems, the march started early and many were detoured into side streets for rerouting to the Capitol, compounding a head count, which partly explains various numbers from the absurd handful to a sky-high two million. However, one picture is worth 1.2 million words. “The line of protesters clogged several blocks near the capitol, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.”
Online websites are prevalent on deciphering the attendance.
The Administration offered the following: “I don’t know who the group is,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters with a shrug.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/12/tea-party-express-arrives-march-washington-protest-government-spending/
And White House senior adviser claimed “I don’t think it’s indicative of the nation’s mood,” Axelrod said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “You know, I don’t think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they’re wrong.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/13/axelrod-says-tea-party-protesters-wrong/?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r4:c0.154287:b27678104:z0
While it is shameful the administration went into denial, then criticism, perhaps the largest grassroots protest movement made their voices heard, despite those on Capitol Hill who remain tone-deaf. Axelrod’s contention that this peaceful assembly is ‘wrong’ simply reinforces the demonstrators’ conviction of unrepresented representatives with beltway blindness. Added to this insult, the populists have been broad-brushed with being right-wing extremists, domestic terrorists, radicals, and racists with former President Carter a self-proclaimed accuser that the majority of the hate stems from Obama’s blackness; a disappointing race card charge the administration denies.
Regular media offered its token disproportional presence compared with extensive coverage of lesser attended events. For a scorecard of behavior, check out
C-Span covered much of the event
The NY.Times has it’s own slideshow http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/09/12/us/20090912-PROTEST_index.html
Lowly rated MSNBC tried to be fair despite chronic inquiries to it’s reporter questioning if anything had gone wrong.
About 15 Colonial dressed individuals and drum & fife led the march. Police reported no arrests and no violence.
Dozens of tea parties took place simultaneously across the nation while others gathered for the live stream in hotels for Glenn Beck coverage on Fox.
While this may be the mother of all Tea Parties, it may pale in comparison to next year.