Hi All,

I am welcoming a new author to the blog… many of you have seen him at different rallies… please welcome Patriot Paul…. JP

I think that is about 3500 people... but math isn't so good

I think that is about 3500 people... but math isn't so good

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.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/12/tea-party-express-arrives-march-washington-protest-government-spending/

 Online websites are prevalent on deciphering the attendance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKciZ5-sSOc

http://www.plainpunditry.com/2009/09/14/how-many-people-attended-the-912-protest/  

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/11/tea-party-rally-sparks-dispute-potential-turnout/?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r1:c0.272918:b27678104:z0

 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.

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 Regular media offered its token disproportional presence compared with extensive coverage of lesser attended events.  For a scorecard of behavior, check out

http://www.mrc.org:80/realitycheck/realitycheck/2009/20090915110753.aspx

C-Span covered much of the event

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2009/09/12/HP/A/23055/FreedomWorks+Rally+in+DC.aspx

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.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/32812013#32812013

About 15 Colonial dressed individuals and drum & fife led the march.  Police reported no arrests and no violence. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAEyPq_ghRE

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. 

 Patriot Paul

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Hi Jeff!
The Fort Wayne tea party on 4/18/2009 went pretty well! I got there late, but the event was very peaceful and inspiring. Alan Keyes was one of the speakers. The only complaint that I have is that it was really hard to hear. I could hear Alan Keyes well, but the other speakers were hard to hear. What I did hear I definitely agreed with. It was really nice to see so many people in the Fort Wayne area on such a beautiful day coming together to have our voices heard. I really can not say that I am alone anymore! The turn out wasn’t as big as the Indy Tea Party, but it was definitely a large crowd. The newspapers said there were hundreds of people. It was hard to tell from my vantage point. To be honest there were more people than I thought there would be. Here is a link to the Journal Gazette story covering the tea party. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20090419/LOCAL/304199922/0/FRONTPAGE There is a photograph of the event, but I think, like the media coverage for the tax day tea parties, the picture was taken before or after the event; but that is just speculation. Either way, there were a lot of concerned patriotic Americans at the tea party. There were 8 of us in our group my mom (Pam, 50), Brother (David, 10), Brother Ethan (23), Husband (Adam, 30), his friend Aaron (28), and his two children (Corbin and Aiden 2 and 4), and of course me (28). There were people of all ages and ethnicities there. The overall feeling was not of anger or outrage as the media portrays it. It was a welcome feeling, like being at a family reunion. All those people together in one place saying that we don’t need any interference in our lives from the federal government and that we want our State sovereignty back, like it always should have been! I am, once again, fired up and ready to stick it to the man! 😉 lol

I wish you could have been there, but I completely understand why you couldn’t make it. No matter what, FAMILY COMES FIRST! If I had previous family commitments, I probably would have gone either! 🙂 I will ask my mom, husband, and brother Ethan to email you their stories regarding the event.