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April 15th, 2009 - Denver, Colorado, USAWE THE PEOPLE gather on the west steps of the Colorado Capitol building in Denver, Colorado. We are not "sent" or "organized" by the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, Fox News, or any other organization. Everyone is friendly and well mannered, yet all burn with unrestrained passion against, and disgust for, the government excesses that bring us here and unite us. Sadly, our very presence here causes our government (and yours) to label us as "Right Wing Extremists" (download the full report text here). Even so, no one wears masks or in any other way hides their identity.
Sure, every individual has their pet peeve, but today is not an anti-0bama or anti-Democrat demonstration. We are not screaming obscenities, breaking windows, throwing feces, burning police cars, or otherwise "acting out" in the ways common to protests by radical groups. We sing songs like America, Let Freedom Ring, and the Star Spangled Banner. There are chants like USA! USA! USA!. We reverently say the Pledge of Allegiance together - and really mean it. One poignant sign is held high by an older black gentleman - a Vietnam veteran - it says: "I didn't serve 22 years for Socialism!" It just makes me weep that the President, Congress, and Law Enforcement at all levels see us, war veterans in particular, as potential "Domestic Terrorists." Why??
You can get a real sense of being there by watching these five short (1-2 minute) video clips that I
took that day
(click on each of the 5 "YouTube" links below):
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Here are the rest of the pictures I took, straight from the camera, unretouched and unedited.
The signs the people are carrying are just fantastic!
Click on each picture to see the larger version.
There is a 4-Step Cure for all of this stupidity:
Both before and after the "Teaparty" rallies, hundreds of which were held across the nation, the news media sought to characterize (and marginalize) our gatherings as being merely "anti-tax" demonstrations. Sure, CBSABCNBC says 'everybody knows' that 'the rich' do not want to pay their 'fair share.' The truth is that we are the rich, the poor, the young, the old, the fit, and the handicapped that are here today - just look deep inside the photos for proof. We are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Christian, Jew, athiest, and agnostic - and we are all pissed.
The name 'teaparty' is similar to that of the original Boston Tea Party, but the scope of these 2009 Tax Day rallies is far, far broader than that. This is only partly about "taxes" (the real hard and deep taxes are yet to catch up with us, our children, and our grandchildren). We gather here to give pause, warning even, to those politicians who think they can continue to ignore the will of the people. We want them to stop (really, STOP!) spending the money of future generations of our citizens. We want them to stop (really, STOP!) giving away the sovereignty of the USA to the United Nations. We want them to stop (really, STOP, dammit!) failing to uphold their Constitional duty to protect our borders.
On April 16 2009, while the mainsewer media sniggered with adolescent 'teabagging' innuendos, yettanuther example of the low regard that some Congressthings have for 1 Million of We The People surfaced:
United States Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted "tea party" rallies, labeling the activities "despicable" and shameful."
A direct quote from Jan Schakowsky's web page (since removed by the cowardly old toad) reads:"The "tea parties" being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs. It's despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt," she added. "Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians."Note that Ms Schakowsky invokes almost every boogeyman the left can muster. Tellingly, her words reveal the real "gotcha" of the whole tax-and-spend scam, the full force of which will not, of course, rain down upon our heads "this year"... You can call her at (202) 225-2111 if you wish.
Personal note from me, Dan Martin, to this Sharkcowski person: "It is you, madame, who are despicable!"
'How,', you may ask, 'did we arrive at such a sorry state in America? How can we make it right again?'