Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tea Party success...taking back America begins.
The local Tea Party yesterday was great! For a city under 100K in population, the number of people attending the 1-5 pm event had to be labeled a success by organizers. Several thousand people where in attendance at any given time during the day. Due to a work commitment followed by a church commitment, my time was limited to about 20 minutes, but I would estimate well over 600 people were there at that time.
East Tennessee is predominately Republican, but I spoke with several Democrats attending the event...emphasising the fact this was not a partisan rally. Former congressman David Davis (R) spoke to the crowd about that very subject stating the Tea Parties should have started during the Bush administration when spending started spiraling out of control. "The Republicans spent too much money. But this is not a Republican crowd. This is not a Democrat crowd. This is an American crowd. I think Americans right now are fed up with politicians,” stated Davis.
I was very encouraged by a lot of talk (and signage) about putting God back center stage in our country. Revisionist can cry all they want, but unaltered history shows we were founded a God-fearing nation...it is who we are...more on that later.
Media coverage was both fair and good for the event in our area, but national news attention has been skewed. Fox has come under tremendous scrutiny for 'promoting' the events instead of reporting on them objectively. To no surprise, CNN's website has no home page coverage of the event deferring to Susan Boyle, the YouTube singing phenom, and the race to 1 million Twitter followers between the cable news giant and Ashton Kutcher...okay then.
MSNBC pays homage by making fun of the event and referring to it as 'pointless.' Okay... I hate MSNBC and you should too. Actually, most people do because ratings put Fox scores better across the board than CNN and MSNBC...COMBINED! Who's laughing now Olbermann at your lame, snide remarks?
The most disturbing issue to transpire yesterday, however, came from the Department of Homeland Security. State and local police were warned of 'elevated threat levels' from, among several groups, right wing extremist. Does the timing of this warning seem too coincidental? One of the best signs I saw from the rally stated, 'I went to bed a conservative and woke up a threat to national security.' I will be blogging about this later too...but it warranted mention here.
One last note for now, I see a lot of momentum for congressional term limits stemming from the Tea Party. That is a very, very good thing.
Hope you were able to support a Tea Party near you. If so, tell us about it.