Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Amarillo Tea Party
Why Tea Party? This is a important question. I struggled with it for many days before deciding that I was going to go. My motivation? I am not a fan of large government. I believe that the federal government should not be overly intrusive. I believe that if the government spends money that it does not have, they should face financial ruin. Just like I would if I did it myself.
Onto the important stuff. Twelve o'clock tea party in downtown Amarillo, outside the Potter county courthouse. I would say, conservatively, that there was 500 people there. People from all walks of life, bankers and bikers, judges and janitors. The police presence was light and the crowds mood was almost jovial.
The media was extremely well represented, every network and newspaper was showing in force. A few media members were obviously not supportive. I did not see any members of the media being unprofessional. I did not have the opportunity to hear much of the speakers, the sound was horrid and did not carry very well. I'm sure that the forty mph winds thru downtown did not help matters. I personally refused three television interviews, I did grant one to the local newspaper. Perhaps I missed my opportunity to speak my mind, or more likely, I avoided have the MSM twist my worlds into something else entirely.
Final thoughts, today I exercised my rights as an American citizen. I have never before peacefully protested. I am glad that I did. My voice alone may not have been heard, but I was part of a larger group, a group who stood tall and proud. A group who stood together and let their voice be heard. We are Americans, and we love the country that our fore-fathers fought and died for. A country created by the people, for the people. No matter what may divide us, we are all Americans, and we wouldn't have it any other way.