Fw: After the tea party

I am trying to recover from being squashed as flat as a paper doll at the tea party last night in Atlanta. The last count I heard for it was 14,000 and I think 4,000 of them were in my space. Not only could I not see the stage, but I could not see the huge screen with the video image of the proceedings. Things were so tight that we didn’t need coats in the 47 degree weather and I could not get my fantastic poster, over which I had slaved for hours with a hot glue gun, into the air. My lovely hat with the dangling teabags was all that I could manage. A friend and I were pasted against the fence of Central Presbyterian Church, begging people to stop climbing it as we knew it was going to go down. There were kids, strollers, old people, etc. there. Everybody was yelling and singing and they all were familiar with the constitution. A group passed out copies of it. A little old black man tried to get through the crowd. He looked like a vagrant, but he was yelling, “I need to get to work!” A man in a cashmere coat yelled, “Get out of the way, this is a working man and he is on his way to his job!” The crowd parted like the Red Sea was parted by Moses. Only people with a true appreciation for the work ethic could respond like that.

The entire evening was like getting in touch with the very best of who we are, of what this country represents. It was like a lesson in American history, before they rewrote the history books. The people there were the people who are real. The slogans on the signs were incredibly creative and thoughtful. The people spoke good English and treated each other with respect. They were not hateful and denigrating. But they were angry at their leaders and angry at themselves for not being involved enough to choose better leaders. The people that were there will not be uninvolved again. They are going to be some of the most informed and politically adept Americans around. I guarantee that they will not fall by the wayside and this movement will not lose steam. Anyone who was part of the group will tell you…..this was only the beginning.

10 comments:

Celia said...

A man in a cashmere coat yelled, “Get out of the way, this is a working man and he is on his way to his job!” The crowd parted like the Red Sea was parted by Moses. Only people with a true appreciation for the work ethic could respond like that.Or people who think what men in cashmere coats have to say is more important than what the actual working man has to say.

If they really had a strong work ethic, they'd be at work, or out looking for it, right? Right? Pfft, bloody layabouts.

CMcD said...

Meh, the tea party I'd have liked to attend was this one in Pensacola, Florida.

Colleen said...

Remember: good hardworking Americans speak good English! Not like those lazy furriners!

Leopold Stotch said...

" The slogans on the signs were incredibly creative and thoughtful."

Yes they certainly were. Here's some of their inspirational messages:

"Obama's Plan:White Slavery"

"The American Taxpayers Are The Jews For Obama's Oven"

"Our Tax $ Given To Hamas To Kill Christians, Jews and Americans, Thanks Mr. O"

"Obama: What you talkin about Willis!"

"No Taxes. Obama Loves Taxes. Bankrupt USA. Loves Baby Killing"

"Barack Hussein Obama The New face Of Hitler"

"Barack Obama supports ABORTION, SODOMY, SOCIALISM and the NEW WORLD ORDER"

"OBAMA was NOT bowing. He was SUCKING Saudi JEWELS"

Anonymous said...

"It was like a lesson in American history, before they rewrote the history books."
No, it was like a lesson in Merkin "histree" AFTER you ef-wits rewrote, uh, something... some kind of Faux "news" wierd raving kind of babble.

As in this whole thing w/Sean Hannity hiring an actor to pretend to be Thomas Paine. As the Rude Pundit wrote on his blogspot:

"Said faux Paine, "My name is Thomas Paine. In 1776, I wrote, 'The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.' Now, my fellow Americans, it's your moment to change the course of history. On this night in Atlanta, Georgia, citizen Sean Hannity and the rest of an aroused nation will hear from you as we the people once again declare our independence." Of course, Paine was advocating for war with Great Britain. Yeah, "Common Sense" even lays out the military strategy and the postwar economic situation. Oh, and he was also specifically advocating for the unity of the colonies, not really for any kind of states' rights. But, sure, yeah, he did write that thing about the sun."

DUH.... Barry Sotero Muslin Kenyan overlord TELEPROMTR! manchurian socialist nazi communist babykiller hater taxer to the max went on teevee to say: get over it ya LOSERS: I LOWERED your effen taxes.

But, hey, if our corporate masters crack the whip and tell these nutcases a LIE of epic proportions, they'd rather go along with it instead of agreeing with the N****R (which is what it's REALLY all about) in the (har de har har har) "Black" house.

At many rallies there were signs begging to rescind the 14th Amendment... ya know: that rather INCOVENIENT amendment that abolished slavery......

GOT the picture now??!!??

Anonymous said...

Quote from comment on DailyKos about a teabagging in South Carolina:

"They are not for small government, nor are they anti-tax, nor aligned with any other rational political agenda. I live with these people. They are seething and ready to blow at the thought of a black man as president. If independent voters in regions outside of the deep south continue to support the President and his efforts, the frustration will grow among this white trash to the point that, if it were my decision, I would keep Obama out of the state of SC for the duration of his administration."

Yeah: that's right. Polite and creative, these folks are just "upset with themselves" bc they didn't vote in "better leaders."

Uh, NO! You're out of control with rage bc a black guy won.

I hope this doesn't continue for the next 7 & 3/4 years but I have concern for the worst...

Anonymous said...

Maybe you need a new tag "Conservatives are better than you"

Nice of them to throw in all the hot button issues on the sly "Going to Work" and "speaking good English" "rewriting history books". And, of course, nothing says homey Americana like a hot glue gun.

Anonymous said...

"A man in a cashmere coat yelled, 'Get out of the way, this is a working man and he is on his way to his job!' The crowd parted like the Red Sea was parted by Moses. Only people with a true appreciation for the work ethic could respond like that."

Or, given the fact that the majority of people in this crowd were of retirement age, they realized that this black guy needed to go and earn them some more precious, precious Social Security bucks before they decide to go Galt sometime next week.

Anonymous said...

"The people spoke good English and treated each other with respect. They were not hateful and denigrating."

hmmm... not so much at the various teabaggings I saw video'ed on the 'net.

However, it sounds like this rightwing fowarder person, at least, has some concept of how obnoxious, rude, stupid and ridiculous these wingnuts are sounding and appearing to the rest of the world.

So, perhaps some kind of, uh, I dunno, perhaps shame? was operating in this person's peanut brain when they wrote these sentences.

Wish it was true, but very doubtful that this crowd was so incredibly polite, gracious, well-spoken with "creative" (does that mean subtlely racist in southern speake???) signs.

Plus I reviewed various articles on the web about the size of the crowd in Atlanta, and I don't think it was anywhere close to 14,000 (but I don't have definitive proof either way).

Erin said...

Were these the same people counter-protesting at anti-war rallies just before we invaded Iraq for no good reason?

YOU HAVE TO SUPPORT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OR YOU'RE UNAMERICAN!!!1!1

Shoe, other foot, etc.

 
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