Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Dallas Tea Party
I just arrived home from the Dallas Tea Party and am fired up! Tonight was about sending a message to politicians at every level of government - this reckless spending has got to stop! We are sick and tired of a government which takes us for granted. It is high time that politicians pay attention to the PRODUCERS instead of the parasites who freeload off of us.
A couple of the speakers tonight referenced John Galt. Who is John Galt? He was the hero in Ayn Rand's classic "Atlas Shrugged." I've read this book twice and believe it should be required reading for every high school student. Galt and the other producers withdrew from the world to let the looters fend for themselves. You can probably guess how that turned out.
Conservative radio celebrity Mark Davis emceed the Dallas Tea Party and did a fantastic job. We got a nice surprise when Michelle Malkin called Mark on his wireless. He put Michelle on speakerphone up close to his mike and she spoke to the crowd for a few minutes. I just love Michelle!
My office is just a block away from City Hall where the Tea Party was held so it was very convenient for me to walk over to the event after work. I had only intended to stay for about an hour but once in the company of so many other patriotic God-fearing Americans I didn't want to leave. I ended up staying until 8pm and then walked back to my office building to grab my briefcase before catching the train home.
Thousands show up for Dallas 'tea party'; Texas Gov. Rick Perry riles Austin
06:56 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 15, 2009
By WAYNE SLATER and DAVE LEVINTHAL/ The Dallas Morning News
Police estimated several thousand people attended the Dallas tea party event, which kicked off shortly after 6 p.m. Protesters waved yellow “don’t tread on me” flags and a variety of colorful signs alternately decrying taxes, panning a federal economic stimulus package, chiding President Barack Obama as a socialist/communist and announcing Christ has risen.
Becky Hanshaw, a pink papier machie pig hat atop her head, said she drove 10 hours from McAllen to attend the rally because “it’s time to stop the craziness.” “I work too hard to give my money away,” said Hanshaw, a dental hygienist by trade. “This is a message to both parties, because I don’t believe the Republican party is conservative enough.”
In Austin earlier today, Gov. Rick Perry told an anti-tax "tea party" Wednesday the federal government is "rampaging through the halls of Congress" with big-spending programs and only states' rights can stop it. "We will not stand our pockets being picked, our children's future being mortgaged, our rights being taken away," the Republican governor told a cheering crowd of 1,000 people outside Austin City Hall.
Perry dismissed characterizations that those attending Wednesday's "tea party" rallies in Texas and around the country are "a bunch of right-wing extremists." "But if you are, I'm with you," he said.
During the speech, people waved "Don't Tread on Me" flags and signs lampooning the Obama administration's economic stimulus efforts. Some shouted, "Secede!"
Among the signs: "Obama. Liar in Chief" and "I'll Keep My Guns and Money. You Can Keep the Change."