Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link love.
Spent the morning of this July4th holiday with some of our countries true patriots. No, not at the Tea Party, but at the Spicewood, TX July 4th Parade.
Afterward I ended up going to the Austin Independence Tea Party at the capitol building, hoping to run into some more genuine Texas patriots.
I wasn’t (too) disappointed.
I’d initially decided not to attend because the organizers had decided to build their rally around high profile elected politicians (like Sen. John Cornyn, Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, and State Rep. Wayne Christian).
The problem in Washington D.C. isn’t just Democrats. It’s been Republicans for at least the last 8 years, and in many cases these same GOPers are still complicit in helping the Democrats run our country into the dirt. Politicians on both sides of the aisles have been myopic in their quest to grant themselves more-and-more power and deprive us of more-and-more of our freedoms and our money.
The tea parties are our chance — the public, tax paying, hardworking, voting citizens — to make politicians listen to us. But instead, the Tea Party organizer (Heather Murray Liggett) thought that what our Tea Party needed was more politicians talking (and lying) to us.
She was wrong.
And the crowd let her know it the moment Sen. John Cornyn took the stage. He was loudly and continuously booed throughout his 5 minute speech.
Here’s the video I took of Cornyn’s speech. You can hear the booing, and then the organizers trying to get the crowd to quite down. The little lady next to me yelled, “What about freedom of speech?” at the crowd. To which I reminded her, the crowd was also practicing and entitled too.
Cornyn (I like the guy, actually. Voted for him. Supported him during his campaign. But not again. I’m not voting for a single incumbent) kept talking about the bad things being done by “Washington”. But he never acknowledged that he is part of Washington. But, then again, he didn’t really need to. The crowd’s booing and jeering were evidence that they got it.
Eliza Velma from Americans for Prosperity (the organizers) remarked on the event’s Facebook page in defense of inviting Cornyn, “He’s not only attending to speak, but will be in attendance to also hear what we have to say. It’s rare to find an elected official willing to do that.”
Which turned out to not be true at all.
Sen. Cornyn appeared just several minutes before his turn to speak. He wasn’t there listening to the fantastic speeches given by Marine Corps officer Kelly Hoag, or Brett Finley from Tomball. And the moment he finished talking to us (though he did get to listen to us boo him), he darted into the Captiol building, not to be seen again.
Which is too bad. Because he missed the best speech of the day from the VP candidate from the Libertarian Party, Wayne Allyn Root. But it’s a speech that probably would have made Sen. John Cornyn pretty uncomfortable. Instead, Sen. Cornyn probably had to go find another RINO Senatorial candidate for his National Republican Senatorial Committee to endorse.
Two other speeches really stood out — speakers that really got the crowd fired up.
First was Marine Corps officer (didn’t catch her rank) and Iraq combat veteran Kelly Hoag:
Hoag described having to donate blood to a dying Marine while deployed to Iraq, and really got the crowd fired up describing her love of country.
When she was finished speaking, a line of old Veterans lined up to shake her hand and thank her for her service. Me included:
The other great speech was given by Brett Finley of Tomball. I have no idea who he was, but I’d vote for him for whatever he’s running for after listening to his “We the People” speech.
Gov. Perry spoke for about 8 minutes to a pretty hostile crowd…though I don’t think the people yelling at Gov. Perry were there to support the Tea Party movement…these seemed like people who were specifically angry at Gov. Perry.
I’m a big Gov. Perry fan and supporter though, so whatever.
I left after Gov. Perry spoke. It was too hot, and I didn’t feel like sitting through more politicians speaking to me, rather than listening to what we have to say.
It was a pretty large crowd, considering the heat and the holiday. I’d say there were at least 2000 people on the south steps of the Capitol building today. Lots and lots of signs. Almost all of them aimed at our Federal government’s out-of-control spending.
Though there was another welcome theme — lots of signs attacking US Representative Lloyd Doggett:
My favorite sign of the day:
And I liked the spirit of this one, too:
Lots of other signs:
Of course, no protest in Austin would be complete without the Ron Paul and 9-11 truther crazies:
When I snapped this guy’s picture, he thanked me for “supporting the cause”. I told him I didn’t, and I only wanted the picture to mock him. Seriously, Ron Paul-bots — this guy is why nobody can take you seriously:
You know what’s more patriotic than peace? Killing the shit out of terrorists. You should try it sometime; it’s dumptruck loads of fun.
Michelle Malkin is at the Dallas Tea Party.
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