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Report on TEA Party rally

  1. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Some of you have asked me to report on my husband's visit to today's TEA Party rally in my hometown today. He just got home, and I grilled him.

    There were about 200 people in attendance, which is pretty good for such a small town, not to mention that it took place during the work day. No one was rude, shouting, or dressed as Hitler. President Obama was not even mentioned, which surprised me, but the HC law was discussed at one point. Johnny said it was more of a Constitutionalists' event. About 12-15 blacks were in attendance, but Johnny saw no Hispanics or Asians. What surprised my hubby most was running into an ex-co-worker who's a staunch democrat. This guy is seeing things differently since he retired and feels that the democratic party is becoming too "left" for him - his words, not mine. Only a few people were holding signs, most of which referred to taxes or to the Constitution. The mayor was there, too, along with candidates running for governor and other political offices.

  2. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    what?? No comments??

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    Sounnds like regular Americans voicing their issues with the government. Thanks Habee!smile

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      woolman60posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It may of been "regular Americans voicing their issues in your town, but if Palin was there it would of been different and you know it.

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        sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I don't agree with hatred of any kind on either side. I just relate to the right a little more than I do with the left.smile

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          woolman60posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          well spoken and taken

  4. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Kinda what I thought, sneako!

  5. Padrino profile image56
    Padrinoposted 8 years ago

    Cant be regular Americans! Regular Americans carry firearms and plot against the President, oh wait, that's extremists and they usually plot against Bush.

  6. Doug Hughes profile image59
    Doug Hughesposted 8 years ago

    Interesting. Your reports suggests (roughly) 7% of the attendees were black, from a state that's 30% black.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Doug did you ever speak-out against Bush? Enough said.smile

      1. Doug Hughes profile image59
        Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        What are you talking about?

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          sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Exercising your rights as a citizen of this country.smile

          1. Doug Hughes profile image59
            Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I'm glad I have your permission.

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              BumblePagesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              heh

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              sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Now Doug you're not being very liberal.smile

    2. habee profile image94
      habeeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Doug, our county is 65% white, 25% African American, 8% Hispanic, 1% Asian, and 1% other.

      1. Padrino profile image56
        Padrinoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Doug is an interesting guy.

        Dead wrong on most everything but interesting nonetheless!

        1. Doug Hughes profile image59
          Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Padrino - I am flattered that you find me interesting - but I still won't go out with you.

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            sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            How about me? We can have watercress sandwiches and tofu!big_smile

            1. Doug Hughes profile image59
              Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              I wouldn't feed that to my cat.

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                sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Well I never! You rude little liberal you!big_smile

      2. Doug Hughes profile image59
        Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Habee - I stand corrected on the exact numbers. They do tend to bear out my suggestion that blacks were under-represented.

        1. habee profile image94
          habeeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, Doug. The Hispanics were even more under-represented. See, I seek the truth without spin.

          1. Doug Hughes profile image59
            Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Absolutely true, Rose.

            1. habee profile image94
              habeeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              hahahahaha!!!!!

          2. Padrino profile image56
            Padrinoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            You can't make any race go to a thing like that, they either agree with the group and will show up or they disagree and don't show up.

            Point is the cause of the under representation was they disagree with the group or at least seem to.

  7. profile image55
    BumblePagesposted 8 years ago

    Why were you counting blacks?

    1. habee profile image94
      habeeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I asked my husband to get the demographics of the meeting. He also counted whites, Hispanics, and Asians.

  8. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 8 years ago

    There were about 30 of them in front of the courthouse in Flagstaff.  Animal control took care of them.  Next month it'll be rabid bats.

  9. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Many of our Hispanics are illegal farm workers and aren't big on rallies of any sort. They prefer to stay rather hidden. These people are so mistreated by some of the employers who use intimidation to keep the Hispanics under their collective thumbs.

    1. Padrino profile image56
      Padrinoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That's the result of entering into a Country illegally, it's not right but that's what happens.

    2. JWestCattle profile image60
      JWestCattleposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, it is quite a racist attitude on the part of the folks here who even brought up the racial breakdown of your town's meeting as being un-representative of the population.  The forcing of race into the milieu of Democratic vs Republican politics has completely, and perhaps irreparably, destroyed any ability to communicate with reason and rational discussion -- and the fault lies with the liberals who have injected it with great purpose.  It likely would be no different if Palin or another woman were in office, the opposing party would be screaming sexism, and wanting to know how many males vs females were present at a protest.

      1. Doug Hughes profile image59
        Doug Hughesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Habee - this is your post, so you make the call. Have liberals 'injected' race into this post? I amplified a comment you made for your own reasons, but I don't think either of us "destroyed any ability to communicate with reason".

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          woolman60posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Habee,

          Thank you for the information on the rally in your town, it is nice to hear first hand from someone who has been to one of these rally’s and to tell us the variety of ethnics who were  there, because we are so misinformed who is in the “Tea Party”, and every rally is different.

          To all the others, understand this is not a racial post it is describing what ethnics groups attended the rally.

  10. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    The reason I included the demographic makeup of the TEA Party rally my husband attended today was in answer to another forum discussion from last night. As far as this specific thread goes, I brought up the racial factor, but I wasn't trying to be "racist." It's my fault. Blame it on me. But honestly, if you really knew me, you'd know that I'm far from being a racist.

    Do I think there are racists in the TEA Party? Yes. In the Republican party? Yes. In the Democratic party? Yes. Among independents? Yes. Every group has its bad eggs. All the TEA Party members, the repubs, the dems, and the independents I know personally are all good people who are not racists. But then again, I try to surround myself with such people.

  11. earnestshub profile image90
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    What you have said here rings of truth habee. People are people in the main. I do not like the extremes either. smile

  12. SparklingJewel profile image76
    SparklingJewelposted 8 years ago

    attendance at the rally in the twin cities (st.paul MN)was smaller than last year, only several thousand at the one point in the evening(i spoke with one of the security people that know this stuff)...I didn't go around counting, but mostly white, though we did have entertainment...a hispanic rapper, an irish singer, a canadian born radio host: there was also an asian speaker, and a black candidate for state representative speaker amongst all the white speakers

    there were plenty of kids in the crowd, and youth...I was passing out cards for the "Articles of Freedom" and spoke with two different groups of young constitutional law students (there are several good law schools in the twin cities).

    five of the local news media vans showed up, probably expecting over 10,000 like we had last year...


    Madison WI had a huge crowd

    I will be back with a link that has photos of several rallies across America....

    couldn't find the one i saw earlier, but there are many posted: just google tax day tea party rallies

 
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