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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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