Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Know How Betsy Ross Felt

Well, okay, maybe not with the sewing thing, but with the renewed patriotic fervor that is sweeping the country. I was in Houston, inside the Jones Plaza and it was historic in it's significance. Never before have I ventured out of my comfort zone to protest. Everyone around me said the same thing. Sure, all around me were white faces, but there were some black faces too....mostly ON the podium.

It's been said by those more eloquent and knowledgeable than me, that it's not about party. It's not about a total disgust with the White House (although there is THAT). It's about a need to gather and show the world that we are truly 'mad as hell and not going to take it anymore'. The mood of the crowd was definitely 'throw the bastards out of DC'....not just YOUR elected officials, but, by God, MINE too. They had their chance and they blew it.

The way the media is handling all this and the anti-tea-party comments that are being bantered about are a good sign. THAT means we are getting to them. They are worried. They want to point at the Bush administrations as the cause and effect and they are right, but they downplay the fact that the Congress is controlled by the Democrats.

If I learned nothing else April 15, 2009 is was that there is no difference between the parties. They will say whatever it takes to gain office and then make their backroom deals to stay that way. They don't have to worry about health care or retirement benefits and to hell with the people that put them there. They want immigration reform...which is "come-on-in, olly olly oxen free", because they KNOW those folks would support them and their Hugo Chavez-esk goals.

They are quick to reassure themselves and each other that this is just a one time thing that will curl up and die, but they are wrong. Anyone with a brain in their head will step back and look at the big picture and be horrified at what's going on. What's BEEN going on.

My favorite sign from the protest: take a stand or bend over.

Dump the Kool-aid and drink tea instead!

God bless the USA.

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