It appears that the Tea Parties held in Alabama yesterday were a rousing success. It’s reported by ABC News (and my friend and attendee Shirrell Roberts) that the Montgomery Tea Party held at noon on the Capital steps had about 1,000 people (*Update- Organzier Cindy Wright says attendance was closer to 2,500). Great job, Matt Givens and Cindy Wright, in organzing and promoting this event! This is what Shirrell said after the event-
It really fired me up just seeing common everyday folks give a rip about the direction this country is headed. Sometimes it is easy to become cynical. Yesterday restored my faith in the people of this country.
In Tuscaloosa, David Steele, Wells Robinson and Jeff Galle (law students at UA and bloggers at SquareWon.org) organized the Tea Party on the Quad at the University of Alabama. There was a crowd of at least 300 people there by the time the first speaker, Robert Stacy McCain, was finishing up, and it looked like more were on their way in.
Immediately following Stacy’s speech, we headed over to the Birmingham Tea Party, where Stacy would be addressing the crowd there as well. Traffic to the event was backed up for miles and it was no surprise to hear it announced from stage that the crowds were estimated to be around 7,000. Stacy wowed the crowd again with his ‘You might be a right-wing extremist’ routine. My favorite quote?
You might be a right-wing extremist if you believe in God, but don’t believe that Obama is the Messiah.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James also spoke about fiscal responsibility and the necessity for Alabamians to hold DC to a higher standard. The crowd was obviously receptive, excited, positive and hoping for better things for the future.
Reports from the 800+ tea parties that occured across the country have similar accounts, but of course there’s always a negative to report. News of the CNN reporter who covered the Chicago Tea Party and actually referred to it as “Anti-CNN” is all over the web log world, but in case you missed it, here are the videos-
Michelle Malkin does a great job of showing that this particular reporter has a decided bias for Obama and against Bush. What’s obvious is the unprofessional attitude and reporting and the declining standards of CNN. I don’t know the name of the lady who schooled Susan Roesgen, but kudos to her. We need more patriots like her.
The question is, “What now?”. I saw a couple at the Hoover rally with t-shirts that said, “Don’t blame me, I voted for Ron Paul”. After chatting a bit I gave them advice that I give to all- “Go get involved”. Attending rallies and tea parties is a lot of fun, but accomplishes very little if it’s not followed up by real action. It’s time to join your local Republican Party County Executive Committee and get the grassroots engaged at making a difference within each of our states. The powers-that-be are the ones who led us into this mess in the first place and we’re fools to think that they’re about to lead us out. We must become the leaders and get this country back on the right track.
In Alabama, I also suggest that you join the Alabama Republican Assembly (contact me directly for this at [email protected]) and/or the Alabama Republican Liberty Caucus and help us build the conservative influence within the Alabama GOP.
*Update from Steve Gordon at The Liberty Papers:
The highlight of the event in Birmingham was Beth Chapman, our Secretary of State.
Unbeknowst to most people, she showed up unannounced at the back of the stage and demanded to speak. Apparently she wasn’t there when I announced that no elected officials would be speaking and that at this rally politicians would listen to we the people.
As a matter of fact, she wasn’t there when the Rainy Day Patriots (25 in number) stood on 280 in the middle of a tornado warning with their protest signs. She wasn’t there during our organizational meetings. She wasn’t there during setup of the event. And she certainly wasn’t there during cleanup.
Needless to say, she wasn’t a very happy camper when she was told “NO”. I guess politicians are not used to being told no because she lingered for another 30 minutes quibling for a speaking spot.
It was a great day in Alabama when a group of citizens can grow their numbers from 25 to 7000 in a couple of weeks and tell our politicians “NO!”
Gotta love that!