17 April 2009

Dallas Tea Party Report

Originally posted at American Thinker (link) near the bottom of the page.

Yesterday evening (15 April 2009), I decided to drive the hour to Dallas so that I could take part in the Tea Party. I am nearly 40 years old and had never taken part in a protest of any type. I’m not really the “protesting” type – there is, I think, a stereotype protestor, one who screams slogans (mostly cheesy rhymes) and carries signs printed by organizations which the protestor is largely, and pitifully, ignorant of. The group I joined outside of Dallas City Hall was not the stereotypical bunch.

Most folks who had signs which they had obviously made themselves. There were not, as far as I could tell, any mass produced signs, though there were t-shirts aplenty. “Don’t Tread On Me” shirts were ubiquitous, and I must admit to seeking out the stand which sold them. I never did find it. Some folks even had “Right Wing Extremist” shirts, the product of a little quick, industrious work by some local shirt screener. There were also no cheesy slogans; no bullhorn-lead chants. While most people stood, there were lots of people with lawn chairs; about a third of the crowd were sitting and listening to the speakers. In fact, most of the crowd was listening to the speakers.

Outside of Mark Davis, a local radio host, I did not recognize most of the speakers. Some were from politically active groups, which is to be expected. But not one elected official was up to speak. The logic being, I suppose, that the electorate hears elected officials all of the time; this was a time for them to hear the electorate, the “regular” folks. One speaker was a mother of two (if I remember correctly) who talked about the decisions she made to work hard instead of joining the welfare rolls. Her story met with great applause, which was to be expected, given the crowd and its purpose.

One thing which one might not expect, though I certainly did, was that this was no partisan gathering. Republicans were skewered along with Democrats. Indeed, even Texas native President George W. Bush was derided for his big government approach, in particular the bail-outs and No Child Left Behind.

And that is one thing that folks who just dropped by or drove by might not understand, and perhaps something that the media chooses to not understand. This rally was not, in my mind, against all taxation. It was anti big government. The most tangible symptoms of big government (so far) are various taxes. It is a bridge too far to believe that the recent federal mega-spending spree will not, at some point, result in much higher taxes for everyone, not just the supposed “rich”. What’s more, as the federal government doles out money created from the ether, a growing number of people realize that the strings attached to that money are quite real, quite entangling. The more states and localities are bound though largesse to the federal government, the more the electorate will find itself limited in its freedom. Restrictions, constraints roll downhill.

People are beginning to understand that, and they are growing uncomfortable. Many are realizing that their tax dollars are funding the very policies and practices which limit their freedom. There is nothing partisan about it. Or perhaps there is, but not under the Democrat / Republican rubric under which we all supposedly fall.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

fro the shirt i Mean

Bob M. said...

Thanks for that. It's good to keep $s local when we can.

soccerkid_94 said...

of course always is boost the domestic economy if he doesnt have any he has a shirt press and it might take a dya or to but he can make it say what ever you want..