Tea Party Express–New Lenox, IL

TeaParty_20090907_190Tea Party Express Staff and ScheduleThis Labor Day was the most unusual I have ever spent. I participated in a Tea Party Express rally in New Lenox, a small town just west of Frankfort. A few years ago, the population of New Lenox, IL was around four thousand. Today it has around sixteen thousand. What happened yesterday, jammed the town and all the public facilities. People came from all around the southwest side of Chicago to protest big government taking over our liberties. This is Obama’s backyard, yet the people here feel betrayed by the man. His promise of change was sold under the banner of something good for the country. It is not, and we see it for what it is. The man needs to be impeached before he wrecks the constitution and the country. We also need to impeach Dickie Durbin, and Debbie Halvorson. They are rubber stamping Obamaphites of the enth magnitude. They don’t  read, challenge, or debate anything the man promotes. They just vote yes for everything despite major input from their constituents to the contrary. They know better than the six million voters of Illinois.

The rally was peaceful. We opened with the pledge of allegiance to the flag; novel concept right? The crowd placed great emphasis on the word God during the pledge. I heard estimates of eight thousand and ten thousand people crowding the grassy entertainment bowl. We had to park a mile away. The weather was perfect this time. The speakers were passionate, and told their personal stories about how they became involved. All of them were tired of doing nothing as they watched our elected representatives do the opposite of their requests. None of them had any experience in politics or in organizing a political rally, but their passion to do something drove them to make the effort to create a difference.

There were ten thousand people objecting to big government, over spending, abuse of the constitution, government run health care, and high taxes. Only six protesters, who were in favor of  health care reform, showed themselves. All of them were civilized. One was a respectable elderly black man, and the rest were middle aged ladies. All held up pre-printed signs (shown below). 

I looked for news regarding the event and found a report from ABC channel seven news at five o’clock. Their report was accurate, but was marred with a closing statement by Joe Biden (I didnt see him there.) about how well the stimulus is working, and how the unemployed are receiving unemployment compensation.

It was told to me that ABC network news reported the crowd to be a few hundred people who were rowdy.

I commend and thank Tim Kraulidis for planning this great event.

The pictures tell the true story.

He Scares the Hell Out of Me!

Grumpa Joe Looks at FlowerMaybe it is just me, but I think there is a problem with one of the candidates running for the presidential nomination. I normally don’t get involved in political discussions like I am venturing to do now because I get too emotional. My logic fails me when I get emotional, and I will lose any debate I get into. The end result is that I know not to debate.

Last night I attended my Lions Club meeting. There were twenty five people in attendance. Their ages range from 30 to 75. I must confess there are more older members than younger ones. We open the meeting the same way each month. The Lion President calls upon Lion Tony to begin the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Last night, I looked around the room as we pledged. All of us had a hand over our heart as we stood facing the stars and stripes. All recited the pledge with reverence. Every single one of us had the right hand over the heart.  So what, you say, we all pledge that way. It is the way we were taught in school. That is right. If you went to school in this country. If  you are my age, you also learned to pray, to say the pledge, and you learned to respect the military. That is because kids my age grew up watching a world war. The friends of our parents, or in some cases our parents, were in the war. We were all affected. Even as children we felt the effect of rationing, and the continuous requests to buy  war bonds. Yes, we were asked to buy war bonds in school. We saved our money proudly, because it was helping our country fight a war against a dictator with a very evil belief.

Our country was isolationist before WWII. Our citizens did not want to get involved. Let the Europeans fight their own war we said. Ultimately our President got involved because a strong ally asked for help. The US agreed to build war materials for the allies. Later, we got involved again when we declared war on Japan, after they bombed our ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. That got us were really involved. I digress. All I’m trying to say is that I grew being taught to be patriotic. I am still patriotic. I fly the stars and stripes over my  home everyday of the year. So it really bugs me when a major candidate for the highest office in the land is caught on film with his hands folded in front of him while a number of his opponents are all pledging the allegiance with hands over the heart.

Did he ignore this simple sign of respect because he wasn’t schooled in the US? Is it because he is un-patriotic? What? The rest of us perform this simple act of love automatically when we proudly pledge our allegiance to the flag of America. I ask you, can you vote a person who cannot show a basic simple sign of love and respect for his country into the highest office of the land?

Another thing that bugs me about this candidate is his slogan, “Change You Can Believe In.” Just what kind of change is he planning to bring about? Is he planning to teach us all that the star and stripes do not deserve respect? Is he planning to change the Constituion to take away our current form of government? Just what is the “Change You Can Believe In?”

Quite frankly, this candidate scares the hell out of me.

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