The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, called us “Astroturf”. I guess she would know what that is. It’s the left that pays people to protest. They can roust thousands of union members in minutes. She said we were paid for by “K Street”. I don’t know what “K Street” is, but if they are paying us to protest they’re really late with the checks.
We’re Americans, that’s who we are…..and proud to be. We love this country and what it stands for. We would normally be called the “salt of the earth”. We’re educated and what we don’t know we’re willing to learn. We’re the ones who studied hard and played by the rules. We went to college and got good jobs or started businesses. We want the government to protect us and stay out of our way. We don’t want anything from the government. We don’t feel entitled to anything we haven’t earned. We have been the silent majority. We are no longer silent and will no longer be.
I’ve been to every protest within 50 miles since February 2009. The first “Tea Party” I went to was on the Santa Monica Pier on February 28th, 2009. I went by myself, not knowing what I’d find. There were about two hundred people. They weren’t all 65+ white males. I met Sonya there. She’s a black, writer, producer, comedian. Victoria Jackson, of SNL, was there. I met a mother who brought her two home schooled children. They had made signs telling the government not to steal their future. I met a mid-thirties woman who lived down the beach and walked to the protest with her golden retriever. There were lots of American flags. We pledged the flag and sang the Star Spangled Banner. Most of us brought tea bags and symbolically threw them in a large barrel of water (rather than the ocean). Although we all were there to protest the outrageous stimulus bill Congress just passed, we were cheering and laughing. We’re very happy people for being so angry at the government. I think all of us were happy to see so many others who shared our outrage. None of us had ever protested anything before. Most of us worried we might be the only ones there. We always thought, I’m only one person. To see so many people, who, like you, would rather be doing almost anything else, who aren’t comfortable being confrontational but are so concerned they feel they must act, is very encouraging.
I went to my first protest being afraid for our future but left feeling we had a chance to take back the country we love.