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TEA PARTY meeting: What was said. (Vicksburg, MS)

August 9, 2009

Original article posted here.


The Vicksburg, Mississippi Tea Party meeting

After Faye Gambrell opened in prayer, this day’s Tea Party meeting was kicked off with an inspirational speech by Betty Stout. Stout explained her personal experience of sitting back and remaining quiet in previous years, and as she said, we’ve all been doing this for FAR too long. She talked about how we’ve remained idle as God has been taken out of our country and we need to “put God back into it.” She says, “It’s because we the people have allowed it.” Is there no other explanation? How can the government know what the people want (and refuse to stand for) if no one is speaking nor standing? Betty Stout firmly states: “We WILL take America back. We WILL put God back into our Country.”

“It’s time to wake up, get up, and start DOING something”- Betty Stout

Stout says the tea party is not about republicans, independents, nor democrats. “The tea party is about…we all think alike.” New York Times writer Paul Krugman disagrees (as do many other non tea party members). In his article “Tea Parties Forever” from April 12th 2009 Krugman says, “They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects.” Krugman admits, “AstroTurf has worked well for Republicans in the past”-he then pointed out the successful ‘shutdown’ of the presidential revote count in Florida in 2000. Well, Krugman and all others against the tea party are entitled to their own opinion, but I’d like to highlight that we are indeed grassroots and make no claims to be anything but ‘Americans taking a stand for what we the people think is right.’ Stout says “We don’t need them to think for us. We can think for ourselves.” The tea party is made up of Americans who have come together to use our voices and our constitutional rights to assemble peacefully. We’ve gathered because we see America drowning and we’re not going to wait for someone else to save it- together we can. We the people are the cure for the disease that’s fallen on America- whether it is our fault that government has taken so much control- or that we haven’t realized that we could do something about it- we are standing for what we believe is right…

The next speaker was the manager of the Mississippi Tea Party site, Julia Hodges. Right off the bat Julia hit her listeners hard with: “There’s something happening in my country and (pardon my French) it scares the hell out of me.” Just as Stout previously stated, Julia pressed the need for the American citizen’s involvement. “You have to be willing to take a stand.” Hodges warned of the opposition that may come to those who stand. She also pointed out that yes, the constitution ensures us of our rights as American’s, but she reminds us: “It doesn’t guarantee us anything but opportunity.” We have the right to speak…the opportunity to speak…but until we the people speak (and in large number), our voices will remain silent. Everyone has his/her own inspiration for taking our “opportunity” and turning it into an action that brings success. Hodges’ is her father. Taking a moment to catch her breath and fight back passionate tears, she thinks of her father and says “He would expect me to stand up and fight- so that’s what I’m doing.”
America…that’s what the tea party is here to do-

Rev. Bob Conrad spoke a few brief words before leading us in our closing prayer. He reminded us: “a law isn’t a law just because the house passes it.” There is much more to be done than that. “My doctor has told me to stop watching the news,” he says. Reverend Conrad lightened the mood with laughter, but held a look of compassion as he encouraged us to pray for our country. The Reverend asked God to “help us to be and do what is right.” I believe especially in his words when he said “to be…what is right,” because if we only do what is right…we forget that the problem lies not only in our country- but in ourselves. I hope to see all of you at the next meet, at all of our future protests, marches, and rallies

2 Comments leave one →
  1. spikel permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:53 am

    Step 1 – use fear to motivate a group of like-minded people

    Step 2 – come up with a non-specific, nebulous, unilateral manifesto

    Step 3 – find others like you and speak very loudly and charismatically, playing on the fears of regular moderate people to get them behind you

    Step 4 – you and your minority group of charismatics gain power over the government

    Step 5 – disenfranchise and ghettoize anyone that does not think exactly like you do

    Step 6 – since you have unilateral power anyway, MURDER all those who don’t think exactly like you do!

    Sound familiar?

    Be careful when you incite fear in people, then tell them there is only one way to think – the Tea Party way. That has been done before, in Germany in the 1930’s!

  2. January 15, 2011 7:59 pm

    Thanks spikel for your good sense a rare attribute in these partsJ

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