A lone photojournalist exposes the madness.

Showdown in Searchlight

Sarah Palin Pals around with Patriots in the Nevada Desert.

March 28th, 2010, Las Vegas, NV  -  by El Marco

Conservatives from across America gathered near Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, on Saturday, to send a message to Washington. Reid and other corruptocrats are facing the political fight of their lives this November in elections that promise to transform the political landscape.

If this administration continues, we are all going to be in barrels. Get the radicals out of office and let’s take back our country.

We arrived at 6 a.m., and it’s a good thing we did. Thousands were already seated in their own folding chairs in orderly rows in front of the stage. Sarah Palin was not scheduled to speak until noon. It was very cold and windy but it didn’t faze grandpa one bit as he posed radiantly in his barrel of dissent. Many were engaged in animated conversations about politics with the people around them. They were excited to be at, what was for most of them, their first Tea Party, and to be in a situation where they could talk politics with strangers. Liberals feel they have carte blanche to go around saying to anyone and everyone that Bush is Hitler, but conservatives are learning to become more outspoken (but within their civil and polite tradition) as they see their country’s founding principals being trashed by radical Democrat liberals.

This event was organized as the first stop of the Tea Party Express III tour of 43 cities. They will arrive in Washington, D.C.  at the Capitol on April 15th, for the gigantic tax day Tea Party rally.

This long-haired Chihuahua in his Harley Davidson outfit belongs to a big conservative biker hombre. The message here seems to be that conservatives would rather vote for a tiny yellow Mexican dog than any liberal democrat or RINO republican.

Here’s one candidate you can be sure won’t alienate our friends and encourage our enemies.

The Obama Administration reaches out to some of the world’s worst regimes in the name of their engagement policy. America and our allies watch as sanctions are eased on Cuba. Letters are written to Iran’s mullahs only to see that regime start killing protestors in the streets of Tehran. Envoys are sent to North Korea as they continue to defy the world’s demand to give up their nuclear weapons. The Burmese military junta’s representative is allowed to travel to our nation’s capital. The President’s envoy for Sudan talks about giving that genocidal regime “gold stars,” while the President shakes hands with Venezuela’s tyrannical leader. In the midst of all this embracing of enemies, where does the Obama Administration choose to escalate a minor incident into a major diplomatic confrontation? With Iran, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea or Burma? No. With our treasured ally, Israel.  Sarah Palin

I think we all know the answer to this question.

Thousands of Tea Party patriots arrived during the night in campers and early in the morning, like this fellow in his Lamborghini.

Right behind the Lamborghini was this vintage 1980′s rusty Yugo. After this car’s introduction to the American market, it became a symbol of the failure of the totalitarian communist central planning economic model.

Retired Deputy Sheriff Doug Rodrigues from northern Nevada. His father was Portuguese from Macao, and his mother is Chinese from Macao. He spoke of his parents knew what it was like for them to live under the threat of communist tyranny.

Hey Joe, this is a big BLEEPING deal!

There were lots of huge private luxury buses as well as humble campers parked among the desert Joshua trees. These people brought along potted plants and this Thunderbird. Maybe thats the owner standing on that desert rock in the distance.

Nathan is a big conservative, at 6’7″ tall. He arrived early in the morning, from Riverside, California. I thought he might be connected with the Tea Party Express, but he told me he was just another patriotic American supporting the cause.

These girls are supporting conservative Jeff Durbin, retired Air Force Master Sargeant, who is running in a local county election. The only way to stem the growth of government spending is to replace liberals with true conservatives at every level of government.

Conservative challengers to Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid & the state’s U.S. Representatives were invited to speak. It was made very clear by the M.C. that the Tea Party movement is non-partisan, and that none of the candidates were endorsed, they were just being given a platform to speak.

The Tea Party Express arrived just before noon, for the showdown.

Joe the Plumber arrived driving a pickup truck.

Sue Lowden is the front runner in a hotly contested primary to run against Harry Reid. She is polling to beat Harry Reid by a large margin. A number of candidates arrived in campaign busses.

Here’s another hardy right-winger who was not feeling the cold.

Singer songwriter Lloyd Marcus introduced himself by saying “My name is Lloyd Marcus and I am not an African-American. I am Lloyd Marcus: American.” He thrilled the crowd with The American Tea Party Anthem.

So when they call you a racist cause you disagree
It just another of their dirty tricks to silence you and me.
I believe in the Constitution and all it stands for.
Anyone who tramples it should be booted out the door.

Mr. Marcus also performed his song Twenty Ten to the tune of New York, New York.

Start spreadin the news, I’m tellin ya today
We’re takin back America, in twenty ten
This socialist nightmare, must come to an end
Cause we’re gonna vote them out, in twenty ten

I wanna wake up in an America, where I speak as I please
Without ACORN thugs, breaking my knees

Peoplescube.com posters are always a favorite at any Teaparty.

RECONCILIATION

When the wants & desires of the Royals outweigh the will of the people.

This masterpiece is the work of comrade Maksim, who has a new political humor and satire web site.

Here we see His Majesty the Obamessiah smoking a cigarette and holding a large screw representing OBAMACARE in his gloved hand. Around his neck dangles a greatly devalued Nobel Peace Prize which he won for just being HIM.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid look on in awe at their splendiforous leader, the ultimate Chicago Corruptocrat, his loftiness, BHO.

It is so good to be here for the showdown in Searchlight. So proud to be with all of you who are so proud to be Americans. God bless you. Hey, there’s no better place to kick off the Tea Party Express than Harry Reid’s hometown.

You know, in the coming days and months, Harry’s going to come home and he’s going to explain what he’s been up to in Washington. And Harry is going to hold campaign rallies and town halls and he’s going to try to explain away the big government takeover of health care and student loans, and try to explain the bailouts for banks and insurance companies and automakers. And he’s going to try to sell you on the leftist plans for a national energy tax, and for more spending and more bloat of our budgets and more steps towards insolvency.

Now, the Obama care vote last weekend, it certainly proved that we’re on the wrong track. It’s easy to understand why so many of us, so many Americans are shaking our heads and saying, what is going on in our country? What’s going on in D.C.? Washington has broken faith with the people that they are to be serving. That’s why here in Searchlight and across the country, we’re sending a message to Washington. It’s loud and it’s clear.

And in these upcoming elections, we are saying that the big government, big debt, Obama/Pelosi/Reid spending spree is over. You’re fired. You’re fired. Well, we’re doing folks, we’re rolling up our sleeves, we’re getting down to business and getting back to the common sense conservative principles that made this country the greatest country on Earth. And we’re not going to sit down and shut up. And thank you for standing up. We’re standing up and we’re speaking out and we’re fighting for solutions. We’re taking our country back and we’re starting right here today in Nevada.

(Did I mention it was really windy?)

Now when we talk about fighting for our country, let’s clear the air right now on what it is that we’re talking about. We’re not inciting violence. Don’t get sucked into the lame stream media’s lies about conservative America’s standing up for freedom as inciting violence. Violence isn’t the answer. It’s a bunch of bunk what the media is trying to feed you. Don’t let them divert attention from the debate.

Media, you guys ginning up an issue like that, making it sound like it’s a crowd like this of patriotic Americans who are inciting violence, it’s not true, it’s a bunch of bunk and we ask for some fair and some balanced reporting coming from you, please.

When we talk about fighting for our country, we are talking about our vote. Our vote is our arms. By the way, it’s within our own borders in the homeland where we should feel so safe and not condone any kind of violence. It’s within the homeland that we should feel safe and that makes me want to say in these volatile times when we are a nation at war, now more than ever is when we need a commander-in- chief, not a constitutional law professor lecturing us from a lectern.

OK look, guys, job number one. Job number one is to get our economy roaring back to life. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their friends in Congress. They think that we can tax and borrow our way and spend our way out of the problems. They put us on track to quadruple our deficit. They proposed a $3.8 mind boggling, record busting — $3.8 trillion federal budget, and they just passed that trillion dollar European-style health care scheme called Obama care.

Now something’s not quite right when Fidel Castro comes out and says he likes Obama care, but we don’t like Obama care. They keep borrowing and proposing big new programs with giant price tags and they dig us further into debt and stick our kids with the bill. And that makes us more beholden to other countries that. It makes us less secure. It makes us less free. And I don’t know about you, but that does tick me off because I care about our children and our children’s future.

Now, Harry Reid coming from these parts, you know he served on the state’s gaming commission. And what he’s doing now is gambling our future. And somebody needs to tell him, this isn’t a crap shoot. Just a lot of this is being crap though. Somebody’s got to tell Harry Reid, a lot of us have been telling Washington that we don’t like their plans. We told them in polls, protests and special elections, but they just don’t get it. They lecture us, and they apologize for us and they talk down to us. They keep telling us, especially the Tea Party Americans, they are saying, oh, we like their policies and programs if only we were smart enough to understand them.

Well, we’ve got news for them. We get it. We understand plenty, and we have a word for them. We still don’t like it. Because, folks, we do not have to work for government. Government is to work for us. We don’t need a bunch of elites in Washington making decisions for us. We are smart enough to make decision for ourselves, and that’s why we believe in expanding freedom and opportunities and not the overreaching arm of government. But the left in Washington, they don’t see it that way. What we have here is a difference of opinion, but that’s OK because that’s nothing that a good old fashioned election can’t fix. So the liberals in Washington had better start listening to the American people instead of lecturing us. And I’ve had the privilege of traveling around this country in this last year and meeting the good men and women who actually run this country, the small business owners. Those who grow our food and those who fight our wars for us and teach our children and run our factories. You know, a whole lot of us. Those who still cling to their guns and religion.

And when I talk to these good Americans, when I talk to them, you know, I’m not worried. I’m not worried about our future. I’m optimistic. Because if you know where to look, there are signs of real hope across this country. Every day Americans working so hard to get us back on track. And patriots who are standing up and speaking out. And neighbors who are helping one another get through these tough times. And entrepreneurs and small businesses who are working hard to grow our economy one job, one paycheck, one American dream at a time, in spite of what government is doing to our small businesses, they are still trying to rebuild. And a lot of common sense conservative candidates are putting it all on the line in 2010 in order to get our country back on the right track. VIDEO – h/t therightscoop

Twenty year old journalist Hannah Giles talked about how important it is for young conservatives to take action to preserve our constitutional freedoms. Giles and James O’Keefe got national attention by exposing ACORN in a series of undercover videos. They managed to take down one of the most corrupt politically powerful organizations to appear in this country in decades. Shortly thereafter, because of Giles’ work, Congress defunded ACORN and just last week the news was that the entire organization is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy and breaking up.

Andrew Breitbart spoke of how the Democrats and their lapdog MSM are following Alinsky rules to smear anyone who they perceive as a threat to their political machine. Just before he arrived onstage, he had an nasty run-in in downtown Searchlight (population 700) as he stopped by a pro-Harry Reid astroturf rally. He was verbally abused and called a racist when Reid’s party hacks recognized him as a journalist critical of Reid and the Democrat Party.

Breitbart said that this follows an ugly pattern which has been brewing since before Obama’s election and reached a new low last week when Congressional Black Caucus members were deliberately paraded through Teapartiers in Washington, D.C. trying to provoke a racial incident.

When of course no incident was provoked the democrats just went automatically to full smear mode and accused Teapartiers of all sorts of racist garbage. Jim Hoft at Andrew Breitbarts Big Government exposes the travesty here. Michelle Malkin covers the horror show that is the leftist smear machine here.

Brietbart announced that he will increase to 100,000 dollars the reward for anyone who can produce one shred of evidence that Teapartiers ever used racial language as the democrats are charging.

I was in Searchlight around 6 am and found Harry Rieds lackeys plastering the whole town with his campaign signs.

DOWN HERE WE SPELL SENATOR R-E-I-D

WELCOME TO REID COUNTRY

As well as some disgusting anti-Palin signs. The sexist anti-Palin signs were prominently displayed on a long stick attached to the truck of Rieds Democrat party workers. They can be seen in the background preparing this cordoned-off area for Ried’s AstroTurf rally and “hospitality tent”.

The intent of this sign is to poke fun at anyone that’s not from an urban center as well as smear Sarah Palin as a fascist. Since when were fascists for limited government and individual freedom?

Perpertual Dodo Award - Sarah “Failin’” Pailin – Failed Governor of Alaska – For self enrichment, for suppressing scientific reviews, living in the stone age, lack of knowledge, being a T&A [tits and ass] show, a pidgeon [sic] brain, a parrot, plain stupid and for being like a rock JUST DUMBER.

This is a shot of their bumper.

This is Harry Reid country. Downtown Searchlight. I swear, I’m not kidding! This is the main street. It is lined with impoverished homes and shuttered bussinesses.

Harry’s hometown. Harry has been living for years in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in D.C., which is the same place that royalty and billionaires from around the world use when they visit Washington. A few years ago at Christmas, Harry got caught illegally tipping the staff there 3,300 dollars from campaign funds instead of his own pocket. Not only corrupt but a cheapskate with his own money too!

Here’s how the Washington Post reported it:

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced yesterday that he will amend four years of ethics reports to Congress to more fully explain a real estate transaction that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004.
At the same time, he said he will personally reimburse his political campaign $3,300 that his campaign fund contributed for the Christmas bonuses of support staff at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, where he lives.
Yes, Harry really did say that. A small indication of how at least one dem senator thinks when the he gets to close to America’s great unwashed, the hoi polloi when they visit DC. His comment caused a bit a stink at the time and this Nevada voter hasn’t forgotten.

Meanwhile, back at the rally, Joe the plumber was telling the crowd the three most important things to achieve politically to secure America’s future.

  1. Reduce the size of government.
  2. Return more power to the states as framed in the constitution.
  3. Reduce taxes.

I WANT MY COUNTRY FREE

Bill Jones is a Pastor from Bullhead City, AZ. I asked him what his top concern is. He said he wants to see the country return to the values of the America that he grew up in. I am guessing that he is in his mid sixties.


High on a rocky hilltop, these folks had balcony seats.

Nearby, these gentleman told me that they came 30 miles through the desert from Henderson. Talk about freedom!

This man came alone and planted his revolutionary flag. He estimated the crowd at peak to be 15,000.

The photo below is another shot of downtown Searchlight. Will Rogers’ most famous quote is, ” I never met a man I didn’t like.”

UPDATE: 04/07/10 – Below is another photo from downtown Searchlight. Two of the three structures in the photo appeared to be actively inhabited. On my 2200 mile round trip from CO for this post I did not see such dilapidated housing as these on the main drag through Searchlight. This is third world level housing that brings to mind images of poverty in America common during the early 20th century. Even this billboard in Searchlight can’t get a job. Maybe a contest to see who has the best idea for a hilarious political billboard would be a good idea.

ALSO: I spotted one lone incoherent lefty wandering around the Tea Party site early in the morning. Her sign shows a masked man throwing a molotov cocktail. I heard her say “Love not war” and watched as she exited the area passing hundreds of people without incedent. She was totally and completely ignored by all and left without any response and barely a glance from anyone. Contrast her experience to that of journalist Brietbart when he stopped by at Ried’s “hospitality tent” in Searchlight. The seething anger that the dems and their MSM are constantly referring to is something I have never witnessed at any Tea Party I have photographed. They project the ugliest parts of their own personalities onto those that they hate.

………………..MORE  PHOTO ESSAYS  by  EL MARCO………………….

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64 comments to Showdown in Searchlight

  • Thanks, El Marco, for capturing the patriotism of the Tea Party participants. We can hardly wait for November to roll around, because Prince Harry Reid is going to be history! The same is true of many of the Obamaites who walked the plank for Queen Nancy Pelosi and Prince Harry Reid. We WILL overcome these Socialist/Marxist Progressives who have set about to destroy our country. We can hardly wait for 2012 for Obama to be bounced out of the White House. We prefer Sarah Palin, but we will support whoever it is that is a true Conservative and is a pure Constitutionalist (no RINOs allowed), but Obama must go!

  • Mike O'Shea

    I can not make the tea parties, but I can pray, on my knees for their good health and protection from the hate of the liberals. The April 15 Tea Paty in Washington will be in my prayers. God Bless all and thank you for your effort to take back America.

  • Joe Green

    And I thought I wasn’t smart enough to be a politician! At least I know that Guam won’t tip over!

  • ronniedee

    A great look at the real world of the Tea Party movement — not the MSM spin on conservatives!

  • GREAT TIDINGS FROM LEESBURG FL.
    I HAVE BEEN WEARING THE SAME LOGO ON MY CAP SINCE 9-11.
    IT READS ” THESE COLORS DON’T RUN–NEVER HAVE– NEVER WILL.
    I HAVE GIVEN AWAY PROBABLY 8 OR 10 DOZEN TO PEOPLE WHO SAY “I LIKE YOUR HAT”.

    MOST ARE IN OR HAVE BEEN IN THE MILITARY, BUT RECENTLY MOST HAVE GONE
    TO YOUNGER PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE TEA PARTY SIDE.
    IT MAKES ME PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND TO HAVE THIS KIND OF SUPPORT FROM THE YOUNGER GENERATION

    THANKS A MILLION TO YOU GUYS AND GALS FOR EVERYTHING.

    WALLY ASKEW

  • WE will take back our USA.

    VOTE THEM OUT

    Nevada Animal Owners & Sportsmen – Voting Alliance

  • merland ricks

    OK, I’m just tired. OK. and about broke! Broken hearted . and just plain sick about this whole mess. Thanks.!But keep up the great work.

  • merland ricks

    God bless America. We need a lot more fine people like I’ve seen here, They had a small TEA party movement here in Idaho Falls,Idaho. Next ,I will join the movement. I’m So damn tired of corrupt Government, I can’t stand it. Thank you.As I see it, every one that voted for this Health care in congress, including the person who signed it into law, committed Treason. They swore to uphold the Constitution , but haven’t.

  • B Smith

    All these comments and photos are great; thanks to all who attended. Keep up the good work to all Tea Party organizers and attendees. Let’s save our country for our kids and grandkids.

  • kim

    Wow I am excited about our future after seeing this!!! Thank god for people with courage!!

  • Larry Taylor

    Onward!
    LT-Dallas

  • Let’s truly hope America is being reborn in the sprit of the Founding Fathers as the left is showing it’s true colors more and more with each day the US’s falling into debt; as intended I believe by the radicals in the White House.The viciousness of the attacts by these, remember this, “efete snobs”, is comming true, and with a vengence. They are the most angry Americans in US History, determinded to RUIN America for God knows what malfesense of their miserable little lifes, to make hard working, God fearing, good and decent people pay for WHATEVER slight the world put upon them, real or imagined! Val Rosales, Riverside, Ca.

  • Barbara

    We are tea partiers from San Diego. Drove 300 plus miles each way to be there. Weeks earlier we had booked into the Cottonwood Cove RV resort as recommended. Didn’t realize there would be overnight parking at the event. Set out at 9 am from Cottonwood Cove to drive the 2.3 miles to the event. Sat in traffic till just before noon. 5 cars – 5 CARS!!! – from the actual entrance – not the turn off from the highway – they turned us back. By this time all the parking was taken for miles in both directions. We have a handicapped sticker – could not walk the miles it required to get there. So….we had no choice but to turn back and drive back to San Diego! Still we are glad we went but STRONGLY urge better prep by the Rally’s organizers next time. There were thousands turned away who had waited in line! Barbara

    • admin

      Barbara I am sorry to hear about your trip turning out that way. I just returned from a 10 day 3000 aprox. mile trip to Searchlight and three other Teaparties in UT and CO. The one on the west steps of the capitol in Denver was gorgeous. The light was perfect and I am now starting to work on a new post about the people on the busses, Lloyd Marcus, David Caucedo, Debbie Lee, as well as those who attended in Utah and Colorado. Be sure to check here tomorrow or the next day, as this post will definitely cheer you up. The Tea Party Express traveling show is one of the most fascinating and beautiful things I’ve seen in my life. – El Marco

  • Lintee

    The guy in the barrel is great!

  • WE have made it to Washington,DC. For a great Rally there.
    We are looking to be back in August;come join us.
    Sorry we were unable to be in Searchlight,Arizona,
    The Glenn Beck Rally in Orlando,Florida caught our attention
    first.We had a great time over the week end. There will be more Rallys.

    To the three stooges, like the little girl stated,(B.H. Obama, H. Reid, N Polosi)YOU ARE FIRED AND TAKE YOUR DUMB FRIENDS WITH YOU IN NOVEMBER 2010-.

  • Matt

    Hannah Giles…oh, I think I’m in love!

  • Michael Davis

    The wife and I were at searchlight, it was a wonderful event full of wonderful people.

  • teapartyjim

    Great pics. Good-natured patriotic hard-working common Americans who want to preserve liberty and America’s greatness. How alarming!

  • Ivan Vail

    Couldn’t be there, but sure enjoyed the pic’s of my ex Governor & her speech.
    Lets hope the Tea Party gathers morte & MORE support as I heads for D.C.!!!!!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!!!

  • PFMinTN

    Great blog
    Thanks for being there
    Congress! You’re FIRED!!!
    signed: We the People

  • Absolutely great! Thank you for this! This gives us hope! Looks like they had a good ol’ time!

    We need to vote them out!
    I am adding this to my blog roll! Great work, keep going!

  • Cotton Picker

    Wife & I arrived in Searchlight a little after 9 AM, after creeping (10-20 feet at a time) in line of traffic for over two hours, at event turnoff were told no more room. We parked on the highway and hoofed it in, only to realize we could see nothing, not even the stage, it was jam packed, even the dirt road into the event was crammed with people like sardines in a can. Regrettably at my age, I can no longer ambulate by shank’s mare, so we left. When we came back through Searchlight, the Reid SEIU goons were now reduced to egg throwing, screaming and flipping people off. But we lucked out, needing a coffee/rest break we stopped at the Cal-Nev-Ari Casino (a few miles south of Searchlight) and watched Sarah Palin speaking on TV.

    It was humorous to see the Nugget Casino parking lot in Searchlight, it was empty. The owners had publicly said they looked forward to business the Tea Party would bring, then shot their big mouths off about their dislike of strangers coming into Dirty Harry’s hometown. So they got their just deserts, thousands of strangers driving by, but staying away from their establishment. Not to mention, the threatening SEIU goons on the curb out front was enough to make anyone stay away.

  • Bradon

    This was beautiful. Thank you all for the work. I am even more thankful that you posted it where I can find it.

  • LL

    I was there in Searchlight. I arrived at about 10 am and the place was already packed. There was CONSIDERABLE traffic backed up in both directions on State Route 95 and I’m sure people were turned away because there was simply no place to park. The Highway Patrol stopped curbside parking (as far back as about 1/2 mile) not long after I parked that far back. There was a rumor that they were going to cite all curb parkers but it didn’t happen. They’d have needed about 5,000 tickets and I suspect the supply didn’t match the demand.

  • Elizabeth

    lol. The Will Rogers billboard rocks! Love the photos and descriptions! So awesome to see so many patriots at this great event. Looked like a good time. Keep up the good work.

  • Thanks for the photos! I can see that y’all had a lot of fun. I’m going to look at the Tea Party Express route and see if I can get to one of the stops. From the looks of the crowd, the important thing is to arrive early, bring a chair, a hat and some water and food. Oh and a nicely made sign.

  • Gary Gray Sr

    I was moved by the spirit and the strength these Americans showed for the beliefs and patriotic fellowship! It brought a lump to my throat! God speed!!

  • FeFe

    From Searchlight to the Ritz; he forgot all the ‘little people’ he stepped on to get there. Please Nevada, show Reid he can’t step around the Constitution too. You deserve better. We all deserve liberty. — A soaring photo essay. Thank you. May those mighty winds carry these patriots message across the nation.

  • ronnotel

    Great photo essay – a great portrait of America.

  • Thanks for posting these pictures. Great to see the motivated and non violent TEA party protestors out in force! God bless America.

    cheers from a Chicago gal, gone Galt, living in Auckland :-)

  • Jean Kennedy

    The Second Revolution has started! We were there Saturday and it was great!

  • Fanfriggintastic! Nice work El Marco.

  • Denise M

    I went with my husband and four of my six children. We went with two other families. We were able to find a parking place (for all three cars) within a mile of the site. People were in great spirits. Seeing all those American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags in the air was awesome. And, for those nay say-ers who didn’t think it was appropriate for us to be in Searchlight having a political rally, well, I guess you ought to say that the GOP and the DNC shouldn’t be allowed to have rallies anywhere but in DC. We have the right to assembly. And it was a pretty peaceful one at that.

  • Great photo essay Marco, I will include a link to your site in this weeks Tea Party Nation newsletter. I also enjoy your commentary that flows with the photos so well.

    Freedom isn’t free, always remember, never forget

  • dan-o

    thanks for the pics! CNN said there were dozens of people there.

  • Let’s just keep being good Americans at these things while the left continues to be whatever they are and let the pictures tell the story to the independents. Statists around the world have learned that when information is available, their puppetry and sycophant press are no match for the obvious differences in the individuals involved.

  • brenda d steed

    thanks a lot for such great photos….i could not be there so

    I really appreciate..

  • Cathy Cloud

    Beautiful! Thanks for being there to take your exquisite photos of traditional Americans who refuse to be ruled! See you in D.C. for the massive Tax Day Rally…

    Cathy and Joe

  • RAD

    This administration is a disgrace to our nation and an emberrasment to the world.

    Its high time to get the broom out this November and start sweeping and clean house !

    If your mad, stay mad till November!

    Today is BOHICA time, Lets make November PAY BACK time

  • Darrin

    Just wanted to thank you for all of the time you put into this great tribute to Sarah Palin (looking forward to 2012 and her presidency) and the “Searchlight Showdown.” God Bless.

    Take care,
    Darrin

  • I’m proud of each tea party member. You guys give me hope!

  • Ticked Off Too

    AWESOME … Awesome report and photos! Thank you for posting and thank you for being there!

    Attendance figures have ranged from “dozens” to 9, 10, 15, 20 and up to 50,000. Wish there was some way to accurately determine the numbers attending these Tea Parties across the nation.

  • susan in NYC

    Your photo-essay captures the depth of great passion Americans have for a Nation founded upon individual Liberty; no more doom and gloom for me, I have the cause of Freedom for which I must stand and defend!

    Thanks guys-see you soon.

  • For those of us that couldn’t be there… Thank You!

  • Thanks for the photos for those of us who could not attend

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  • [...] A Searchlight Photo Essay March 29, 2010 Posted by Jehuda in Uncategorized. Tags: News, Politics trackback By El Marco. [...]

  • [...] fantastic photo essay from El Marco at Looking at the Left. Category: 2010, Barack Obama, Elections, Events, Grassroots, Liberty, Obama, Politics, Rallies, [...]

  • [...] Looking at the Left has some great photos including the one below. Be sure and check them [...]

  • [...] SEARCHLIGHT, NV: Conservatives from across America gathered near Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, on Saturday March 27 to send a message to Washington. Reid and other corruptocrats are facing the political fight of their lives this November in elections that promise to transform the political landscape. View EL MARCO’s photojournalism report at LookingAtTheLeft.com. [...]

  • [...] Showdown In Searchlight. An excellent photo essay on the gathering of patriots this past Saturday. [...]

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