Washington DC, Thursday,April 15 – by El Marco
The Tea Party Express, which started its journey in Senator Harry Reid’s hometown – Searchlight, Nevada – finished its tour of 43 cities today. Thousands from across the country gathered at 10 a.m. to hear speakers and musicians, and to show their displeasure with big corrupted government. This was the first of two mega-rallies in the capital, with the second at 4 p.m. Many signs ridiculed the biased and discredited MSM and political leaders who have been attacking and slandering the tea-party movement for over a year now .
_________ The Snow-Brine family travelled from Maine. _________
I have long considered utopian dreamers to be the most dangerous people in the world. History has shown they are too often so committed to their ideology that anyone that disagrees is seen only as an obstacle to be swept away. That is the deep insight that underpins the framers design in the US constitution. They understood that the human personality will always produce strong willed tyrants and the people must be protected from them. That is why it emphasizes limiting and separating the power of those in government. Americas leftists have always found the constitution as an inconvenience to their dreams of “restructuring society”.
More than 5,000 gathered in Freedom Plaza, near the White House.
That’s Joe McCarthy on the left. A gallery with todays crop of zealous power-grabbers on the right.
These flags are of a new design symbolizing a second American revolution. They are now commonly seen at Tea Parties.
KISS MY GRASSROOTS
John Thompson from DC said he is a committed conservative. And a brave one too, I’d say, considering what happened to Kenneth Gladney for doing exactly the same thing: selling Gadsden flags.
One government official was tarred and feathered at the Boston Tea Party of 1773. This guy is a history buff with a sense of humor. After the rally he was seen dining at a high-end restaurant, feathers on, but mask removed. Later I saw him at the second mega-rally of the day at the Washington monument. The sign on the right is a Seinfeld gag.
Farmer Obama isn’t at all popular with the cash cow. The buckets he carries are marked Dodd, Byrd, Miller, Hagen, Pelosi, Frank, and Eteridge.
This man drove to D.C. from Overland Park, Kansas.
Michelle Bachmann, congresswoman from Minnesota, addressed the crowd, who just love her.
Dick Armey, former house Republican majority leader, is now chairman of Freedomworks, a major Tea Party organizing group. Sorry, no video yet.
Allison Ly, from Herndon, Virginia, brought her father, Daniel Snell.
Vadim Yespkin from New Jersey, and Michael Koloden from Brooklyn were born in Russia. Koloden said “I lived under socialism, so I know how to recognize it.” This is the second time I’ve seen them at a D.C. Tea Party rally. The first time was at the conservative Woodstock on 9/12/2009.
NO YOU CAN’T! THIS TYRANNY WILL NOT STAND! IT IS CLEAR. ELECT TO JUST VOTE THEM OUT. FIRE CONGRESS THEN OBAMA!
I arrived at the second rally of the day just before sunset. A very large crowd of up to 50,000 were relaxing on the lawns to the north of the Washington Monument, directly south of the White House.
Deneen Borelli, of Project 21, a network of black conservatives based in Washington, D.C., talked about spending, and she also addressed the media labeling of tea party participants as racists. “Play the race card is a losing game. It’s old, it’s tired. What else have you got?”
These little girls were absolutely fascinated with the best George Washington I’ve ever seen.
These folks from Maryland are dressed as America’s first National Guard soldiers and camp followers. The flag is Maryland’s colonial flag. I asked them what parallels they saw between the historical revolution and today’s Tea Party movement. They reacted in a ‘what, are you kidding’ kind of way. Then they talked about taxation, the people not having a voice, etc. etc.
Collins Bailey from Maryland’s 5th Congressional District hopes to defeat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Hoyer was a judge until he was impeached from the bench for forging letters which were presented as evidence in his own court room. Go, Collins, go!
UPDATE: Commentors have pointed out that Hoyer is not the impeached judge in the Dem. party. It’s Alcee Hastings. Hard to keep up with all the dirt. What is Hoyer famous for? In the words of R. Simon, Democrat, vis a vis Obamacare :
” in the grand tradition of totalitarian regimes everywhere, you employed “any means necessary” to make sure your ends were achieved, bribing and threatening your fellow Congressmen and women, etc. It is small wonder that our people are angry. It would be amazing if it were otherwise.
You have reaped a whirlwind by subverting a democracy. Now you must deal with it. The Democratic Party is no longer “progressive” or “liberal.” It is reactionary. And you and your cohorts have forever defined yourselves as reactionary politicians.”
Here’s Collins Bailey with supporters from his district.
At the morning rally I photographed this supporter of candidate Charles Lollar, another Republican contender from Maryland’s 5th Congressional District hoping to defeat Steny Hoyer. (I didn’t notice her shirt til I was editing photos later.)
There were three giant screens and the crowd was widely dispersed on the hill leading up to the Washington Monument.
The stage is located above the CHANGE IT BACK sign. This photo represents approximately one sixth of the crowd.
George Gennaro, and his son Tom Gennaro from Maryland
Lord Christopher Monckton, formerly top science advisor to British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, said “You may be asking ‘Why is a British peer of the realm addressing a crowd of American patriots?’ Well, here’s why: because I love freedom, because I love America, and because you have come here to stand up and be counted for freedom and for America, I love you!” He gave one of the most memorable speeches I have ever witnessed. The video below is amateur but the sound is what’s important.
After he spoke, I invited Lord Monckton to mingle with the crowd out front of the stage for photos. He absolutely loved it and signed autographs with a calligraphic flourish reminiscent of John Hancock’s. He is a real charmer, and the crowd fell in love with him.
Carrington, Nicole, and Erica are from Port St. Lucie, Florida. This was their first Tea Party. They are members of Titans Student Government Association at Treasure Coast High School.
These are coal miners and their families. The man standing behind the woman in the pink shirt addressed the rally. When he said “America bows to no one” he received a massive cheer. He spoke about how cap and trade is designed to destroy the coal industry and their livelihoods.
I asked this Washington D.C. officer how the crowd was, after the Tea Party Express rally ended. He said “These people are great. It’s like a day off, very relaxing.”
Jeff Fulmer from New Jersey held a sign reading: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical” – Thomas Jefferson. He posed with his pal from Pennsylvania, Andre Harns.
UPDATE: Denver Tax Day – The lefty longhair drops f-bombs and g-d’s on everyone in sight. He had no press pass, his two person crew were carrying their microphone equip in a plastic shopping bag but HE claimed to be from the Wall St. Journal and was attempting to interview attendees about racism. h/t Dinah Lord
And from ZOMBIE – Crashing the Crashers: Tea Party Infiltrators Outmaneuvered in S.F.
White NBC Reporter Confronts Black Man at Tea Party Rally: ‘Have You Ever Felt Uncomfortable?’
A wake up call to all Americans from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – (formerly the “General Accounting Office”). VIDEO
Below are links to El Marco’s previous photo-essays which chronicle the history of the Tea Party movement.
- Colorado Says No to Obama’s Package of Pork
- Evil Right Wing Extremists Who Would Destroy America Gather in Denver
- Conservative Woodstock Rocks the Capital
- Tea Party Express Gathers Steam Across America
- Tea Party Movement Denounces Media Corruption
- America’s Tea Party Movement: Happy Birthday to the Party of Hell No
- Showdown in Searchlight
The incomparable blogger Zombie did a comparison of my Searchlight Teaparty photos and photos from a leftist “anti-war” rally which occurred 7 days prior in Los Angeles. The contrast between Teaparty patriots and the leftists is a scandal. Prepared for a shock? – Click HERE
THANKS FOR VISITING! – NEVER FORGET and NEVER GIVE IN !