Greenville South Carolina waited until Friday evening to have their Tea Party and it was a rousing success. Local media downplayed the size of the crowd (imagine that!), but 5000+ ultra right wing, bitter, gun toting, sky God praying, patriots converged on The Bilo Center to protest. The Highlights of the evening included:
- A speech by Congressman Gresham Barrett that was heard by no one. Representative Barrett made the unfortunate decision to vote for the initial bailout bill. The crowd hissed and booed at him until he left the stage. Hot Air has the whole painful thing here. Gotta give Barrett a winky button for hanging in there. It will be interesting to see if he can overcome his "mistake" now that he intends to run for Governor. His likely Primary opponent, Andre Bauer, also spoke at the Party - and while Bauer did not get a king's reception, he had to be pleased to see Barrett get hammered by the crowd.
- A not so rousing speech by Governor Mark Sanford. A lot of folks think he's presidential material...I just can't get past his lackadaisical efforts in promoting the business climate in SC. Maybe I'm missing something. But he is right on the stimulus bucks. The feds are making a power move on the states with this lootfest and Sanford knows it.
- Intense and crowd pleasing speeches by national syndicated talker Mike Gallagher and local talk show host, Russ Cassell. The evening ended with a well received speech by Senator Jim Demint. When it comes to standing for conservative principles, Senator Demint has the bona fides. I bet Gresham Barrett would like to take back that decision to join Wittle Windsey Gwaham in standing with the enemies of freedom by voting for the bailout (s) . Senator Demint clearly reveled in the moment - and he had every right too. How about Jim Demint for President? And by the way, where was Lindsey Graham? Did his invitation get lost in the mail?
- As I mentioned here, another protest occured on the opposite side of the BLC. Deemed by local rap station WJMZ the "save our schools" rally, only a 100 people or so attended. Of course, local media claimed "hundreds attended". A total fabrication. Pathetic.
- The people and the signs: Who said conservative weren't funny and creative? However, to make the Tea Party movement worth while, the people must organize, influence and persuade their fellow Americans to wake up. There is only one choice that makes sense intellectually, and that is to rid the government of power hungry socialists politicians. We, the people, must take this case to the addled masses. Otherwise, the movement is dead in it's tracks and the enemies of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will gain strength...and so will tyranny.