Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cincinnati Tea Party

Today I attended what is currently the largest Tea Party event in the country. Nearly 4,000 (update: 5,000) peaceful (and suitably hygienic) citizens lawfully gathered at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati to protest the completely out-of-control spending in Washington. "The Bear" got extra credit for accompanying me. I believe he was happy on the inside.

Truly a grassroots movement, this event was planned in someone's kitchen only three months ago (Cincinnati Tea Party site). I'm not sure he had any expectations of drawing so many. I went to the Palin rally in Lebanon last year, and that was indeed exciting, but this one seemed to have even more raw energy. Nearly everyone had a sign. The overall feeling was not one of hatred. Yes, we hate Obama's policies (and, yes, we want his misguided aims for the country to fail), but today I witnessed a crowd of people overwhelmed by another emotion--love.

These people love their country. They love their families. You could sense it as we sang the national anthem. It wasn't like a ballgame; it was sacred and straight from the heart. You could feel it as they applauded a former resident (prisoner) of communist East Germany who immigrated to this country (legally) because he knew this is the Land of the Free. And it swept over you as many quoted the great men of our nation's history. Reagan's sober reminder that freedom is only a generation away from disappearing provoked utter silence.

These people just want to be left alone to raise their families, worship their God and enjoy the fruit of their labor. Taking money from one citizen and giving it to another citizen does nothing to stimulate the economy--how could it? Rather, it entrenches a welfare mentality and turns hard workers into suckers.

Mike McConnell (700 WLW) dissected the phrase "redistribution of wealth." Literally, this would have to indicate that the wealth is to be distributed again. But when, asked McConnell, was the wealth distributed the first time? Good question! You probably missed that day, too. The fact is that wealth is not "distributed" at all (unless you run Fannie Mae or ACORN); in the real world it is earned. In many ways, this is at the heart of Obama's (and Pelosi's and Reid's) policy of wealth destruction.

Our country it at a great crossroads: on the right hand is capitalism, freedom and prosperity--on the left hand is socialism, wealth-confiscation, and misery. Conservatives are out of power. We cannot stop what will happen in the coming months. But we will still get another chance in the near future. We must find conservative leaders to run for high office. We must impress our great displeasure upon currently serving politicians. This tea party, and others like it, seems like a good place to start. Don't miss the April 15th events!


Mark said...

Very good looking, orderly, and inspired crowd. I hope and pray it will do some good! Conservatives need to rise up and take back the country from these socialists!

Marty said...

Today was proof positive that is possible to bathe before protesting. I was there and it was a great turnout for freedom loving Americans everywhere. Nice blog post!

Mike Wilson - CTP said...

Thanks for all the kind words, we are so glad you could make it to the rally.

I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned the anthem and the love of country.

katablog said...

You done well Cincinnati! We are proud of you and America!

The Machiavellian said...


I was down on Fountain Square today also. Great reporting!

Just wanted to let you know that I linked to your story at my site:

Also, did you catch WCPO's coverage? The reporter said he feared for his safety and fled the square.

What a bunch of bs. That was the most serene crowd I've ever walked around it. If only the crowd at a Bengals game was that well behaved!

Stray Yellar Dawg? said...

Thanks so much for the report!

I was unable to make it. But I am proud of my fellow Cincinnatians for speaking out!!

DADvocate said...

Excellent pictures. I found it very encouraging that so many people showed up. My spirits are still raised.

Philip said...

Thanks for all the comments. I thought it was a great event. The only reason I can think of for the WCPO guy running away in terror is that maybe he was afraid of "catching" conservatism! It was a very contagious atmosphere yesterday. It's also probably a bit painful to have your little mind opened up so much all at once.