The AmericanRevolution, Version 2.0

October 3, 2009

9-12 DC Tea Party: One Person’s Impressions

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Abigail @ 11:04 pm

Marci is a friend on Twitter (@knittyhorse), and I asked her if she would be interested in a guest post about her attending the 9-12 DC Tea Party.  She said yes!  🙂 She sent this to me last week, but I had college to deal with and didn’t post it until today. Oh well!

[T]he following is just a sort of stream of consciousness
recollection and impression of last Saturday’s march.


It’s been a week since the 9-12 Washington, D.C. Teaparty. I was there. I still can’t believe it. Even after a week to digest that day, it
still seems surreal, but in a good way. In one sense, it was a
quintessential protest march. After we exited the Metro, we streamed up the street, hundreds of thousands of people carrying signs and flags.

Periodically, there were chants of “Read the Bills,” “Tell the Truth,”
“Can You Hear Us Now?” and “What do we want? — Term Limits! When do we want them? — Now!” The sound of thousands of voices chanting in unison roared up the street and was louder and more thrilling than I had imagined. We marched to the Capitol where a stage and sound system were erected and speakers addressed the growing crowd. We listened to Stephen Baldwin, Jim DeMint, Mike Pence, and many others speak to our concerns as American taxpayers and patriots.

Several things stood out, however, as abberations to the usual protest
march scenario. Everybody was polite and respectful. There was a lot
of “go ahead,” “excuse me,” “I’m sorry.” Even though the crowd was enormous, I never felt pressed, intimidated, or worried about my personal safety. To my knowledge there were no arrests. Marchers deposited their trash in the proper receptacles. People were circumspect in their language and behavior, not just because they were aware of their roles as ambassadors of their cause, but because they’re average Americans. Average Americans with families, jobs, homes, and bills to pay. Average Americans who take their responsibilities seriously. Average Americans who earn a finite salary and strive to live within their means. Average Americans who desire to “preserve the blessings of liberty to [themselves] and their posterity.” Hence, the overiding theme of the day was optimism, patriotism, and faith in the power of the American electorate.

The marchers represented the large percentage of Americans who were and are sincerely concerned about the future of the United States in light of unsustainable and unreasonable government spending. All they want, we want, is for our elected representatives to listen to us, to hear our concerns, our suggestions, our solutions. We want our representatives to truly act in our best interest, not in the interest of winning re-election. We want our representatives to give due and proper consideration to each and every piece of legislation, instead of caving to politcal pressure and expediency. It’s not too much to ask. And it’s the right thing to do.


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