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The Left Pulls Out the Stops to Fight Tea Party Express

mark_williams_9_12_09_national_tea_partyIt seems the Left is pulling out all the stops to try and slow down the Tea Party Express.

The Tea Party Express has gone all the way across the country, from the Left Coast to the East Coast (the older Left Coast) communicating the Tea Party message of limited and Constitutional government, with stops all along the way including Indiana as Dr. Theo reported last week.

They’ve arrived in Washington D.C. to have a Party today in the belly of the beast, the bastion of big spending where the biggest threats to American freedom originate.

But the Left is, predictably,  very opposed to that message and the very idea of keeping our government within the confines of the Constitution.  They hold complete contempt for that Constitution anyway, except for places where they can twist it upside down to repress religious freedom, justify pornography, kill unborn children and the like.

But the Left won’t meet traditional American values in the arena of ideas to do battle (they know they come to the fight unarmed); they resort to deception and dirty tricks because that is all they have to justify their position.

The first shot from the Left against the Tea Party in Washington D.C. came yesterday as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her minions sent out a memo yesterday, ostensibly to warn fellow Leftists that 2 million patriots may come to Washington with the Tea Party Express.

I say “ostensibly” because many people–myself included–believe this was just an inflationary setup by liberals so that when less than 2 million people show up, they can say, “See, that whole Tea Party thing is a farce.  Nobody in their right mind believes that stuff.  Apparently the American people DO want government health care, et al.”

From Fox News:

A House leadership aide warned fellow Democrats in a memo obtained by FOXNews.com that up to 2 million people may attend.

“It looks like Saturday’s event is going to be a huge gathering, estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to 2 million people,” Doug Thornell, an aide to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wrote, noting that a demonstration held Thursday turned into an impromptu rally for Rep. Joe Wilson, who has come under fire for his outburst during Obama’s nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress

Conservatives have seized on this memo as proof Democrats are playing an expectations game. They say the House leadership wrote the memo in hopes it would be leaked and inflate expectations for the turnout anticipating that it will fall short.

“It’s an old political tactic to get out in front and make wild projections and when they’re not met, claim their opponents don’t have the juice,” said Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, one of the organizers of the rally.

Sepp said there’s only one reason to float a number that high.

“You set the bar at 2 million and anything under it becomes a failure,” he said, adding that any event in D.C. that attracts 50,000 is considered a success.

Considering that President Obama’s inauguration only pulled 1.2 to 1.8 million people (with the wall-to-wall media publicity leading up to that event), it’s obvious that 2 million for a Tea Party in Washington is highly unlikely. I have no doubt 2 million is only a start of the people in America who believe in the Tea Party message of constitutionally limited government, but people have jobs and families, and only a few could afford a trip to Washington.

FreedomWorks, the lead organizing group for the event, estimates 20,000-30,000, which is a darn good crowd.

But this isn’t the only trick the Left is pulling to undermine the Tea Party Express. It gets much worse.

According to ABC, a man called FreedomWorks office in D.C. and said, “I put a bomb in your building, bitch.” This forced the evacuation of 50 people who were working to prepare for the event and get out the word about it.

A FreedomWorks staffer told ABC News that the organization’s offices at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue were evacuated on Friday afternoon by DC Metro Police because of a bomb scare.

DC Metro police has confirmed to ABC News’ Jason Ryan that the DC Metro police had, indeed, evacuated the organization’s offices after being told by the organization that it had received a bomb threat.

The threat came when a man called the FreedomWorks main line and told the organization’s female receptionist: “I put a bomb in your building, bitch.”

The FreedomWorks staffer who spoke with ABC News said that the organization has received multiple threats but that for some reason, the DC Metro police thought that this one was credible enough to evacuate the building.

Having dispatched units to and responded to countless bomb threats in my military and law enforcement career, I can tell you that this would have shut down FreedomWorks operations for at least an hour or two as police swept the building for a bomb and any other evidence. It also would have hampered FreedomWorks’ resources as staff continued to work with and provide information to police even after the dust began to settle.

This act was intended to disrupt preparations for the Tea Party in Washington D.C. on the eve of the event.

The enemies of American freedom may be willing to stoop low and play dirty, but the patriots will be victorious.

The odds were against us in 1776 when one bunch of big-government oppressors tried to shut down freedom, but Divine Providence won the day. We can pray that Divine Providence will once again help ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.


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9 Responses to “The Left Pulls Out the Stops to Fight Tea Party Express”

  1. My husband and I are two people who very much wished we were able to be at this rally. Like you said, Bob, there have to be a massive number of people who would've loved to join the D.C. rally, but could not afford it or had to work, or both. Can you imagine how many people would be there if everyone who wanted to go did go? It would shut down the city!

    A side note here: I'm very disappointed with Foxnews.com for not showing live, streaming coverage of the D.C. rally. They run that orange “watch live” banner for every little, stupid story (Congressman holds press conference: Watch Live!), but not for this major event. We do not own a television, much less have cable, so I was looking for live coverage on the Internet. It's been blacked out. Drudge is not even highlighting it with a top-center photograph, although he does include a link to the bomb-threat story buried in the center of the page.

    The media thinks that by ignoring us, we will not exist. But, their ignoring us only fires us up even more. We'll see who exists in November 2010, that is, if we make it to November 2010.

    Gina Miller

  2. Okay, NOW Foxnews.com adds a “watch live” link to their D.C. tea party stories. I'm sure I was not the only one who, earlier this morning, emailed their online newsroom expressing my disappointment with their lack of coverage.

    Gina

  3. Thanks! I was about to crank up my TV tuner and check Fox News. I may just go to their website instead.

  4. For what it's worth, when I was doing the coverage of the Tea Party Express in Bloomington for Dakota Voice I spoke with dozens of people and the conversation almost always included inquiries as to whether we planned to go on to Washington for the big event. Perhaps one in four or five answered in the affirmative. So just counting the people who turned out for the Tea Party Express stops across America, we can safely say that the crowd today could have been four times larger except for those tedious details like work and travel and expense, etc. that are so much more an issue than for the “rent-a-mobs” that the Left seems able to trot out on a moment's motice.

    I hope that those in attendance know that they have the support of millions of us that simply couldn't make the trip. God bless them all.

  5. Dream on, Jeanna. You should be ashamed that you live in America and enjoy the blessings of that, yet consider the values and principles that made this the greatest nation on earth to be a “joke.”

  6. Obamas speech in Minnisota has a true gathering. The joke in Washington looks like some kind of coincidental gathering at a park, something that happens everytime a band starts playing in public. Quite comical.

  7. Jeanna,

    What are you doing here? Why don't you go post on an MSNBC-type website where you would be right at home?

    We know you're not serious about your comment; you're just trying to inflame the patriots who post on this website. Maybe you would be more successful at inflaming us if you had an intelligent argument.

    [By the way, Bob, I accidentally clicked on that “Like” button on Jeanna's post. It was a freak “click” accident as I was trying to get to the “reply” button. I surely did not mean to create a “1 person liked this comment” vote. Too bad there's not some sort of “safety” on that button. HA!]

    Gina Miller

  8. I too am dissapointed at even Fox news for only saying tens of thousands were there. I was there. We formed up in Freedom Plaza and were to march at 11 AM, but the crouds were so large that the police directed it begin at 10. It took half an hour to get to Pennsylvania Ave from the Plaza, and I discovered that 13st was filled with marchers from another staging area as was Pennsylvania. On reaching the Capitol, I never got within sight of the speakers as the crowd was packed so tight it made me nervous and still Pennsylvania Ave was full with more coming in. There were hundreds of thousands there, and shame on you Fox for showing a few hundred protesting on Sunday for healthcare and giving equal time to such a pitiful demonstration.

  9. I too am dissapointed at even Fox news for only saying tens of thousands were there. I was there. We formed up in Freedom Plaza and were to march at 11 AM, but the crouds were so large that the police directed it begin at 10. It took half an hour to get to Pennsylvania Ave from the Plaza, and I discovered that 13st was filled with marchers from another staging area as was Pennsylvania. On reaching the Capitol, I never got within sight of the speakers as the crowd was packed so tight it made me nervous and still Pennsylvania Ave was full with more coming in. There were hundreds of thousands there, and shame on you Fox for showing a few hundred protesting on Sunday for healthcare and giving equal time to such a pitiful demonstration.