Knoxville Tea Party Wrap Up

Knoxville Tea Party

Imagine my surprise to find that in addition to the few fringe/dangerous/extremist wing nuts who ventured out to express their disagreement with the insane spending going on in Washington, a couple of thousand other folks showed up as well. After driving around for 30 minutes or so trying to find a parking spot (must’ve been a special event at the KMA today?) I made it down to the rally.

There was a pretty varied cross section of people. Lots of “Fair Tax” signs (I’ll post later why I have a hard time getting on board with that), lots of Ron Paul supporters, and thankfully not much bashing of President Obama directly. I think most people understand that this didn’t start with the current administration, but was going on before they got there. I mean, sure, he voted for out of control spending when he was in the Senate, but it’s not really fair to hold him accountable for silly things like his record.

I didn’t see any rowdy behavior, save the old hippy Obama supporting couple walking around screaming at people, basically trying to get under people’s skin. That was funny. I don’t have anything against geezers reliving their glory days in the 1960s, I just wish they were still getting their funding from their parents instead of a Social Security check.

Some politicians spoke. Next.

Stewart Rhodes from Oath Keepers wrapped up the event–spend some time reading over there.

I had a two year old in tow, so I didn’t make the trek to the Federal Building. Besides we had to get her back home to work off some of this debt she’s racked up.

There are some posts from other (Michael Silence, Chris for Liberty, Six Meat Buffet, Blue Collar Muse) people up already, along with posts from other tea parties (Bob Krumm, RustMeister, Poor Richard’s News, Tom Guleff) from all around the state. I did notice the local “progressives” have posted about the event as well. No word yet on their counter protest. I’m sure they are still sitting in traffic due to the massive turnout.

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Heyyy … we missed seeing you! Bummer. Rich was there start to finish, and I got there about 5:30. However, the lady with the red sign in your picture is a very close friend of ours. I Twitpic’d a few pics and I have a couple videos uploaded to YouTube. We will have more pics and vids later.

Hope to see you soon … which may happen as we are thinking about planning another Blog/TwitterFest soon-ish!

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I had a fun time although initially I had doubts as to whether we would have a good turnout.

[…] From my libertarian buddy and cohort, Sadcox: There was a pretty varied cross section of people. Lots of “Fair Tax” signs (I’ll post later why I have a hard time getting on board with that), lots of Ron Paul supporters, and thankfully not much bashing of President Obama directly. I think most people understand that this didn’t start with the current administration, but was going on before they got there. I mean, sure, he voted for out of control spending when he was in the Senate, but it’s not really fair to hold him accountable for silly things like his record. […]

I was really impressed with the turnout, and equally impressed with the tone of the event. I’m surprised I actually did see several people I know there, even with the crowd being so large.

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