We had a Tea Party protest in Coos bay on April 15th (tax day) 2010, where about 200 people demonstrated. I participated, and had a great time. The weather cooperated and we had a sunny afternoon protest against runaway taxation, creeping (or should I say “leaping”) socialism, and infringement on our God-given rights by the idiots in Washington and Salem.
There were several candidates who spoke; none were from major parties. Among the crowd, there seemed to be almost as much resentment of RINO’s as there were of Democrats. As one speaker pointed out, the mood of the demonstrators was, “We’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more.”
What amazes me is the support that those driving by always show, honking, waving and yelling their support when they see the demonstration in progress.
We were alerted (I get emails from several Tea Party groups) that there might be infiltrators. I didn’t expect to see any here, but there was one Obama supporter among the hundreds of conservatives. Occasionally he would yell out some nonsense about everything being “Lies”, and he got incensed when one of the speakers referred to him as “dressed like a twelve-year-old and likely unemployed”. (See last photo below.) He started heckling speakers then. Pretty much what you’d expect. He got in a few heated conversations with individuals, but nobody tarred and feathered him (while I was there anyway) and he was mostly ignored.
The crowd was cheerful and upbeat about the coming November elections. People I talked to were confident that the Tea Party candidates running in Oregon could give our liberal congressman DeFazio a shellacking in the election.
Here are some photos:
This idiot was the sole supporter of Obama in a crowd of about 200 Tea Party protesters.