Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Why I Left the Tea Party Rally in Less Than a Half-Hour

By Robert Ringer

On April 15, I attended my third tea-party rally, this one at the Washington Monument. While I applaud those who put in the time and effort to organize the event, as well as those who took the time to participate, I was a bit disappointed.

First, I was hopeful that an overwhelmingly large crowd would turn out, given the significance of the date. It didn’t happen. It looked to me to be about 10,000 people, which must have warmed the hearts of the Obama-loving left that so desperately wants to believe that voter anger will fade away by November.

Second, unlike the previous two tea-party rallies at the Capitol Building, the atmosphere was more like a social gathering than a serious protest. In fact, because of the lack of excitement and intensity, I left in less than an hour.

My feelings were confirmed by a column in The Wall Street Journal, which said that ”The Thursday night crowd was more subdued than tea party activists at town hall meetings last summer; they waved more flags and displayed fewer angry posters.” Sounds good for the progressives who now rule the country, but bad for American serfs.

I go to these tea-party rallies with two objectives in mind. First, I want to get a grasp of the overall mood of the event. Second, I closely study as many people as possible, observing their approximate age, dress, demeanor, body language, and anything else about them that is noteworthy.

I would use the word docile to describe the overall mood at the April 15 event as compared to previous rallies. I got the uncomfortable feeling that the tea-party people might be consciously – or perhaps unconsciously – toning down their anger because they’re feeling intimidated by the wild accusations of the ruling oligarchy in D.C., the government-manipulated media, and true-believing citizens who yearn to live in a socialist utopia.

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