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Small-Town America Speaks Out
Eyewitness | 16 April, 2009 | AmericanArchConservative

Posted on 04/16/2009 12:31:48 PM PDT by AmericanArchConservative

My wife and I took our eight months old baby daughter, and went to the tea party here in Clarkston, Washington; wife's eldest brother Xxx and his wife K. showed up, my mother-in law Lxxxxxx, as well as (brother-in-law) Kxx's wife Dxxxxx, their second oldest son L., and their twin daughters. I also saw my friends from my local Catholic parish, Dr. Pxxx and Lxx Sxxxxxx and their four kids.

Overall, the "party" was very well attended (probably 700 to 850 people), "We the People" were very civil and well-behaved, and our signs were for the most part hand-made, and quite creative, but there was a clear undertone of frustration with the years of excess spending stemming out of Washington D.C.

The Clarkston rally drew more than three times as many people as the combined totals from Pullman, Washington (home of WSU), and Moscow, Idaho (home of the U of I).

These numbers should be taken as especially encouraging, in light of the fact that the total population of Clarkston is 10,000 or less, while Lewiston, ID (just across the Snake river) has a population of about 32,000.

To place this in proper perspective, this would be like a crowd of 20,000 (or more) showing up in a city of 1 million. Folks, those are numbers that, in scale, seem comparable to Atlanta and we had no "luminaries".

If ever there was an example of hardworking, play-by the rules, taxpaying producers going "grassroots", this was it!

There were grizzled, older, Harley-riding men, young housewives with one to three children in tow, Grandmothers with grandkids, whole families, aging bachelors, young college men and women...

Attendees were strongly encouraged to sign a local petition, shake hands, meet their neighbors and fellow townspeople, continue to organize, and develop telephone trees, e mail lists and make new friends.

Plan are already in place for another such "Tea Party" meeting in early or mid May, and all present were encouraged to bring as many new friends and neighbors as they could.

As one of the businessmen was giving his speech, he admitted he was nervous and not used to speaking in front of so many people, a wheelchair-bound gentleman in the audience called out, "Not too bad, considering you're doing it without a Teleprompter!"

The crowd exploded into laughter at the obvious spontaneous joke at zer0bama's expense...

In reply, the speaker answered, "I wonder how I would sound with a Teleprompter!?"

Whereupon another person in the crowd called out loudly, "Uh-uhh-uhh, uhh-uhh!"

(okay - I confess, it was this FReeper reporter who did that!) and everyone roared with laughter again.

After the initial get together, handshaking, and speeches at the Clarkston Quality Inn, many attendees walked as a group across the nearby "Blue Bridge", crossing the Snake River from Clarkston into Lewiston, and posed for some video footage for the local CBS affiliate, KLEW-TV.

Then it was on home to relax for the evening with my wife and child.

I leave you all, my fellow FReepers and Americans with these thoughts:

Together, we must succeed in preserving the future of this precious Constitutional Republic that the Founding Fathers created for us, which countless hundreds of thousands of valorous military veterans have fought to protect and defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and which we now see in imminent peril.

Our American way of life - indeed our very freedoms depend upon it - upon us, and if we do not stand up for ourselves and take back those which we have already lost - we may lose more, never to regain them.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: aar; antitax; bho44; extremists; notbreaking; taxday; teaparties; teaparty

1 posted on 04/16/2009 12:31:48 PM PDT by AmericanArchConservative
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To: AmericanArchConservative

“”We the People” were very civil and well-behaved,”

Damn Right Wing extremists.


2 posted on 04/16/2009 12:33:34 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: AmericanArchConservative
wife's eldest brother Xxx and his wife K. showed up, my mother-in law Lxxxxxx, as well as (brother-in-law) Kxx's wife Dxxxxx, their second oldest son L., and their twin daughters. I also saw my friends from my local Catholic parish, Dr. Pxxx and Lxx Sxxxxxx and their four kids.

you guys need to buy some vowels

3 posted on 04/16/2009 12:34:03 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: AmericanArchConservative

Thank you for your service yesterday. You did a great thing for America. Please thank you family and parish friends too.


4 posted on 04/16/2009 12:36:36 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: AmericanArchConservative

As one of the businessmen was giving his speech, he admitted he was nervous and not used to speaking in front of so many people, a wheelchair-bound gentleman in the audience called out, “Not too bad, considering you’re doing it without a Teleprompter!”

[The crowd exploded into laughter at the obvious spontaneous joke at zer0bama’s expense...

In reply, the speaker answered, “I wonder how I would sound with a Teleprompter!?”

Whereupon another person in the crowd called out loudly, “Uh-uhh-uhh, uhh-uhh!” ]

HAHAHAHA!! That is so funny!


5 posted on 04/16/2009 12:37:30 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: AmericanArchConservative
Tea party people know we're not the terrorists.

According to liberals if you paint all Muslims as being like Osama bin Laden, you're a hater.

If you paint all blacks as being like Willie Horton, you're a racist.

But if you paint all conservatives as being Timothy McVeigh, you're an enlightened liberal.

Liberals are narrow minded bigots - they just don't know it.

6 posted on 04/16/2009 12:38:36 PM PDT by GOPJ (The New York Times can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of anyone- bow to Lincoln)
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To: aculeus; advance_copy; aft_lizard; agincourt1415; Alamo-Girl; AlaninSA; Alkhin; Alouette; ...

My local Tax day Tea Party ping!

A.A.C.


7 posted on 04/16/2009 12:39:46 PM PDT by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: AmericanArchConservative

Good post. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. I think the spark was lit yesterday.


8 posted on 04/16/2009 12:41:11 PM PDT by Texas56 (The fat lady is singing.)
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To: AmericanArchConservative

the “givers” are tired of funding the “takers”, and the “takers” are shocked that the gravy train might not be federally funded forever. there are still one hell of a lot of liberty loving patriotic americans, and they are angry. finally.


9 posted on 04/16/2009 12:50:46 PM PDT by mynameisjohngalt
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To: AmericanArchConservative

Thanks for the ping!


10 posted on 04/16/2009 12:50:59 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: AmericanArchConservative

My mom was one of those Great-grand-mothers, she reported to me last night that she had to stand outside since the building (Quality Inn) they had it in would hold no more people. I had heard that they had 1000 people. The ratio of attendees and city population is GR8. I was in a small town of Colfax and we had 60 plus people attend that rally. That town only has 2000 if that.

Thanks for the report from the banana belt.


11 posted on 04/16/2009 12:53:47 PM PDT by Phyto Chems (Protect the border, NOW the government needs to one thing FIRST - CLOSE the Border)
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To: AmericanArchConservative
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."- Ronald Reagan
12 posted on 04/16/2009 12:54:36 PM PDT by Heartland Mom ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: AmericanArchConservative
We are 35 miles up the road from you. We had about 400 in Moscow.

Here is some video form small town Idaho.

Video

13 posted on 04/16/2009 1:00:21 PM PDT by Taxbilly
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To: Slapshot68

New tagline


14 posted on 04/16/2009 1:03:15 PM PDT by Lucky9teen ("”We the People” were very civil and well-behaved....” Damn Right Wing extremists.)
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi

Mainstreet Block Party. They should add a Flea Market and Beer Garden.


15 posted on 04/16/2009 1:19:16 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: AmericanArchConservative
Thanks for sharing~~~and this right-wing extremist and husband, also right-wing- went to a Tea Party in Sacramento, Ca. where everyone was polite and loving their country!
16 posted on 04/16/2009 1:48:06 PM PDT by Isabelle
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To: AmericanArchConservative

Updated numbers from organizers have the total attendance for yesterday’s event at between 1,000 and 1,200

WAY TO GO SMALL-TOWN AMERICANS!!

A.A.C.


17 posted on 04/16/2009 1:50:17 PM PDT by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

wife’s eldest brother Xxx and his wife K. showed up, my mother-in law Lxxxxxx, as well as (brother-in-law) Kxx’s wife Dxxxxx, their second oldest son L., and their twin daughters. I also saw my friends from my local Catholic parish, Dr. Pxxx and Lxx Sxxxxxx and their four kids.

you guys need to buy some vowels


Who knows? They could be Basque. Lotsa them in Idaho.


18 posted on 04/16/2009 1:57:41 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Typical "Rightwing Extremist")
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To: AmericanArchConservative
Thanks for the AAR and ping! Outstanding job!
Special thanks for your participation in the best thing I've read from all the Tea Parties. I was ROTFLOL!

As one of the businessmen was giving his speech, he admitted he was nervous and not used to speaking in front of so many people, a wheelchair-bound gentleman in the audience called out, "Not too bad, considering you're doing it without a Teleprompter!"

The crowd exploded into laughter at the obvious spontaneous joke at zer0bama's expense...

In reply, the speaker answered, "I wonder how I would sound with a Teleprompter!?"

Whereupon another person in the crowd called out loudly, "Uh-uhh-uhh, uhh-uhh!"

PRICELESS!

19 posted on 04/16/2009 3:49:06 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Taxbilly
What a great turnout and signs for such a small town.
Loved the casual repartee between the speaker and attendees. Thanks for sharing.
20 posted on 04/16/2009 3:51:50 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: AmericanArchConservative
Great job.

Thanks a bunch for letting me know.

21 posted on 04/16/2009 7:02:44 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: the invisib1e hand
The Joy of X's
22 posted on 04/16/2009 7:13:07 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Texas56
 

 

 
   play it!
 

 

 

 
   play it!
 

23 posted on 04/16/2009 7:18:28 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

When I wrote that line, I thought about that song. I hadn’t heard it in a long time.


24 posted on 04/16/2009 7:27:13 PM PDT by Texas56 (The fat lady is singing.)
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To: Just A Nobody

That’s the funniest report I’ve read about so far. Nice job, Clarkston.


25 posted on 04/16/2009 8:01:32 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: AmericanArchConservative

I’m a little curious: what exactly is the point of “naming” a bunch of your friends and family who attended with you, but actually X-ing out their naxxx?

Is that some sort of new-fangled literary device, did you forget their names, or are they such important public figures that we should know for example who “Dr. Pxxx” is?


26 posted on 04/16/2009 8:17:54 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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wife’s eldest brother Xxx and his wife K. showed up, my mother-in law Lxxxxxx, as well as (brother-in-law) Kxx’s wife Dxxxxx, their second oldest son L., and their twin daughters. I also saw my friends from my local Catholic parish, Dr. Pxxx and Lxx Sxxxxxx and their four kids.

IF the 'data' here is accurate; there is PLENTY of evidence to identify these people!

27 posted on 04/17/2009 3:58:05 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

indeed. it’s apparently been very fruitful.


28 posted on 04/17/2009 11:23:41 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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