Saturday, May 30, 2009

When We Show Up, We Win - UPDATED

Scroll for updates - more pics to be added soon
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link!

Ladies and gentlemen of liberty:

Today was my favorite protest of all time. You know I love the Tea Parties, but today takes the cake thus far. Why? Because we had barely three weeks (and no money) to mobilize against a heavily funded and well organized opponent. Almost 400 people from all over Washington State drove themselves to join  our counter protest against the ugly beast of socialized health care. Our people made their own signs, by hand. We had no chartered busses, paid for by the unions, to drive our people to Seattle. 

We had no money to preprint signs and t-shirts to hand out to our people as our opposition had from the unions and Planned Parenthood. But you know what we had that they didn't? Heart. Passion. Spirit. Deep convictions and a principled belief in freedom, liberty, and justice for all individuals. We had life and hope on our side and everyone knew it. They knew it too. They had a rock band. We had two bagpipers in full regalia. Their emcee tried to get chants started using a very sophisticated and professional sound system, to which their people limply responded. We screamed ourselves hoarse, sweating in the hot sun, with not even a bullhorn in sight. 

Everyone had a great time too! People smiled and laughed and got to know one another. We shook hands, patted backs, and gave hugs. People bought water to hand out to their fellow protestors. We sang Amazing Grace and the National Anthem. We waved American flags. We met new friends. It was obvious to everyone that was there that we won. We may have had a smaller crowd, but we weren't bought and paid for, and it showed. 

I will never forget the look of shock on their faces as they marched into Westlake and saw us across the street. They couldn't believe it because we've never stood up to them before. It was the most joyous sight I could ever hope to see. Their guest speakers referred to us over and over again, "Don't listen to those people over there.." "... like those people over there..." "be louder than those people over there..." Please. They made us the stars of their event. Gracias. We interrupted their mojo and everyone could feel it. It was palpable.

An ominous moment occurred when we were chanting, "Who will pay?" and two of the guys across the street holding their astroturfed signs were pointing back at us. They know who will be forced to foot the bill for this, and they greedily sign on. They are vultures and they know we are to be the meat. But that is why we were there today, and why we will there from now on.

Well done Washington. I'm so happy tonight. Happy and proud. Thank you for stepping up to the plate when it really mattered. I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day to show up and be heard. Special thanks to our bagpipers and to my fellow organizers who helped me throw this together at the last minute.

1. Check out the total blackout coverage from KOMO. Seems as though they only covered the start of opposition's rally at the Pratt Park end and then a little bit of their march. Curious as we sent them press releases about our activities at the Westlake Park end, and they didn't even bother to send one reporter. If you have pictures or video of the event, please send them with an email or letter to our local news media, T.V. and print!

2. Just a few pics to whet your appetites!


  1. Ma Liberty BelleMay 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Kudos to the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, Seattle Style. Liberty Belle's discription is right on. I was amazed by the staying power of our people in the hot sun with no trees to shade us and no chairs to sit on as they had across the street. We stayed to the very end. Plus, WE had the American Flags with us!! Inspite of the fact that THEY had a US Congressman as a Speaker, they had nary an American Flag in sight. A friend says the Left does not like the US Flag unless it is being desecrated. Maybe she is right. We have a right to be proud tonight.

  2. I agree, I was there, and proud to be there. Liberty Bell, is quite a lady and a proud American. We showed them today...indeed we did.

  3. I love your write up on this, I really was wanting to be there today!

    I hope the media took note that they were not alone or unopposed in their message!

    Cannot wait to see some photos of our group!

  4. Congrats all on your efforts to fight for us! Unfortunately I had to work otherwise I would have joined you. Why do you think they told the masses to not listen to "those people over there"? If they really believe in the First Amendment and have a valid argument, they would have freely welcomed you and your beliefs. But we know they don't on both accounts. Kudos!

  5. Here's another story on the event:

    Although this one is also written from a pretty disgusting perspective, at least it covers both sides and even includes a picture of the counter-protest.

  6. Great Job, I only hope we have as much success and support here in Portland for 4th of July Tea Party.

  7. It was a fun time for all and it is good to see our side stand up to the bully tacitcs of the left at last. iI have pictures

  8. A Seattle Policeman, in front of our Counter-demonstration line, told me "Most of those people," he pointed across the street to Westlake Plaza, "were bused in. They had about 6 tour type buses and they will be taking them back to their cars later." Most signs were commercially printed; groups were wearing T-shirts provided by ACORN (taxpayer) financed groups. The Seattle Times and PI are reporting that 190 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS put this demonstration on...and these are ALL the people they could muster?? How NOT impressive.

  9. I'm so proud of you all! This is what has to happen all over. Its not good enough to blog about this stuff and then sit back. Its disturbing that so many people are complacent, willing only to be "patriots" in name only, waiting to see what everyone else will do.

    Great job Washington! You rocked!!

  10. I'm so proud of you all that showed up and protested peacefully. Don't be discouraged by the turnout from the "other side". Unions have big money to spend if they bus people out for this. It's disgusting how they use union member dues for this BS. Don't give up guys. Nothing good ever comes easy and if we give up then they win. I love the photos! Is anybody sending their photos to Michelle Malkin or Fox?

  11. Found this video and he speaks great things about Liberty!

    Wow, go Adam Kokesh!

  12. Thanks for the blog, I was one of the 400 and had a blast, although I have not completely regained my voice. Thanks for all your hard work.


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