I can't believe I never got to post about our Tax Day Tea Parties! I rushed out of town the very next morning and it's been go-go-go ever since, going out of town a second time in one week. I'm getting married on Saturday as well so you can imagine how busy things are this week. Please forgive me for abandoning the blog.
First item, the Tea Parties!
The Tea Parties were a rousing success, all across the nation, and even in ol' blue Seattle. We had around 1,000 people in downtown Seattle, and about a dozen counter protesters. The counter protesters, by the way, were all white and old. They looked like a bunch of old, burned-out hippies with frazzled hair and they smelled of pot and patchouli. I thought it funny that they had no one else but white people in their group while we have many Tea Party members of all different races and ethnicities. Hmmmm. They must be racists then, obviously.
We had no problems with "infiltrators" and the Seattle Police Department were there to keep the peace, and they were wonderfully helpful. We had one guy right behind the stage who kept yelling "bullsh*t" while our speakers were talking, but we just ignored him and went on. Eventually a friend of mine engaged him in conversation and completely owned him as he had no real basis for his anger and beliefs.
Again, I am always amazed at the friendship, politeness, intelligence, patriotism, and all around niceness of our crowds. We cleaned up after ourselves, we didn't yell at people, we smiled and we had fun!
A big thanks goes out to all of our speakers and volunteers because this event would never, ever have happened without you all. My dad took some video of everyone and as soon as I get it I will update the post with the video.
I just can't say enough about how well it went!
I will say this though: the time for protesting is winding down as campaign season picks up. I will be choosing my candidates in the next couple of weeks and I will be spending much more time on their campaigns than I will on organizing protests. We must be victorious at the ballot box or we will be up a raging creek without a paddle. We will only win in November if each of you finds one or two candidates to support and you give it your all. We all must sacrifice to get good people elected. Please, please make your decisions as soon as possible and COMMIT!
Most of all, please don't give up. I've heard so many nasty things from supposedly decent people who claim to be my friend, and so I know it can be hard to keep going. But that is exactly the reason they are piling on. DO NOT LET THE HATERS WIN. They have no interest in dialogue, they only seek to destroy you, your motivation, your emotions, your energy, and our movement.
It is up to you whether or not they are successful.
Second item, my wedding!
I just wanted to give a brief description as people have been asking about it. We are getting married in a very small, immediate-family-only wedding. I don't need giant production and I certainly don't have the money for one. With the economy the way it is, and the direction in which Obamanomics is taking us all, I didn't want to spend frivolously. You see, unlike the government, I look at my revenue and my expenses and I decide whether or not I can afford something. When I decide that I cannot, I move on and I do not buy it. Duh! That's the same reason we're not honeymooning yet. It's just not in the cards for us right now. Do I wish that we could afford a great, tropical honeymoon? Of course, but we can't, so we have that as a goal to work towards. The important thing is the marriage, not the other stuff surrounding it.
Thanks for all of your kind words and support and forgive me for the lack of posting last week and this week!