Tea Partiers turn out in force in PTC

Red, white and blue were the patriotic colors of the day at Thursday's TEA Party at Drake Field in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Drake Field near Peachtree City Hall on April 15 drew an estimated 1,800 people for the Tax Day Tea Party sponsored by the Fayette County-based South Atlanta Tea Party Patriots.

Music played, a variety of protest signs were displayed and flags flew in the warm breeze, providing the backdrop for a call to patriotism and for increased personal participation in the affairs of the nation. The keynote speaker at the event was radio talk show host Herman Cain.

“This is Tax Day and Tax Day Tea Party Day,” Cain said in his opening remarks. “And we’re coming up on the biggest one we’ve seen since Boston. It’s called November 2010. Liberals are trying to find the head of the Tea Party (movement) to cut its head off. But they can’t find it because there is no head. The media is trying to find you crazy lunatics out there. So when they say you’re just one of those crazies, you say, ‘Yes, I am, I’m crazy about the Constitution and about freedom.’”

In his usual up-front style, Cain asked the audience to remember that the American Dream is under attack and, within this pivotal point in U.S. history, comes the need to fight back for the sake of their families and their nation.

“Our Founding Fathers resisted taxation without representation but that’s what we have today,” Cain said, adding that, “We have regulation without representation.”

Cain turned his comments to the recently passed healthcare legislation, positing that much of Congress still does not know what is in the bill.

“There is a healthcare cost crisis in America and this legislation doesn’t do anything to fix it,” Cain said, noting the demonization by the administration and much of the mainstream media that was experienced by Republicans and independents who opposed the bill. His comments were quickly followed by applause and cheers from the audience. “The day we can’t disagree with the President and our leaders is the day tyranny has taken over in America.”

Cain continued his statements focusing on three weapons Americans possess that can, if used, make substantial inroads to reclaiming the freedoms that are being continuously eroded. He said those weapons of participation are “our voices, our valuables and our votes.”

Addressing the voices of the various citizens’ groups that have sprung up across the United States, Cain said, “There can be hundreds of organizations. All theses are working together at a higher level. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cuts across all these organizations. So don’t be intimidated into being quiet.”

Our valuables are diverse, Cain explained, and can be found, for example, in the men and women that serve in the U.S. military. Our valuables can also be found in our time and money. Whether volunteering or writing a check, everybody can do something, he stressed.

“If we don’t take back control in 2010 we will have let our (service) men and women down,” he said. “This will be the most critical election in our history because we will be voting for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (so that) America is not turned into the United States of Europe.”

His comments flowed into the third facet of participation, votes.

“Some people believe a vote doesn’t count. Yes, it does, and I believe we will establish a balance of power in 2010,” Cain said. “I believe in the American Dream and I believe the American people are still in charge of this country.”

Cain talked about rumors that he might be a Presidential candidate in 2012.

“What I said was, ‘Focus on November 2010. Remember November. In 2011 we’ll be looking for a Presidential candidate (for 2012). We have some of the usual suspects. And there just might be a dark horse candidate that you don’t know about,’” Cain said to cheers from the audience.
Though presumably cryptic in his comments, Cain a few minutes earlier while speaking on “valuables” had noted that, “Liberals don’t know me yet. I’m y’all’s secret weapon. I want to keep it that way for a while.”

Americans for Prosperity-Georgia representative Joel Foster was master of ceremonies for the afternoon Tea Party event. Also offering brief remarks were Fayette County Commissioner Eric Maxwell on the history of the Tea Party, Rep. Matt Ramsey and Sen. Ronnie Chance on the upcoming elections and the need for public participation in the electoral process, business owner Jay Knight on the issues facing small businesses and Theo Scott, who offered the opening prayer.

Along with asking for blessings on the nation, Scott prayed that God would be with the family and friends of Army Lt. Robert Collins, a 2004 graduate of Sandy Creek High School who was killed April 7 in northern Iraq. Collins was flown into Falcon Field Thursday morning. The procession to the funeral home happened during the Tea Party events.

Scott also paused the day’s event for a moment of silence in remembrance of the fallen soldier. It was a very long moment.

Speaking at the close of the day, South Atlanta Tea Party organizers Cindy Fallon and Claudia Eisenberg summed up the heavily attended event in two words: “outstanding” and “fabulous.”

“It was fabulous. The weather was perfect, the speakers were well-rounded and balanced with Herman, the MC was on target and the music turned out great,” Fallon said. “And to think this started with four people last year.”

Standing at the edge of Drake Field as the mass of people made their exit, Eisenberg reflected on the past year’s work with the local Tea Party group.

“I never dreamed we’d be here today,” she said. “When Cindy called me a year ago I was happy to call my friends and neighbors to attend. A lot has happened in 12 months.”

Both Eisenberg and Fallon noted the significant amount of work done over the past year by the South Atlanta Tea Party group and the other local grassroots groups in Fayette and Coweta counties.

“People have been creative and have worked hard,” Fallon said. “American Exceptionalism is what it’s all about. We’ve got to get rid of this beast called ‘government gone wild.’”

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Tea Party

The Tea Party "movement" is nothing new. It is just the most recent reincarnation of the most regressive elements of conservative Republicans, repackaged and decorated with a new ribbon.

Roots of the Teas go back to the conservative ideologues of the 1930's and 1940's who opposed the New Deal programs as leftist and socialist.

The roots of the Teas also go back to the dark days of McCarthy and HUAC who painted those they disagreed with them as anti-American and probably communists. Demonize your opponents.

Part of the anger of the Teas go back to the cultural wars of the 1960's. They saw liberals taking charge of America and they felt they were losing the "real America." Minority rights, women's rights, abortion rights, environmental actions were just too much for some.

Part of the anger goes back to the conservative opposition to the civil rights movement and integration. There are no African-American Republican Congressman or Senators now. The "Party of Lincoln" has had only one Republican African-American Senator and three African-American Congressmen in the last 30 years.

Many of the Teas would have supported George Wallace in his Presidential campaigns. Remember states rights and the heavy hand of the Federal government?

Many of the fiscal conservative Teas probably followed Ross Perot in his foolish campaigns. The solution to our economic problems was to just "look under the hood."

The Teas anger surfaces most loudly when they see the Federal government as not like them. Not white enough, not 1950's enough.

The recent Tea movement, which has become the base of the Republicans is ruining the Republican Party. Moderate Republicans are afraid to disagree with the Teas, and Beck, Limbaugh, etc. Teas today would reject Presidents like Eisenhower, who is one of the most successful and heroic of our Republican Presidents.

So many of us do not take the Teas seriously as a political movement with which can debate. It seems we are in parallel political universes. We are more concerned that the Teas, in its anti-government fervor, provide a cover to threatening groups like the rejuvenated militias. They seemed to have forgotten Oklahoma City.

The Teas are primarily a movement that is fearful of change, progress, and the future. It hopes that a literal reading of U.S. Constitution will stop the world and return us to a mythical, simpler time in the 18th or 19th Centuries.

Americans should not be afraid of the future. This is not the land of the fearful but the "Home of the Brave."

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It is too bad that the phrase

"Tempest in a Teapot" has been used before. I mean really, Tea Party? Should you want to emulate an impressive driving force in the Revolution, look to the loggers and woodsmen, patriots to the man.

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welcome back to the enlightened exchange of thoughts & opinions!

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Those oh, so peaceful liberals

If it's the tea partiers that are the rabble-rousers, then how come everytime there is an assault at one of these rallies, it is the libs that are the ones that are doing the attacks and the conservatives are the victims.

Republicans Butsch and Brown get attacked

Must be a hate crime since it was politcally motivated. They should put the people that attacked these folks in prison for life.

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"an estimated 1800"

John Munford, could you please tell us where that crowd estimate originated from?

Hopefully, it didn't come from the Tea Party organizers, given their past history of exaggeration.

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Hey Burnt Bacon, were you there, if not how can you in good conscience question what John Munford reported. If not you should get off your duff and attend one of these and hear what they have to say and try real hard to do it with an open mind, you just may learn something. I saw a lot of my Democratic friends there and we talked and they said that there were some things that they agreed with, so try it you just might agree with some of it.

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Hi Dondol!
Dondol wrote:

Hey Burnt Bacon, were you there, if not how can you in good conscience question what John Munford reported. If not you should get off your duff and attend one of these and hear what they have to say and try real hard to do it with an open mind, you just may learn something. I saw a lot of my Democratic friends there and we talked and they said that there were some things that they agreed with, so try it you just might agree with some of it.

Dondol, you are correct, I did NOT attend the Tea Party rally last week. Real Americans like me had higher priorities: paying respect to LT. Collins.

I ask where Mr. Munford obtained his attendance figures simply because Georgia Tea Party officials lied about attendance last year LINK when they claimed 15,000 showed up in downtown Atlanta (only 6500 did). If Mr. Munford obtained his attendance figures from local tea party officials, then I would consider the figure suspect.

Finally, I don't mean to be insulting, but I seriously doubt that I could learn anything of value from a tea party attendee. I've been largely unimpressed with their grasp of the issues, they seem to have a tendency towards "bumper sticker" sloganeering and jingoism.

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Dondol forget it.. Fatback and Michael Moore

are 2 peas in the same pod.

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Uproar

Where was the uproar when the previous administration didn’t disclose the cost of the war and introduced drug benefits without identifying the total cost or how to pay for this benefit? Where was the uproar with the patriot act which basically strips us of any privacy from the government? Where was the anger when American citizens were left stranded in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina? Where were the tea partiers protest to Bush’s executive Order 1291?. Where was the outrage? Now that we have a president that is trying to give the working man/woman a chance, this group proclaims that he isn’t a citizen, he is a nazi, he is a socialist, he is a radical, although the laws that were passed were previous ideas presented by republicans. Does the group believe in stopping welfare payments to farmers, repeal Medicare, and Social Security? Should congress repeal the middle class tax cuts and give tax cuts to richest 5% of this country?

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Wow... tech you worked hard on all those talking points

Who helped you Rosie O'Donald? She helped Fatback maybe she gave you a few pointers..

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But Tech83, that was DIFFERENT!

Back then, we had a Republican president!

It's only since we've had a Democratic president in office that these teabagger pecksniffs have become Born Again Fiscal Conservatives.

Their noisome revisionism notwithstanding, you seldom saw any of these teabaggers taking anyone to task for profligate spending in the Citizen's opinion pages from 2001 thru 2008.

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Tech83 coming late to the game

Oh Tech83 you have missed so much. First there was uproar over the last several administration's. YES that even includes President Bush. People were angry with Bush's stimulus, with amnesty for illegals, with Medicare part D. I am sorry you were not paying attention then.

Now I must correct you on a few errors. First let's talk about your erroneous Katrina facts. By law the Federal Government can not take over a state. The governor of LA had to ask for federal help and declare a state of emergency. They did not do that. They did not evacuate on time to save lives even though NUMEROUS calls were made for them to start evacuations and to get people out of the city.

The patriot act has kept your butt safe for over 8 years. As America we have every right to use whatever means necessary to track terrorist (those are the bad guys Tech, they don't always wear black).

Yes I hear our new president is trying to to give the working man/women a chance. I see that in his Jobs bill. OH WAIT he is laser beam focus on jobs was only words. HHMM I see his efforts in the healthcare bill. OH WAIT that will tax small businesses 52% and they create 90% of the jobs in this country. HHHMM Well maybe Cap and Trade will create jobs or Amnesty for illegals or taking over Wallstreet and the auto industry. YES I am sure ALL of that WILL create jobs.

I don't believe the Tea Party group has ever said the president is a nazi or not a citizen. That would be the fringe people who are not part of the mainstream grassroots every day American movement. There are some in every group. Remember the 9/11 Truthers? Yeah they were nut jobs too.

Yes you are right the last several administrations have passed socialistic laws that have gotten us FAR FAR from the constitution. That is why we need to turn around move America back to the constitution not towards tyranny which is complete government takeover.

I believe that since 60% of America is conservative that given a choice they would prefer no welfare payments or subsidies to anyone. They want people relying on themselves like the constitution states with limited government. If allowed to do this the Free Markets will reign and we will be a prosperous nation again and people will be working again. And yes Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional and should never have been set up. They are unsustainable as we are seeing now with social security broke.

I think if you will ask most American's they would prefer the fair tax instead of repealing the Bush tax cuts which helped small businesses. The fair tax (www.fairtax.org) has proven to be successful and allows everybody to participate instead of one class carrying the burden for everyone.

So you see the Tea Party people are just everyday Americans who are fed up with big spending and over reaching government of both parties. They believe that WE PEOPLE means something. You see this with the diversity of the Tea Party attenders: all races, gender, and political affiliation.

I would NOT advise you attending a Tea Party rally because it might spark you to read the constitution and fall in love with your country all over again. Your eyes might be open to have far we have moved away from the Founding Father's original intent. And you might find your neighbors, co-workers, and even family members there united to stop BOTH parties from big spending.

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