April 15, 2009

The Rest of the Pictures

Justin Katz

The extended entry contains the last of my pictures from today's tea party. What an event! Several of Matt Allen's callers made an excellent point: No security was necessary. There will be no trash-pick-up crew needed. These were regular Americans, regular Rhode Islanders, gathering together to make their presence felt. And moreover, they were folks who aren't demanding that more be given to them, but given back to them.

By the way, I've reduced the size of all of the image files, so if slow loading kept you away before, take a look at the previous posts.

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What a terrific event. Nice job Justin. I've posted on my blog some pictures I took: assignedreading.org

Posted by: mikeinri at April 15, 2009 8:11 PM

I heard some of this on Dan Yorke (much of your speech aired live), and he had some interesting points:
He felt the speakers had gotten so obsessed with Obama and Washington that they let Rhode Island politicians off the hook. I completely agree - I'd had loved to hear someone get up and say the problem in Rhode Island is with people who say, "They're all corrupt...BUT NOT MY GUY!" I know my state senator is part of the corruption (he's the biggest union-employed fat cat of all, but Rubbers Ruggerio seems to get a free ride here). I wonder how many people present would've said the same of THEIR senators.
Dan was also worried about Travis Rowley's speech at what was supposed to be a nonpartisan event. He feared some people there would consider it a turnoff, and alienate Dems who might otherwise support it.
PRO's reporter estimated about 2200 people present. Bill Rappeleye estimated about 2000.

Posted by: rhody at April 15, 2009 8:43 PM

I saw you before the event and you said you were nervous. I guess you took my advice and look at the crowd as a computer screen. Great job! Do you know where to get the music they played at the rally before the speakers?

Posted by: Fred on the Blog at April 15, 2009 8:45 PM

I saw you before the event and you said you were nervous. I guess you took my advice and look at the crowd as a computer screen. Great job! Do you know where to get the music they played at the rally before the speakers?

Posted by: Fred on the Blog at April 15, 2009 8:54 PM

There is a Rainbow Coalition. We now have a "MonoChrome March".

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at April 15, 2009 8:59 PM

I love that the first picture of the post to which you appended your cliché, Old Time Lefty, has a man of color in the foreground.

There was actually reasonable representation from minority groups. I thought to take pictures of them, but I didn't want to stoop to the Left's level of racism.

Posted by: Justin Katz at April 15, 2009 9:14 PM


"He felt the speakers had gotten so obsessed with Obama and Washington that they let Rhode Island politicians off the hook."

Just as the event was supposed to be non-partisan, it was also supposed to be non-RI. It was supposed to be aimed at Washington. This all started because of Obama's housing bailout, where the responsible homeowners, who actually took out a mortgage we can afford are now paying for all the idiots and criminal bankers who took out loans and gave loans that both sides knew they couldn't afford.

Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers had a great quote on the housing crisis: "Remember that house you didn't buy because you could afford to pay for? You're paying for it."

Posted by: Patrick at April 15, 2009 9:22 PM

There seemed to be a good blend of national vs. state stuff mentioned. Good blend of non-partisan and partisan speakers, too. The politicians who signed the ATR tax pledge were Republicans, Democrats, and one independent.

Please keep in mind, virtually everyone involved in this event, from the organizers on down, are pretty new to the whole "protesting" thing. We aren't complete amateurs, but we certainly aren't professionals at it either, like many on the left. That being said, I kind of understand now why they like to do them now. It actually felt good to be around a lot of like-minded people, sharing common goals.

PS I know we'll be checking all the photos we took to get an accurate count, because we presume the Projo and certain other MSM outlets may try to under-count it. Based on some experience of going to large events (but not protests), I'd easily put it between 2000 and 2500. It's certainly not "hundreds" like the Projo blog was reporting. Let's see if they update that for tomorrow's "bird cage liner" edition.

PPS I did take about 100 digital photos, which I'm now going through. I also videotaped most of the speeches, including Justin's (great job!). I'll let you know when that's ready in digital form, if you'd like.

Posted by: Will at April 15, 2009 10:05 PM

Hey, Justin,

Will you post your speech (and those of your fellow rabble-rousers)?

Posted by: Chairm at April 16, 2009 4:46 AM

I'm a bit disheartened by Matt J.'s and others' comments seeking to undermine yesterday's rally. It's not because I attended, nor is it because I'm an "ultra right wing" activist. Rather, it's because I quite enjoyed seeing an organic movement spring up in this cynical of all cynical states.

Comments labeling the group "monochromatic" "radical right wing" and the like do nothing but discourage our public discourse.

And you know what the funny thing is? Many of the callers to talk radio and those interviewed on the ground remarked that they had never been to a rally before; they had never really been engaged in the political process. The irony here of course is that those are the same sentiments touted by Obama supporters throughout his campaign not even six months ago.

So what's changed? Why can we not all applaud ordinary citizens gathering in the spirit of our founders? These are our civil rights. They should be celebrated. And for an old cynic like me, who thought this event to be a sure failure, even more so.

Posted by: anonymous at April 16, 2009 8:04 AM

I'm a bit disheartened that you even care what the hate America left thinks about the tea parties or anything else.
Why do you care? Why would you care?
Please understand that one of the major yet unfulfilled wet dreams of the left is to silence those who oppose and expose their corrupt and failed ideology.
There were over 800 tea parties yesterday across this great land and all 800 happenend with little or no prior press coverage from the leftist "mainstream" media. They seek to minimize, marginalize and demonize into silence anyone who challenges their racist and anti-American ideology.
800 tea parties!
anonymous don't care about or fear the left, simply pity them for they are without joy or soul.
They are the last people on earth whose opinions should carry any weight with you. They are unworthy of such consideration.

Posted by: Linda at April 16, 2009 9:06 AM

If the measure of success is number of attendees, then the event was a success; there were about 2500 people there at 5:15 by my count - despite what any of the disingenuos detractors at RIF are spewing.

But if the measure of success is the influence or effect it will have on our elected leaders, then I see it as a failure. Afterall, 2500 mid-40s white people that wouldn't vote Democrat anyway are not going to influence the leaders in a state run by unions, the universities, and the poverty industry.

I guess to me it seemed more like a tea party analagous to a bunch of aristocratic british wives gossiping than the 1773 version.

As a side note, shame on whomever ripped down a counter protestor's sign. Oh, and RIF thinks that the event is not worth discussing...as declared in each of the 12 posts about it. CNN and MSNBC must agee...a quick check revealed no tea party stories, although they did cover "Hulk Hogan relates to OJ' and "Cavs denied home record".

Posted by: JP at April 16, 2009 9:16 AM

I know you went out of your way to find a man of color in the crowd. You had to. A drop or two of color in a sea of white does not alter the color of the sea.

I thought that you might break your arm patting yourself on the back here, and if it was your right arm you are now a lefty.

As the Spanish say, "Pygmies stuffed and placed on the Alps are pygmies still" - it was a Monochrome March lacking in soul and salsa to name a few ingredients.
From one Lefty to another

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at April 16, 2009 1:03 PM
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