Dear Readers: This is a brief report from the San Diego Tea Party Revolt. Because I was the designated “Press Secretary” for the event, I was working the media along with our gracious Tea Party Hostess — Dawn Wildman. Therefore, I didn’t get as many images or actual protesting in as I wanted. So, I wanted to give a brief report today, load the best pictures to share, and come back tomorrow when other Tea Party Patriots had posted their experiences.
The picture above comes from Michelle Malkin. The event, which started with about 30 people committed to attending this week, has about 600 demonstrators. As Michelle says, fiscal responsibility is the new counterculture.
We hit several media points hard: We were angry that pork-filled bills were pushed through without being deliberated; we were angry that achievers were being punished; we didn’t want to tax our kids future; and, we did not want Obama-style socialism.
I did a well received speech. The speech was based on the blog Post, My Tea Party Goals. I think it went well — everyone laughed at the right places. I think the best bits were when I said “mice were now registered voters in San Fransisco” (referring to Nancy Pelosi’s 30 Million dollars to protecting the Salt Water Harvest Mice) and that had I known our Governor Arndol Schwartzenegger was going to embrace the Sacraemento Tax and Spenders, that I would have voted for Gary Coleman. Everyone appreciated my “Citizen Journalist” approach, and seemed to agree that TEA (my acronymn for Talk-Engage-Access) was a valuable guide to continuing the protest.
I was delighted to be compared to Sarah Palin a couple of times. Two people requested that I consider running for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat — tempting, as she is the California politician I would most like to replace. However, I think the best moment for me was being allowed to toss one of the two tea bags into the Harbor because my ancestor was Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam; the other tosser was Marc Stockwell-Moniz — Historian and fellow Descendant of an American Revolutionary. That will probably be one of the most special moments of my life.
A link to the KUSI interview with Dawn is here.
Some great photos are here: