Something struck me shortly after I learned that Endora-award winning blogress Tammy Bruce, while an Angelena, will not be at the Santa Monica Tea Party, but will instead be participating in the protest in Manhattan Beach, just a few miles down the coast. Two protests so close together! These things are multiplying faster than anyone could have imagined when people first started protesting the president’s spendthrift policies barely two months ago.
The sheer number of scheduled rallies already shows the success of this truly grassroots endeavor. Unlike the Obama campaign, which was built around an individual, we don’t have a central organization in Washington, New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. Our energy comes primarily from the citizens organizing in the various cities, not from the candidate around whom his supporters rallied.
To be sure, there is a website, but it provides information and advice, not direction. It is individuals across the country organizing the various protests. Moreover, we haven’t needed the apparatus of a political party. Indeed, instead of the organizers going to the party asking for assistance, it’s party leaders coming to the organizers asking to participate.
And it takes effort to plan such a gathering. That we see such effort from coast to coast is testament to the concern of citizens about the ever-increasing size of the federal government. Another sign of the rallies’ success is further is the eagerness of some on the left to sabotage and/or smear our protests. They can’t fathom that conservatives, libertarians and even moderates would engage in the type of activity in which they delight.
To be sure, protest, to borrow an expression, is not really our cup of tea. We would really rather not rally; most of those upset by the proposed spending increases and certain tax hikes have real jobs. And we don’t have much nostalgia for the demonstrations of the 1960s–as do some on the left.
This is truly a grassroots effort if ever there was one. It shows that Americans’ love for freedom remains unabated, 236 years after our forebears protested British encroachments on our liberties.
So, join me in standing up for that idea which has defined our nation since its origins–freedom–and for a principle for which some of our greatest patriots fought–smaller government–next Wednesday, April 15 from 3 to 7 PM on the Santa Monica Pier.
We gay patriots will rally together, then retreat to Santa Monica watering hole to celebate our freedom and drink to its preservation.