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Show Respect for Tea Party Counterprotesters

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:43 am - April 15, 2009.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Freedom,Patriotism,Tea Party

With word that CodePink will be crashing the Tea Party I’ll be attending today at the Santa Monica Pier from 3 – 7 PM local time, let us remember to be civil with our adversaries.

They’re looking to bait us so they can capture our outrageous outbursts on camera.  Don’t give them that pleasure.  Instead give them your respect.

Let them shout, let them taunt, let them cry, but just don’t allow them to drown you out or intimidate you.  And if they get really, really, really angry, diffuse their bile with a kind word or an offer of a refreshment.  Or just ignore them.

Don’t them distract us from getting out our message that we share the sentiments Barack Obama expressed in his successful bid for the White House.  We don’t want to see federal spending increased by leaps and bounds.  Instead, we want something he proposed “throughout” his campaign:  we want “a net spending cut.

And let us make this message clear in our slogans and in our signs.  Criticize the president and other advocates of big government for their policies; don’t attack them for their personalities.  Criticize our adversaries, don’t insult them.

Be wary of anyone who approaches you with a petition to sign or who seeks your address.  Read that petition first.

Above all, be polite, be friendly, be upbeat.  We’re not doing this because we hate anybody, but because we love this great nation and her founding ideals.  We want to remind our elected officials of the principles of our founding, how they still guide us, how by returning to smaller government, we will achieve greater freedom and greater prosperity.  We will all benefit by these reforms, including, indeed especially, those now faring the worst in the current economic downturn.

Higher taxes and bigger government will only prolong that downturn and delay the recovery.

So, as we protest against bigger government and the coming increases in our tax rates, let us always remember what we are fighting for.  And with kind words and a good heart, let us affirm those principles even to those who would publicly contest our ideas and question our integrity.

FROM THE COMMENTS: Derek Moore offers additional advice–and it’s worth your attention:

And if anyone that says they are with the “Press” or a news service, Ask for credentials up front, who their supervisor is and then tell them you will get back to them if they leave a phone number. Unless you know who they are and they are a recognized journalist. Gonna be a few Fake News crews out there.

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13 Comments

  1. Great advice Dan for our fellow Tes Party activists today. Moderated and respectful conduct in the public square in the face of immoderation.

    And equally great advice for how best to treat dissenting views on a blog, too. A kind heart, a good word, strong advocacy without submitting to the temptation of vain ideological strumping.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — April 15, 2009 @ 7:23 am - April 15, 2009

  2. And if anyone that says they are with the “Press” or a news service… Ask for credentials up front, who their supervisor is and then tell them you will get back to them if they leave a phone number. Unless you know who they are and they are a recognized journalist. Gonna be a few “Fake” News crews out there..

    Comment by Derek Moore — April 15, 2009 @ 8:06 am - April 15, 2009

  3. They are going to be interviewing as many people as they can in the hopes of finding someone, anyone, who will say something that they can make look stupid, ignorant, offensive etc

    I saw somewhere (was it here?) a post from a lefty blog where the author claimed to have professional looking camera equipment with which they hoped to fool people into thinking they were with the press.

    Comment by American Elephant — April 15, 2009 @ 8:31 am - April 15, 2009

  4. #2 “They are going to be interviewing as many people as they can in the hopes of finding someone, anyone, who will say something that they can make look stupid, ignorant, offensive etc”

    They did they same thing at the Iraq war protests
    – And they do the same thing at gay pride festivals

    Its what the media does

    Comment by gillie — April 15, 2009 @ 8:38 am - April 15, 2009

  5. This is an exciting day. People have organized themselves and are gathering to say that they love their country and want her to be secure financially and geographically.

    Don’t let the opposition, who are so quick to call people “haters,” bring down the tone of this day of Americans. Our Founders are smiling today, let’s smile, too, and let the agitators be frustrated in their aims.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 15, 2009 @ 9:38 am - April 15, 2009

  6. Actually gillie, I dont know where you’re from, but here in Seattle, and everywhere Ive lived, the media goes out of its way to make gay pride parades and liberal protesters look good.

    Comment by American Elephant — April 15, 2009 @ 9:58 am - April 15, 2009

  7. #6 – Ditto here in Houston. They give the wingnuts more airtime than the real patriots.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 15, 2009 @ 11:05 am - April 15, 2009

  8. Good advice. Heaping kindness will only anger them more and when they see they can´t accomplish their goal of a confrontation they will probably pack up and leave. Have a good party!

    Comment by Roberto — April 15, 2009 @ 11:18 am - April 15, 2009

  9. #8 – Just like in Harry Potter, where laughter will help defeat either a Boggart or Dementor. Same rule applies to liberals.

    LET’S ROLL!

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — April 15, 2009 @ 12:47 pm - April 15, 2009

  10. here in Seattle, and everywhere Ive lived, the media goes out of its way to make gay pride parades and liberal protesters look good

    Yes, and isn’t it awful that gay pride parades be made to look good? When you’re a “gay patriot,” the closet’s your thing, the darker and nastier the better. Hey, was your patron saint Larry Craig at the Idaho gay patriot event? You know, the one held at that rest stop off of I-84 near Boise?

    Comment by Terrible Leftist — April 15, 2009 @ 5:32 pm - April 15, 2009

  11. Yes, and isn’t it awful that gay pride parades be made to look good?

    It is, when you consider the behavior that the Obama Party supports and considers normal and “common”.

    Why should we endanger children by covering up what Obama Party members like yourself are doing at these “pride” events?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 15, 2009 @ 6:40 pm - April 15, 2009

  12. There were some counter-protesters in Knoxville. They were passing out handouts with “facts” on them, and there were around 10 of them total. I saw people talking and debating with them, and happily, everyone was civil and pleasant. No yelling, no name-calling, no profanity. I was proud–truly people of every persuasion were welcome.

    Comment by jellibean — April 15, 2009 @ 7:53 pm - April 15, 2009

  13. Hey, was your patron saint Larry Craig at the Idaho gay patriot event? You know, the one held at that rest stop off of I-84 near Boise?

    If you were honest, instead of a piss poor, Terrified Liberal, you’d look through the archives and realize that NONE of us supported Larry Craig. But you’d rather be a juvenile, dishonest sack of crap instead.

    What’s more, how is it that you’re so familiar with rest stops near Boise?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — April 16, 2009 @ 6:08 am - April 16, 2009

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