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Oklahoma Tea Party

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Had a great time at the Oklahoma Tea Party rally, held at 11:00 AM today on the south steps of the Capitol building here in Oklahoma City. It was a very cold and windy day, but the weather didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd of 300 or so that came out to voice their opposition to our government's out-of-control spending and regulatory growth.

Alan Webb, the organizer of today's event, started planning today's Tea Party barely 48 hours before it happened. He was inspired by the other Tea Party protests that have popped up spontaneously around the nation; those in turn seem to have been inspired by remarks made by CNBC's Rick Santelli, who called for a "Chicago Tea Party" during a live broadcast from the floor of the Chicago Commodities Exchange ten days ago. Most of the organizing for today's Oklahoma City event was done by word of mouth and through Facebook.

Webb told today's crowd, "I'm one of you guys. I'm not a political activist. I'm not a politician." He also said, "I didn't want my little girl to come to me twenty or thirty years from now and ask me, 'Daddy, why didn't you do anything?'"

The Oklahoma Tea Party's agenda was centered around:

  • Short-sighted leadership
  • An out-of-control Congress
  • Irresponsible lending and borrowing
  • Influence of lobbyists and special interests
  • Debt legacy

Webb had an impressive roster of speakers including Stuart Jolly (Americans for Prosperity), Cheryl Williams (OK Republican party), state reps Mike Reynolds and Lewis Moore, future Republican Congressional candidate R. J. Harris, and former state rep. Kevin Calvey. Local news media including KWTV 9 brought video crews to cover the event, so there should be a featured story on the NewsOK.com website later this evening. (UPDATE: Here's the News9 Link.)

Nationwide, there are about 40 "Tea Parties" scheduled for today and tomorrow. Michelle Malkin and Instapundit are rounding up photos and details from today's protests. Gateway Pundit has more roundups as well. And if you have a Facebook account, you can view the OKC Tea Party event page here.

Here's a Facebook note from Diane Webb, another one of the group's organizers:

Here's a funny for those of you who weren't able to make it, or who arrived after I had stuck my foot in my mouth.

I was handing out the Talking Points to everyone, and at one point I stopped and raised them in the air and shouted, "Who needs a handout?" Of course I meant, who wants a copy of this document?

But NOooooooo...this crowd was much sharper than I can ever hope to be, and they immediately started laughing at me and saying NO, they don't need a handout, because they work for their money and make responsible choices, etc. Everyone was rolling!!!

Needless to say, from then on I gave out "fliers," not "handouts!"

You guys definitely have a clever and fun sense of humor.

More photos after the jump ...

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(Republican candidate R. J. Harris addressed the crowd while Alan Webb (wearing the baseball cap) and Cheryl Williams looked on)

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Comments (34)

Don't these people have job... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Don't these people have jobs?

Dirty hippies.

300. Well, at least that's... (Below threshold)
epador:

300. Well, at least that's more than a Code Pink rally.

No mantis, you're supposed ... (Below threshold)

No mantis, you're supposed to leave that comment on posts about anti-war rallies.

"Dont these people have ... (Below threshold)
914:

"Dont these people have jobs"

Not since BHOs messionic bungling.

They sound like a right win... (Below threshold)
Spiked:

They sound like a right wing version of code pink.

I bet some of the tea parti... (Below threshold)
Spiked:

I bet some of the tea partiers will dress up in costumes.

From small beginnings great... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

From small beginnings great things have transpired.

No mantis, you're suppos... (Below threshold)
mantis:

No mantis, you're supposed to leave that comment on posts about anti-war rallies.

Gee, there must be a joke in there somewhere. You're so close, if only you could find it.

Tell me, do you read The Onion as straight news, too?

you're supposed to leave... (Below threshold)
Clay:

you're supposed to leave that comment on posts about anti-war rallies.

I suppose George Washington might pass for a hippie, what with the long wig and all, but I assure you he wasn't. No, but he was very non-interventionist in his thoughts on U.S. foreign policy. He wouldn't have approved of our last century of war, beginning with our war with Spain, up through our current entanglements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard." ~George Washington's Farewell Address 1796

"They sound like a right wi... (Below threshold)

"They sound like a right wing version of code pink."

Not really. Notice there were no signs encouraging President Obama's assasination, no signs accusing Obama of murder, and no signs depicting Obama as Hitler or Satan. That's the diference, Spiked.

Dirty hippies.... (Below threshold)

Dirty hippies.

Except for the lady in faux leopard fur coat.

I went to the Orlando Tea P... (Below threshold)

I went to the Orlando Tea Party this afternoon. I have to email some pics to the organizers and post some on my blog. I'm guessing we had around 100ish people, but it is a weekday, short notice, and most responsible people have jobs.

Palin, Joe the not really a... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

Palin, Joe the not really a plumber, Bachmann, some 13 year old kid, Jindal, and now Bunning - man this is really getting good! Love you guys.

The more the libs demean an... (Below threshold)
Sue:

The more the libs demean and "laugh" at conservatives and Republicans the more infantile they appear.

We had around 200 in <a hre... (Below threshold)

We had around 200 in Springfield, MO, which is pretty good considering there weren't any news reports announcing it ahead of time.

"Joe the not really a plumb... (Below threshold)
JB:

"Joe the not really a plumber"

You forgot to mention that Joe is not his real name.

Asshole.

Oh, and screw Paul McCartney. He didn't have a license to become a songwriter and Paul wasn't even his real name.

My husband and I would have... (Below threshold)
Terri:

My husband and I would have been there, but we didn't find out about it until after it was over. I am sure there are many people who would have gone if they'd known, or if they weren't at work. I think 300 people is a lot considering it was planned so recently.

I also did not hear anythin... (Below threshold)

I also did not hear anything about it and wish that it could have had a little more advance planning, and a more accessible time, for more of us to be there. The thing about us fiscal responsibles is that most of us are at work during the week. Which is as it should be. But this is certainly the kind of subject that could require a little more pounding to get our message across... Thanks for organizing it. I hope there will be more opportunities.

I would sooooo vote for thi... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

I would sooooo vote for this ticket:

Pres: Jindal
VP: Palin
Press Sec: Joe the not really a plumber

That's some awesome awesomeness there. There's no way the Dems could defeat that ticket.

Please, please support them. Do whatever it takes. Keep painting your houses with lead paint and keep drinking from the community well.

Larry Dick Man is FOR state... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Larry Dick Man is FOR state agencies running checks on people without cause.

Larry Dick Man is FOR the press attacking candidates families.

Larry Dick Man is FOR bigotted comments about Indian Americans.

Oh the left. So trustworthy. ww

So I was thinking and this ... (Below threshold)
Patriot79:

So I was thinking and this mantas guy must be stupid. Of course we have jobs. Why would we be protesting about our tax dollars if we didn't. I assume he believes that the million man march was by a bunch of jobless people too. He obviously does not pay taxes his self or he would have been out there too.

Hey WildWanker, remember wh... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Hey WildWanker, remember whining about liberals calling conservatives racist for not supporting Obama?

Bobby Jindal is a joke. That makes me a racist. I also think Ann Coulter is human debris--that makes me bigoted against trans-gendered people too.

This tea party looked like a lot of fun for people who have nothing better to do on a weekday afternoon.

Well put wildwillie. I'm su... (Below threshold)
Patriot79:

Well put wildwillie. I'm sure he was at any bush protest. Face the facts, it's our turn to complain.

Ok kool-aid drinkers. The W... (Below threshold)
Bigdog:

Ok kool-aid drinkers. The Wolverines are coming so you better get ready. For those of you that don't know what that means, go see "Red Dawn".

Goodness, I love these peop... (Below threshold)
todd:

Goodness, I love these people. Obama has been in office a little over a month and the economy is now entirely his fault. At least there are a few signs in the mix that demonstrate that the bailout occurred before Obama took office and that Republicans, such as Tom Coburn, Tom Cole, and Mary Fallin voted in favor of it.

WHO DO YOU TRUST ... (Below threshold)
DWIGHTBAKER:

WHO DO YOU TRUST
ß

PICTURE OF SOME OF THE INFAMOUS REPUBLICANS AKIN TO GETTING THEIR MUG IN EVERY PHOTO OP.
DID NOT COME THROUGH
i can send
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SURELY NOT US


THE ELECTION WAS LOST BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
AT THIS TIME THE ENTIRE PARTY IS
A BAD JOKE AND BROKE IN ALL WAYS
FROM EAST TO WEST AND NORTH TO SOUTH
SO GET OVER IT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT
YOUR OWN DIRTY LAUNDRY
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

The transition of power from the right to the left
Is now bad and shall get worse
In so doing will bring about low to high tones of rebellion leading revolution
That will be disruptive, needlessly reckless ---
In inciting the less others who are moronic in most views to rise
Up against the right-wingers in open protest and disgust.

Because their views of what the right has stood for has been in the promotion of the
FAILED BUSH BUNCH POLICIES for eight long years.

Thus who among this group passing these messages around that is sane and sanguine minded
Wants to promote rebellion, which could lead to charges of Treason?

Please allow this message to soak in for the
LESS OTHERS ARE OUT THERE NOW
AND THEY ARE MAD AS HELL

The Internet is a BUZZ with their hate, anger, frustration and plainly put
Your views written here promote and incite their rage.

They are not for Obama nor your ideas they see the need to just revolt
Fill our streets cities counties with blood.

Scary thought if you think I am wrong
Then you check it out ------ they are out there in CRAZED RAT PACK CROWDS
Just waiting for just one to come forward to led their rebellion.

Therefore I consider it my, duty and obligation to inform this group that the purpose of this
Message was to bring an alarm to those
Americans who have marched
NOT in voting to the drumbeat of their conscience
BUT instead to that of their checkbook.

Quotes by Fredrick Douglas 1818 ----- 1885

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last
Finding the other end fastened about his own neck.

At a time like this, a scorching iron, not convincing argument, is needed.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.

The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.

To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer
As well as those of the speaker.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced,
Where ignorance prevails, and
Where any one class is made to feel that society
Is an organized conspiracy to oppress?
Rob and degrade them,
Neither persons nor property will be safe.

NOW my friends consider this
Are you a Patriot?
Or are you just one more leading our country
To REVOLUTION?

Dwight-You should ne... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

Dwight-
You should never post on the internet when you've been drinking.
Calm down.

Obama just sold us to china... (Below threshold)
Patriot79:

Obama just sold us to china. If we can't pay them back, the own America. Good job idiot.

Eager to attend the next Te... (Below threshold)
Don:

Eager to attend the next Tea Party in the OKC metro! Is one planned and when will it happen?

In a time of war (two wars,... (Below threshold)
Jaim:

In a time of war (two wars, actually) these sorts of anti-presidential displays are simply treasonous and un-American.

Please stop hating America.

So because we are war, we h... (Below threshold)
Patriot79:

So because we are war, we have to sit back and let Obama spend our grandkids money? That's just ignorant.

Jaim said "In a time of war... (Below threshold)
shiloh1kb:

Jaim said "In a time of war (two wars, actually) these sorts of anti-presidential displays are simply treasonous and un-American.

Please stop hating America."

Did you protest anything Pres.Bush said or did? Then I guess you were being treasonous and un-American. Or were you using your 5th amendment rights?

We the people, chose to use our 5th amendment rights to speak out against this bankrupting of America spending bill. A Bill that contains payoffs to special interests like Acorn, new cars,condoms,abortions,new grass for the National Mall, and someone elses mortgages. I work three jobs, why should I pay for someone that doesn't want to work and live off the government tit? Obama said out Constitution is out dated.....so what ever Rights you Love as an American you should hold on to as long as you can they may not be there tomorrow.

These tea parties look some... (Below threshold)
a:

These tea parties look some weird cross between a Special Olympics event and a Nazi rally. Good for you, though, exercising the freedoms to protest and assemble that you'd readily deny us godless lib'ruls.

BTW, have you decided yet if Obama is a Muslim, an atheist, a Marxist, the Antichrist, or all four?

Obama is just inept. I am n... (Below threshold)
Ruth:

Obama is just inept. I am not a republican but, anybody can clearly see he's catering to his buds on Wall Street. These are the people who backed his campaign and he owes them. And yes, he did know about the bonuses. He's a consummate liar. I didn't like Bush and made no excuses for him and I will NOT make excuses for Obama either. I did not vote democrat for the first time in thirty years because of the caucus frauds I witnessed which were carried out with the full help of ACORN. He paid their subsidiary over eight hundred thousand dollars to scam the caucus states and there was rampant cheating in the Indiana primary as well.

I cannot support someone who sells themselves as the next holier than thou all while pulling the Chicago thuggery this man's campaign pulled.

He has no clue what he is doing and is already showing it. Money goes to those he is beholden too and screw the American public if they suffer. He could sell ice to an Eskimo but, he's Alinsky's baby and is fully showing it step by step.

Educate yourself. This puppet is no friend to the right or the left. He's got an agenda and the useful idiots who supported him as average Americans will be the first ones under the bus. Don't believe me? Go to the south side of Chicago. Highest murder rate, worst schools, and the only community organizing Obama did there was taking credit for Alice Palmer's work OR ruining the TWO projects he worked on alone. One is an empty drug dealer weed infested dump and a failure. The money went to people who were friends of Obama who never did the work.

The only thing he made better in Chicago was the bank account of Tony Rezco. And Michelle engaged in patient dumping at the hospital she worked at. So all the poor blacks they say they care so much about there suffered and were forgotten. A four year old boy died in one of Rezco's dumps and Obama did nothing but, help him run MORE slums.

The man is a dangerous FRAUD. You all fight him every step of the way. He makes anything Bush did wrong look like child's play.




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