I went to my first tea party (notice the terminology) rally this weekend sponsored by the Southwest PA Tea Party.
Had to see for myself. Video of the MC (I guess that’s who he was) and their featured speaker, some talk show/commentator who fills in for Savage and Doyle (tells you everything you need to know about him) named Jeff Kuhner from DC, are at http://www.youtube.com/user/PeaceIsPatriotic.
I know some of you won’t believe this, but I went with an open mind. These people are, after all, locals and neighbors. The event was only a few miles from my home. I wanted to see and hear what was being said. I wanted to find some common ground.
I did. I’m as pissed off as anyone about the state of affairs in this country. I was hoping to hear solutions and rational ideas mixed in with the anger and frustration. Surely, my neighbors weren’t the same idiotic racists and blindly loyal conservatives I’ve seen on TV and the Internet at all the other tea party rallies. Surely, they weren’t the stereotypical “tea baggers” with their thinly veiled racism and complete lack of understanding of the facts about how we got to this sorry state in America and whom I’ve come to hold in utter contempt and disdain.
Not here. Not my neighbors.
Sadly, I was wrong. The common ground was all too thin. The stereotypes are all too true.
This was a gathering of angry white Christian rednecks only. It was sad to see and hear how completely uninformed these people are. They blame Obama for everything; from being a socialist and a Marxist (2 different things, of course), to wanting amnesty for illegals (he doesn’t), to the financial and economic crisis (don’t even make me say it), to not having capped the oil well. They want people “back on their knees” and praying only to their Christian god (lower case intentional).
It was sad to see this live, in-person, and first-hand. It’s sad to see just how easily duped some people are. They hear only what they want and cheer on cue….like at the mere mention of Ronny Reagan.
I have news for you, my neighbors. Chants of “USA, USA” and dressing up in colonial costumes does NOT make you a patriot. You are an embarrassment to me, this part of PA and the real Americans who see you for what you really are.