I attended the Boston Tea Party yesterday. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day, and the large crowds (10,000 people? more?) were friendly and in high spirits. I missed Sarah Palin's speech, got there a little late. Who knew knew that the keynote speaker would be one of the first speakers?? However, from what I saw on the internet, I don't think I missed much there. As one prominent local tea partier wrote this this morning:
"I have to admit that I was underwhelmed by Sarah Palin. She was strident and loud and had nothing new to say. I'm disappointed that I felt that way, but there it is. Too much is at stake to be anything less than honest."
I totally agree. Sarah was a big draw and was probably largely responsible for the great turnout, but the speech itself sounded screechy. She strung together a lot of one-liners and platitudes, and that was about it. Not an inspiring speech.
Not to be too crabby, but the music was pretty hokey and out-of-place. What, the Tea Party Express couldn't find any local musicians? Where were the Dropkick Murphies??
End of complaints! I went there to be part of that crowd, to show the politicans and media that there are a great many people - people who weren't politically active until the Tea Party movement - who want the following things:
- Less government intrusion in our lives
- lower taxes
- fiscal responsibility
- freedom and liberty
- personal responsibility
We are just getting started, my friends! We want out country back.
Solomonias has some excellent photos from the event. Sisu was there, working the crowd and taking good pics too. Any yes, I'd agree with Sisu, it's time to set our sights on Barney Frank. After the exhilaration of helping to elect Senator Hottie McAwesome, I'm ready to sign up for another great upset. Former Marine Sean Bielat might be just the man, need to do more research on that. Which I will, at this weekend's Republican state convention in Worcester!
Senator Scott Brown, I still love the sound of that! Who'd of thought it could happen in Massachusetts?!