Bill Bucko

TEA PARTY - Troy, Michigan

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I left early, this afternoon, for the nearest local Tea Party, in Troy, Michigan. Troy is a populous, well-to-do suburb well north of Detroit, and home to some tall modern buildings with a number of corporate headquarters, including K-Mart and Kelly Services.

The Tea Party was announced for the sidewalk along Big Beaver Road, a major six-lane divided highway, across from the city hall. I was not familiar with the exact location, and as I drove along I was looking on the wrong side of the street, wondering whether I might be the first one there.

Suddenly there were police in front of me, halting traffic. Wondering what was going on, I looked across the street--to see a huge, orderly crowd strung along down the street for a whole block, armed with flags and signs. No mistake, this was IT!

I managed to find a parking spot, and joined them.

I carried my (small) sign, and some flyers I had printed out. I looked around. The crowd was composed of all ages, from children to teenagers to many middle-aged people to the very oldest. Many carried American flags of all sizes, from tiny to huge. Many carried signs protesting taxes, calling for term limits, calling for voting the current congress out of office, calling for abolishing the Fed.

[For my sign and flyers, see
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I held up my sign. "Would anyone like a handout with quotes from the Ayn Rand Institute?"

Immediately half a dozen hands reached out, eagerly and cheerfully, then more, then more. I soon realized the 33 flyers I had brought weren't going to last very long!

[Note: the circumstances were such, and my talks with people were such, that I think there is no danger I was ever mistaken for an official representative of ARI.]

I moved down the street. The same scene was repeated. I moved further. There went the last of my flyers. In all, it took about 2 minutes to pass out my entire supply. Many people told me they had read Atlas Shrugged, or had heard of it and had started reading it.

As I said, this was along a major six-lane highway during rush hour, with a constant stream of heavy traffic. The 1200+ protestors lined the street, holding up their signs so oncoming cars could see. Hundreds, probably thousands, of drivers honked their horns in greeting and support. For the two hours I was there, the air was rarely quiet for long. I stood at the curb, and at one point counted 20 cars in a row that honked. Another time, I counted 7 cars in a row that did not honk, and once, I think, 10. That was a maximum. Hundreds held up cell phones, to film the hostoric event.

At one point a TV cameraman interviewed me, asking me to explain my sign--which I did.

There was humor, too. As one police officer was politely reminding a protestor to step back from the curb, I shouted: "Arrest her! It's not as though she's done something little, like stealing a trillion dollars!" (The police were thoroughly polite and respectful.)

There were a sign or two that said: KING GEORGE DIDN'T LISTEN, EITHER.

NOT ALL PIRATES ARE IN SOMALIA.

Or comparing certain looters in Washington to the 3 Stooges.

Some people held a very large Revolutionary War flag: DON'T TREAD ON ME.

Note: for historic American flags, go to http://www.anyflag.com/history/ . I know I'll take two or three to the next Tea Party.

The next one? Yes; because it quickly became evident that this was not some small protest that was going to be lost on the historical scene. These were people who had not swallowed the kool-aid of that resurrected Reverend Jim Jones, that terrorist-loving, America-hating, smiling, smirking Marxist s__ of a b____ who lied his way into the White House (not to mention bribing tens millions of voters with the prospect of government hand-outs--which by itself is enough to justify impeaching him). These were people who were not going to lie down as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC want us to, and let America collapse into a collectivist dictatorship.

As I finally turned to go, at the end, I shouted to those remaining: "See you on the 4th of July!"

* * *

It so happened that our bimonthly Detroit Area Objectivist Dinner was tonight. I drove there, and to explain why I was late, said: "I helped make history."

Paul had attended the Tea Party in the state capitol, Lansing. Ron attended the same Party I did, and has promised some photos. [To be continued]

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Michigan's "government-take-all" Governor Granholm just appeared on the Nightly News, saying the Tea Parties "were stirred up by political activists and do not represent a grassroots movement."

Lady, I met a few hundred people today, all of whom would say: "The grassroots is coming after your a__!"

Here's a photo, courtesy of Ron:

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This photo (also courtesy of Ron) depicts what was undoubtedly the most questionable sign at the event. (There were 3 or 4 I consider questionable, out of several hundred):

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Please note that I have deleted certain sections of the picture. For the curious, let me say that the sign depicts a corrupt politician, not in whole, but in part (you'll know what I mean if you've recently read the crowd scenes in A Tale of Two Cities).

Does this sign go too far? Hard to say. Is trying to kill America and turn it into a third-world dictatorship going too far?

I've already noticed a commentator at Fox News who said Obama is emulating Mussolini ... has he forgotten how Mussolini ended up?

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Michelle Malkin reports there were more than 800 Tea Parties, nationwide, and says "Wow!"

But then again, Gov. Granholm is sure this is not a grassroots movement. Just something stirred up by extremists.

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Many signs I saw condemned socialism, and praised capitalism.

LIBERATE, NOT STIMULATE.

Another photo from Troy:

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Little Green Footballs is skeptical of Tea Parties, fearing they're being taken over by Ron Paul nuts. I saw only one self-identified Ron Paul supporter, out of more than a thousand people.

By the way, there were zero flyers, signs, debris or garbage on the ground, at the end. Oddly different, for some reason, from the socialists' and viros' demonstrations.

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I just sent these greetings to all 3 scoundrels who "represent" my district in Congress:

Greetings from the Troy Tea Party:

KING GEORGE DIDN'T LISTEN, EITHER!

Expect to hear from all of us on election day.

We have a thing or two to teach you, about freedom.

Angrily,

William H Bucko

another of your constituents who's had way too much of your socialism

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I just sent these greetings to all 3 scoundrels who "represent" my district in Congress:

Greetings from the Troy Tea Party:

KING GEORGE DIDN'T LISTEN, EITHER!

Expect to hear from all of us on election day.

We have a thing or two to teach you, about freedom.

Angrily,

William H Bucko

another of your constituents who's had way too much of your socialism

:rolleyes: Excellent, Bill!

This "was not a grassroots movement" to the Left because they consider the lawn to consist entirely of [take your pick] BLUEgrass (Dems) or GREENgrass (environmentalists) and everyone else is a weed. They will be shocked to find that they're the weeds in this garden.

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The Messiah's lackeys in DHS are now smearing deliberately unnamed "right-wing extremists," as a threat to the nation.

Hey, how many of you who are protesting the government have a long-time family friend who planted pipe bombs to kill police officers?

That bastard Obama does. (Terrorist Bill Ayers, accused by the San Francisco Police Union of planting the bomb that killed one of their officers, confessed in his recent book that Obama is "a family friend.")

So who's the real threat?

That con man Obama could have stayed in his stinking, festering, corrupt Chicago neighborhood as the small-time hustler that he is. But no. He wanted to rule the country.

Well, you bastard, it's you who decided to wage war on us. You're seeing now--from the peaceful, intelligent, dedicated, patriotic crowds standing in 800 towns across the nation, exercising our right to protest your tyranny, that you're going to have a fight on your hands.

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Well, you bastard, it's you who decided to wage war on us. You're seeing now--from the peaceful, intelligent, dedicated, patriotic crowds standing in 800 towns across the nation, exercising our right to protest your tyranny, that you're going to have a fight on your hands.

The intellectual snobs of the political class did not expect this and still don't understand it.

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Here's a good crowd shot from Troy, yesterday (again, thanks to Ron).

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Sure, Guv'nor Granholm, ma'am. This here ain't no grassroots movement. We humble peasants, on whose backs you're squattin', sure are beholden to you fer a-pointin' that out.

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Sign carried by a boy:

OBAMA TAXED MY KIDS AND I HAVEN'T EVEN HAD THEM YET!

Of the Tea Parties I've heard about so far, Troy's may be the only one that occurred along a major highway. So here are a couple of short video clips to give you some idea of how passers-by reacted:

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... Some people held a very large Revolutionary War flag: DON'T TREAD ON ME.

Note: for historic American flags, go to http://www.anyflag.com/history/ . I know I'll take two or three to the next Tea Party.

Check out Amazon and other sites, for lower prices. I just ordered 3x5' Betsy Ross and Culpeper flags very inexpensively.

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