The next post will be titled: “What is Next.” But right now I must thank everyone who came and participated today!
When I started organizing a Tea Party a few weeks ago, my hope was to be part of a grassroots movement that would engage as many people as possible. The intent was to start something that would grow. Thank you thank you thank you to all who came, worked, advertised, donated, signed up to be part of the ongoing effort, or had any other part in today’s event!
With one caveat only (I’ll apologize for getting fooled by the unintended bait-and-switch speaker in a minute [edit: my fault; please see below]), I think the event went wonderfully and was a great success:
- We had many great speakers, from many different backgrounds, each as passionate as we all are about preserving life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves and our children. Thank you so much speakers!
- We had many people come! One of our policeman estimated 500 attendees. Wow, I was hoping for 120 when I started this! I heard there was a great turnout at the Veteran’s Park Tea Party also. Excellent!
- We had many people that wanted to come but were unable to. Hopefully we’ll get comments on this post giving your reports/stories/photos/etc. Besides, this is intended to be one of many events, with the intention of getting more people voting, and working together, to have have a real effect on our elected representatives. It’s about numbers, right? Whether or not you were able to come today, you can be part of all of us working together. On that note:
- We had more than 300 people sign up to be part of our email list!! We are all part of the start of our base, and we’re moving on from here! If you’re not on that list and would like to be, please email me.
- We have a full box of signed postcards to be sent to our senators and representative. That is power, that is your voice!!
- We had many, many people donate generously! We were able to pay the three off-duty policemen who worked the event from your donations, and were able to give them proper tips. I haven’t counted the remaining funds yet, but it looks like we’ll be able to pay for the printing and mailing of all the postcards that were signed. Thank you all!
- We were able to join our voices with Tea Parties all across the nation! And in District 17, the organizers of the Burleson and Waco Tea Parties are working with us to get our long, stretched-out district connected strategically. No more Chet Edwards saying one thing in one part of the district and something else in another and not getting called on it!
- And perhaps most importantly, we were able to see that we are not alone in our frustration. There are a lot of us! We must stay connected and grow as a group, not letting anything divide us!
On that point, I must apologize that our last speaker did not speak about what he told me he would I thought that he would–an idea he had for a tax plan based on the Fair Tax, but easier to explain. I’d still like to hear about such a plan… But I was disappointed that he pulled a bait and switch, which I consider dishonest. That is not the way to convince people of anything. (Edit: it turns out he had indeed emailed his speech two days earlier, but I was so non-stop busy by that time that I missed it. So, this was actually my fault.) 😦 I apologize that this happened.
But, please join me in making a firm and deliberate choice to not let anything put you off from our main goals–less government, less irresponsible spending of too many of our tax dollars, and more representation of our views in Congress. If you read or hear anything disparaging about the Tea Party movement in general or our event in particular (and you surely will), or feel discouraged, disappointed or disillusioned in any way, please go back and reread the bullet points above. Remember, it is about numbers of us working together. That can only be stopped if we give up. So, no matter what, please make the conscious, deliberate choice not to do that, and we can, and will, win!
Love you all!