Over the last several months those of us that identify with the Tea Party have been harangued by the media, as well as many politicians that are ideologically opposed to us on the need to have a civil discussion. We have been told that we need to tone down the rhetoric in order to have a mature and logical discussion of the issues facing our great nation. For the most part the need for the Tea Party to “tone down the rhetoric” has been purely a manifestation of an overly fertile imagination. The Tea Party has been and continues to be calm and orderly. We have been entirely respectful of others right to express their ideas and beliefs. However as I look at reports coming from across the nation that call for respect and civility seems to have been missed by those opposed to us.
For instance, right here in Iowa last Tuesday we have a video that shows union members stepping off of a chartered bus. In the video we can hear a union member yell at the assembled Tea Partier’s to “go back to Arizona.” A few seconds later we see a union member walk off the bus and a few seconds later proceeds to extend her middle finger at that counter protestors.
And then in the video that you can watch here, we see that same union member located behind and to the right of Iowa Senate Majority leader Mike Gronstal. Senator Gronstal you sure do keep some classy company.
In fact videos like this one keep popping up over and over. Such as this one filmed in Atlanta, GA where a union supporter walks in amongst the Tea Parties only to get by shoving a counter protestor into a nearby fence. I have been informed that there was a police officer nearby that let the offender run away.
Or there is this video from Sacramento, CA where another union supporter uses his bullhorn to berate the assembled counter protestors. Then this same protestor attacks a member of the counter rally when his verbal bludgeoning doesn’t scare the protestors away.
Or here is a video shot in Ohio of a rather foul mouthed and apparently ignorant union member. I would like to point out that not all union members are hotheaded idiots. Many of this man’s colleagues attempted to calm the man down and to get him to shut up. But alas, he had already done the damage.
Or there is this little gem shot in Chicago that shows a union supporter that is quite obviously not stable.
Then there is the video of the Democratic Congressman Mike Capuano. During a union rally in his home state Congressman Capuano informed the assembled union members that “sometimes you have to “get a little bloody.” Talk about inciting violence.
These are just a few of the videos that have surfaced on the internet of union members or supporters getting violent and abusive with those that disagree with them. It seems to be that President Obama and the media need to take the time to inform their own supporters that civility is a two way street.
Tuesday afternoon I was among the one hundred patriotic Iowan’s that attended a counter rally on the Iowa State Capital grounds. We were there to counter the propaganda driven rally held by the AFL-CIO and their membership. In attendance were Iowa’s from all walks of life. We had the elderly, we had the young, we had successful businessmen, we had average laborers, we had non-union members, and we had past and present union members. We were a true representation of Iowa’s population. These Iowan’s drove themselves from all corners of Iowa, not as a part of a highly organized drive, but as a loose collection of individuals that truly represented a grassroots movement in action.
We weren’t bussed in. We didn’t have fancy pre-printed signs. Each sign held aloft by these patriots were handmade, designed to drive home the same point. Our state can no longer afford to continue to engage in contracts that provide lavish benefits far above what the general public enjoys.
Early in our rally we allowed one of the union presidents to have an opportunity to speak with us. After all, what we really want is to have a civil discussion about what the proper role organized labor has in public service. Among the many platitudes that this president mentioned was that they too wanted to have a civil discussion. Unfortunately he seemed to forget to tell the union membership this. For as the union members debarked from their chartered transportation it was common to hear curses, rude comments, and generally uncivil phrases hurled at us. Another frequent sight was the rude gestures emanating from the union members climbing the steps on their way to the propaganda rally at the top of the hill. And while we did not hear it ourselves, some members of the media overheard the union members at the top of the steps mention that they wished that they could shoot us. Once again, the left’s desire for civility only means that they want us to be civil, not their own supporters.
Here is a short video shot by one of the members of our rally as some union members step out of their chartered bus. Pay close attention to the African-American woman near the end of the video. Apparently she is telling us that we are number one.
Upon reviewing the media coverage of the “dueling rallies” I find a lot to be desired. For instance O. Kay Henderson, a reporter for Radio Iowa, commented that she witnessed union members yelling at our assembly. On the other hand Jennifer Jacobs, reporter for the Des Moines Register that I have openly criticized for overly biased reporting, apparently was wearing blinders. In her article detailing rallies makes no mention of any sort of uncivil discourse. I am absolutely positive that she would have included it if it had originated from any member of our rally.
By the end of the rally there were a number of things that were plainly clear. It was extremely clear that if it had not been for the union members that arrived by bus, our little rally would have outnumbered theirs. It is also supremely clear that it is our side, the side that wants fiscal responsibility, which has the desire for civil discussion. Without any encouragement from anyone the counter protesters that comprised our group were civil and respectful from the beginning. And it is supremely clear that despite the claims of the union leadership, they have no desire to speak openly and honestly to discuss our differences. It appears that it is their desire to shout down and threaten anyone that voices dissent for their positions. Makes me proud that I am no longer part of a union.
Our nation and our state are at a critical juncture in our history. Our nation is trillions of dollars in debt and our state has a budget that is far too large. And yet we there are some among us that view the tax money collected as nothing more than their own personal checking account. I am talking about public employee unions. And while most public employees are truly in public service simply because they want to leave the state better than they found there are others that simply see dollar signs. People like SEIU head Danny Horman. It is abundantly clear that Mr. Horman views it as his right to demand more from Iowa’s tax revenue.
Now is the time to tell Mr. Horman and his cohorts that our pockets are not his personal piggy bank. Join with your fellow patriots as we assemble to counter the corrosive and corrupt influence of Mr. Horman and his union thugs. Join us for the “We Surround Them” Iowa Tea Party Counter Rally. Join patriots from across Iowa as we oppose the radical agenda of the AFL-CIO and the public employee unions.