Well, it has only grown, since that cold February day in Chicago in 2009, inspired by Rick Santelli's rant:) Though today seemed as cold, the movement's momentum is white hot with the House passage of Rep. Paul Ryan's 2012 budget and TEA Party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) asking the questions the media refuses to ask.
Walsh spoke again today:
RepJoeWalsh(R-IL)TEAParty:):the presoftheUS ought to be ashamed of himself...://plixi.com/p/93674079Rep Joe Walsh (R IL) ...the president of the US is destroying everything that made this country great
There he is in the crowd before his speech. With the election in November, Illinois now has a majority Republican delegation, but the state government is dominated by Chicago Machine Dems. The Illinois Policy Institute circulated a petition to overturn the draconian (yes, it's legit to use that word) Illinois tax hikes. Defining one of the big issues for the 2012 election, Dr. Arie Friedman pointed out doctors are with us, 60% realize that ObamaCare will make healthcare worse, an insurer details the Big ObamaCare pitfalls, and one young man asked: where's MY waiver?
Winding down I noticed this tweet, and recalled what I saw heading to the rally:
So about that TEA Party thing...keep the faith, folks:) Despite all the apple polishers that give us a first-class belly ache.
My favorite pix from the rally, this grandma, with a sign featuring her grandkids:
Will update with more photos in the next post:) [On Flickr. The set here]
"If (Santelli) wanted to know how it feels to be treated like a god on Earth, all he needs to do is show up on Monday," said Steve Stevlic, director of the Chicago Tea Party Patriots. "We will put him on our shoulders and carry him around the city."HT Steve Bartin. We are fighting for the city of big shoulders. Sandburg would be proud.
P.P.S. How interesting that we didn't have any counterprotesters this year, unlike last year. And how really interesting that in Madison the counterprotesters numbered at least one apparent member of the Chicago Police Dept. Shown on video threatening blogger and UW law professor Ann Althouse. When I looked at the raw video Saturday on her site I noticed the Chicago White Sox jacket. This guy was right next to them. Golly gee.