Tea Party, Fort Wayne-style

“O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?” Alan Keyes cautioned assembled conservatives that the final phrase of our national anthem is a question, not a statement. Will our land remain the home of the free and brave? The crowd began an enthusiastic chant: “We’re still free, we’re still brave: our – flag – still – waves!”

Fort Wayne Tea Party

The sun was shining and the temperature was a comfortable 70 degrees for the Fort Wayne Tea Party against excessive taxation. The crowd was large, although how large depends on who you ask. I heard a speaker at the rally estimate the crowd at 5,000; online news reports say “hundreds,” and I, being an eyewitness, would estimate 2,000.

Fort Wayne Tea Party

The rally was held on the courthouse green, and was from 11-2 on Saturday afternoon (which makes more sense to me than the more numerous April 15 “tax day” parties; after all, aren’t most participants working then?). The lawn was filled when my family arrived shortly before 11. The crowd included young and old, many with a variety of clever homemade signs. Unfortunately, the crowd was mainly white: although I specifically looked, I saw just two blacks (a man and his son), and no Hispanics, although Fort Wayne has plentiful quantities of both.

Fort Wayne Tea Party

Lowering taxes and less government involvement in general were the themes of the speeches given, as well as the themes of most posters displayed. There were few signs mentioning Obama, and other than hearing a brief quip about his missing birth certificate in Dr. Keyes’ speech, he was not mentioned either. Politicians of all parties were skewered for their free-spending ways.

Fort Wayne Tea Party

A variety of speakers took to the podium (I suppose there was a podium, although to be honest we could not get close enough to tell. If one existed, it was not sufficiently tall for most attendees to see) before Dr. Keyes began his speech at 12:15. He lived up to his reputation as an excellent speaker, leading the crowd to outrage by touting various governmental spending sprees, and reminding us of our nation’s founders and their ideals.

What type of nation will we have to leave to the generations after us? It was a question he asked of the crowd, and one that is well worth pondering as our country goes through a period of rapid change.

I was impressed by the conduct of the crowd. The few policemen stationed in nearby cars had a quiet morning as I saw no incidents of unruly behavior. The participants were friendy and polite. Many children were in the crowd, some with signs they had made. Other people brought pets. Attendees along the roads held up signs for oncoming traffic to see, and many vehicles honked in support.

Fort Wayne Tea Party

It was a wonderful day for an event designed to celebrate our nation’s liberty and to inspire us to keep it.

5 thoughts on “Tea Party, Fort Wayne-style

  1. I haven’t been to one yet. I’m grateful for those who are organizing them and attending them. It’s frustrating how the media won’t talk about them…

  2. I love it! I know about these going on but unfortunately, they all seem to be around D.C. While it’s not THAT far, it is difficult to manage most days. My husband isn’t much for demonstrations either. I have to live vicariously through your political life, lol! 🙂
    I’m glad you went and while I am not attending, I agree with the premise totally!

  3. You go girl!!! Looked like a great day to tell the politicians we’ve had enough!!

    Amy-You know they are scared of what is happening, because they know we are right, when they don’t report and/or downplay it. So it’s a good thing!!! Plus it generates more energy for people who want to be heard.

  4. There were several around here, well attended. 1500 at one, over 4000 at another. I would have loved to hear Alan Keyes speak tho!

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