I had a chance to attend my second Tea Party yesterday, at the Oceanside pier amphitheater, April 15th, 2010, Tax Tea Party Day. This time I was able to take on a more active role. Rick Amato did a terrific job emceeing the event on short notice, while I hosted his show from a KCBQ booth in the plaza, doing a prerecording for a program that aired later in the evening.
I was grateful for this opportunity, because I constantly hear so many downright lies about Tea Parties from people who have obviously never been to one. In my opening comments, I mentioned the variety of people groups in attendance, not a bunch of all white, racist homophobes. Later, when Dr. John Eastman took the stage, informing the audience of his close tie with Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas, the crowd of about 3000 cheered with fantastic enthusiasm. I went out of my way to mention this cheer a few minutes later over the air. After all, this is supposedly a collection of racist folk, who object to President Obama, not because of his tax and spend redistribution policies, but only because they “cannot handle an African American President.” Let me share with my readers what I shared with the radio audience: “The people at this Tea Party can think of many African-Americans who would have made good presidents. It’s just that Obama is not one of them.”
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