Yesterday, my daughter and I attended the Tea Party Rally in Greenwich in front of Greenwich Town Hall on what can only be described as a warm, slightly sunny and beautiful Spring eve...from 5:00-7:30 pm. The Rally was really good--very peaceful, organized, thoughtful and most of all...needed!
Martha Deanwho will be getting my vote!
Peter Schiffwho is also getting my vote!
We listened to others speak and mobilize and energize the crowd, many of us being relative 'newbies' to the political scene. All in all it, was terrific to see that there are so many of us who are like-minded and united in a common cause of setting things right in our wonderful country.
I saw no indications of the Tea Party initiating anything to 'split the Republican party', nor to provide for a 'spoiler' in any upcoming elections--not yesterday, nor over the last few weeks. I'm sure that will disappoint a lot of people.
I was pleased that there were no 'objectors or disruptors', as some had feared there would be. After all, the press has been rift with horror stories of 'Crash the Tea Party' website, now thankfully dismantled and it's lunatic initiator Levin on 'leave' from his teaching post...read about it here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/16/teacher-sought-demolish-tea-party-placed-leave-school/
"Levin has said he would seek to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets and acting as offensively as possible -- anything short of throwing punches."
Right. How very mature and open-minded. Even if 'they'd shown' I have every confidence that things would have been dealt with legally, with civility and class. Incumbents can learn a lot from this new movement of ours...The Tea Party.
But yesterday, a group of concerned and motivated United States citizens who'd finally 'had enough' respectfully, but firmly, made their views known all over the country. I have a unique thirty-year perspective on 'Fairfield County Giving and Non-Profits' and what happened yesterday is long-overdue. The time of complaining and yelling at one's television is over. This is the 'Gold Coast', which not only bears the bulk of the tax burden, but is also notoriously generous when it comes to 'charitable donations'. By now, this same populace has gotten a very rude reality check and many people know it's time to get active.
The progressive-lib groups that have received so much of our hard-earned money have essentially turned on us. Social networks intended to help others are, in reality, a political web intent upon destroying everything that is good about America. And they do it while feathering their own nests and then denying it. The elites in power call it 'being bold', while we call it 'arrogant' . There are no 'winners' at the end of the day for 'We the People' and we'd better realize it and fix things.
earned it. For 20+ years, I've aided and abetted -unwittingly, that which I should not have, the socialist agenda put forth by various church, civic and government groups with my work as a member of the 'Obama/Wright' church, the UCC. Since 2007, I have personally seen so many 'social projects' turn into 'works of contempt' against those who subsidize them. You almost wouldn't think that this could happen in the USA, but just look at ACORN, for instance, and you see what I mean. When President Obama gave the first speech of his Presidential Campaign at the UCC Church Synod in June 2007 which I attended as a voting delegate, suddenly some warning bells went off. There were voter registration and 'Obama tables' all over the place (and yes I have the photos). So much for the separation of church and state!
Rev Jeremiah Wright, UCC (ret)But it was probably the realization that my most generous donation ever to the UCC Veteran's of the Cross (for retired UCC clergy) went directly into the pockets of one Rev Jeremiah Wright who coincidentally retired at that time. Ouch! Yes, I regret having made that financial sacrifice to plump the pillows of a hate-monger living in a multi-million dollar house, but I knew no better at the time.
No unsavory epiphany is without it's elements of usefulness and redemption, however. Having been blissfully apolitical for much of my life, both personal and church life, I suddenly 'looked into things' in this regard. Of course, I finally learned and confirmed that most of the social-service/church network I'd been involved in was nothing more than a front for the Democratic Party. Ouch again, I can tell you.!
Truth to tell, that wasn't a problem for me, as an unaffiliated registered voter, for a long time, long time. I merely avoided political exchanges and certainly no UCC-o-phile directly engaged me, so my ignorance was bliss. It wasn't until racism and heterophobia raised their ugly heads, that I finally saw the political light, as did a growing number of the many good and generous people of lower Fairfield County in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and New Canaan.
Here is but one example of what I experienced: The YWCA in Greenwich is 'dedicated to eliminating racism'. That sounds good, doesn't it? I attended race workshops there with good citizens of Greenwich, who, hitherto, considered themselves to open-minded and generous donors and members of charitable organizations. Well, I witnessed with my own eyes and ears how some of these donors were treated when they 'dared' to question certain money-recipients' intentions. I actually spent an entire 'meet-and-greet' session trying to soothe a white donor who fit to be tied over what was hurled at him. This is eliminating 'racism'? The fellow was hardly allowed to speak before he was jumped upon and silenced.
speak. I belong to the school which does not countenance racism in any of it's forms, towards or by anyone. It's good that people are getting knowledgeable that they've been played and played bad, at that.
GADSDEN FLAGYesterday's Tea Party was confirmation of the good intentions of good people. I didn't see, hear or detect a racist word or intent in the bunch, something I've learned to smell a mile away. But I did see a wise and enlightened group and one which is much less likely to succumb to race hustling and huckstering. Let's try slinging some truth, for a while. I see ideals in the Tea Party which look to the safety and betterment of all Americans.
God Bless and Keep You Happy, Healthy and Strong!
With Love in Christ,
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"