The wife and I attended the Tea Party sponsored by the College Republicans at the UGA Arch (the demonstration permit was for 30 people, but a couple of hundred showed up). I’m not sure who all spoke, as we did not arrive precisely at the beginning of the event. Even so, I did hear District 1 Congressman Jack Kingston address those assembled. State Senator Bill Cowsert and State Representative Bob Smith were also in attendance. It turned out to be a pretty lively affair; several reporters, photographers, and a couple of camera crews interviewed various attendees (see coverage in the Banner-Herald and the Red & Black.
Some of the local "living wage" crowd showed up for a counter demonstration. I’m not sure how out-of-control government spending and their pet issue are directly related, but this is Athens and all of the lefty groups support one another (being composed of pretty much the same people anyway, who have yet to meet any “progressive” cause they did not all support). After they engaged in a bit of bullhorn assisted rabble rousing, Athens’ finest moved them off of the pedestrian island in the middle of Broad Street, where they were obstructing both pedestrian and vehicle traffic, to the north side of the street. I wonder if they had a permit, too? I’m inclined to think not.
I just hope that Janet Napolitano's Homeland Security cameras caught my good side. Everyone knows what dangerous radicals we believers in small government, low taxes, and federalism are.
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