It was a hot day in Tempe on a lot of levels. The crowd was amazing, and the spirit, unstoppable even with temperatures climbing to 100 degrees. Thousands came from across the Country, and busses were there from as far away as Philadelphia. I met 3 vendors from Missouri, and dozens of people in the crowd were from Kansas City and Illinois. The midwest was well represented. When the news media asked my friend, Phillip Dennis from the Dallas Tea Party (before the event) why we didn’t expect the same “20,000″ the Protestors expected, his answer was simple, “we are the productive people. We have jobs. No union paid for us to come here. I took 2 vacation days and paid my way. The other side is all astroturfed by the leftist operatives and union bosses.”
The days leading up to the event gave me a chance to visit area business people in their shops. I was shocked to find that not one person I spoke with opposed SB 1070. My hotel, restaurants, shopkeepers, baggage handlers… no matter what ethnic or cultural background, all were excited about our “Stand With Arizona BUYcott.” Hopi Indians read my children stories by the campfire one night, and they voted for Obama, but they believe the boycotts and the communist (see below) agenda to destroy our free market are horrible. I also spoke with some illegals outside of the Capitol. They want a strong, but LEGAL guest worker program, because they don’t like coming across the border with unknown terrorists. They are Christians, who are pro life, and they detest the liberal agenda of the left using them for votes. They were extremely appreciative we were there, and asked us in heartfelt ways to return–which we WILL!
The following is an excerpt from the left wing protest that took place earlier that day in Phoenix: “The Revolution We Need…The Leadership We Have. A message (sic) and a call (sic) from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. We live under a system of capitalism-imperialism…a system in which US imperialism is the most monstrous, most oppressive superpower…. (sic) a system driven by a relentless chase after profit, which brings horror upon horror, a nightmare seemingly without end, for the vast majority of humanity: (sic) poverty and squalor…torture and rape…the whole sale domination and degradation of women everywhere…wars, invasions, and occupations….assassinations and massacres…planes, missiles, tanks and troops of the USA bombarding people in faraway lands while they sleep in their homes or go about their daily lives blasting their little children to pieces, cutting down men and women in the prime of life or in old age…” … You get the idea.
Honestly, in this month, as we honor our Veterans and Soldiers, it makes me sick to copy this propaganda into this post. There is no website listed on the paper, but they do give an email and web address: firstname.lastname@example.org, 213-488-1303, if you would like your own copy.
As for the Stand With Arizona event, Sheriff Joe and The Incredible Hulk (Lou Ferrigno and his beautiful wife) lit up the night with their courageous patriotism. More than $6,000 was raised for PLEA (Phoenix Law Enforcement Association) to help the families of Law Enforcement killed in the line of duty defending our borders.
One shop owner I talked to was an off-duty Phoenix cop. He told me that all 1070 will really do is actually deport criminals he arrests. “As it stands now” he said, “I haul them in after I arrest them, then the Feds turn ‘em loose. Then they come after me and my family. I hope the new law changes that, and actually deports them, so terrorists quit coming over by the thousands, and the illegals quit killing us and our families.”
I really wonder if those protesting in Phoenix for the left on Saturday would prefer to be INCONVENIENCED by having to show documentation like I do when I rent a movie, or KILLED by a terrorist illegally entering our broken border? I wanted to ask that simple question of them so badly.
Carole Bartholameaux, who did all the PR for the weekend, told me that they can all go to the State of New Mexico to get a driver’s license with no documentation. So what is all the screaming about? Re-election of politicians, perhaps?
Many of the Mexican media who interviewed me spoke off record and told me that the Mexican politicians are just using this issue to pander, but that they all know it is a non-issue. Shame on all politicians willing to use people to pontificate on this issue for votes and power.
God Bless America! The land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE!