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Your Opinion: Tea party rallies support

Your Opinion: Tea party rallies support

March 2nd, 2011 by James Holland, Fulton in News

Dear Editor:

February 26 is a day that I won't soon forget.

"The best music never gets recorded" says more about the life, the energy and the spontaneity of the Rally for Common Sense Project than a manufactured end product. No amount of planning could have created a more successful rally.

Wednesday morning, TeaParty leaders learned MoveOn, planned to take the front steps of our Capitol in support of Wisconsin unions. By noon, three TeaParty leaders decided, "Not on our turf and not on our watch!" By evening, we had a rally permit in hand and a flash fire had been torched.

Thursday morning e-mails were flying between every Tea Party, 9/12 group and conservative organization in the state. Without one single committee meeting, the Rally For Common Sense became a living thing.

"Take the High Ground" became the patriot battle cry by 8:30 Saturday as Gadsden Flags and Tea Party banners were hung, portable pavilions set up, the Public Address system installed, and free Patriot Blend Coffee was offered to all.

By 10:30 about 200 Patriots had gathered donning "stay out in the cold and damp" attire and eager for a program of about 15 speakers plus several who had a burning desire to go "open mike."

It was a day of joy and patriotic pride. We sang, we prayed, we cheered and cheered some more. We greeted old friends and forged new alliances.

By the time the Progressive's caravan arrived, we were in full swing. Lacking the necessary permit for a rally on Capitol grounds, they were forced by Capitol Police to set up on the other side of the building in the street.

By being informed, dedicated by personal conviction, and able to mobilize quickly, the spontaneous voices of freemen provided the sweet music of freedom.