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I am Four years old, have no job and already am $160,000 in debt.

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I was among 2000 folks who gathered along the shores of the Hudson river yesterday for the 2008 Tea Party. Apparently 2000 was a fairly small one, some of the shots of Michigan and Tennessee look like we could have snuck in en masse in the back and not be noticed.

My first impression was wow there must have been a sale on Gadsden Flags, because there was about 40 when we first arrived (about an hour before the scheduled start time). My second impression is wow we should have brought more flyers (we were giving out flyers for the new continental congress.)

Contrary to common reporting this event was not a republican organized conspiracy against the current administration. Most of the speakers and participants were against both parties and were generally libertarian. The most common grievances I heard were:

  1. Bailouts
  2. Eroding the bill of rights (Especially the Second amendment)
  3. Lack of representation
  4. Special Interests controlling politicians
  5. Career politicians/Term Limits.
  6. Our children's future.

I was also struck by how many children there were. Kids of every age from babes in arms through teen agers were there. One little girl had a shirt that said, "I am Four years old, have no job and already am $160,000 in debt."

There were no professional speakers or politicians at this event. Every speaker was a local businessman or retired veteran and all spoke from the heart. Al "William Wallace" Roni from the local talk radio station played MC and was equally enthused about the event. I recorded much of the audio and will post it shortly after I break it up by speaker.

One last comment, last week DHS posted a report which indicated that folks attending these events event should be viewed as potential fanatics/domestic terrorists. I originally scoffed at this idea, but after being surrounded by a couple of thousand pissed off libertarians for 4 hours yesterday, I think the establishment should be worried.

Here is my flickr stream of the event.