In attendance, were Democrats, Republicans, Non affiliated, Independents and many not sure yet. But most importantly the civic center, lobby, and parking lot had hundreds of people aglow with American pride and who are lovers of personal liberty, lower taxes, smaller government, American sovereignty and much, much more. An estimate, of 500 good citizens, is about right.
To thank the many speakers, singers, and volunteers would be an impossible task, but I must mention a few. Tom Pope and Ed McClearen were stalwarts and close as brothers as the three of us hammered out the details of this event. Without their tireless help it would not have happened. To the fine folks in Watauga County for the great caravan and the sheriff/police escort that brought them to Ashe County, great big kudos. To the Ashe Homeschool Choir, "Generation Excellence" and director Pam Miller .."WOW." To Lynn and Aislinn Getty for their contributions and putting up with me at home as I prepared for this event, my deepest affection. To all the rest for under-griding my faith in America and her people, great big hugs and kisses. The founders would have been proud.
Often the media are unfair to conservatives in their coverage of Tea Party events. No so with Linda Burchette's article in the Jefferson Post Tuesday April 27. She reported it straight up and accurate and that is all we ask. Thanks Linda.
Our event was not of hatred or vitriol but of concern for our beloved America. The country that I am convinced God gave us and to Him be the glory.
As Ben Franklin said to George Washington at the Constitutional Convention, "I have lived, sir, a long time and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men," so say I.