The rally was a great sight to behold, with many more people there than anyone anticipated. Kudos to Bill Hennessy and Dana Loesch for being the organizers and inspirational fuel behind the St. Louis Tea Party.
I was very honored to have the opportunity to speak at the rally, and ended up getting much more fired up than I expected. The crowd, like the whole Tea Party movement, was passionate, spontaneous and ready to take action. I look forward to helping keep the momentum going and holding our elected officials accountable for their misdeeds.
What I planned to say (I got the three basic ideas in but not many of the specifics--I had to make it quick and energetic!)
1. My parents and grandparents, like all Americans, struggled to leave a better world to their children
- My grandparents were sharecroppers in the Missouri Bootheel and for the most part didn't control their own destiny in life
- My parents were able to move to a great city like St. Louis and go to college, which was more than their parents were able to do; they sacrificed a lot for their kids, sending us to private school when they couldn't really afford it
- Obama's campaign slogan was "Yes, we can!" but the premise behind big government is, "No, you can't!" It robs people of their independence
- Not many people want to be working when they're 80 or 90 but that's what the debt we're putting on our children and grandchildren will require them to do
- Washington politicians like Claire McCaskill love to bash Wall Street and say they need to live within their means, but what about THEM?
- Obama was supposed to be all about reducing the power of lobbyists, but what do you think happens to the number of lobbyists when gov't is picking winners and losers in the economy? They scurry to DC like rats!