Last Friday's Cleveland Tea Party Protest was small but successful. I think the weather kept a lot of people away - temperatures were in the mid-50s during the morning but by the time we had gotten downtown and found parking, the temperature had plummeted at least 25 degrees and the air had turned to an icy mist.
We all gathered in the square, shivering but cheerful. Mike and I saw people we knew from the local gun community. I even got recognized by a blog reader and learned that another had actually tried one of my recipes (cool!). It was nice to see the different groups (Republicans, gunnies, Freepers, Ron Paul followers, Ayn Rand fans, people who want to abolish the Federal Reserve, young punk 10th Amendment folk, etc) that came out for a single cause and to know that we all found each other via the internet. We were all chatting and exchanging information (& I think I need to get business cards made for my blog because I got a bit tired of writing down the web address.) Meeting likeminded people is always fun.
All the protesters were friendly and orderly and I was impressed at how intelligent the signs were. American flags were passed out and proudly displayed - this was far different than the protests we've gotten used to seeing over the past 8 years.
There was a small police presence and we attracted a bit of attention from passersby - from people giving us the thumbs up and honking their horns, to harsh words and menacing glares. My favorite had to be the woman who drove past while leaning out her car window and shouting, "o-BA-ma! o-BA-ma! It's OUR turn now, muthafuckas." Charming.
The entire group walked around the square at one point, our own little parade, and I followed along, just watching. There were quite a few angry looking urban youths standing sentinel around what I'm sure they think is "their" square...I made a point to smile at them as I walked past. Can't scare me, I'm a librarian...and I'm armed.
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