Sunday, September 13, 2009

Up To 150 Patriots Brave Wet Weather In Anchorage, Alaska, For Local Version Of September 12th, 2009 Tea Party Protest

Despite frequent rainshowers in the area, approximately 150 patriots gathered at the Delaney Park Strip near downtown Anchorage on September 12th, 2009 to express their anger at the direction America is taking. Tops on the political menu were the Constitution, gun rights, and what they called the "socialist" President Obama. KTUU Channel 2 also posted a story, and a number of photos available on the Black Bear Blog.

Joe Miller, a Fairbanks attorney and former Interior regional chair of the state Republican Party, told the crowd Obama wants to turn the U.S. into a "bastion of socialism". He also said that the Second Amendment exists to protect the right of people to be a threat to their government. Former Alaska Independence Party U.S. Senate candidate Bob Bird also showed up, and told the crowd, "(Obama) is a fake, he is an illegal alien, he is a fraud. Barack Obama, where is the birth certificate?" KBYR conservative talk show host Eddie Burke also made an appearance.

One participant, Katherine Hicks, took the time to further explain why is meant by "socialism". Hicks said what she's talking about when she refers to socialism is "out of control spending and taking control of our industries." While socialism was founded in the 19th Century as a movement advocating collective or governmental ownership of production and distribution of goods, the founders would not have included out of control spending in their characterization. Hicks also said she's been a part of both the 9/12 project, which describes itself as being for liberty and small government, and the Anchorage second amendment task force. Groups like those partially sprung from the "tea party" movement that began last spring.

Similar rallies were also planned for Wasilla and Ketchikan.

This rally was Anchorage's manifestation of the "Tea Party Express", which culminated in a huge rally in Washington, D.C. Sponsors of the rally included the FreedomWorks Foundation, the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Center for Individuals Rights. National news stories were posted by the Fox News Channel and CNN and WorldNetDaily.

Some sources claim that as many as two million protestors may have shown up. Mainstream media outlets claim the number to be more like 70,000. Both estimates seem off; if you look at the time lapse video posted below, you might agree with some who claim the real number to be as much as 150,000 to 200,000 ( estimates the numbers were in the "healthy six figures").

Here's an Associated Press video providing a snapshot of the day's events in Washington:

Regardless of the final count, a hell of a lot of fed-up people showed up in Washington on Saturday. Makes one wonder just how Barack Obama snake-charmed his way into the White House.

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