GSRA - CA Tea Party rally Saturday at the fairgrounds State, National, International, posted by jimf01, a resident of another community, on Oct 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm jimf01 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Come one come all, to the fairgrounds on Saturday, join a coalition of Tea Party groups, local candidates, and enjoy "The Biggest TEA Party the West Coast Has Ever Seen!" Candidates, Music, Comedy over 40 booths and MORE for FREE!! Fairgrounds charges $8 for parking.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Oct 14, 2010 at 2:31 am
I went to the last Tea Party Event at the fairgrounds to see for myself what would be present and represented. To be open minded and form my own personal opinions, as suggested by the Tea Party folks themselves so often.
What I saw was mostly older white folks [portion removed].
I saw one Mexican family and no other people of color.
What I dis see were booths with signs depicting the President as a half man half monkey and the American flag with the Kremlin sword affixed. I was handed a lot of haphazardly con-cocked flyer's with poor writing and a lot of fatalist hogwash seemingly straight from the likes of Glenn Beck and or Rush Limbaugh.
There was ONE lone protester with a handmade sign and he was speaking his mind all of 10 minutes until security escorted him out. So much for the freedoms these Tea Party people tout and profess.
I listened to Dr. Melson open the talks, or rather rants and stayed another hour. I left in shock and felt deep sadness in utter disbelief that people can be so vain and have such anger, blatent bigotted viewpoints and be so arrogant.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Oct 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Oviously, the first writer had biased blinders on. I saw several people of color. My Family and many neighbors included. The event is very inclusive; inviting people from all walks of life and political backgrownds to attend. We all felt very welcomed and enjoyed every minute of the event. It is nice to be surrounded by so many peaceful, energenic and Patriotic Citizens with Conservative values, and who believe in Freedom. "God Bless America".
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Oct 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm
To the othere "Patriot",
Where were these "people of color" hiding? I was there for four hours and I repeat, I saw one mexican family.
Your comment that "The event is very inclusive; inviting people from all walks of life and political backgrounds to attend" is hogwash.
I actually followed the media as they interviewed a lot of people.
I was proudly wearing a PEACE sign pendant I did I ever get some NASTY comments! I got into several conversations with a variety of people and stated that I was a Liberal. My god did I get some bitter, mean spirited and nasty comments. I was treated as a second class citizen to an extent I have never imagined possible.
I was invited to go to the event and keep an open mind and I left with my mind made up and very saddened by what I saw and experienced first hand.
Not my cup of "TEA".
I grew up in a more liberal and tolerant California, prior to all the Red state transplants invading to make a buck here in our more Liberal State.
Posted by Arroyo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm
I could not make the last Fairgrounds event, but was at the Tea Party event on Santa Rita. I saw a great number of minorities, and was very surprised at the number of young people in attendance. All attendees were well mannered.
If you are happy with what's going on in Sacramento and Washington, just stay away from the Fairgrounds and keep voting in the same old manner. If you're unhappy with what the current Legislature and Congress are doing, get to the Fairgrounds and join others to begin to do something to change it. Also, be aware, I suspect that Joan Baez will not be performing Kumbaya at this event...!
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm
I think you made a mistake. The real Patriot is from the Country Fair neighborhood and is the Conservative with values.. The pretender is the LIBERAL from Castlewood. See you at the TEA Party tomorrow (Saturday) and God Bless America!!
Posted by Margaret, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm
I agree. McNerney is "hard at work." It does take some effort afterall to completely destroy private sector businesses...and there are a few still left in this area. Their numbers are dwindling...but there are some left, despite Obama's, Nancy's, Harry's and Jerry's best efforts.
And there are also several families who are not yet dependent on food stamps. But Jerry will make sure they qualify soon.
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm
I haven't ever been to one of the Pleasanton rallies, so I can't speak for the behavior that goes on there. But some of the nasty comments that come from the self-proclaimed Tea Partiers on this board make me a bit leery of showing up to such an event (not saying it doesn't happen on the other side too... I'm in Berkeley often and hoo boy). The message and the actions don't quite seem to go hand in hand. Just sayin'...
Posted by Able, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm
Patriot, If you saw and heard all these terrible things why isn't the local mostly liberal media reporting it, showing the video?
Why didn't you?
In this digital age, no proof, really?
Also, if you want to see hateful, try going to these "tolerant" liberal demonstrations and check out those signs. Also, try to express a conservative viewpoint at a "tolerant" liberal school campus. Wow, that will blow your mind! :)
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Able, listen to the pot calling the kettle black... Care to provide examples of liberal rallies that you've attended?
All I know about Tea Parties are what I see on the news, and I've seen a lot of, well, angry, hate-filled rhetoric. Maybe these Tea Parties rallies are just fun, family-oriented gatherings, but it doesn't get shown on the news, just like all you see are those socialist signs at liberal rallies-- because otherwise, what boring news it would be!
Posted by Able, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm
Dear Maria and Janna, obviously you didn't see my SECOND post about the "tolerant", "peaceful" "moral", "rational" left. Not! Deal with that reality. You might find a small minority of kooks on the right at rallies but these are the crazy looney masses of the left. Deal with those kooks first and then nitpick others’ viewpoints. There is WAY to much negative material involving looney, violent, hateful rallies from the left for the hypocritical comments about the tea party to stand unchallenged.
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Oct 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Conservative values are immoral. There is always someone in their plan who is at the bottom of the food chain and conservatives believe they belong there. I would never go to a conservative event as myself, knowing I would be eaten alive by hate. Liberals are peace-loving by nature. Don't smear us by comparing us to our vile counterparts, and I use that word loosely.
Posted by Margaret, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm
It is truly mindboggling to read your posts.
You and I differ 180 degrees. Night and day. (btw: I was once a democrat but am a staunch conserv now since I have matured)
I strongly believe that it is Liberals who are immoral and it is the reverse regarding conservatives.
Liberals believe in a class system whereby where one's economic level is, that is where they should stay...hence the "lower class" "middle class" "upper class" , etc.
I have been very very poor...was once quite wealthy by my modest standards, and now am middle to upper middle. So where would you categorize me?
Conservatives are "for the little guy" (even you and your husband, Janna) to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. It is the liberals who provide the majority of barriers to do so.
Regarding this...read a recent letter to Obama by one of the Founders of the Home Depot... Web Link
BTW: Thanksgiving is coming up. Do you know the real story of what the pilgrims were thankful for? They originally set up their farms in a collective (socialist) system. But they soon realized that this collective system (championed by liberals) resulted in demotivating the people to maintain and produce. Then the pilgrims decided to give land to each so that they would be responsible for their own produce. This (conservative) system (capitalist/free market) produced an abundant amount of food.
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm
Able, I don't necessarily disagree with you about the angry liberals bit (I go to school in Berkeley, I've seen some interesting stuff...), but you're generalizing. I ask again, how many of these liberal rallies have you actually BEEN to?
If I had the time and cared enough about proving my point, I could probably compile just as many photos of racist, Bible-thumping Tea Partiers, but it would just perpetuate this pointless cycle of finger-pointing.
Posted by Able, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm
I don't believe you understand the liberals theme here in the above previous comments of labeling the tea party movement's folks as loons at their rallies and labeling liberals as peaceful and tolerant folks at their rallies. All I've done is clearly exposed that lie.
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2010 at 12:31 am
All you've done is reverse the burden of proof by countering with your statements about the "crazy looney masses of the left". I'm still waiting for evidence that the Tea Party isn't a bunch of radical right-wing nuts. After all, in this digital age, no proof? Really?
Out of curiosity, what is your opinion on this upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity? (I already have a good idea what your response is going to be, but I'll ask all the same).
Posted by Able, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:09 am
"All you've done is reverse the burden of proof by countering with your statements about the "crazy looney masses of the left"."
Liberals in the above posts made accusations about the local tea party movement without showing ANY evidence of their claims.
I presented evidence showing the massive local crazy liberal presence. If you take that to mean all liberals then YOU'RE make that assumption, but the FACTS (clearly shown in web link above, but here it is again: WARNING: MANY VERY GRAPHIC AND HATEFUL LIBERAL DEMONSTRATIONS ON OUR BAY AREA PUBLIC STREETS. 18 AND OVER ONLY: Web Link ) remains that the Bay Area has a VERY large and well organized presence of looney liberal groups with hate filled and intolerant messages. You can in no way, shape or form honestly dispute that.
"I'm still waiting for evidence that the Tea Party isn't a bunch of radical right-wing nuts. After all, in this digital age, no proof? Really?"
That's like my saying I'm waiting for proof that you, Maria, don't beat your wife. Prove it. You see how that doesn't make any sense?
The way it works in this country is that YOU have to back up your claims against the other. So in this post relating to the local tea party movements gathering, if YOU are going to label the participants and gathering as "a bunch of radical right-wing nuts" then YOU have to back up your claims. Not one shred of evidence, eh. Really? Back it up!
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:30 am Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I don't know what to say. You are obviously extremely confused. I AM a liberal and you are wrong in your explanation. It is the exact opposite. Maybe you're just confused about who you are.
Your implication that I am somehow not mature and that maturity breeds conservatism is wrong as well. Conservatism equals greed, hate for the impoverished, and exclusion.
If it were not for liberal policies supporting those who need help, I would have been living my car with my family long ago. The reason I'm still standing is because of that nasty liberal social net you all love to rail on.
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm
"I presented evidence showing the massive local crazy liberal presence...the Bay Area has a VERY large and well organized presence of looney liberal groups with hate filled and intolerant messages. You can in no way, shape or form honestly dispute that."
You have the advantage of a website at your disposal that compiles all of these images for you. I can't claim the same advantage, although if you would like I could root through the past threads on this forum and provide you with ample quotes...
I already said that I don't disagree with you about the fact that there are some crazy liberals in the Bay Area. I merely object to you tarring all liberals with the same brush, just as you object to me generalizing about the Tea Party. There are aspects of the movement that I admire-- their ability to mobilize (which *cough* other groups have not been quite so successful at), the call for less government-- I just disagree with the "proof" provided (especially the weird, alternate-reality version of United States history that many of these people seem to believe) and the fallacious arguments employed, as well as the implication that those who do not share those viewpoints are unpatriotic.