Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Partying in Oklahoma City

A few notes on today's Tax Day Tea Party at the State Capitol:

As I was coming down 23rd Street on my way to the Capitol, I noticed traffic backing up. At first I thought it might be part of the noon rush, but then it occurred to me that some of it might be people going to the Capitol for the rally.

I think some of it was: since returning home and checking online reports, I've seen estimates of between 2000 and 8000 people in the crowd. Capitol police officers reportedly estimated 4000.

There were a LOT of Gadsden flags flying (that's the one with the snake and "DON'T TREAD ON ME") - at least a dozen.

A lot of good signs: a few big ones with the names of the members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation who voted for the original bailout bill - which was ALL of them, except for Inhofe, if I remember correctly. One sign said "I (heart) Capitalism". A tea themed sign: "I prefer sweet tea to koolaid".

I wore my ARI Ayn Rand Centenary T-Shirt. One young man with a group weaving their way through the crowd noticed my shirt as he went by and flipped his sign over to reveal the message, "Who is John Galt?"

The speeches were a mixed bag. Most of the speakers focused on taxes. One of them mentioned Daniel Hannan - I had posted his video on the OKC Tea Party Facebook page, along with some Ayn Rand Center links. Much was made of the popular dissatisfaction with government. There were a couple references to God. I was glad to hear the words "freedom" and "liberty" mentioned several times but I was also very disappointed when one speaker at the end - it may have been Mark Shannon - brought up a social-conservative laundry list of issues including abortion, gay rights and immigration that were completely beside the point - anti-freedom, in fact.

I have to admit it was very refreshing to see a crowd of that size in front of the Capitol and see NO politicians at the microphone!


  1. Just wanted to say that the laundry list that the speaker used in the end of the rally was to tell people not to vote on one issue. If a canidate is 99% for what you believe in but you refuse to vote for him/her because that 1%is a hot button topic like abortion, gay rights, etc... don't dismiss the canidate. Use your vote wisely and keep them accountable.

  2. Well, OK, maybe I did miss that.

    Even though they had a pretty powerful sound system, there were some things I didn't hear very clearly from where I was across the street from the South Steps.