Thursday, April 16, 2009

Peorians exercise their right to assemble


Hundreds of protesters flooded the downtown Courthouse grounds yesterday to participate in one of the hundreds of tea parties going on all throughout the country. The tea party's are being used as a vehicle by ordinary citizens to voice their concern over the massive spending by congress.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


I saw many of our local Republican friends in the crowd but the protest was non-partisan. Republicans, Democrats and Independents all weighed in. As usual I captured plenty of images to post here:



People came from all over the middle part of the state, including Henry, Kewanee, and Ottawa.



The signs were very clever and creative:



The protesters marched all around the courthouse several times and at its peak the line completed the full circle of sidewalk surrounding the courthouse.



Everything was very civil and peaceful but you could sense the level of commitment and determination of the protesters by how firm and how high they held their signs. There is something about a peaceful protest that sends chills up my spine every time. It just makes me so dang proud to be an American!



We should all be thankful for and exercise our amendment rights. Who knows how much longer they will be around.

6 comments:

Michael said...

It is truly unfortunate none of these folks were "moved" to protest the author of their woes ... the GOP administration.

Scruff said...

@Michael

So I assume you are in favor of massive government spending? -because that's what this entry was about... not party affiliation.

Atomic Lib Smasher said...

It is truly unfortunate none of these folks were "moved" to protest the author of their woes ... the GOP administration.

I take it you were not there. There was blame on the other side as well, and it was spoken out.

But Obama's spending twice as much as Bush had in 8 years in just 4 short months. Ask you children if they like being burdened with massive government debt before they're even old enough to work.

Michael said...

As I said ... this spending is due to the woeful misguidance of the GOP since Raygun. Of course it's going to cost a bundle to straighten this mess out. The real question is why aren't we raising the taxes back to the levels Ronnie had them at ... you know back when nobody was so concerned about their GOP high taxes?

Atomic Lib Smasher said...

As I said ... this spending is due to the woeful misguidance of the GOP since Raygun. Of course it's going to cost a bundle to straighten this mess out. The real question is why aren't we raising the taxes back to the levels Ronnie had them at ... you know back when nobody was so concerned about their GOP high taxes?

Raising taxes at the level Reagan had it at? You must have been on an 8 year stupor (weed or booze, by the way?) in the 80s. Reagan LOWERED taxes, decreased regulations on businesses, and made it possible for the economy to rebound after the disasterous economy Carter had us at.
Obama is spending like a crackwhore with our economy right now, fixing NOTHING, and you libs don't seem to care at all. How can you spend your way out of debt anyway?

Peoria AntiPundit said...

Forget it Michael. Bush's spending on Iraq and overall was more than all the previous President's in History. It was said here that blame can be on both sides which is true, but if you watched the coverage on Fixed News, it as anti Obama this and anti Obama that. I wish these people would have been half as critical of Bush during his terms as they are now of a President that doesn't even have 4 months under his belt. Makes the Right look like a bunch of cry babies. Besides, here in Peoria, when I asked about 40 people on the corner of Main and Jefferson how many voted for the Block, many raised their hands. They voted to raise our taxes and then protest at the County Courthouse (instead of the Federal Courthouse) about high taxes. Wow. You people never cease to amaze.

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