Small town tea parties vs. elitist politicians

 I was invited to address a July 4th picnic/tea party rally in Shelby, Mich., where we spend our summers. Shelby is a village whose main street is about 150 yards long and contains a post office, drug store, bank, hardware store, bakery, and that’s about it. It’s American as it can be. Millionaire fruit farmers sit together with mechanics and chat in a bakery that has the best doughnuts I’ve ever eaten. Since they all dress in jeans and coveralls, you can’t tell them apart. The population of this village hovers around 1,900. And Shelby doesn’t have just a tea party, but a very vibrant one. (Hey, by the way, my brother-in-law is an officer of the tea party in Grant, Mich., which has a population of 864! So when I hear liberals scoff at the power and national growth of the tea party movement, I understand and enjoy their fear.)

When I introduced myself and told those at the rally where I was from, someone yelled out, “Do you know Col. West?” I nearly jumped out of my skin. They are all Allen West fans out here in western Michigan. And he’s only been in office for a little more than five months. We conservatives are stronger than we think we are. The nation has been propagandized by the media to believe we are the underdogs. How can we compete with the superior intelligence offered by the likes of Obama, Clinton and Pelosi? After all, Chris Christie is a fool, Palin can’t read a word, Allen West is a racist, and Tim Pawlenty is a backward hick who went to the University of Minnesota. Just imagine, not one of them an Ivy League grad!

These Shelby men and women were not the “millionaires and billionaires” so hated by the likes of the radical Left. I saw no Hummers, Mercedes or BMWs in the parking lot. Instead, there were pickup trucks, dusty Chevies and Fords. This is Michigan, the home of the UAW, and yet the state has a Republican governor and Legislature. Is this a sign of the times? Are people starting to wake up to the Disastrous Democratic Demolition Derby that has run our economy into the retaining wall, where such heaps as “cash for clunkers,” “auto bailouts,” “bank takeovers” and “Obamacare” are strewn all over the landscape?

Back in 2008, while campaigning in chic, swanky San Francisco with his millionaire and billionaire friends, Obama labeled rural Americans as those “clinging to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who are not like them.” Arrogant, condescending, elitist Barack Hussein Obama cannot understand the sincerity, honesty and patriotism of small-town America. Not “small-minded,” as he is, mind you. When speaking in towns and villages, BHO removes his hand-tailored jacket, rolls up his sleeves and attempts to become one of the “little people.”  My father would label him as a four-flusher, a fraud, a phony or, in Yiddish, a “momser.”

So, my friendship with the Shelby townspeople had nothing to do with religion. I may be the only Jew within a radius of 30 miles around. It had nothing to do with finances. It had nothing to do with my city background as opposed to their country heritage. It had to do with the fact that we were all Americans. Not just Americans but truly lovers of this great country. And when I left this tea party meeting, I felt I had bonded with friends who staunchly stand shoulder to shoulder with tea partiers in Fort Lauderdale, and all over America.

That’s why we will be victorious in November 2012! That’s when we elect and welcome as president of the United States, anybody but Obama!


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