Tea Party rally in Brainerd draws more than 50 ‘unhappy’ people

The Brainerd area annual Tea Party rally had been scheduled for April 16, to be near the tax deadline, but a late snowstorm caused postponement until Monday.

So that’s when more than 50 folks turned out at a Brainerd park to hear speeches with a wide range of complaints about the federal government and the country’s direction.

It was a diverse crowd, in many ways, says the Brainerd Dispatch:

Adam Weiss, a Brainerd High School senior, said the U.S. Constitution is disregarded and despised by our leaders. He spoke out against what he termed asinine government regulations which are part of a “nanny state” and said the U.S. couldn’t stand four more years of an autocratic president.

Mike Belisle, a truck driver, spoke out against IRS intrusion and taxation.

A National Rifle Association member urged people to join that organization and said that without that organization “I don’t believe we would have our guns today.”

Chris Kellett of Brainerd, the Republican-endorsed candidate for House District 10A, said she’s had enough of government telling people it knows better than the people. She also criticized how the nation’s constitutional system of restraints has been ignored.

And Guy Green, who’d run for mayor in Brainerd two years ago, doesn’t think either party is doing its job, the paper said:

[Green]  said critics of the tea party movement would be ridiculed as reactionaries. He said the Democratic Party has long been famous as a criminal enterprise and faulted the Republican Party for cowardice and for compromising with corruption.

“If we give them (Republicans) a second chance, we can not, will not tolerate another failure,” Green said.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jim Bernstein on 05/03/2012 - 12:05 pm.

    Nothing Changes In Tea Party Rhetoric

    Typical Tea Party blather: government is bad, government is too big, govenment costs too much; there is too much government so shrink it, starve it, cut everything – except those benefits and programs that are important to me.

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 05/03/2012 - 01:15 pm.

    First thing these “patriots”

    Should do is demand that their city of Brainerd refuse to accept any legislative aid to cities; the city of Brainerd is supposed to receive over 3.6 million dollars this year. If they don’t make such a demand, they are just a socialist rabble.

  3. Submitted by Theo Kozel on 05/03/2012 - 04:27 pm.

    “It was a diverse crowd, in many ways”

    Yes, diverse in a “white people over 50 plus one high school senior” kind of way.

  4. Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 05/03/2012 - 04:29 pm.

    Only a couple of hundred

    Showed up at the supposed Grover Norquist rally last Saturday. Is he air going out of the Tea Party balloon. Greed and anger are hard to sustain for a long time.

  5. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 05/03/2012 - 09:46 pm.

    The Tea Party is made up of people who are disappointed with their lot in life but too uninformed to know whom to blame.

    AM radio and Fox News use the Big Lie method to tell them where to direct their anger, namely at everyone except those responsible. Their tools are misinformation, fabricated quotations supposedly from the Founding Fathers, scary buzzwords (“Marxist,” “Muslim,” “homosexual agenda,” “persecution of Christians”) and appeals to prejudices.

    I am not a fan of Barack Obama, but I find it interesting that the Tea Party types were silent when Bush did many of the same things as Obama.

    It all reminds me of the way that proto-Tea Party types in Oregon mounted not one but three recall attempts against Governor Barbara Roberts in the 1990s. Now Roberts was a fair-to-middling governor, but the red meat crowd hated her with a disproportionate passion. The last recall attempt, which failed like the others, took place while Roberts’ husband was in the last stages of cancer.

    I once found some “Recall Roberts” signature gatherers in a shopping mall once, so I asked them what their complaints were, because I sure couldn’t think of anything that merited a recall.

    They came up with a list of grievances, all of which were either federal policies or equally true of the previous (Republican male) governor. After I had given them the facts about each grievance, I added, “I bet the real problem is that she’s a Democratic woman.”

    As I walked away, one of the signature gatherers called out, “Feminazi!”

    I see the same phenomenon with the Tea Party. Obama is continuing most of Bush’s policies on foreign policy and civil liberties, as well as being excessively conciliatory to Republican economic schemes–which is why I am not enamored of him. Yet people flood the online comments section of websites, newspapers, and magazines with claims that he’s a Communist, a Muslim, a Socialist, a Nazi, and a Kenyan. It is obvious that these people have no idea what any of these labels actually mean, only that they’re supposed to be *bad.* The new label I’m seeing is “narcissist,” flung around mostly by people who can’t spell it. (I’m told that this is the new buzzword on AM radio.)

    Propaganda works, especially if the audience is angry and scared and intellectually incurious, and even more so if the propaganda reinforces their prejudices.

    They know that they’ll be accused of racism if they say that they hate Obama because he’s of partly African heritage, (although I did see one online commentator come right out and state that “a black man shouldn’t be allowed to order white people around”).

    No, they use “Kenyan Muslim” and “community organizer” as racist codewords.

    Meanwhile, the powers that be pick the poor deluded Tea Party members’ pockets while waving flags and Bibles in their faces, making them hate those who should be their allies.

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