Members of several like-minded groups, the 9.12 groups from across OH, the Grass Fire Rally Team from Painesville, Heritage Group from Willoughby, joined Tea Party Patriot groups from all over OH and staged a peaceful and responsible protest.Meeting at Shaker Towne Centre and lining Lee Rd., we were greeted by constant honks and cheers of approval as cars drove through this heavily traveled intersection in what can be considered the backyard of Sen. Sherrod Brown and the front door of Rep. Marcia Fudge (both supporters of the Death care proposals). We were made aware that at least two (2) people that pulled over and joined us.
As “O” hour neared, and after interviews with Channel 3, 5, 8, 19, WTAM 1100 and the local fish wrap – the Cleveland PD, our soaked to the bone fellow Patriots began growing antsy. Curiously enough, the fact that, “WE the people,” vastly outnumbered proponents of socialized health care and ACORN activists (Obama’s Nuts) never made any of their reports or stories. Who’d a thunk it?!? But we do feel the reporters from local Channel 8 & 19 did give us fair coverage. And for this we thank them for being truthful. The event was also picked up by Cavuto and earned a link on Instapundit.
Following a police escort, our .3/4 mile long Patriot Procession marched down Lee Rd, again to the honks & cheers of approval from passing motorists. Proceeding through side streets, we were met with homeowners also expressing their support. These would be the ones that did not have Obama signs in the front yard.
Arriving at the HS, we congregated in a predetermined location worked out with the Shaker PD. This location was selected for security concerns. We did not feel it would be responsible to mix families and seniors with possibly combative Obama supporters. Do I need to even comment on why we did not want to be near ACORN? Confrontation with anyone -- was the last thing we wanted and security of participants was always first and foremost in our planning. Noticing there was merely a handful of death care supporters outside Shaker HS our crowd migrated the front doors where we were obviously kept behind the security line.
Obama and his supporters were not our targeted audience even though some felt they should have been. Think about it… we were there to rally against socialized health care -- why waste our time, energy and efforts on Obama and his death care supporters? They will and routinely do ignore us anyway.
Our target audience was the everyday John & Jane Q. Citizen who are also unhappy about possibly losing the right to choose, paying for the health care for untold millions of illegal immigrants and another trillion dollar booby prize of a plan. We were there to show other Americans that our 1st Amendment rights do exist and that the, Silent Majority – will be Silent No More!