In the next post there will be a lot of photos from this event.
But, here are some takeaways from the event.
One of the speakers encouraged many in the crowd to run for public office. And that is a great takeaway. That while this movement is important, it will be credible when people from this movement take the next step and get in the game to see effective change. And running for office does not mean just big ones like the congress or the senate. There is a lot to be done at the local level. At one's city council. Maybe run for mayor of your town. There are school boards. Water boards. Many ways to be part of the process to get the things done that we care about.
Another important takeaway is that this rally had little if any publicity. I learned about it from the Pasadena Patriots, the local Tea Party group. Also, the Los Angeles county Republican party had an e-mail sent out. But for all the so-called power of conservative talk radio, I heard little if any information about this rally in Los Angeles. To get 2,500 to 4,000 people to gather on a Saturday, September afternoon by word-of-mouth shows that this is a real movement that will make its voice heard not just today, but in many upcoming elections.
Like it or not, the election of Barack Obama as president and the increase in Democrat congressional majorities has awakened a complacent, sleeping giant. One of the signs that I saw today, but failed to take a photo of, was this:
We are no longer a Silent Majority.
And that is the message heard around the United States today, Saturday, September 12, 2009.