Initial impressions from Tea Party in Eugene, Oregon

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I will write a more thorough report tomorrow, but here are my initial impressions.

Crowd: About 800 people (Eugene and Springfield have a combined total population of about 210,000)

Demographics: Mostly 40+ with kids or seniors.  The people that were below 30 were usually Paultards.

Speaker: Dressed as a seemingly random founding father. Member of Americans for Prosperity

Signs:  After viewing tons of pictures from events around the country, I was surprised by the number of ditto-signs in the crowd.  Lots of allusions to Atlas Shrugged, lots of plays on “no taxation without representation,” lots of accusations of socialism.  The fascism criticism hasn’t quite worked.  References about Thomas Paine abounded.   A few Second Amendment/Abortion/Barack Obama birth certificate nuts permeated the crowd, but not too many.

Oddities:  Lots of people tended to think that their personal taxes were going to increase.  It doesn’t really make much sense considering that Obama is decreasing taxes on all people making less than $250,000 (a decision I take issue with).  Many didn’t show a wealth of knowledge concerning modern economic theory.  A random man in the middle of the protest was holding a sign encouraging passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.  He was very knowledgeable about the issue and made short work of any Becktard that tried to criticize him.

It was the day of the slogan.  Not a whole lot of substance.  Tons of pictures and detailed impressions will follow tomorrow morning.

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