The Tea Party people and their esteemed list of speakers and of course CORPORATE AND LOBBYIST Sponsors were not without opposition. My wife who displayed tremendous courage in standing fast against a crazed assailant... and I ended up being the ONLY anti-propagandists to show up to counter this hypocritical and mis-informing event.
I brought my trusty new megaphone with me and spent my time in between being PHYSICALLY ACCOSTED by one individual whose overtly aggressive behavior (as Chyrisse captured on video) as she committed her acts of violence upon my person as well as my wife. See YouTube Channel CorporatistNationTV Link here... src="http://www.youtube.com/... />
Hear WMNF Tampa 88.5 FM Community Radio story here... Tea Party Counter Protesters Attacked At Tax Day Rally
Listen to the interviews of the "TeaBaggers" in the WMNF link above! Their thoughts and opinions demonstrate the marked pathology of their movement. "Ignorance represents the greatest threat to our democracy." The comments of the people interviewed for the radio spot are relevant documentation of this disturbing paradigm.
I, with some degree of success, through exercise of my first amendment rights was able to convey the hypocritical nature of the entire event which was sponsored by Corporate Sponsors including LOBBYING groups from DC. Link to their web list... Tax Day Sponsor List The CORPORATE Tea Party!
In the end I was confronted by a "gentleman" who was apparently in charge of event security, although he later said he used to be in business doing diagnostic imaging and said that he would do MRI's for $245 dollars?
It was amazing to have all of these people (350-450tops), perhaps 15-20 of which were first physically accosting me, then my wife. One "gentleman" first got right up in my face and screamed at the top of his lungs calling me an A**%ol$ repeatedly, then was grappling me around my shoulders when the woman came up and struck me in the arm with great purpose accompanied by a barrage of "colorful" expletives.
RIGHT WING BLOG account here... TeaBagger Blog Account of Tea Party Tax Day Rally Assault
When her "active "baiting" of this writer failed to elicit the retaliation so desired, (so that her GROUP could jump on me in unison)... she turned her attention to my wife who was 1.) Holding a large sign, 2.) Holding a still camera and 3.) Filming me and the crowd with a hand held video camera.
After taking a minimum 10 foot running start the attacker belted the video camera striking my wife in the face, leaving my wife's lipstick on the camera. The woman then followed up by repeatedly kicking my wife in the thigh. A complaint was filed with Tampa Police personnel on scene. Having shown the police the video of the various attacks by the female assailant curiously there were no grounds to apprehend the woman? What does it take to be arrested? Had I retaliated in defense I have no doubt that this writer would have swiftly been taken into custody and transported "downtown."
My message was about informing people in attendance how "THEY" were being used as "PAWNS" for The Corporation. True it was just my wife and myself, but I carry a BIG Megaphone... Ha! My question... WHERE WAS... EVERYBODY ELSE?
It is BLASPHEMY in the opinion of the Corporate Sponsored Organizers for their audience to hear about something like say Medicare for All... which is NOT Socialized Medicine as they would like everyone to believe.
As someone who has a pretty fair understanding of formulation of National Health Policy... and IF Marco listened to what I was saying, he would have heard me berate Obama Care... for the Insurance Industry CONCOCTED CORPORATIST policy that it is, while offering in the same breath, the logical Medicare for ALL alternative.
Marco Rubio was there to speak on the topic of American Exceptionalism which is defined more accurately as Noveau American IMPERIALISM. The name of the game is stabilization of nations through conquest, as has been our nationalist paradigm for more than a century. To stabilize nations they must first be conquered... one way or the other. A friend of mine who has spent a fair bit of time in Iraq and Afghanistan notes that it appears that we are attempting to gain control over North Africa.
This is The Corporatist American Agenda it would appear, as this part of the world harbors great natural wealth. As "bought" as Marco is, together with Jeb as their nominee, the Republicans will carry out this agenda in fine style with the help of a pliable and ever capitulating Democratic "opposition." After all, there is ONLY ONE Major Party and that party is "The Money Party!"
Corporate Press Prevaricate and Embellish To Nth Degree...
Experienced as I am with the corporate press, I was not surprised that there was some LOOSE editing OUT of CONTEXT relative to the content of my remarks by the CORPORATE televised News Media, (FOX13, CBS local 10 WTSP).
The vaunted St. Petersburg Times was pathetic in their OUTRAGEOUS EXPONENTIAL EMBELLISHMENT of the attendance figures "John Madden of Port Richey, in yellow holding a sign, was one of an estimated 5,000 people to gather in the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium on Friday for the Tampa Bay Tax Day Tea Party. Most speakers focused on fiscal issues." http://www.tampabay.com/...
The Tampa Tribune article as reported by William March a veteran reporter who approached me as I addressed the small crowd, documented the same exponentially erroneous figures quoting organizers who said "that throughout the course of the 5,000 people attended." Rubio Keeps Profile Rising Before Enthusiastic Crowd in Tampa "Organizers said more than 5,000 people attended during the four-hour event; a crowd of several hundred was on hand when Rubio spoke near the end, police at the scene estimated."
That's about 1,000 people coming and going each hour... UTTER NONSENSE!!! Their own pictures refute this notion! The corporate press fighting to keep the Tea Party alive!
Of note, was the observation that the woman who assaulted my wife and myself appeared to get into the SUV with Marco as he was departing the event. questions, questions???
About us... My wife Chyrisse has a Phd. and two Masters degrees and has spent over two decades in environmental science and higher education in the sciences. I am an ARNP with an MBA in Health Systems Management who has over two decades in critical care, and am currently focused in oncology. I was the Democratic Nominee in Florida's 5th Congressional District in 2006 and 2008. Thanks, John Russell and Chyrisse