The Recess rally at McCaskill's in Delmar has coverage over at Gateway Pundit - I don't have much in the way of pictures, except two shots showing the counter protestors and the 20-to-1 advantage of the Tea Party. Oh, and I have video of me going up to the counter protestors to offer them 100% Obama KoolAid.
A couple of thoughts.
1) The organized rallies are mostly over - they've made their point, and the infiltration by SEIU and HCAN folks offers more negative than positive at this point. As was seen at Carnahan's rally, progressives are actively working to create more violent and civil disturbances so they can paint Tea Party activists as violent racists ratcheting up the pressure. They can't match our numbers, so they get sympathetic media to portray us as out of control, but folks like Carnahan have gone underground, holding private meetings with big donors to get press. That kind of cowardice won't be rewarded at the polls.
2) The next step is education. If you've been to a Tea Party event, we need you to get involved online and in your community. Learn about the bills. Do the research independently. Get educated, preferably with a small group of others that share your views locally, and then schedule meetings with your representatives and their staff. If 10,000 people schedule meetings with their representatives over the next two months, the pressure will be enormous, but they might actually learn something. Don't assume just because they're in Congress that they know the facts. Carnahan reads talking points - he clearly lacks knowledge of what he is voting on. So educate yourself, and go spend time with them. That is the single best thing you can do. Be polite. Be educated. Be consistent.
3) Start speaking out. Now is the time to air your views. Practicing speaking in small groups gives you confidence to speak to people in line at the grocery store, at schools, at parties, and at church. You'd be surprised how many liberals haven't actually heard the arguments of freedom and responsibility. Intelligent arguments make them stop and reevaluate what they've heard from the media. As Tea Party activists, you've been branded as Flat Earth racist homophobes. What happens when people meet you, and find out you're intelligent, articulate, and not at all as portrayed in the media? Those people find themselves forced to think about the issues.
4) The group of counter protestors were mainly young adults dressed up as mock wealthy people, trying to make the point that only the super rich hate this healthcare bill. I'm not sure if a local theater troupe was given a few farthings or if a Washington University professor offered college credit, but this sad bunch really bought into the role, admirably staying in character for an hour in the sun.
5) We were in the city, and what started as a few individual black men and women gathered over on the corner grew to a dozen or so by the end of the protest. These folks were just regular citizens amazed to see hundreds of white people protesting McCaskill. The group wasn't about to spend time with the weirdo white kids, but they got more and more agitated as they watched the protest. To me, it was a very ominous sign. These folks have bought into the lie that white folks are protesting Obama because he's black. One man was verbally abusive, so much so that police officers followed him as he demanded the police remove the crowds before they got "what was coming."
As Obama's popularity fades, he and his liberal supporters will continue to blame it on race. Despite the focus on Congress, on Reid, Pelosi, Dodd, Frank, Emmanuel, Axelrod, and Carnahan, these race baiters are trying to make this about race, and they are stirring a pot of resentment that can only end badly. As Obama fails, blacks will have to decide - is he another Democratic Pied Piper who does nothing for the real problems of the black community, or was he destroyed by the "racism" of White America?
That story hasn't been written, but it's imperative that conservatives stand up to white race baiters. They need to be marginalized, and defeated. Few things are more grotesque than white liberals using race to try to win arguments. Freedom and responsibility are not code words. Those who attempt to paint them as such must be confronted, just as those who use racial slurs must be confronted. Both poison groups of people against each other to gain power. Both have no place in American society.