Tea Partyers tell Madison: “Don’t let America die!”

The Tea Party Movement, which came to Madison Saturday, has matured enough in its year of existence to have a sense of humor about itself.

Sons and Daughters of Liberty ~ Madison Tea Party

Sons and Daughters of Liberty ~ Madison Tea Party

“Welcome, my fellow political terrorists, Nazis and tired old people!” yelled organizer Joe Boone to a crowd of 500 or so area residents who attended the Saturday afternoon rally on the lawn below the Riverboat Inn, next to the Ohio River. The mostly (but not only) middle-aged crowd laughed and applauded in appreciation at his jibe against Tea Party opponents who have tried to depict the movement as exclusively white, old, Republican, and living in the past.

Later, Madison city councilman Rick Berry, a Democrat, greeted the crowd, “Hi to all you right-wing, astroturf kooks!”

But most of the remarks by a number of different speakers were in a serious vein, which drew responsive cries of “Yeah!” and “That’s right!” from many in the crowd. The general tenor of the rally: America has lost its way, is on the wrong track, is being run by a minority of the Democratic party who are dangerous socialists — headed by President Obama — and must be “taken back,” as several speakers put it, by the taxpayers and responsible citizens.

Boone spoke of the huge national debt, which grew under President Bush’s administration and has gotten much worse under Obama’s, and said, “If we don’t leave something for our children (besides a huge debt to pay off), there’s nothing to argue about. That’s what the Tea Party Movement is all about.”

Frank Mingione, chairman of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty in this area, said, “The United States has been unique in this world. From being one of the newer countries, we’ve risen to be the world’s only remaining super power.” He criticized the health care bill recently passed by a narrow margin in Congress and opposed by the American people in most polls; the exploding deficit; and what he called the takeover by the government of some sectors of big business, and added, “This will be the ruination of the United States … They’re spending us into a Third World existence … This is the reason the Sons and Daughters of Liberty was formed.”

Mingione said there are three kinds of humans in the world: Sheep; wolves; and sheep dogs, who protect the sheep from the wolves. “Without the sheep dog, the flock will not survive … Ladies and gentlemen, we are the sheep dogs … The wolf is at our country’s door.”

Addressing his remarks to Obama, Mingione went on, “Mr. President, we are the sheep dogs in the world, and we don’t accept your position in our world.”

Berry said there are two forks in the national road.

Madison Tea Party Event

Madison Tea Party & Sons and Daughters of Liberty Event

“We’ve been on this road for a long time, and we’ve been betrayed by both parties,” he declared to a roar of approval from the crowd. “We’ve been asleep at the wheel, but we’re not asleep any more.” He described the “road to the left” as a politically correct, hyphenated Americans road, adding, “When will we be JUST Americans?” Berry said, “The road to the left is ACORN; the road to the right is a Tea Party!” This brought more cheers and applause from the crowd, which had a number of rally signs but seldom waved them, and which mostly sat on lawnchairs in the afternoon sun.

Berry exhorted the crowd to “Never give up! Don’t let America die!”

Madison physician Dr. Israel said that he “absolutely” believes American health care needs to be reformed. The crowd voiced its agreement. But he said the health care bill passed by Congress and signed by Obama recently is manifestly the wrong way to go about it.

“About a third of our doctors locally will retire in three to five years if this thing remains in place,” Israel declared. He said the massive numbers of Americans scheduled to be covered under the new plan will be “dumped” onto the Medicaid rolls — and the states, which primarily fund Medicaid, cannot afford such a new, heavy load. He said Medicaid’s compensation to health care providers is so little  that when he sees a Medicaid patient, “Basically, I have to pay for it.”



Another medical professional, Marilyn Parker, who helped start the Louisville Tea Party Movement, told the crowd, “There’s nothing the liberal piranhas like less than an outspoken, common-sense conservative female!”

Parker said the “socialists” “want to bring the economy to its knees so the government can take over … They want to orchestrate the failing of America so they can ‘rebuild it.’ ”

Mike Sodrel, a candidate for the 9th District congressional seat in the Republican primary, said the American Revolution “was started by people who had something to lose,” citing Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington himself as wealthy residents of what were then the American colonies who nevertheless not only supported but led a rebellion against the Britain of King George III. “Our revolution was fought to achieve liberty,” he said, adding that other revolutionaries such as Marx, Lenin and Mao Tse-tung led revolutions so they could impose tyranny.

Sodrel also pointed out that many members of Congress “refuse to give up power voluntarily.” He contrasted their stance with that of George Washington, who declined to run for a third term as president and retired to his plantation at Mount Vernon.

Concerning Washington, Sodrel quoted George III, who said at the end of the revolution, “If Washington gives up power voluntarily he will be the greatest man in the world.”

Quoting from the Declaration of Independence, Sodrel noted its reference to the British monarchy’s sending “swarms of officers to eat out our substance.” He said the Obama administration at the present is practicing a policy of “taxation, regulation and strangulation” similar to that of King George.

citizens view

citizens view

On e personal note, Old Corporal had to leave the gathering during Sodrel’s address due to a previous commitment, but he is confident the remainder of the event will be well covered in The Madison Courier’s Monday edition.

Prior to the start of Madison’s Tea Party numerous, modern-day patriotic songs were played over the PA system, including “They’re Shutting Detroit Down,” “God Bless the U.S.A.,”  “If 10 percent Was Good Enough for Jesus It Outta Be Enough for Uncle Sam,” “You Vote ObamaCare, We’ll Vote You Out of There,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It Any More!”


12 comments for “Tea Partyers tell Madison: “Don’t let America die!”

  1. April 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    haha i had to print midcore for my password. Anyway , great story Wayne. I wished I could have been there,

  2. Rick Berry
    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Wayne, thanks for the great article. Wish it was in the Courier. It was good talking to you in person Saturday. Rick Berry

    • April 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      It was a pleasure talking to you, too, Rick. Thanks for the kind words about my column. I’ve always tried to “call ’em as I see ’em.” I notice that the only close-up photo the Courier used was the one of the guy with the anti-Tea Party signs.

  3. Laura Hodges
    April 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Wayne, I appreciated your account of the Tea Party. I was unable to make it but really wanted to hear what was said. The Courier covered the spectacle but not the substance. Thanks for taking the time to take notes and write the story!

    • Wayne Engle
      April 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      Glad I could be there, Laura. I had a feeling the Courier’s coverage might be — uh, a little lacking. I think it was. Thanks for your kind words.

  4. Rick Reuss, P.T.
    April 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I sure wish you could have stayed for the whole Tea Party, as the Madison Courier kinda missed what you so accurately portrayed. As usual they have a particular political slant to anything that’s not on the left side of the equation. The darn editorial was longer than the first page story! The kid who covered our last town hall meeting on immigration reform was the last to objectively and accurately report the event. We’re going to do another Tea Party in July.

  5. Rick Reuss, P.T.
    April 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I sure wish you could have stayed for the whole Tea Party, as the Madison Courier kinda missed what you so accurately portrayed. As usual they have a particular political slant to anything that’s not on the left side of the equation. The darn editorial was longer than the first page story! The kid who covered our last town hall meeting on immigration reform was the last to objectively and accurately report the event. We’re going to have another Tea Party in July and you’re certainly welcome.

  6. foobar
    June 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm


    Well, folks, mark your calendars, the next Tea Party in Madison will be Saturday, July 10th at 6 PM at the Riverboat Inn. A little different format as we’ll have a free concert in addition to inspiring speeches and good fellowship.

    A sample of the speeches at the April 17th Tea Party:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch… – Rick Berry

    http://www.youtube.com/watch… – Kevin Britt (part one)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch… – Kevin Britt (part deux)

    • June 8, 2010 at 8:54 am

      Thanks, Foobar, for the update on the local Tea Party events. When the date gets a little closer I’ll post a short article to remind people. Probably will get in touch with you to obtain some more info.

  7. foobar
    July 19, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Here are some of the individual speeches from last Saturday’s Freedom Concert-Tea Party held July 10th by the bridge:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpVzAcBCfnQ – Senator Dan Coats
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWheZpsTSYU – Rick Berry & Kettig Coghill
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCo5F1y4HMY – Michael Israel

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