At 4:30 a.m. last Friday morning, my husband and I, along with a number of Eastern N.C. patriots got on a bus heading to Washington, D.C. to attend the “Defending the American Dream Summit", sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. We paid our own way to the event.
After arriving, we attended the opening events and the dinner honoring President Reagan, where we were fortunate to hear many amazing speakers. As Judge Andrew Napolitano began his remarks, he was interrupted by an infiltrator that began screaming at the crowd. As he was removed, the Judge affirmed the protesters’ right to his convictions, as much as he disagreed with them.
Later in the festivities we were shown a video of what was occurring outside the Convention Center. A number of protesters had shown up from the “Occupy” movement with a large “fat cat” balloon. We were advised to stay in groups and not engage with the protesters when we walked back to our hotel.
Those believing that the “Occupy” movement is non-violent are very mistaken. At one time no one was able to leave the building as the protesters blocked the entrances, banging on the glass and screaming. Eventually police were able to clear the doors and we were allowed to leave. Unfortunately, several older women were knocked down and suffered some minor injuries that could have easily been serious. A woman in a wheelchair was not allowed to leave, and a child was separated from her mother. The situation was chaotic, with the protesters being in charge more than the police. Traffic was blocked, and someone was run over by a vehicle. Anyone doubting the veracity of my statements can find videos online covering the events.
I have attended a number of tea parties, and have never seen violence of any kind, and no arrests. The “Occupy” movement has resulted in almost 3,000 arrests to date, rapes, assaults, a death, injuries, destruction of private property, and the loss of safety and movement for others. To compare these statistics to the Tea Parties is a joke, and would only be made by someone with a warped agenda. Media and politicians pushing the “Occupy” movement as representative of the American people will pay a price. To ignore the violence and applaud this type of disgusting behavior is an injustice to us all.
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