Update: KDFW Fox 4 News did a report on the local Teabag protests, but they did an extra report just for the Southlake one because it included the CGS Democrats counter-demonstration.
You would think that good ole' Texas manners would have been enough for some of the “Teabaggers” in Southlake not to yell, scream, and muscle their way through a crowd of people who support President Barack Obama and our country, but these “teabaggers” are far more militant than what is truly being reported.
From Mark Bauer, President of the Colleyville-Grapevine-Southlake Democrats:
The CGS (Colleyville-Grapevine-Southlake) Democrats, a chapter of the Mid-Cities Democrats, will host the “Support America Rally” as a show of unity and overall approval of President Barack Obama and his plan to help Main Street Americans weather our current economic storm.
“The “Tea Party” rallies on April 15th are nothing more than an endorsement of obstructionism and overall lack of ideas that we've come to expect from Republican leadership,” said Mark Bauer, President of the CGS Democrats.
“We support our President and we support our country. It took a long time to get us in this fiscal mess and it will take time to get America out of it. Our country will succeed because of leadership that President Obama is providing right now,” commented Bauer.
The “teabaggers” who gathered in Southlake ranged from secessionists, racists, bigots and plain militants who most certainly were thirsty for confrontation, but already drunk on anger. A report from Kathleen Thompson, President of the Mid-Cities Democrats, who attended the Southlake demonstration:
We had dozens of people taunt us, call us communists and socialists (at the same time), and a handful of men that walked into our group got into people's faces and tried to pick fights.
Our signs read “Obama Supporter”, “God Bless President Obama” “The Party of 'No' Has No Answers.” Their signs and their causes were varied from plain anti-tax messages to “Texas Secede,” “Obama Won't Help My Special Needs Child,” and the unoriginal “Obama Bin Lyin'.” Other signs: “King Hussein, Princess Pelosi, Prince Reid, Ct. Jester Fife – O More Taxes,” “Keep Your Change We Don't Need,” and “The Audacity of Socialism”. A man waiving a huge Texas flag passed out secession bumper stickers and screamed at us to “Go back to America!”
This is what Fox News has created by engaging and motivating the more extreme of our society to hate their president and wish for America to fail. They have created batches of militant people all over the United States who hate this country. There may in fact be people amongst these crowds who are indeed protesting policy, and that is a debate that has merits. However, the vast majority of the protestors associated with these events are laced with anger and they want to destroy something. They want to hurt something—or even somebody. These are the same people we saw three weeks out from the 2008 election hollering racial epithets and on the verge of violent behavior at McCain/Palin rallies. These are the type of people that Rick Perry and other Republicans are appealing to and hoping vote for them. These are people that Republicans call their “base.”
I'm proud of any Texan and any American who stood in protest to this ratings game by Fox News today. I just hope that at some point these extremists don't act on the anger being stoked by talking heads like Limbaugh and Fox News.