Tea Party Express Hits Rockford, Illinois

-By Warner Todd Huston

No posts have emerged from me today because I was away for most of the day witnessing the Tea Party Express as it rolled into rolled into Rockford, Illinois.

Rockford is situated about 90 miles west (and a bit north) of Chicago in Northern Illinois. It’s a region that has been hit particularly hard by this recession and has the highest unemployment rate in a state that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

The Tea Party Express is ranging across the country in an effort to keep the Tea Party spirit alive. If you want to find out if the Tea Party Express is coming to a town near you, check out the itinerary at www.teapartyexpress.org.

The Rockford Tea Party folks had hoped to get 1,000 Illinoisans to attend their rally, but there was at least 2,000 that actually came (some say 3,000) so they most certainly met their goals. These were some great Constitution-loving Americans that were very concerned about the downward direction that their country is taking. These people were worried, of course, but all seemed buoyed by their shared fellowship in patriotism. These are all great Americans. With citizens like this, we may yet bring our nation back from the brink of the leftism that is destroying Europe… unless Obama, his regime and their co-conspirators can help it.

The pre-event was held by the Rockford Tea Party folks (www.rockfordteaparty.org). And they had a nice line-up of local Illinois pols and political folks.

Speakers included former gubernatorial candidate and head of For The Good Of Illinois Adam Andrzejewski; 8th District Congressional candidate Joe Walsh; Rosanna Pulido, State Director of the Illinois Minuteman Project; Zach Oltmanns principle of the Illinois FaceBook Conservatives group; Lex Green Libertarian candidate for Ill. Gov.; and William J. Kelly, former candidate for Comptroller and blogger at Kelly Truth Squad. Photos in order following…

After the locals had their time at the mic, the Tea Party Express rolled in. I had a photo taken of me next to one of the busses.

I was happy to meet up with some of my fellow writers and bloggers, a few local pards and my friend Andrea Shea-King, whom I met in Nevada in 2006. In the photos below you’ll see (first pic) John Ruberry of Marathon Pundit; Andrea Shea-King of Radio Patriot; and Tom Mannis of Chicago News Bench. The second one has me in it with Andrea and John.

And who else came out? Well and interesting array of folks with a bunch of great signs. Enjoy some of these photos of great Americans who are concerned for their country.

Other Reports on This Event

Marathon Pundit

The Radio Patriot

Power and Control

Chicago News Bench Picture Slide Show

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.

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