The San Antonio Tea Party called a Rapid Response Team Event today in front of the Federal Building; home of the offices of the Congressman Charlie Gonzalez’s office.
A crowd that rapidly swelled to well over a hundred people gathered to chant, carry signs, and wavethe American Flag, as well as the Tea Party’s familiar “Don’t Tread On Me” ensign. The Tea Party organizers also organized a telephone phone-in campaign to let Congressman Gonzalez’s office as well as both Texas Senator’s offices know of their displeasure with the Cap and Trade Tax currently being debated in Congress.
Your humble servant arrived to cover the event about 10:30 am with a friend, noted San Antinio author and gadfly Marcus Henderson Wilder. As we arrived we entered the Federal Building to use the restroom, and were immediately stopped by Security and quizzed about why we were there. We had to proceed through the metal detectors and empty our pockets,as one of the security officers told me that “they had a lot of calls this morning about some demonstrators trying to cause trouble.”
“To use the restroom,” I answered truthfully. “I was just looking at the Directory.”
On our way out of the restroom less than 2 minutes later, we met a third Security Officer on his way in to check on us In short, Security was present, in your face, and highly paranoid. One wonders what the phone calls said, and who was making them.
When we left the restroom the crowd had swelled from about thirty to well over 80, and continued to grow throughout the lunchtime protest. About every second or third car (or bus, in many cases) honked their approval and waved at the protesters in support. No counter protests or obscene gestures were seen in opposition to the protesters, and in several cases people waiting at the nearby bus stop joined the protesters for several minutes, and in a few cases for the length of the protest.
One of the Protest organizers had a brief chat with one of the ICE Enforcement officers providing security, and afterwards the Security Officers had an entirely different attitude. Smiling and laughing with the protesters was now the order of the day, and the offricers seemed much less tense.
“We were ready for a violent protest,” one of the officers told your humble servant. “Some of the Leftists we get down here, you wouldn’t believe.”