Minnesota Tax Cut Rally May 2, 2009 on Steps of the State Capitol
4000 - 5000 Minnesotans showed up to the 2nd Annual Minnesota Tax Cut Rally sponsored by Talk Show Host Jason Lewis. Some local Main Stream Media Reported the turnout as "200" but as you can see from the photos the numbers far exceeded a thousand. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spoke at one point, promising to veto all the Tax Increases the Legislature passed and brought to his desk. Many speakers spoke to the need to not let the anti-overspending, anti-tax increase, anti government corruption and politician arrogance sentiment and movement fizzle out. Several Groups ranging from those opposed to Government Collection and storage of DNA samples from babies, to immigration reform, to mens rights, to Tea Partiers, to family law reform groups, to supporters of a REVOTE in the Contested and Judicially embroiled Senate Seat and supporters of Minnesota HR 1632 - Judicial Reform and Accountabilty act passed petitions and collected contact information from those in attendance in anticipation of future meetings. And many other smaller, less known political groups were in attendance. A few speakers of other than Caucasion Heritage spoke at the Podium and many minorities were well represented.
Speakers noted that even though the group was meeting on the Capital Steps, there were no police or National Guard in riot gear prepared for unruly crowds. It was noted that lost keys, sunglasses and other items had been turned in to be announced and returned to the owners, rather than obsconded with reflective of the good, lawabiding and honest nature of those gathered. Random conversations with persons in the crowd showed a group of Minnesota Citizens upset by overspending by the government in times of economic turnmoil. A theme of the government being required to live within its means was repeated many times. And while the crowd seemed to have those of a conservative mind set in the majority, many expressed unhappiness with both political parties. Often was heard the Mantra, not it is not Republicans vs Democrats but rather Common Voters vs Corrupt, Arrogant Politicians without respect for party. So it remains to be seen if the frustration and anger with the current ecomomic messed equally attributable to both major political parties will turn into a 3rd party movement, coalesce around persons holding their political parties accountable by proposing resolutions at their caucuses aimed at reform and accountability or fizzle and fall by the wayside. Many feared that America was at a the point of collapse, others would only go so far as to say the United States was at a crossroads... Only time will tell, but the winds of change are blowing. The Cyncial Patriot