Tea Parties, Ron Paul, HR1207, and Penn Jillette, Oh My

April 16th, 2009 12:40 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Federal Reserve, Free Market, government spending, Individual Responsibility, Libertarianism, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Philosophy, Ron Paul, Taxes  |  4 Responses

It appears by most accounts that the Tea Parties held just about everywhere yesterday were a success. My own measure of success is that they didn’t completely evolve into a GOP lovefest and an Obama hatefest. While there were some reports of anti-Obama rhetoric and signage the majority seemed to stay on the anti-tax, anti-spend, and anti-big-government train.

Glenn Beck, broadcasting from the Alamo backed by Ted Nugent on guitar, allowed a crowd member to plug Ron Paul’s HR1207 (Fed Transparency Act) which drew cheers from the rest of the crowd. See it here:

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What I find somewhat amusing about the above clip is that the man holding the microphone is Pat Gray. A talk radio host who subs for Beck on his radio show every so often. Gray (like Beck) denounced Ron Paul during the presidential campaign. Fast-forward to yesterday and he’s holding a microphone allowing someone to plug Ron Paul’s HR1207 to millions of viewers.

Later in the show Beck interviews Penn Jillette. They discuss the Tea Parties with an emphasis on rejecting the two party system. Jillette doesn’t disappoint.

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What happens now that the Tax Day Tea Parties are over? We are all about to find out.


  1. Sylvia says:

    April 16th, 2009 at 9:33 pm (#)

    About time, wouldn't you say? The numbers are growing, people are realizing that we are in a deeper mess than ever.. I hope Ron Paul takes these tea parties as a sign that we are finally sick & tired of the government's BS and runs in 2012. Revolution.

  2. Non Sequitur says:

    April 17th, 2009 at 12:48 am (#)

    I just hope Beck, Boortz, Limbaugh, Hannity, Gingrich, and Fox News aren't allowed to take over this movement. We saw their true colors when they were confronted with a true conservative Republican in Ron Paul. After the last eight years I have come to believe that the GOP and its leadership have no principled issue with what the Democrats are doing, they just want to be the ones doing it.

  3. randy says:

    April 17th, 2009 at 1:16 pm (#)

    The reason that Beck,Limbaugh,Hannity,etc,etc were silent at best and hateful at worst to Ron Paul when he ran in 08 is that these clowns are just entertainers. They could care less about freedom or liberty as long as their rateings stay or go up.

  4. blakmira says:

    April 17th, 2009 at 3:39 pm (#)

    It figures that Beck would have ol' turkey-necked Nugent on there — they're both pro-War on Drugs/Plants (Beck's afraid he'll get hooked again if they become legal, Nugent doesn't do drugs or pot and doesn't want anyone else to be able to), pro-War on Terror and pro-War in general.

    Two self-centered kooks mouthing and screaming all the catch phrases of Liberty and Freedom when all they care about is their own selfish egos.

    Note to Nugent: The 2nd Amendment's Right to Bear Arms was not written for you to protect yourself against all those vicious deer in the forest but as the right to own a weapon to protect yourself against a tyrannical government, you idiot.