Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Party in Birmingham

First, a disclaimer. I’m not usually one to write about politics. I’ll leave that to my hubby, who is known to get fired up and stand on his soapbox on many occasions. This is normally a decorating blog and it will continue to be, but I’m going to share this with those of you who are interested, since I participated in it firsthand. If you are not interested and don’t want to hear about it, go on up to the next post and you’ll see a pretty room from my guest today.

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Apparently, there are a lot of people fed up with the way our government is running the country. Between 5,000 and 7,000 showed up at the Birmingham rally, with their signs and enthusiasm coming together to make a statement to this country. I hope that Washington is listening to all of this.

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We were all there from around 6:00 til 9:00 and it was encouraging to see and hear the comments around us. A lot of folks came in later and traffic was backed up for miles to the interstate, from what we heard.

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The rally was held in Veteran’s Park on Valleydale Road in Birmingham. From what I heard, most of us are tired of government spending money, tired of paying so much in taxes, and tired of not having any say so in how money is spent here in our great country. And we fear that our great country will not be so great anymore if this continues. And this is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American issue that needs to be heard. Apparently these Tea Parties started at a grassroots level and spread out from there. Fox News seems to be the only national news source that is covering the events. No surprise there.

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It was heart warming to see all ages come out to the rally, young to old. Everyone is concerned about our country, with great reason.

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We sat right beside this sweet older couple. This man is a WWII veteran and was recognized later.

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My hubby of course talked to him and his wife. Like I said, it was a mix of people, families, men and women, young and old.

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Plenty of folks brought home-made signs to wave.

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I think people are FED UP. Maybe that’s a good thing and this will be the start of a movement to change things.

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A lot of people are very concerned about their children and grandchildren’s future and I sure don’t blame them.

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Birmingham’s own, Rick and Bubba, our radio personalities were the main speakers at the event. I just love those guys and they don’t pull any punches when it comes to how they feel about the state of our country. They’re also tight with Sean Hannity and we went live with Sean at 8:00 Central time. Sean was in Atlanta broadcasting live with Fox News on the capitol steps. We later heard on the program that Atlanta had over 15,000 show up for the rally.

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Love these guys! They are both family men, patriotic, and solid Christians who stand up for what they believe in.

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We went live with Fox News and Sean Hannity during his broadcast and it was great to be there.

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To sum up the rally, I think most of us were there because we want something to change in Washington:

  • Taxes are too high
  • Government is TOO big
  • Spending money like there’s no tomorrow
  • Our future as a great nation is at risk
  • Get back to our Constitution that was founded by our forefathers

So, what can we do? I think we all need to get involved if we really want to see change. I certainly fear for our future, as I sure many of you do, but in spite of that I know WHO is in control and that certainly gives me peace. I really hope this day will start a spark that will get conservative Americans moving again, to get involved, to vote for better candidates who will do what the people want done and to do something before our country goes down the drain. It’s not too late yet!

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We are THAT Family said...

I went and I posted about it too (I was so happy to see that you joined me :D Feeling a little alone out there!)

Melody said...

Amen! So glad you posted this!

Shannon said...

I am so glad you posted about this! We also had our own rally here in southern Illinois, not as big of a crowd, but people are starting to speak out. I am surprised at the crowds across the country and so very thankful. Maybe these politicians, who work for us, will start listening before they get fired.

Southern Charm said...

Oh sweet pickles I have to have one of those T-shirts with Obama and the change comment.
How much fun would that be to wear around town?

Linz said...

My kids and I went to the Woodlands, TX Tea Party and it was wonderful to know that there are MANY others out there who are tired of the government spending our hard earned money. Great post (my DH totally needs that shirt!)

Mama Freemans' cafe' said...

thanks for the story. The closest big city to me is Sioux city Iowa and there was a rally there. We have to stop being passive.

The Southern Housewife said...

I don't like to post about politics either because it totally gets me fired up. But I have to respectfully disagree. Looks like it is most definitely a Republican issue.

Our poor President is only cleaning up after the last 8 years of rotten leadership and spending we have been forced to go through. I don't even want to know how much this horrible and stupid war is costing us. We are trillions of dollars in debt because of Bush, and this with Clinton actually leaving us a surplus when he left! (http://tiny.cc/7swJe) I truly hope that Obama does not get persecuted because he cannot clean up the economy in 4 short years when it took Bush double that to get us into it!

Can you tell I'm not Bush fan!? ;) lol. Okay....on to your next post to soothe me! lol!

Southern Savvy said...

I have a baby at home and Hubby had to work late so we didn't make it to our local tea party. But, I comfortably watched the coverage by my two of my faves - Glenn Beck and Mr. Sean Hannity! I'm so glad to know how many like minded people there are out there b/c now I don't feel so alone. Do you know that no one I talked to at work yesterday had any clue about the tea parties? Do people have their heads in the ground or what? Boggles my mind. Anyway, I just couldn't take it anymore and posted my own rant a couple of days ago on my blog. Thanks for sharing your pictures! Does you Hubby have a blog too?

Carolyn said...

I'm glad you shared this, Rhoda! I love you even more!:) I went to the St. Paul, MN, tea party at the capitol. Wow! It felt great to be able to visibly take a stand for what I believe in. I really hope that these gatherings mobilize people and make our voice even stronger.

Anonymous said...

Seriously? The Republicans put the ENTIRE world into a recession. Obama WON the Presidential race. The world has changed...FOREVER because no one liked what the United States had become under George Bush. You are no longer seen as the super power of the world...George Bush brought you to your knees.
I watch your news about everyone complaining about the spending yet you all want medical and schools and better roads and safe neighbourhoods.But no one wants to pay for this. Like WHO is suppose to pay for this? Certainly not the Americans..no no..no. They want the rest of the world to pay for it. They cannot run the country on your yard sale budget.

Fran said...

Love the t-shirt! I have to say that the first thought that came to my mind when I realized that it was your husband wearing it was......I sense a tax audit coming on!

Fran

Sue said...

Thank you for posting! I too went to a tea party- in Greensboro, NC and posted about it on my blog. I am still appalled that Obama has said that he was unaware these events were occurring yesterday. I am so fired up and have been writing senators, congress, MSNBC and Obama on a variety of issues. I have NEVER been a person to be so vocal but I am at the point of total disgust and distrust.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Wanted to say hello to Nancy, who I met at the rally last night! Thanks for coming over & saying hi, it was great to meet you too.

Puna said...

Rhoda, thank you for posting it! I went to the one in Annapolis and it was pouring down rain but there were at least a couple thousand there. I know there are two sides to every story, I'm glad you are helping to get this side out there! I haven't posted all my photos yet but did just one...for wordless Wednesday of all things!
And to your husband? Right on!

Anonymous said...

Rhoda,
I am extremely disappointed you posted this. Isn't it possible to talk about our country's problems without making it such a divisive issue? There is NO way that the t-shirt your husband is wearing is helpful. It totally cuts off any cooperative dialogue. I am patriotic, and a solid Christian too. I don't believe Jesus would condone that t-shirt. I am very disappointed.

Anonymous said...

I am not a fan of the way our money is being spent, but what saddens me is the personal attack thats being taken on our President. I actually take offense to the tee shirt and the which one are you drinking sign, fine if you disagree, I am firm believer in standing up for yourself, but you don't have to be ugly about it.

Sue said...

Rhoda,
I have to respond to your anonymouse (not a mis-spell-yes they were too afraid like a mouse to leave a name). I personally have spent MANY years working to educate welfare recipients on basic life skills. I can tell you from first hand experience that the great majority did not want to change and felt entitled to what they got. The government workers were just as bad perpetuating the problem to protect their jobs. This is the kind waste I am talking about- taxes are necessary but it is important to me that the government be as wise and frugal with our money as I am with mine. What is wrong with yard sales and finding cheaper ways to do things, anyway? Sorry, I know your blog does not focus on political issues but I have learned that every time I post my opinion on controversial issues I get ugly comments. I have always believed that Americans are entitled to opinions. I NEVER leave comments on blogs when I disagree with their politics or beliefs. I will not be offended if you delete this comment but I wanted to let you know that you are not alone in receiving negative feedback such as you have.
Sue

Amy said...

Do you have ANY idea how racist that t-shirt is?

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OK, I know this post is controversial & if you'll all keep your comments appropriate, I'll leave them up. I'm aware that there are some who are offended by that t-shirt & you have that right too. Be nice please, we all have freedom to speak.

Holly said...

Okay, everybody is entitled to their opinions, and this is Rhoda's blog and her opinion. I don't see any reason to leave nasty comments. She even gave fore-warning and told you to move on to the next post if you don't like it.
(BTW, Rhoda, my hubby went to our local tea party too)

Tina said...

If it's perfectly "Christian" and appropriate for your husband to wear that shirt then I'm sure you won't mind if I refer to him as a racist cracker who would be lucky to have as much class and education as our president. Free speech, right?

Another hypocritical "Christian"!

Anonymous said...

Like I said I am a firm believer in standing up for what you believe in, and please don't get me wrong Rhoda's blog is one of my all time favorites,I love everything she does, I would just like to see people in general focus on the issues at hand. To me if the shirt and sign aren't a statement I would use to show that I disagree with Bush, then I wouldn't use that statement to disagree with Obama.

Sherri's Southern Style said...

AMEN SISTER! Love your Blog Rhoda, and I'm so glad you posted about this!
Republican or Democrat, the overspending in Washington affects us ALL. President Bush did NOT cause all this mess. If you check your facts, it was a Democratic majority in Congress that voted for all this spending. The same Democrats who are this morning trying to say that only Republicans attended these rallies.
WAKE UP WASHINGTON! We are tired of this nonsense and we are going to have to be more vocal about how we feel if we are going to bring about any real change. I'm tired of it, and I will proudly leave my name on this comment, not shrink behind an "anonymous" like others who seem to have views but don't want anyone to know who or what they are.
Thanks again, for posting about this!

Jillian, Inc said...

Loved all these photos. It didn't work out for me to attend the big event here in ATL wit Sean Hannity, but I would have loved to. Love your hubby's shirt!

Anonymous said...

lol...looks like a kkk rally of sorts. I mean what's up with that koolaid poster and the lame t-shirt.

Mmmm...good ol' fashioned racism. Ah well, what do you expect...it IS Alabama.

pammiejo said...

Ah - contraire! It was a party issue just by looking at who was there and who covered it - call it like it was. Now, if you had singled out the Republican congressmen who add their "pork" onto every bill that's passed that adds to our taxation - that would have been fair. The overspending is definitely NOT a party issue - every single congressmen has responsibility there. Bipartisanship is the only way to accomplish anything in Washington - and I'm looking for the people who will do that (I don't think they're there).

Angie said...

Good for you for being brave and standing up for our country! I don't quite understand why people can say all kinds of terrible things about Bush, and yet it's racist if someone doesn't agree with Obama. Kind of a double standard, don't ya think?

Jenny said...

How awesome! I really wanted to go to one near us, but it was in the city and my daughter has a cold.

I think it's funny that people get so upset when something is said about Obama, but for 8 years people made fun of Bush and still do and that's ok?

Anonymous said...

I don't think you are being racist if you disagree with Obama, I definatley disagree with him. My problem is in the comments, why would anybody ever make a Kool-Aide comment, we all know that has a racist undertone that goes with it. It's just not being nice, as much as some people like the shirt and signs to others it's hurtful, why wouldn't you want to be mindful of others you come in contact with that you might offend.

Lissaloo said...

I came over from a comment on another blog, What an inspiring post! I love that people are finally waking up and trying to show the "change" they want to see in our country. Hopefully WE THE PEOPLE will be heard. Politics aside, you have a beautiful blog! I will be checking back again to see some more beautiful pictures :)

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Rhoda - YOU GO GIRL!!! I actually want you to keep up the nasty posts as a way of making our point, so others can see how absolutely ridiculous the thought process in this Country has become. The American people have been bamboozled. Where were these same people when Bush was being ridiculed and attacked? Did they stand up and say he was a racist or how offensive t-shirts were? Yea right! And to the Anon poster who was bashing America - I get the feeling you are from another country. I bet if you were BRAVE enough to post your real name and what country you are from, you would probably be "appalled" at how many times America has bailed you out. People like you are quick to bash America, but how soon we are the beloved country when a natural disaster strikes and the world expects our aid and money. We DO NOT want free health care and education. If you knew what you were talking about you would know that.

I am a registered Independent, I am a Marine wife, and my children are US Army Soldiers who have served two tours in Iraq! For the first time in my adult life I am scared about the Socialist direction this country is heading. So you go ahead and call me all the names you want if it makes you feel better. I will simply call myself PATRIOTIC!!

And by the way, if any of this "offends" you....GOOD!

Rhoda tell your hubby I think he ROCKS! Proud Tea Party attendee in Jacksonville, NC!!!

Deb said...

Rhoda,

It is a shame that people with negative comments about your post had to go Anonymous said... oh well, I love your post and love your husbands t-shirt. Can I copy the photo? I would like to e-mail it to family and friends that are fed up also!

No anonymous here
Deb

Kim said...
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Fenima said...

Rhoda, I love your husband T-shirt, and my husband and I would totally get along with him. We're totally NOBAMA. I aggree with all your fears and concerns about our country. We should continue to raise these issues and keep "The commander of Thief" in check.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhoda,

Thanks for posting the Tea Party event in your area. There were two going on in my area Bartow & Lakeland, FL. I'm sorry some people can't get over the Bush Bashing. Both parties are to blame for a lot of what's is going on. Now back to looking at all of your pretty stuff! USA USA USA

Linda S.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OK, big deep breath! I totally did not want this post to be about a t-shirt, so I hate that this is being singled out so much. I'm not one for controversary and don't usually post on things like this, but this was real life & we participated, so I figured I'd report on it. My hubby is much more outspoken than I am (as you can probably imagine), so if the t-shirt offends you, well, that was not my intent at all. He is a big guy & can hold his own with topics across the board, from politics, finance, & religion & he's a smart guy whether you want to believe that or not.

I think we can all talk about issues without name calling & getting ugly, so let's try to do that, please!

I think I have learned that I'm not a political writer...I'll mostly stick to what I know best & that is thrifty decorating! Hope we can stay friends. :)

Leslie said...

I went to the tea party here in Tuscaloosa. They estimate that about 1,000 people gathered on the UA Quad last night. It was great! I was so excited to see the news last night and the great crowds that gathered in the B'ham area! Though I didn't realize it at the time, I saw your husband on the news!! LOL!

The media is going to downplay and make fun of us, but that's to be expected. We have to get organized and ready for Nov. 2010! And again in 2012!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, and the koolaid comments really have me scratching my head. I do not think those are racist at all. Have you not heard the statement, "drinking the koolaid", meaning being brainwashed by something someone is trying to promote?? That's exactly what that means!

1inCollege1inDiapers said...

I never understand when someone says "Kool-aid" is a racist remark. I took it as a Jonestown remark. Wasn't that where the followers were given spiked kool-aid from their leader that killed them all? Sometimes I think people assume anything negative about Obama is racist, wake up people it has nothing to do with his color and everything to do with his politics.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Rhoda, I commend you for having the courage to post this! I too went to a tea party and I'm proud that there are other American's who are proud enough of their country to stand up for it. We must protect what we have for our grandchildren's sake!

One of our all time great presidents said it better than I ever could. "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free". -Ronald Wilson Reagan

WAKE UP, America!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Thanks for the post. I do think Americans need to speak up and let Washington know how we feel. There was a large gathering here in my town, but I did not go. I was at home busy cleaning and taking advantage of my time off from school this week. Have a great week. Love & blessings from NC!

Kim said...
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Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Rhoda, I agree with you, that the issues on government spending and taxes is not a Republican or a Democratic issue but an American issue. The tea parties are just one way Americans are trying to let their concerns over spending and taxes be heard.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Okay - I am only going to post one more time and let it be...

"Kool-Aid" originated from Jonestown, as was stated above, because the followers were lead to drink Kool-Aid, unknowingly and failing to realize it was laced with arsenic and would lead to their death. Kool-Aid is NOT racist! Jim Jones was a white man! I would suggest a quick history lesson before suggesting it is a racial issue.

I judge myself as a pretty considerate person. But, I will not, and do not, have the time nor dispensation to worry every waking hour that someone's "feelings" might get hurt or be offended. Good grief! Sticks and Stones People! This country needs to get off the politically-correct soapbox and GROW UP!

Rhoda - you owe NO apology to anyone, GF. You called it like it was....last time I checked this was YOUR blog!

Bobbi Jo said...

Give your hubby a high 5 for me. Good for him!Thank you for sharing. Hugs,Bobbi Jo

Jean said...

Kim's comment has been deleted but I was scratching my head about the kool aid too. I found this link:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=drink+the+kool-aid
and it did not mention one word about it being a rascist comment.
I know I could've let it drop but this is language intimidation and unless we keep fighting against it with TRUTH it'll only get worse.

hazel said...

With an approval rating of 61%, the highest of ANY president in the last 40 years, you are in the minority for a change. I DO take this post as ignorant and sad. If you want change it doesn't start with hatefulness, it starts with everyone taking responsability and working with eachother, that's the CHRISTIAN thing to do. The koolaid comment and shirt ARE both offensive, sad sad sad...

Lynn said...

Hi Rhoda,

This may be my first time posting -But I visit regularly & love your blog! I'm down the road from you in Dothan. We tea partied yesterday as well. Great turnout (around 500) for short notice & little time to organize. I also watched Fox last night & cheered on Rick and Bubba as they appeared on Sean's show!
I am in agreement with you/the majority of your posters. WE, the People are fed up with the disgraceful rape by the government, of our hard earned money - but I sensed an under current yesterday. People were there because they sense something VERY WRONG is going on. Obama is beyond the typical republican/democrat dynamics - we both win some and lose some. This is not about a democrat winning the election. This is about an imposter, a plant, a usurper, an UNAMERICAN man who is selling our country right out from under us!

People want to whine about Bush & certainly he had faults. If it was a terrible thing that Bush left us with a trillion $ debt, then why is Obama's DOUBLING of it perceived as good?? Sadly, the debt is the least of our worries as a country in the hands of this man. People better wake up & look beyond the 'personality' they elected -to see the danger he is placing us in.. in MANY ways.

One last comment - I hope CNN goes belly up... and soon!! They are a disgrace to news and journalism!

Have a good one!
Lynn, fellow Alabamian patriot with a name & not afraid to use it! :)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

YOWSERS! I am steering clear here! I just want to see everything good again, no matter how it gets done!

I think we need to give Obama a chance. He has a LOT to fix!

Done. enough said.

~Misti

Karli said...

Just wanted to say thanks for supporting such a cause for conservatism - I agree with you wholeheartedly. I've enjoyed your blog for probably 6-9 months as a silent lurker. A group of people in my neck of the world (AZ) are organizing constitution groups to hopefully understand it better and return to the values and ideas of our forefathers. The book they are reading as a companion to the constitution is "The 5,000 Year Leap." You should check it out. Many are also joining the Glen Beck 912 Project. http://theglennbeck912project.com/

Thanks for all the inspiration you pass on to the rest of us. Keep at it :)

Rose said...

OK the comment "but what saddens me is the personal attack thats being taken on our President" cracks me UP. Are you kidding me with this?? Bush was treated like DIRT most of his presidency, and like I've never seen during the inauguration. Give me a break. You're just getting it back now for a change.

The Koolaid comment is not racist -- it refers to a cult leader who convinced his followers to drink Koolaid and kill themselves. Since then it's been an expression -- meaning, to follow without THINKING.

Ignorance is bliss I guess. Good for you Rhoda!

The Southern Housewife said...

Ahhh, good ol' freedom of speech... *giggle* :)

Although I am a HUGE Obama supporter, I def agree that the "drink the kool-aid" is referring to being brainwashed. However, I have no idea what the sign holder's true intentions were, racist or not. But, that statement is, in fact, a reference to Jonestown.

The t-shirt is another story for me however. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that it was just an attack on the president's person, not his race. You seem like a lovely woman, so I wouldn't expect you to be racist. :)
And Rhonda, I would never not come to your blog again just because we don't see eye to eye politically. That would be immature on my part. I love your beautiful blog and intend on coming back.

With that being sad, the world is a much more happier place now that Obama is president. We no longer (hopefully) look like the idiotic country under an idiotic president. I don't understand why these rallies were not being held when we were losing billions daily on a war that was uncalled for. Osama Bin Laden, my behind. This war was for his daddy and oil. Period. That is something that should be protested! That is something that should get people angry! Why weren't these tea party attendees mad then? I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

hazel - I guess you think coming on here and calling everyone who does not agree with you "ignorant" and "sad" a "Christian" thing?
I don't remember reading anywhere on this blog that you were forced to read this post. If it was so offensive to you, you had the right to hit the back button and move on. I do it all the time. Rhoda also had the right to post this and others had the right to agree. You see - you are an example of what is wrong with the left-wing liberals. Your thinking is similiar to radical Islamists - "either you are with us or you are against us."
I am for America and what is right for this country, for my children and grandchildren, and for God!

If you feel the need to stand behind a man and a congress (both democratc and republican) who is leading us down a path of destruction...then have another glass of Kool-Aid, my friend. Drink, drink away!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Hey Rhoda, I say good for you! I wish I would have gone to ours, I regret not going. (And...amen to Rose above...)

Frugal Jen said...

I am glad you posted about and attended the tea party. Recently it seems that people think we should just sit back and not say anything when something wrong is being done. This is what preserves our democracy and our freedom of speech and many other freedom's our ancestors fought for.

Thanks for sharing Rhonda. I completely enjoy your blog!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

And with all of this (geez, it's gettin' nasty!) -- I still say this is what makes our country GREAT. That's why we should ALL continue to speak our minds...I just want to be able to keep doing that...;)

Anonymous said...

Southern Housewife - ummm...did you not see MSNBC and all the other communist "news" (my butt!) stations showing non-stop coverage of anti-war protests? Have you never heard of the likes of Code Pink?
You are trying to make this into a Bush vs Obama thing. In case you haven't noticed Bush is no longer president. If you think this world is a happier, kinder, gentler place - then maybe its time you moved to Socialist Europe. Yea, they loved him over there - so much so that they refused to "sign on" to any of his suggestions.
Puh-leeze! This country is even more divided than before.
Until we get the Pelosi's, Reid's and Obama's out of Washington - we are all doomed!

Crystal said...

I wanted to just send you a word of encouragement. I think it took courage for you to post your Tea Party blog today. I applaud you as many others did. It is your blog, your opinion and I would be proud if I were you.
So what if people disagree, that is the beauty of this country. And we need more people to know what is going on and to be vocal about it. Otherwise we get trampled on and taken advantage of.
One comment that made me so angry was about your husband's shirt. Some said it was racist?! Why? It said nothing about his race. Grrrrr....
Oh well, I said a prayer for you today and that God would guide your comments in response to the silly and hurtful comments.
May He alone be glorified!

Anonymous said...

Margaret says...

Oh Rhoda I am so disappointed in this blog post! I neither agree nor disagree with the content, however I find your husbands shirt to be very unnecessary and offensive. I find it disrespectful on many levels. President Obama was elected by the US citizens. Shouldn't there be some respect for the job he is trying to do? I also disagreed with the respect shown to George Bush. It is wrong to blame one president or one party for all the problems in this country. I would never allow such a shirt to be worn by any member of my family for any reason. It's clearly perpetuating the dissention in this country. I'm just really shocked and disappointed in this blog posting.

Anonymous said...

I meant the disrespect shown to George Bush.

Margaret

shell said...

I've never commented on your blog. I come for the pretty pictures. However, I am compelled to comment AND leave my name.

However, this wasn't a bi-partisan event. There wasn't an invitation for ALL Americans regardless of their political affiliations to participate. It was a Republican event. Look at the media and the media personalities who attended. It took 8 years to get the WORLD economy in this mess and President Obama has had less than three months to fix it. You want MORE change? Get involved. And I don't mean calling names, wearing racists t-shirts, or carrying degrading signs.

Let's remember that the original Boston Tea Party was about taxation WITHOUT representation. Every single citizen in the this country has representation. (Okay, except those folks who live in DC proper) Vote. Get in touch with your representatives. Tell them what you want. Don't like their answers? Run against them. Or get involved in the campaign of someone who you do trust.

Standing around calling people names, especially when they inherited the mess in the first place, doesn't get anything done. If you aren't part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

If you made it to the end of this comment, thank you. And I wanted to let you know I'm removing you from my RSS feeder. I can't abide by racism.

SarahAnne said...

I'm sorry for all the negative comments that have been written here. I agree with the one commenter about just not leaving a comment if you don't agree.... If you don't agree, blog about it yourself instead of harassing and being hurtful to someone you probably don't know.

I'm just thankful to see there are people that recognize what a frightful mess we are in now, and I have more hope for 2012 when we can get someone in as our leader that will be financially responsible and get government the heck out of where it doesn't belong, which is going to take a lot of work after this president.

You have a great blog, by the way. Very inspiring!

lei said...

My dear,

You are entitled to post on any subject you wish but do ALL of your readers the courtesy of honesty in what you call it. This post was very politically biased as a Republican Issue. Not the "American Issue" you said it was.

Peter, the racist cracker said...

Political dissent is a backbone of the history of the country.

To the Obama supporters I say one thing...

show me the actual birth certificate

the impostor will be shown for what he is soon enough

and which one of our 57 states do you represent?

signed, the ignorant redneck
with a Master's degree
CPA
extensive financial background

gotta go, have to plow while the sun shines and put up a few more Confederate flags around the plantation

Anonymous said...

Wow! I tuned in for some decorating inspiration and my BP is rising! I have been a lurker as well! All the comments sadden me because most poeple seem to be so one sided (pro Obama or pro Bush). Any thinking American would see that BOTH parties are to blame! I was disgusted with all the money spent on the war and I am equally disgusted with all the money spent on bailouts!

And to the anonymous poster (from another country) to say that we want free healthcare, education, etc. You are WRONG! I don't want my government to provide healthcare or put my kids through college nor do I want them to provide bonuses for CEO's.

Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Peter for President!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh you have GOT to be kidding me? WHY was the mainstream media not there? Because they are the same liberal swine that helped to get Obama elected. Do you really think they are gonna cover anything having to do with smearing this man? Good grief!

Wake up and get a political education! How is it NOT an American issue? Do you want to double or triple the already-horrific debt? Do you want this country to be indebted to China even more than we are now? Do you want to work until the month of October just to pay your taxes? Do you want to pay for your neighbor's home/mortgage just because he over-extended and bought a home he should not have? Do you want to pay for someone else's healthcare - even though it has been proven that many uninsured CAN buy healthcare they just CHOOSE not to? If you answered yes to these questions then I have one word for you. FRANCE! Se la vie! You will love the croissants. I suggest you leave this "unpatriotic" and "racist" country and move there!

Joanna said...

People can be so rude. It's your blog and if they don't want to read it, they don't have too, let alone leave nasty comments.

I will have to disagree with you though. (but not in the rude fashion as others have chosen)

I am a Republican, but I did vote for Obama. I voted for him because I read and reread over all the issues that both parties were suggesting and decided accordingly. It really was time for a change.

So far Obama hasn't screwed up yet. And as a matter of fact a lot of us middle class working families are benefiting from his tax cuts. Just take a look at you pay stubs after April 1st and you shall see if you are below a certain income your getting help thanks to Obama...Thief, I think not.

lei said...

The comments are getting so vicious (on both sides) with all the namecalling. Have you considered stopping the comments on this particular post?

The reaction to your post makes me think that what is really wrong with us as a Country is that we can't give opinions without resorting to being as hurtful and base as we possibly can. Perhaps if we could do that, we could show respect for each other's opinions without also being hurtful.

rosechicfriends said...

Rhonda,
Thank you so much for sharing from your heart!!!

It is so sad to see that too many times what is only *Politically Correct* gets the coverage and NOT both sides. We as Amercians need to wake up and use OUR voice....a voice that is ours by right of being an AMERICAN. FREEDOM OF SPEACH!

Whether we agree or not is NOT important..what is important is someone going into ANY office with their OWN agenda and fooling the people into thinking they are representing them. I personally am very scared by what is going on all across the board (no pointing fingers). It also fries me that people blame BUSH for so much and yet FORGET that for the last 2 years of his presidency...it was the DEMS in power...hmmmm.

I LIVE in the Detroit area which right now has the HIGHEST unemployment rate in the nation!!! For me to see companies that have supported so many industries almost 100 years being told to FIRE their heads, tell them what they can and cannot do, and allowing so many other smaller companies to suffer..is just plain scary. Scary to me because for government to being THAT involved in any business...and yet to see what really got them there was possibly the banks who have gotten little swats on their wrist?!!! This area is so depressed it is NOT funny! I am living a very horrible nightmare that too many are far removed from even still!!! My dh has been out of work 8 months now...HE is scared that he may not be able to get another job...especially with what is going on!!! How many others are dealing with this and how much worse is it going to get?

What is going on in American today reminds me so much of the FROG in a pot of boiling water. Have we as AMERICANS become like that FROG who is so content with the gradually warming water that it doesn't realize its getting COOKED?

Blessings...Lorena

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

OK, that's enough! I'm stopping the comments on this one. I can't take anymore...

Back to decorating!