Oak Harbor Tea Party Rally
On Thursday I rode with a couple of friends up to the North end of Whidbey Island for the Oak Harbor Tea Party Rally. The weather was pleasant for a change, and there were perhaps 150 folks gathered there to listen to the speakers. I saw no signs of racism, bigotry, or other things that the lame stream media seen to try to hang on the tea party folks. What I did see was a lot of folks who are gravely concerned about the policies of the current administration in moving our country towards Socialism. Clearly, Mr. Obama and his policies were not popular with the attendees. After listening to a few of the local politicians and the usual platitudes, they got into the heavy hitters of the invited speakers.
Bob Williams, a really bright guy, and a previous unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate spoke. Although not a dynamic speaker, he has a lot of substance to what he says, and as he was speaking I couldn't help to think what a fantastic speech it would have been if it had been delivered by Ronald Reagan. Following Bob Williams was the Reverend Wayne Perryman. Reverend Perryman was dynamic, entertaining, and thoroughly entertaining as he spoke about racism and abolition of slavery in the United States from a black perspective. He also spoke about the eventual outlawing of slavery, and told several stories from history that should be taught in our schools, but are not. If you have the opportunity to hear Reverend Perryman speak, it would be well worth your time to go, as you would certainly learn some interesting things. Unfortunately my camera batteries expired before Rev. Perryman spoke, so I was unable to get his picture. Fortunately, I found this video on Youtube that contains part of his speech. There's also several other good Rev. Perryman videos on Youtube if you do a search there using his name.
After the rally we grabbed some dinner, then headed home. It was a trip well worth taking, and we didn't even get rained on.......