Action Report - Rally For America, Houston, TX (1 March
Posted on 03/01/2003 7:37 PM CST by PetroniDE
It seems a lot of people, Freepers and just ordinary
Americans alike, are sick and tired of the lies and
propaganda that the anti-American crowd has been forcing
down the throats of the American people. In a rally earlier
today at Jones Plaza, located in downtown Houston, TX, a
crowd estimated at over 10,000 people showed their
appreciation for their President, their freedom, and the
brave people (i.e. the military) that protect it.
Before I begin the rally recap, special kudos to talk
radio station KPRC (950-AM) for organizing and sponsoring
this rally; in less than two weeks, they lined up speakers
and musical entertainment, while dealing with all the messy
logistics that a successful rally requires. Another person
who also gets kudos is Glenn Beck, who was in San Antonio
earlier today for a similar event. KPRC carries his radio
show and it was his rally in San Antonio that prompted KPRC
to do the rally today.
It was a beautiful day for a rally with cloudy skies (no
rain) and temperatures in the mid-60’s. The noon start
time didn’t deter one Freeper (PetroniDE) from doing a
Sheila Jackson-Lee imitation. He arrived at 8:00 am to put
together the large “We Support Our Troops” banner in a
strategic location (he also nearly performed a Ted Kennedy
imitation since he was driving the wrong way down several
streets; he is a Yankee; lucky he knows how to drive at
all). Vintage military vehicles on display for the rally
arrived at about 9:00 am and some time was spent on the
balcony of Jones Plaza with the large banner on display for
The massive crowd began to arrive around 10:00 am. Some
assistance was provided regarding building of the large
balloon rainbow. Jones Plaza was basically completely filled
by 11:30 am. Several people with large signs began walking
around Jones Plaza in circular formation; by then a few
other Freepers had arrived and joined in this makeshift
parade. Anyone in Jones Plaza by 11:30 saw the banner, and
the FreeRepublic and HoustonLiberty signs below it.
A sampling of other signs spotted at the rally. Some
humorous, some with more serious themes.
- God Bless America. Thank God Al Gore is Not President.
- Martin Sheen: You are NOT President, You Only Play One on
- Texas Terrorist Hunting Permit; No Bag Limit; No Tagging
- We Have Nothing to Fear, Except Fear Itself, FDR, 1941;
Let’s Roll, Todd Beamer, 2001.
- Liberate Iraq, Just Like We Did France.
- Babes Back Bush
- Numerous people showed up who have family members in the
military and are currently stationed overseas; most of them
had photos of the loved ones in uniform.
The following people gave speeches.
Pegi Ivancevich (Regent, Daughters of the American
Revolution, San Jacinto Chapter)
Dan Pastorini (Former Houston Oilers Quarterback)
USAF Retired Major Ellis Buchanan (Formerly of NATO
Command). During his speech, there were three flyovers by
retired Air Force personnel. Michael Berry (Houston City
Council). Kudos to him for voting against the anti-war
resolution in Houston City Council earlier this week.
Kevin Brady (US House Deputy Majority Whip)
Tom Delay (US House Majority Leader)
Two other people gave speeches at the rally. In a major
surprise, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee made an
appearance and gave a speech. The crowd response was mixed
(some polite cheers and some boos), but considering that the
crowd was nearly all conservatives, this was a polite
response. KPRC stated up-front that this was a pro-America
rally and politicians from both parties would be invited to
speak (trying getting that from the other side). The other
surprise speaker was Ahmad Hassam, a personal friend of
moderator Chris Baker, who immigrated (legally) to this
country 24 years ago and is grateful to today call himself a
citizen of the U.S.A.
One funny moment at the rally involved musical artist
Kevin Black. Twice while playing his first song, the speaker
system went out, just as he was hitting the song’s highest
note. System went out at the exact same moment both times.
The Houston Police Department estimated that about 10,000
people attended the rally in support for America. However,
the anti-American crowd tried to make their presence felt; a
grand total of 6 (five on one hand plus one on the other for
the liberals reading this) arrived to counter the rally. One
Freeper (Ron H.) confronted them and essentially told them
to “stick it”.
After the two-hour rally, local radio talk show host Pat
Gray posed for a picture with our banner. Several Freepers,
including Humblegunner, Flyer, Eaker, and RetiredAFWarrior
had cameras and took some excellent pictures. Afterwards,
most of the Freepers stopped by Griff’s for some
of Freepers Attending Rally
Action-America, Allegra, Anymouse, Bobbyd, BuffyT, Carlo3b,
Dix, Eaker, Flyer, Houmatt, Humblegunner, Humidston,
IamRight, Janette, OllieMB. PetroniDE, Rejoyce,
RetiredAFWarrior. RikaStrom, Ron H., TxLady, Xenalyte, Zboa
and 10,000 of our closest friends.
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me and, upon supplying proof of ownership, I will remove
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Eaker. All rights reserved.