If you would have asked me twenty years ago (circa 2000) if I would have attended a political demonstration as a demonstrator, not as an intelligence officer, collecting against the crowd, I would have laughed at you and said that you have to be kidding. But think back. In 2000, the World Trade Center had not been attacked. In October 2001, nobody on the planet would have thought that America would have a president named Barack Hussein Obama with deep communist roots and a serious love of Islam who would take office in 2008. If you’d have predicted it, everyone would have laughed at you and would have told you that you needed to have your head examined.
But elected he was and I became one of the throng of Tea Party people who showed up, to various events. I met Palin and Breitbart out in the desert at Searchlight, Nevada near Harry Reid’s house. And those are the circumstances surrounding the formation of Virtual Mirage, because I wanted a digital record that the nation did not go along with the Obamanation. If you go back and read, that was the text in the early days of this blog. And there were a few bloggers who I met back in that day such as Woodsterman and Old NFO. We read each other’s blogs and when we all happened to be in town, we met in person and we found out that we all had the same thing in common. We had a love of country and were concerned where things were headed. Many of the people were veterans, who had put it on the line.
Then came Donald J. Trump, and I attended a Trump rally at Costa Mesa, CA. Just one in a crowd of thousands. Bear with me because there is a point to this. In all cases, the conservatives (so-called “astroturf”) who gathered together were polite, thoughtful, picked up their trash, didn’t hurl insults, and just wanted their voices to be heard. It’s just the way the Second Amendment protest in Richmond went down yesterday. When I was sitting at the Trump rally in Costa Mesa, waiting for the great man to speak, the people next to me went and bought me lunch at the venue. Not because they had to or because I asked them for something for nothing. It’s what decent people do.
No cars were overturned, no shops were looted, nobody was injured, no insults were hurled. They were Americans, concerned about where the country was headed. Most of them had never done this sort of thing before because the core of the nation had not been under attack. Even given the unpopularity of Obama with the people, nobody called for his death, they didn’t mock him. They simply disagreed, and Congress was shocked. As I mentioned, we were referred to as “astroturf” because we couldn’t be a grass roots movement. We were too clean, too well groomed, we took off work to be there and went back to work when the demonstration ended. We made our own signs. Nobody bussed us there and paid us to shout.
That’s what happens when America responds to injustice. It wasn’t a gathering of filthy inner-city people, who are paid to protest, leave trash, loot, burn and so forth. The media is perplexed. The politicians are confused. How could a group of admittedly heavily armed people gather to express their discontent and not injure anyone? It’s because they are decent people, who are also free people, and want to keep it that way. It is the essence of what America is. They are not parasites, they work, and earn for their families. They are good neighbors, they are the teachers and firemen and policemen and mechanics and insurance salesmen and so forth who were not born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They are not the Hollywood elites. They’re mothers and fathers and grandparents who have a stake in the outcome. They represent all races, all faiths, and economic groups.
Demonstrations give me hope for the future of the nation, and gatherings of this sort strike fear in the hearts of the progressives who work so hard to damage the essence of America. People are not mocked for their differences, they are embraced as fellow patriots. And they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton no matter how much the corrupt, lying, media shilled for her. If you showed up with a sign that indicated that you disagreed, nobody hurt you. They’d just ask you if you’re ok.
Imagine somebody showing up at the Second Amendment rally in Richmond who carried a sign that said, “Take my Guns! – NOW”. People might laugh at the fool and they might say, if you don’t want a firearm, you don’t need to buy one. It’s about choice. But that is not what they’re doing at the Virginia Legislature. It’s not about choice. It’s not about rights, that began 244 years ago. It’s not how the progressives think. It is not part of their agenda. Decent people disagree with the collectivists, and the communists, and the donkeys. And they gather peacefully.