It would have been novel, however, if there was some kind of organized Republican response. I would have been shocked at any attempt by Republicans to counter the slander being predictably trawled out by the tolerant and loving Left.
I wondered a few days before the rally whether there would be a press release forthcoming from any Republican quarter (the Harris camp, MDGOP, Don Dwyer's office, etc). Why is it necessary, I will soon be asked. Here are the reasons:
1. The CASA Rally was organized to bash Republicans. The "mean-spirited" bills are sponsored by Republicans.
2. It just so happens that we will be facing a General Election soon. The Democrats are going to turn up the heat from now til November and take every opportunity to bash Republicans.
3. District 1 Liberals just lost a friend in Congress. I half expected to have received a press release from Harris campaign whose success in the primaries depended largely from his immigration law enforcement position. Well, at least we didn't have to suffer the spectacle of a grateful Wayne "The Godfather" Gilchrest marching WITH the CASA rallyers.
The "Hate Free" rally will soon be followed by the "Value our Teachers" rally, the "No More Union Bashing" rally, "Save the Bay" rally, "Free Health Insurance For All" rally, ending with the obligatory "Homosexuals are People, Too!" rally and candle-light vigil.
The Democrats will take EVERY opportunity to cast Republicans (and I've said it before and I'll say it again, just becasue you may not consider yourself a conservative, you are Republican and will be tarred with the same brush....so you might as well join us!!) in the role of hateful bigots whose only joy in life is to heap scorn and misery upon the "people of color," "the have-nots," "the non-christian," "the multi-sexual," and any other group you can possible think of who can possible be adversely affected by proposed Republican legislation.
This is predictable. We all know this is going to happen. So let's not be shocked by the rally or slander du jour. Let's instead develop a counter. Let's show them and the party faithful some spine and say things that you know they wish'd you say. Let's shock THEM by daring to defend ourselves, by daring to be insulted.
You know from an earlier e-mail, that this evening (February 25, 2008) CASA de Maryland held a large rally to protest all the "mean-spirited" Legislation which has been introduced in the General Assembly. This was also the same evening when many groups held "Meet Your Legislator" events. Additionally, during session, the Maryland Legislature holds a voting session on Monday evenings. Thus, the timing of this CASA de Maryland event was very well picked to have an optimum effect on the maximum number of potential on-lookers.
There was a large crowd – mostly coming in by the school-bus load. There was also a large police presence.
Most of the event was in Spanish. That portion of the protest program that was in English was translated into Spanish.
Among the signs prevalent were: HATE FREE MARYLAND! DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR EVERYONE! EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN! Some of the larger supporters (in terms of physical size) hoisting signs supporting the event were representatives of the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers Union) and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union). No surprises here. For every one percent (1%) of additional workers, each union stands to rake in $1 BILLION dollars in additional dues!
For additional edification, you might want to check out the web sites of two of the unions that were visibly present: http://www.ufcw.org/ or http://www.seiu.org/. Both unions STRONGLY support Senator Barack Hussein Obama.
Just thought you might be interested.