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Putting The Party In Tea Party!

By Greg L | 26 June 2010 | Manassas City | 17 Comments

One of the highlight’s of this Friday night’s Manassas Tea Party celebration was the appearance of Sonnie Johnson, President of the Virginia Chapter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation. I’ve never seen anyone at a Tea Party before rile up a crowd like this while blasting through all sorts of leftist preconceptions about who cares about liberty and freedom and attends events such as these.  We’re going to be hearing again from this lady, and I hope it’s soon.

This footage was shot just after sunset with no artificial lighting, really pushing one of my cameras to the absolute edge, and I quickly cut this part of Sonnie Johnson’s speech as test footage to see what the results were of some of the post-production enhancements.  I hope to at some point get her full remarks up on video, but that’s going to be just a little while.

What a great event this was.  I’ve never seen the Harris Pavilion so packed, and I’ve never been to a Tea Party rally with such energy.

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  1. Proud to be a Gringo said on 26 Jun 2010 at 10:22 pm:
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    Wow! What a great job she did. I think she said it all.

  2. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 7:04 am:
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    She is a fine TP representative. She is pissed that the special interest groups she favors is not fully represented.

  3. FED UP said on 27 Jun 2010 at 8:31 am:
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    I was there and she was GREAT! Very motivating…..and right on target!

  4. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 9:08 am:
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    Sonnie Johnson is the President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, not the Society. Two very different organizations, it would appear…

  5. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 9:18 am:
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    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

    Who do you think Frederick Douglas would be referring to in today’s political climate?

  6. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 10:25 am:
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    “The widow of a Houston police officer killed by an illegal immigrant was “shocked” to learn that the city’s former police chief has landed a top immigration job with the Obama administration, her lawyer told FoxNews.com on Friday.”


    “The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue.

    Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations.”


    Another fox put in charge of guarding the chicken coop. WTF is going on in this country.

  7. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 11:17 am:
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    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

    “Who do you think Frederick Douglas would be referring to in today’s political climate?”

    Attorney General Eric Holder openly declared that whites are not covered under hate crimes legislation because they’re not a ‘protected’ class. And now an Obama “diversity czar” for all 12 fed banks and extensive protections for non-whites.

    Yes, the bill [the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010”] gives Treasury the power to liquidate banks that pose a threat to financial stability. But it essentially exempts minority-owned banks and those approved by Acorn-style urban organizers.

    “The orderly liquidation plan shall take into account actions to avoid or mitigate potential adverse effects on low-income, minority or underserved communities affected by the failure of the covered financial company,” it says.


    Sen. Richard Shelby and other GOP conferees moved to strike the language, arguing that making an exception for minority neighborhoods defeats the whole purpose of reform, which is to protect all consumers against systemic risk.

    But Sen. Chris Dodd, who’s running the conference committee with his fellow Democrat, Rep. Barney Frank, shot them down by suggesting that they wanted to deny minorities access to credit.


    {snip} Studies show that CRA home loans have much higher failure rates. {snip}

    Another section of the bill requires the proposed Financial Stability Oversight Council (headed by the Treasury secretary) to consider a zombie institution’s “importance as a source of credit for low-income, minority or underserved communities” before winding it down. {snip}

    {snip} The bill mandates placement of a diversity czar in each federal financial agency—including the Fed and its 12 regional banks.

    Establishing a so-called Office of Minority and Women Inclusion within each agency is the idea of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, a Congressional Black Caucus leader and conferee.

    According to her amendment to the bill, “Each agency shall take affirmative steps to seek diversity in the workplace of the agency, at all levels of the agency,” including:

    * Recruiting at “historically black colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions.”

    * Recruiting in urban communities.

    * Placing ads in African-American and Spanish newspapers.

    * “Partnering with organizations that are focused on developing opportunities for minorities.”


    Each agency, in turn, is required to report to Congress detailed information describing the actions it took to diversify its staff and contract with minority-owned firms. Which means they’ll do what their diversity officers advise. No official—particularly no regional Fed bank president—wants to be dragged before Barney Frank’s panel and accused of racism.

    Still, as insurance, the bill also calls for an audit of Fed “governance” to examine, among other things, “the extent to which the current system of appointing Federal Reserve bank directors effectively represents the public without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.”

    More, the bill sets up a data-collection system to monitor small-business loans for discrimination. Lenders will now be required to report if small-business applicants are minority-owned.


    The bureau [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] will wield a big stick in the form of an Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, whose role will be enforcing “nondiscriminatory access to credit.” It will have the power to subpoena witnesses and documents, as well as issue temporary orders requiring banks to cease and desist any practice.

    They will add to and work with HUD’s and Justice’s own diversity cops. The bureau adds a massive new layer of bureaucracy to the four federal agencies already enforcing fair-lending compliance under the onerous CRA. Banks will now be under enormous political pressure to bend underwriting rules for protected classes with iffy credit.

    The bureau, which is the White House’s baby, will invite “experts in fair lending (and) civil rights,” as well as “representatives of communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgage loans” to sit on a Consumer Advisory Board and consult on policy.

    A research unit, meanwhile, will solicit data and “experiences” from urban housing activists about consumers in “underserved communities” who may have had access to “affordable credit” denied.

    Over at HUD, a well-funded Office of Housing Counseling will collaborate with “community-based organizations” of Acorn’s ilk to help minorities and “persons who face language barriers” secure credit and “preserve homeownership.”



  8. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 11:56 am:
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    “President Obama is keeping his ear to the ground.

    Recently, he invited a race-based coalition of bloggers, “Blogging While Brown,” to meet with Corey Ealons, the White House director of “African-American Media,” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House meeting was about “”letting them know we are open and available for conversation — a two-way conversation.”

    I can’t help but scratch my chin and wonder: would President Obama be willing to have a similar “two-way conversation” with an alliance of bloggers called “Blogging While White” and respond to the concerns of the White community? Maybe he could chat with the leading voices of the White community about their concerns about, hell, I don’t know …

    … the evacuation of the Gulf States?

    It would certainly be smart politics. 91% of black voters support the Obama administration. In 2008, Obama lost the White vote, and that was before Obamacare, the Gulf Oil Spill, the Wall Street bailouts, and the Tea Party took their toll on his popularity.

    To be sure, “structural racism” exists in America: blacks can organize as blacks and advocate black interests while getting invited to the White House by the President of the United States himself. On the other hand, the Tea Party is demonized by the Left and charged with “racism” for no other reason than being appealing to Whites.

    Am I the only one who notices this?”


    Only the left is allowed to segregate by color. Racial Profiling has its perks.

  9. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 12:46 pm:
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    “Corey Ealons, the White House director of “African-American Media,”

    Say, I’m a currently unemployed blogger. Do you suppose the White House has filled the “Director of European-American Media” job slot yet?

  10. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 2:18 pm:
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    The Rule of Racial Preferences by Virgil Goode

    {snip} My former colleague Congressman Steve King (R-IA) recently tried to initiate a discussion, and the Democrats and politically correct Republicans are castigating him.

    Rep. King told a talk show host that “the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race—on the side that favors the black person.” He stood by his remarks stating that there “appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the Justice Department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race.”


    President Obama supports racial preferences for blacks and Hispanics over whites and Asians in education and hiring. During the 2008 election, the African American conservative Ward Connerly sponsored ballot initiatives in Colorado and Kansas stating “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” Obama opposed the initiatives stating they are “designed to drive a wedge between people.”

    During his four years a Senator, Obama never voted against the NAACP’s position on an issue.

    Several recent incidents during his presidency provide additional fodder for Rep. King’s statement.

    President Obama and Attorney General Holder have sued small towns without even accusing them of disenfranchising blacks, but they dismissed a complaint against voter intimidation against whites during the presidential election.

    The Justice Department filed a claim against the town of Lake Park, FL to make the town of 9,000 change from electing their commissioners from an at large seat into gerrymandered districts where “black persons would constitute a majority of the citizen voting age population in at least one of the districts” with the explicit goal of promoting “black electoral success.”

    Compare this to how they treated the New Black Panther Party intimidating white voters. {snip} The Justice Department dismissed this complaint without giving any explanation.

    The same double standard applies to so called hate crimes. Immediately after assuming office, President Obama promoted a massive expansion in hate crimes enforcement.

    While the legislation was being debated Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked about both hypothetical instances where whites, Christians, or military members would be assaulted and if such would qualify as hate crimes. Attorney General Holder responded that hate crimes legislation “would not necessarily cover that” and was designed to cover “protected groups.” {snip} In other words: not whites and Christians.

    While African Americans have been targeted for violence in the past, today it is whites who are more likely to be victims of interracial crime.

    According to the FBI’s latest National Crime Victimization Survey, Blacks were over 50 times more likely to commit a crime against whites than vice versa. There were over 14,000 black on white rapes and the number of white on black rapes was so small, it did not show up on FBI’s statistical samples. That same year, the FBI did not report a single anti-black rape hate crime.

    {snip} But the truth is that President Obama appears to be more concerned about stopping virtually non-existent “hate crimes” against “protected groups” than stopping actual committed crimes.



  11. Anonymous said on 27 Jun 2010 at 2:54 pm:
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    “California Welfare Recipients Gamble at Taxpayer Expense”

    “California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.

    The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found.”


    EBT (Food Stamps) Booze, Drugs and cigarettes to round off that free meal…


  12. What are we becoming? said on 27 Jun 2010 at 7:06 pm:
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    What a Great Speech by Sonnie.I enjoyed every minute of it and hope we will hear more soon!

    To bad someone can’t make a tape of this and get it to Obama. Course it probably would do any good to someone like him.

    Need to have more of these Rallies and record her every time as she is really a good speaker. It comes from the Heart and we all need to heed her words.

    What a Great Speaker.

  13. You Know Me said on 27 Jun 2010 at 8:20 pm:
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    Sonnie rocked the house!

  14. Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2010 at 11:14 am:
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    Is this on YouTube? Do you plan to post it! It’s a great speech and a great video!

  15. PHenry said on 30 Jun 2010 at 9:31 pm:
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    I’d love to see Ken Cuccinelli’s speech online as well?

  16. Greg L said on 30 Jun 2010 at 9:42 pm:
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    Working on it - my production queue is VERY deep right now and the paying customers are at the head of the line. I have Ken’s (terrific) speech but haven’t had the time to edit it.

    I guess that’s a motivation to attend the rally, as the volunteer-basis video will always be a bit delayed!

  17. PHenry said on 1 Jul 2010 at 7:03 pm:
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    Thanks, Greg, I will be looking for it. I was there for it live, and was really impressed.

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