9/12 Tea Parties in Southern California

An Exciting Affair in South Orange County- San Juan Capistrano 912 TEA Party.
Gabriella Hoffman, Staff Writer

On September 12th, 2009, I had the pleasure of attending a TEA party in San Juan Capistrano in partnership with Glenn Beck’s 912 Project. Being that this was the only major event to storm Orange County in a while, it was the opportune moment to convene with others equally concerned about the path our nation is heading in. The South OC 912 Project organized this marvelous event to unite Americans from all walks of life for a common cause: discontent for the cultural transformation playing out today, dissatisfaction with the Administration’s plans for virtual takeover of our lives, and the lack of accountability held by the politicians who were and are supposed to work on our behalf (not theirs).

Being my first TEA party, the San Juan Capistrano affair was a successful event. My parents, who hail from Lithuania (a country once oppressed by the Soviet Union) and sister showed their support for the event by holding signs, actively participating, and relishing on the fact that Americans understand that a communist system could and should never work in America. Fellow UCSD College Republicans Alec Weisman (and editor of the California Review), Richard Davis, and Misty Tienken came as well and stood with their fellow Americans in a celebration of 9/12/01, a day which was marked by unity after that fateful day. People were passionate about our country and held a high regard for patriotism, family, values, limited government, and the like. The OC Register reports that about 1,000 people were in attendance (although estimates of about 2,000 have been circulating), and excitement was greatly showcased during the event. Adults and some young conservatives were in attendance, although being Orange County one would think that more people would have come…Speakers like Chuck DeVore, Bill Hunt, Shawn Black sure got most of the limelight, but it was a speech presented by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson that resonated the most in my mind. He touched basis on the fundamental issues at hand in this weary time, and came across as the most meaningful and genuine. Overall, the San Juan Capistrano TEA party communicated the air Glenn Beck urged Americans to evince six months ago: one of dedication, common sense, and love for the United States of America.

Americans need not hesitate to stand up and speak against the debauchery playing out in Washington, D.C.. With more tea parties and opinions expressed, we can restore the greatness of America endowed by our Founding Fathers.

Here’s the link to the OC Register article featuring this tea party and yours truly.


And links to YouTube videos featuring more live action from SJC!

A look at the El Cajon Tea Party & San Diego Sheriff Debate
Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief

After attending the TEA Party in San Juan Capistrano, we traveled south and east to the TEA Party in El Cajon, hosted by the East County TEA Party Movement. We arrived in time to hear Chuck DeVore speak again (he’s running for Congress against “Ma’am” Barbara Boxer, and we had time to talk to Matt Friedman, a Candidate for the 53rd district against Congresswoman Susan Davis. From there, the TEA party transitioned into the debate for San Diego Sheriff. This interesting race pits four Republicans [Bruce Ruff, James Duffy, Bill Gore, & Jay LaSuer] against each other (the Democrat candidates are largely irrelevant) in a fierce fight for who will take over the position.

Below are the photos taken by me of the two 9/12 Tea Parties are attached. The link for our pictures from both Tea Parties is below. Guest password is: UCSDCalRev


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