But here is the recording of my entire speech:
Navy veteran and author, Linda Scanlan drove from another state to attend the Salt Lake City Anti-Tax Day Tea Party. Linda blogs at I Knew I Could Fly.
She proudly held the Declaration of Liberty and stuck it out until the bitter end. Cold, wet and trembling, she didn't want to leave.
Thank you, Linda, for your service and devotion to our beloved nation.
And to quote one of my favorite founding fathers, Patrick Henry:
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged!" (Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Patrick Henry, 23 March 1775)
To all the veterans across this great land, we thank you for your service, your dedication and your sacrifices that we might live freely in the United States of America.
We must uphold them, defend them and stand strong for them against Janet Napolitano's heinous classification of the heroes of America.
Doug Osmond, one of my favorite Osmonds, joined us to sing The Star Spangled Banner and he electrified the crowd with God Bless the USA.
He held the American flag high and proudly stood for the USA.
Doug performs with his brothers, Osmonds 2nd Generation, and their concerts are fun, entertaining and filled with great music, natch.
But I see a solo career coming on for Doug. Wow, that man can seriously sing!
While other tea parties ran into serious trouble with the press in their areas of the country, we were blessed to have our local ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX stations attend and interview.
Radio station KNRS, one of my favorites, also showed up and we had some good coverage throughout the day, evening and again on Sunday.
This is Chris Vanocur of ABC (Channel 4) interviewing me as to what we were protesting about.
So thank you to the press of Utah. Some of you reported fairly, some did not, but to all, I give you credit for not ignoring 15 tea parties across the state, joining with 2,000 plus others across the nation in hope that Washington, D.C. would hear. D.C. claimed not to, but we know they did.
Here are a few more pictures:
Thanks to all of you for showing up and supporting the fight for freedom! Next stop. July 4th Tea Party in Orem, UT. Again, it will be a nationwide effort. Details will be nailed down in the next few days and posted here!