Transcript: Al Gerhart, 8/22 Rally

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The following is the complete transcript of Al Gerhart’s remarks at the August 22nd Health Care Freedom Rally:

How Far Will you Go?  The National March on Washington D.C.

by Al Gerhart, President, The Carpenter Shop, Sooner Tea Party Co-Founder

Good morning Oklahoma …

Did you ever wonder about the Hollywood movie stars, why some fall apart under the stress, sometimes ruining their lives with drugs or alcohol?  It is the anxiety that eats into their guts, the real anxiety that comes from not earning what is given to you.   Lately we are anxious and troubled with the current state of our country.  We are troubled because we have not earned our freedoms, we know that what is not earned is easily taken away. It has been there in the back of our minds, unspoken, but now we are awakening.

I’m not sure exactly what it was that made me start to wake up, it could have been listening to some of our more educated customers voicing their concerns, it could have been the economy hitting bottom, or maybe it was listening to my sweet little wife yelling at the Television set.

Once I did start  pay attention, the magnitude of this mess sank in.  The national Republican leadership is not much better than the Democrats, both are spending our children’s and our grand children’s future taxes to buy elections.  Slowly I realized just how much trouble our country was in and realized that if something was to be done, it would be up to the citizens.

Well, we the people have done well this summer.  You guys packed the Tea Parties and Town Halls and put fear back into the politician’s hearts.  Now they are looking forward to September when they think they can scurry back to Washington D.C. and get away from the heat.  What do you guys think, are we done with them yet?

I thought so.

My friends, we are not done, we are going to Washington D.C.    On Wednesday, September 9th, thousands of citizens from across the United States will begin to arrive in Washington D.C.   On Thursday, we petition our congressional members, On Friday we attend training seminars to learn how to organize.  On Saturday, September 12th, we March in Protest on the Capitol, we march in protest of the madmen in Washington D.C.

Convoys of carpools are being planned all across this great land, trains, buses, and airplanes have been reserved to carry patriots to deliver a resounding message, to stop the irresponsible spending, to stop the loss of our liberties.

We Oklahomans are going to march behind an Oklahoman flag.  Sooner Tea Party members, OKC 9-12 members, even a convoy from the Tulsa Tea Party They are meeting up with another convoy from Memphis.  But, we need many, many more Oklahomans to be there for the Protest March.   Carpools of four can make it for under $120 per person if you leave early Friday morning and drive all night.  If you leave on Thursday night, and stop for a motel a few hours outside of D.C., it can be done for less than $150 per person if four people share a motel room.  Plane tickets bought in advance are less than $300 round trip and there are $75.00 motels in the D.C. area if you are the adventurous type.  There are even D.C. area residents opening up their homes for those with limited funds, bring a sleeping bag and they will put you up for a few days.

If there is enough interest and enough money is raised, we could charter buses.  Groups of 48 people could travel for under $250 per person.  Two drivers would allow driving through the night, or $280.00 would cover a Thursday departure with a Friday night stay outside the beltway.  If we don’t raise enough for a bus, we use the donated cash to sponsor proxy car pools or plane fare.

Many of you will say, I can’t afford to go or I don’t have the time.  You might say your family comes first, that times are tough, spending money going to D.C. is out of the question.   I know, I can’t really afford to go, but if I do nothing, I wonder if there will be a middle class left that can afford my work?  This massive takeover attempt of our health care system is just the start, Cap and Trade is coming, they will attempt to regulate the small farmer out of existence, and Hyper inflation will happen once the world realizes how just much money Obama is printing.

If we do not take a stand, these politicians will destroy the very fabric of our great country.  The liberal agenda and globalization has gutted our industrial base, once we were the arsenal of democracy, generations of Europeans and Asians owe their freedom to America might and the sacrifice of our selfless veterans.  Will we be able defend liberty again?  Will we even have liberty here at home?

That my fellow citizens is why we will March on Washington D.C., for the generations to come, for our own conscience.  Who among you want live out your days knowing that when your country needed you the most, you were too busy or were unwilling to spend a few hundred dollars to defend your rights?

We need to take a couple of days, shut this state down, and just go give them a piece of our mind.  Politicians say that a dozen letters is enough to make them pay attention, what are they going to do when a million U.S. taxpayers show up on their doorstep?  They spend trillions on stimulus programs, but the best possible stimulus for consumer confidence is proof that this madness is being stopped.

I am asking every one of you to get involved in this March on D.C..  If you can’t find a way to go gather ten friends or family members and help someone else make the trip.  Twenty dollars each will send someone that has the time but no money to travel.  If you own a business, sponsor one of your employees or give all of your workers a long weekend off to attend.  If you can go but lack enough funds, we will try to find a carpool and some sponsors for you.  If there is no possible way for you to go or help others to go, make a sign, find an overpass or park your car on the side of the road and cheer on the ones that are making the trip.  Drive as far as you can with the convoy, take videos and photos to send to the T.V. station. Just do something,

We are going to send buckets through the crowd to collect donations to be used to send people to Washington D.C.  Checks are fine, any amount will help, and I can promise you the money will go for that purpose only and that we will spend your hard earned money well.  If you want to donate to our group to help out with the future Tea Parties, there are donation buckets at the sign in tables for that purpose, these buckets are for the March on D.C.

For those unable to go to Washington D.C, we are considering a watch party here in Oklahoma City.  Sign up on our email list and we will send you more details on the March on Washington and the Watch Party in the coming weeks.  In the mean time, keep calling those congressional members, go to the town hall meetings and ask the hard questions.  Please Continue saying “Enough”, continue the process of taking this country back.

I want to close by sharing the best advice I ever received in my life, that if you truly want something, pay the price and seize what you want.  My countrymen, we need to pay a price for liberty, to end the anxiety in our lives.  If we do that, freedom is ours to pass down to our children.  So please join me in Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 12th.

Thank you.

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To see the transcripts of other speakers, click on the following Transcripts link and see the posts that have “8/22 Rally” in their titles. The Sooner Tea Party will be posting the transcripts for all of the speakers who agreed to allow us to do so as soon as possible.

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