I’ve received the following update on the parade from Mike Hess. Please take a moment to read this, since we’ve had a lot of confusion surrounding all the rapid-fire events regarding this year’s parade.
Greetings fellow Citizen-Patriots,
The Town of Westcliffe Mayor and Council Members voted unanimously to sponsor the Parade that had been canceled by 4 members of the Chamber of Commerce (the original sponsors). So, everything is still a go for the SCPC to march as previously planned. A more detailed message/map will be issued on Monday afternoon but some immediate planning info is provided below.
We are planning to hold a responsible, peaceful and lawful march to show our support for the Colorado Sheriffs that have joined the lawsuit and for our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. A group of local (and not so local) liberal and progressive citizens exercised their 1st Amendment rights to to trample and infringe on conservatives and tea party members’ 1st AND 2nd Amendment rights by trying to get the Independence Day Parade canceled or prevent the SCPC from marching in it. They failed. The courageous leaders and the good citizens of Custer County saw to that.
We want to make something PERFECTLY CLEAR here. We have seen some internet postings suggesting that we are marching with civil disobedience or civil insurrection in mind. NOTHING could be more wrong. We are law-abiding citizens and patriots that love our constitution and our country and are marching, not to intimidate our fellow citizens, but rather as a lawful, peaceful and non-intimidating exercise of our rights to assemble, speak and do so with UNLOADED Open Carry firearms. We know we don’t have to legally but we are doing this as a gesture of respect and as a small assurance to the courageous leaders of this community that so strongly and wholeheartedly supported us. We want to march like this for many years to come. If this seems unreasonable to you then maybe you should not participate. This is what we did in Canon City and everyone that participated was OK with that rule. We will have local tea party members acting as marshals and we will not tolerate any type of bad behavior. The liberal progressives are the immature, irresponsible and lawless citizens (see any Occupy Wall Street event) and they would love nothing more than to bait us into a stupid act they could film or record. We owe it to all responsible constitutionally-loving TEA Party brothers and sisters all over America. We will be smart and not fall into their traps.
Please come around 9:00am, Parade now starts at 10:30am. There will be 2 large trailers for those that need to ride. Open Carry is encouraged, all firearms to be slung or holstered and UNLOADED. Flags and homemade signs are also encouraged and as always nothing racist or threatening. Those kind do not help our important cause. Focus on our Sheriffs and our constitutional rights. Again, nothing to embarrass our important TEA Party efforts nation-wide. We can “do our thing” and be positive.
Hope to see you all there to help us be united and make a strong public statement about the liberals attempts to mess with our guns, liberties and freedoms. Let’s march TALL, PROUD and SMART!! More detailed info on Monday.