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I attending two rallies in Washington, D.C. yesterday, the Audit The IRS sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and a No Amnesty rally sponsored by Representatives Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louie Gohmert, and I wanted to share with you some of my experiences.

I have fibromyalgia, and for me, dropping everything and traveling to D.C. without a companion is a feat of courage in itself, in that I gave up not just one day for traveling to the rallies, but at least two days following recovering from all the walking. Today I can barely walk.

But all that aside, it was a very exciting trip. It was not my first Metrorail experience, I had ridden Japan’s Bullet train while I was stationed there in my youth, so the ride carried some nostalgia with it as well as a trip to the L’Enfant.

From there I walked to the National Mall (after going the wrong way twice and finally asking for directions: stubborn) and immediately noticed my fellow patriots gathering at the Tea Party Patriots Rally and found a seat in the grass, striking up a conversation with a new friend. She and I discovered that the Immigration Rally was on the other side of the Capitol Building and decided to walk around to the other side.

It had only been a few minutes, but by this time there was portable fence barriers with police standing in the walkways advising pedestrians not to use the walkway to get to the other side. Not fifteen minutes earlier these walkways were accessible. We weren’t sure of the reason the barricades had been put up suddenly, but we were not to be deterred. Who knows why policemen and women do the things they do, but I know I didn’t travel all the way to Washington, D.C. from my home state to attend only one rally. It was a long walk, but we made it to the other side.

Among the several speakers were Congressmen John Fleming (R-LA), Steve King (R-IA) and Robert Rector who is a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, as well as many others. All of the speeches drove home the need to block the Senate Immigration Bill because

the Senate’s immigration bill will allow 7.5 million illegal immigrants into the country by 2020 and cost taxpayers $400 billion over 20 years.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann* told the Tea Party rally attendees:

amnesty can cost us something more than just money. It can cost a nation because at the worst possible time in our nation’s economic history just when Baby Boomers are coming to the point that they are entitled to draw down on Social Security, they are entitled to draw down on Medicare, now when Obamacare in six months will be implemented in 2014, when there will be access to 80 different means-tested welfare programs. When you have all of that on the table, when your government every year is spending almost double what it takes in, and when we’re looking at demanding that much more of that Treasury, which is effectively bankrupt, we’re going to be bringing in tens of millions of new people?

Patriotism appeared to be stirred in the rally attendees, who were active participants during the speeches and at one point loudly cheered Matthew Boyle after he identified himself as being with Breitbart News during the press question and answer period. In fact, Mr. Boyle had to wait for the crowd to finish applauding and cheering before he was able to offer his question to Rep. Steve King. The mere mention of Breitbart News has gained a strong approval rating among the Tea Party members.

Several people spoke at the Tea Party Patriots Audit The IRS Rally, including Senator Ted Cruz,  Rand Paul, Dana Loesch and Glenn Beck who moved the crowd with an honest and heartfelt speech about the future of our country. Included among the speakers were citizens who improperly targeted by the IRS, Sue Martinek and John Binick-Thomas. You can watch Glenn Beck’s moving speech in its entirety here.

Patriotism was definitely stirred in those who attended both rallies, in spite of the effort by police to keep attendees separate from each other. They apparently didn’t feel we should go to both. They completely missed the fact that they were planned to complement each other. But I hadn’t even even gotten off the airplane in my home state before the start of the smear campaign had started about the day’s events. It’s difficult to defend a web of deceit and lies by our very government, but hey. They’ve got to start somewhere.

*Say what you want about Michele Bachmann, just don’t forget who is saying it.