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Liberal Bullies on Election Day

A half-dozen patriots waved signs all-day Tuesday despite ignorant liberals trying to deny them their First Amendment rights.

Despite Tuesday's tragedy, a half-dozen members of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots had fun and won some votes while exercising their freedoms on Election Day.

And our little democracy fest went on all day despite liberals, in complete ignorance of the law, tried -- and failed -- to intimidate us from enjoying our First Amendment rights.

About 8 a.m. Tuesday, we set up in front of a poll at the New Life church on Lugonia Avenue so we could campaign for conservative candidates and causes.

California Elections Code 18370 is explicit that no one can campaign within 100 feet of the front door. Outside of that distance, Californians are free to exercise their freedoms. I measured the distance just in case. We were fine.

So about 9 a.m., a man driving a pickup drove up and identified himself as a member of the "North Side Visioning Committee" and demanded that we leave. He left in a huff when I told him I had the right to be there. Despite having no authority whatsoever, the man conveniently ignored all the James Ramos campaign signs that were closer to the poll than we were.

All that occurred while my liberal wife, amused by our determination to fight for conservative causes, had driven to the poll to give me a doughnut. 

All day, drivers honked and gave us thumbs up. Most just looked as they whizzed by. Numerous others either yelled "Obama" and gave us the middle finger as well as a few "F bombs." I couldn't help that many of those had Obama bumper stickers.

That afternoon, a man with the Common Cause poll observer group came out to harass us. I had just given a family of four our popular Redlands Tea Party Patriot voter guide. He grew agitated when I mentioned Prop 32, which prohibited unions from forcing members to contribute to political causes they detest. The man spewed some anti-Prop 32 propaganda and kept harassing us. He finally left after muttering something about Prop 13, the treasured law that keeps politicians from raising property taxes whenever they want.

The man made a point of taking our pictures as though it was some sort of intimidation tactic. So I took some of him while he took pictures of us. His van was festooned with "No on 32" stickers.

We had a few other intolerant liberal goons, but my favorite was a man, about 5:30 p.m., who threw a hissy fit while demanding that we leave.

I offered him a copy of California Elections Code 18370. His first words -- and I'm not making this up -- was, "Did this come off your printer?"

I was doing my best all day to avoid confrontations while standing up for our rights, so I blew off such a brainless question and thought, "No! It came off the Fox News printer."

Exasperated, he left in a huff and muttered.As he drove out of the poll, I smiled, waved, and yelled, "Thanks for voting!"

He flipped his middle finger and yelled the F-word.

Such class. Such tolerance.

Every movement has their nuts, and it's unfair to hold up a few and claim that their behavior represents the rest of the cause. But on Tuesday, intolerant liberal behavior was the norm for way too many liberals in Redlands. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Despite Tuesday's national catastrophe at the polls, we certainly had fun at one in Redlands. I took pictures, so I have proof -- as do a few liberals -- that, on Nov. 6, 2012, a few conservatives on Lugonia Avenue were fighting the good fight.

And the coming Obama second recession will prove that, on that day, we were also on the right side of history.

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SBSWZ November 10, 2012 at 05:22 AM
should that punk in the minivan go to the university methodist church?
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Why so much bitterness from the winning side?
Amanda Frye November 10, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Aren't you contradicting the values you espouse by denigrating others for not agreeing with your candidates or political views? Maybe some people responded to your groups presence in a way that was less than honorable or ignorant, but demonizing someone just because they disagree with your opinions seems incongruous with your freedom and liberty loving rhetoric. A true patriot would recognize the reality that elections may have outcomes that differ from their own desires. The expression of differing political opinions should be expected and embraced since this is the United States of America.
Katherine McGovern November 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Its time for conservatives to stop denouncing the outcome of a democratic election where the majority made their choices. Its shameful to hear all the comments that the country is ruined, going downhill, everyone has their hands out, because everyone who voted Obama must be on welfare, sluts looking for abortions, lazy minorities, illegals, blood sucking teachers with outrageous pensions, etc. I voted for Romney, and I wouldn't have liked to pass by people trying to persuade my vote outside the polling station, so even if I agreed with you pushing your agenda on me is annoying. Its time for honesty, something that I think all this frantic blogging is trying to avoid- the ultra conservatives cost Romney the election. Even if the democrats had that 47%- blame yourselves for pushing that needed last few points over to Obama's side with your pompous dictates that you are perfect patriots, and if anyone differs from your opinion, they are liberal jerks. The hypocrisy of limited government while regulating your morals down everyone's throats escapes you, doesn't it? If a more moderate tone had prevailed, the Republicans would have swept the elections. You want bitterness? I'm bitter about how my party ruined its own chances, refuse to do the slightest amount of soul searching about it, and instead just keep on blaming someone else. This is bitterness from the losing side, pointed at the RIGHT direction, where it belongs.
Barb November 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
John this is your sister. As usual, reality escapes you. You, as a self proclaimed representative of the Republican party, completely ignore that facts of actual America, especially when it is clearly reflective in your own family. In one generation, a family of 5 white kids growing up in Catholic small town Iowa have demonstrated the current change. We have a gay brother, a sister who's a single mom, sister who married and became Jewish and another sister married to a hispanic.We are blue collar and while collar. We are college educated and high school diploma. We, in our own immediate family, represent America's current demographics. And then there is you who is in complete denial spouting your biased crap regardless if it hurts anyone else including your own family. You are the problem. Not everyone else. You just don't get it and I don't believe you ever will. Until your Republican party can recognize this, you will be the party of losers. You will inherit the wind.
Clavell Jackson November 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Sgt. Berry, I am glad that a member of your own family called you out. Like all Reps, you have the wrong end of the stick. The reports around the country were off voter intimidation by Reps, not by Dems! A Rep woman was arrested trying to vote twice, and another Rep election worker altered ballots, yet you think it was Dems doing shady stuff! Just as always, I believe the complete opposite of whatever you say. The reason why the GOP lost is because you are not grounded in reality, You listen to the crap spouted by FOX News and that it why you lose. Keep up the good work!:)
SBSWZ November 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
and you scumbag weasels have no respect for Mr. Berry who served on YOUR behalf.... you don't have any idea how it was like to be under mortar attack! Give some respect for Mr. Berry who was willing to give up his life for YOUR freedom. This is VETERANS' DAY!
SBSWZ November 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
So you are saying the liberals who espouse their political ideology by using the denigrating f word and middle finger is ok yet conservatives are not allowed to espouse our thoughts is fair?
Clavell Jackson November 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Please tell me what freedoms Sgt Berry fought for in Iraq?
Bopifas November 11, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Man what a great article! You encountered a handful of people who you either identified as liberals or they self identified as liberals and they were rude and confrontational. Therefore all liberals must act in a similar manor. What brilliance! Thank you for your service to our country!
Claire Frémont-Hampton November 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yes it is, and I thank Mr. Berry for his service. And I thank every single soldier who served also, even if they voted Green Party, Democrat, etc. Mr. Berry has stated in his blogs that he was never in actual combat, and never had cause to fire his gun. In that regard, I would then like to thank all firefighters and police for putting themselves in equal if not more risky situations. I would like to thank my father who while driving to his job which put food on our table and a rood over our heads, was killed by an impaired driver. Many heros, many thanks. But---do not think for one minute that because of that someone earns an automatic free ticket of total respect for everything else they then do in their lives. Mr. Berry is free to speak his opinions and political beliefs til the cows come home. When he chooses to do so in a demeaning and insulting boy-man game fashion, he takes what respect he may have initially have earned and tosses it out the window. His blogs could have focused on what benefits the Republican platform offered, and they didn't. He focused instead on his prejudices against gays, women who expect their prescriptions to be covered under insurance like all other prescriptions are, and insulting Obama. The Democrats had what? Trillions in debt, failed economy, blunders in foreign policy, and they still WON. Only fools think that had anything to do with salesmanship. The Republicans had a Rolls Royce, and let the ultra rights fill it with horse manure.
Riesa November 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
If the shoe was on the other foot, and liberals were outside a polling place yelling and trying to sway voters to their side, and you didn't have a tape measure in your pocket, you would have probably been just as upset. So you had to measure out that 100 feet? So you could what, stand at exactly 101 feet? How mature.
SBSWZ November 12, 2012 at 01:26 AM
claire and you other liberals who have not been deployed and been apart from your kids and spouse for months at a time and dont even get to vote...have you ever had to take cover becuase of incomings?
Claire Frémont-Hampton November 12, 2012 at 04:41 AM
To whomever you are, man, woman, or beast, SBSWZ, you are doing Mr. Berry no favors by defending him in any way behind a cowardly alias. If I was truly proud of a friend of mine, my name would be attached to that pride. If this blog was about mortar attacks, then you would be on point. And if service makes someone 100% correct when it comes to politics, we would not have soldiers belonging to completely different political parties. So stop playing deflect attack dog, and stop with the liberal bullcrap. I wonder just how far right the Tea Party must be if they are now lumping fellow Republicans together with liberals. If you actually read people's comments for context instead of perceived insult, you would have noticed that I have identified myself as always voting Republican, believe the Republican platform as it applies to economic issues is superior to anything the Democrats have ever proposed, and voted for Romney hands down. If Mr. Berry has a problem with my constitutional right to respond to his public blog, he is free to respond himself. Or should I just accept as my answer that his wife is still liberal, his sister is none too happy with his stances, a no name sycophant plays defense for him, and realize that this blog is just about having the floor to oneself, and not a actual intent to attract reasonable discourse? Of course I should. Silly me.
SBSWZ November 12, 2012 at 05:11 AM
You are right...silly you
Ben Mason November 12, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Don't waste your time here, these guys have just two categories, either you fall to your knees and worship every word they say, or you are a liberal. Sucking up to the tea party cost Romney the election. Same guys who called him a rino right up the end, making it clear he wasn't even there pick. Worse strategy to win an election ever. Listen to the new plan now, most of us are thinking we can make a deal, let these guys splinter off and spend their time taking back the country to the good old days of the 50's, and let us spend our time taking back our republican party. @ sbswz- really hope you're just a kid or something, for there is really no excuse for anyone over 20 to have nothing better to do than sit around flaming people on the internet all day.
Clavell Jackson November 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It seems the sane wing of the GOP is trying to take it back ...
YRNF2012 November 12, 2012 at 08:17 PM
You're really his sister? Thanksgiving must be a real trip in your family.
YRNF2012 November 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
To SBSWZ, you do know that those initials are for a well known tagger, right? Are you him, or just taking on the gang banger persona?
sam bradstreet November 12, 2012 at 09:15 PM
This is a FOX NEWS ALERT. Mitt Romney is expected to win Tuesday in a LANDSLIDE........ROFLMBO
sam bradstreet November 12, 2012 at 09:23 PM
John Berry you lost because we kicked your conservative donkey.
RumorMill November 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Concord Patch-Joe Sweeny- posted Nov 12, 2012- Message to my fellow Republicans
jackco November 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Excellent! Republican Sweeney is calling the Tea Party the RINO's now. Now ain't that funny?
Ron Paul 2016 November 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Can't wait for the next blog about how the Redlands Tea Party is marching door to door with petitions to secede from the union. You know its coming. Got to keep busy.
John F. Berry November 14, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I love this string. You guys realize your reinforcing my point about liberal bullies? No?
Karma November 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
You reap what you sow.
carlos e November 21, 2012 at 12:35 AM
holyh crap !! like the scene in Tootsie when the wig and makeup come off, JFB is exposed as a freak in his own American Family !!!!

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