Apologies to the song of the 60s, but last night in Chelsea was another eye-opener.
One of our own RTC and TP members (name withheld) was too intimidated by the thought of Chelsea that she wouldn’t come alone. I met her at the cinema in Woburn and she rode in with me in my car. She told me that she doesn’t like confrontation, but that this was too important to not attend. She had been at two other SC meetings. As we got out of my car and began walking to the school, two young men, er, thugs whistled at us. Well, really at her, no one whistles at me. She was unappreciative. They were not polite.
As we approached the HS there were many demonstrators outside the school carrying signs telling “Racist Tea Parties Not Welcome in Chelsea” and other signs of inclusion. The woman who rode in with me was taking video in the hall of the school before the meeting when she was accosted by some young thugs. One put his hand in front of her camera. She was very upset at this, as were most of the women present, and said she had never been treated this way.
The small group of us, who support SC waited in the hall outside the auditorium. The state folks didn’t want us inside, sitting down in comfort; they preferred to have us stand in the hallway, waiting two hours to be let in, for an audience with them. After a while we took up “residence” at a table in the hallway outside the auditorium. The police tried to clear us out once, but after we talked to them, they agreed to let us stay. Perhaps it was our “seniority” that convinced them. Perhaps it was when I told them sending us outside to walk among the demonstrating rabble might lead to trouble.
During our sojourn in the hall we met and talked with quite a few folks. Most were cordial. Most were not like-minded, which is why they sought us out, and why we were there. Discussion among ourselves proves nothing. Discussing our points with those who are opposed to us, may lead to changing a few minds. We met a couple of the governor’s interns who were too young to have any knowledge about what was going on. We met with a couple of the governor’s aides, who were somewhat more knowledgeable. But didn’t know that MS13 was a Hispanic gang of thugs bent on murder and mayhem.
I was interviewed by WBZ-TV but it didn’t make it to air. Instead they focused on “whatshername” the Poverty Pimp… Gladys Somethingorother. We were also interviewed by a very polite and cordial reporter from a Spanish language newspaper. Good interview. I’d like to see how it comes out. In English, of course. Mike had some heated discussions with some liberals about how great the Kennedys were/are. And a very good discussion with an Hispanic high school student who just might start thinking about things instead of mouthing platitudes on command.
The doors finally opened at 6pm. We went in and took our seats near the front. We didn’t even have to pay extra for them. The State presented their usual PowerPoint presentation after the undersecretary told all present how this program would NOT cause profiling or the deportation of those who hadn’t committed violent crime. A useless presentation since none of the opposition present cared about the facts, or would have understood them without a translator.
This was evidenced by the fact that most of the speakers, when the open mike period came, were Hispanic and needed translators to inform the audience. None of them stuck to the topic of Secure Communities. All were obnoxious and rude. Most were making things up or reading from a script provided by the Socialist Workers Party, the ACLU (but I repeat myself), or SEIU. Perhaps they don’t have the capacity of independent thought. They certainly were unfettered by facts.During lulls in the Spanish diatribes I looked around where I was sitting and talked with those near me. The man sitting next to me was definitely Hispanic. Interestingly, he was NOT with the rude crowd. Oh, he clapped from time to time, but when the woman from the Northborough Tea Party and I discussed it with him (no problem with English) his story came out. And it’s a good one.
He’s been here 18 years and was bewildered by a lot of it. You see, he came here, got a job, is raising his family (his daughter was very cute), and obeys the laws. His take was something along the lines of: I don’t know what they’re all protesting. If you obey the laws it’s not a problem. In the 18 years he’s been here he’s never been arrested or harassed by police. He was definitely not one to stand and pump a fist in unison with the rest of them.
The woman sitting next to me on the left was from Everett and this was her first time at a Secure Communities meeting. I got the idea it was her first time at anything like this. She was very upset and couldn’t believe what she was seeing. At one point she said she thought of calling her husband and telling him that they need to get out of the country if it’s going to be like this. She shook her head a lot in disbelief and was very discouraged. She left not feeling good about her neighbors from Chelsea.