In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Started by Beverly Hills resident Josephine Rescigno, who turned to Boone to help get the effort off of the ground, the Beverly Hills Tea Party site describes its mission statement: "The Beverly Hills Tea Party is an organization that believes in Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets."
And on Sunday, a few hundred locals turned up in Beverly Gardens Park to get our their message.
Adam Popescu of The Beverly Hills Courier reports that things kicked off with a little traditional music:
A marching band with drums, flutes and three-corner hats began the event with a Patrick Henry impersonator taking the stage and reciting an abridged version of the "give me liberty or give me death" speech made famous by Henry in 1775.
Boone, who emceed, called the event "not a Republican or a Democrat thing. This is a citizen thing."
He too added a little musical flavor, singing a song he said he wrote specifically for the event. In the lyrics, Boone refers to himself as "a rootin', tootin', flag-waving citizen" and says: "But I pray for our enemies, the Bible says I should. 'Cause if they mess with Uncle Sam they'll disappear for good."
Here's the video of Boone's opening remarks. His song starts at about 5:20:
Also in attendance was former Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson, who sang a song called "There's a Communist Living in the White House." The Los Angeles Times reports that In her own speech, Jackson said: "I don't know if you've noticed, but our government is trying to control everything, and I'm super mad!"
And few Tea Party rallies would be complete without a cameo from Big Government's Andrew Breitbart. "There is not a leader here; everybody came here on their volition," he told the crowd, adding that it's a "totally purist, people movement."
Some of the attendees also tried to combat the stereotype that Tea Partiers are racist, which, as we've reported, is a frequent topic of conversation at these rallies.
One man said: "As you can see, I'm black. I'm surrounded by a whole bunch of white people. I don't see any racists here. So all these allegations that the tea party groups are racist is a total lie." He later noted that its "unfortunate" that America "ended up getting a socialist, the most radical, liberal, socialist president and he happens to be black. And I'm ashamed of that."
Here's video of some of the attendees: