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Did You Hear the People Sing?

The Children of the Revolution had their Statehouse protest today.  About 200-250 people showed up, but there were only about 100 or so left when it ended.

They touched on everything from property taxes, to the CIB, to lobbying reform.  At times it was hard to follow where it all was going.  For the next rally, I’d try to stay a little more focused and have a more tangible universal theme that is easy for people to grasp.   I’d also do it on a day lawmakers were in session and not committee so they could hear my message loud and clear.  They have potential with the right direction and right message.

And speaking of messages, no one should ever let Gary Welsh near a microphone, when he screams into it he sounds like Godzilla on helium.

  • Diana

    “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    –Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910.

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

    Kind of puts a cramp in the old job description, Diana.

  • Wilson46201

    The loud, self-appointed leaders at that Rally should recall:
    “Freedom of Speech does not require anybody to take you seriously!”
    ~~~~ Hubert Humphry

  • Gary Welsh

    Thanks for the commentary, Abdul. As long as you’re saying bad things about me, I know I’m doing something right. Watch out though. I’ve been told I have a good radio voice. Will you survive the next round of budget cut?

  • Taxpayer 834512

    An imperfect initial rally of voters seething about taxes, lobbyists, immigration, and other issues beats the heck out of the lethargy that got us into this mess. Thanks to the leaders and participants.

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

    You’re doing something, Gary. I’m just not sure what it is. And I don’t worried about losing one job when I have four other ones to make up for it. But thanks for the concern as always.

  • IndyErnie

    “The loud, self-appointed leaders at that Rally should recall”

    Wilson, who appoints a leader? You? The democrat party? The Republican party?

    True Leaders are born not appointed. A real man knows when to step up and when to take charge…a follower waits for someone to tell him when he can move.
    Has Andre or his staff called you today? Did they deliver your daily agenda? Didn’t think so, but… you just sit there watching your soaps and wait…sooner or later they will need someone to dive into those dumpsters again. We know your true calling.

  • Gary Welsh

    Yes, I’m doing something:

    Advance Indiana Alexa ranking: 896,658
    Indiana Barrister Alexa ranking: 5,541,227

    And to think this is just a hobby for me and you do this for a living. I would tune in your radio show, but the only two people calling in every morning are Crazy Larry and Melyssa.

    As for those other jobs you keep talking about all the time, why the mystery? We know you can’t practice law in Indiana even though you list your name on a law firm. Tell us, Abdul. What are those other jobs? And please, be specific.

  • JW

    The way you win or force change, is with a focused message that repeated constantly to generate media interest, and in turn, pressure on the legislature. Today was a good first step, but the message has to be focused one one or two simple (read: soundbite) issues that have broad applicability to the morons/thieves we’ve elected. Since the legislative session has ~4 weeks left, schedule (and populate) at least one rally per week while also sending out a daily press release detailing (with bullet points to make it easier for the TV media) the main theme(s) and how specific lawmakers are part of the problem. That’s how you’ll get something accomplished this session; anything less and it’ll be just what the legislators think it is, all bark and no bite.

  • abdul

    Let’s see. RTV 6, Atty-Illinois, Ivy Tech, University of Indianapolis, comedian, author (will be published later this year) media consultant (out of state).

    Also, Indiana Barrister is for Indiana newsmakers and policymakers. It’s not to be read by everyone; just the people who matter.

    And please don’t tell me you don’t listen, that would be a lie that is a bad as the shirt and tie combo you wore this morning.

  • http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com Paul K. Ogden

    Thanks for the coverage, Abdul. I think your estimate of the crowd is a bit low considering the number of seats versus the number standing. You probably need to add about 100 more to your estimate. Plus there were a lot more coming and going through the entire 1 1/2 hours…so when people provide a crowd estimate they really are talking about a snapshot of the crowd at some point during the rally, not the total number who attended.
    I certainly think there were a lot more than 100 at the end. Certainly 2/3 of the crowd didn’t leave before the end. Heck, I doubt that 1/3 of the crowd left before the end.
    Although there is bad blood between you and Gary Welsh, no one in the city has done more to expose what’s going on in this city, in incredible detail. Gary seems to acknowledge your abilities as a radio host. Would it kill you to compliment him on all the work he does? Okay, I won’t hold my breath on that one, but I don’t see how you can deny the service he provides for this community.
    Certainly there was a common theme among the presentations – that government is out of touch and listening to lobbyists instead of the voters. That was certainly a universal theme. What you’re referring to seem to be the issues, not the theme, and you’re certainly right that there are a lot of different issues where people feel their voices are not being heard.
    It’s inevitable that not everyone in a coalition is going to agree on every issue. Certainly I’m on record as saying I’m uncomfortable with some of the immigration rhetoric and I’m not a fan of Sen. Delph’s bill, which I also think hurts my Republican Party. Likewise, I don’t think that the Fair Tax (replacing the federal income tax with a large sales tax) is workable, a position that is directly opposite of some of my biggest advocates.
    But, hey, that’s the nature of a coalition – people aren’t going to agree on every issue. I think the important thing is that people are allowed to express their positions without fear of being ostracized or punished for their beliefs. That’s exactly contrary what is going on in the Republican caucus within the City-County Council. The Republican Party is a coalition. When the administration and leaders of the council expect Republicans to support their agenda 100% of the time or else, it is not a healthy thing for the Republican Party. This is especially true in Marion County where the Republican Party has nothing close to a majority base vote. The elitist, corporate welfare course the Mayor, the leadership of the Council and GOP Chairman Tom John are on spells disaster for the Marion County Republican Party in 2011.
    I think your report here is fair, Abdul. The people I talked to certainly do appreciate you being there as do I. Thanks.

  • patriot paul

    The media were told up front that this was about transparency & accountability issues that citizens were struggling with from all parts of the state, so they came at their own expense with specifics. When you see upcoming tea parties throughout the U.S., including Indiana, keep in mind these specifics which are not mentioned in the main street media or this blog entry. There were a dozen mini-seminars today. Even if we gave some media types a transcript,they wouldn’t read it.

  • Gary Welsh

    Abdul said, “And please don’t tell me you don’t listen, that would be a lie that is a bad as the shirt and tie combo you wore this morning.”

    No, Abdul. That shirt and tie combo you besmirch is a product of the fine work of J Benzal, which recently opened on Mass Avenue. The owner and his wife are good friends of Andre Carson and his wife, and his clothing styles are impeccable, but I wouldn’t expect you to like them. They don’t come in your size.


  • Robert-NW Side

    I understand that there are SOME out there that sneer at the rule of law…the Supreme law…our Constitution.

    Can anyone here guess who goes immediately into attack mode when the dreaded “C” word is used on the air?????

    Heck, I thought that attorney’s (aka Officers of the Court…and the Court is government) took an oath to uphold the Constitution.

    Silly me. “Constitution” must have been translated into “case law” in law school.

    “The Law” is whatever an attorney in a robe says it is…thus we get “case law”.

    “Article 1, section 32, supra, does NOT say that the people shall have a right to bear pistols, or any other specific kind or
    type of arms.” — Justince Bobbitt, Indiana Supreme Court, in Matthews v. State, 237 Ind. 677 (06 March 1958)

    You’re right, Bobbitt. The Constitution means what it says, and says what it means.

    “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” – Article 1 (Bill of Rights) Section 32, Indiana Constitution of 1851.

    Nothing there about the legislature having the Constitutional authority to ‘regulate’ this right. However, in Illinois, the legislature CAN and DOES regulate their so-called right:

    Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    Interestingly, the word “constitution” does not appear in IC 1 – General Provisions. However, our elected reprobates managed the following gem at the end of IC 1: IC 1-1-1-9 Effective date
    Sec. 9. Because an emergency exists, the Indiana Code takes effect January 21, 1976.
    As amended by P.L.1-1991, SEC.2.

    Hmmm…..what was the ’emergency’ in 1976? And why was IC 1-1-1-9 amended in 1991?

    Our elected scoundrels even managed to stay sober long enough for the following:

    IC 1-1-2-1
    Hierarchy of law
    Sec. 1. The law governing this state is declared to be:
    First. The Constitution of the United States and of this state.
    Second. All statutes of the general assembly of the state in force, and not inconsistent with such constitutions.
    Third. All statutes of the United States in force, and relating to subjects over which congress has power to legislate for the states, and not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States.
    Fourth. The common law of England, and statutes of the British Parliament made in aid thereof prior to the fourth year of the reign of James the First (except the second section of the sixth chapter of forty-third Elizabeth, the eighth chapter of thirteenth Elizabeth, and the ninth chapter of thirty-seventh Henry the Eighth,) and which are of a general nature, not local to that kingdom, and not inconsistent with the first, second and third specifications of this section.
    (Formerly: Acts 1852,1RS, c.61, s.1.)

    WOW!! The FIRST law is “The Constitution of the United States and of this state.” Who’d a thunk it!?!?

    Don’t forget, our elected bottom feeders cannot enact any ole law they want — at least, not Constitutionally…

    “No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.” – Indiana Constitution, Article 1 Section 25.

    NOTHING like the above section exists in the Bill of Rights of the Illinois Constitution.

    In Indiana, we have the RIGHT to INSTRUCT our representatives (Art 1-31). In Illinois, they have the ‘right’ to “make known their
    opinions to their representatives.” There is a vast difference between giving ‘instruction’ and giving ‘opinion’.

    We simply demand that government obey our FIRST law, our Supreme Law. The law that the common man ratified in 1851. The law that means what it says, and says what it means.

    Don’t like the Constitution? See Article 16.

  • abdul

    I will gladly stick with Leon Tailoring.

  • KC

    When a person is not a master in his own field, one has to work 4 different jobs in order to maintain a certain lifestyle.

    Abdul declares he is not a resident of this state but votes in his home state of Illinois, nor does he vote for any of the elected officials he panders to. Prosecutor Brizzi,Mayor Ballard, Governor Daniels,Supt. Dr. Tony Bennett,city-county councilors, our congressional delagation and state legislators, none of these officials received his vote in the last elections. They should not be talking to him at all, and native Hoosiers should not be listening to him about political concerns in our city or state. Sooner or later WXNT and Channel 6 will dump him. He can move back to Chicago, or did they run him out of town? Indianapolis seems to be the dumping ground for all of these out of town losers.

  • KC

    excuse the typos

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz


    Believe it or not, but I enjoy what I do and I love staying busy. I don’t know a lot of people who get the chance to do what they enjoy and make a good living for themselves and future wife and family. Please forgive this lowly carpetbagger for having the time of his life!

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

    And so you know, my morning show is the longest running morning talk show in Indianapolis.

  • http://www.RevoltAtTheStateHouse.com Melyssa

    Now, you all know Abdul is an arms dealer. Don’t get too bent when he does a favor for the slime. That is his archetype.
    Obviously, our opponent sees us as worthy and Abdul has to placate them for a bit with some arms. He knows what he is doing and so do I.
    Abdul, you are something else.

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    P.S. Abdul… I LOVE THE PIC! It’s as good as Joe Friday ever was at illustrating!

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

    He’s still my hero. Melyssa, you guys did alright on getting people there, although I expected a little larger crowd knowing how much work you did with sending out 10,000 cards.

    I do think the program could have been better organized, the speeches were too long and there were too many speakers. And everyone should have reinforced the same message.

    At the most you guys should have had 4 or 5 speakers and no one speaking longer than 5 minutes.

    I would have also done it on a day lawmakers were in session so you guys could go knock on the doors and demand to be heard.

    Just some helpful hints for next time.

  • Robert-NW Side

    In our current economy, it’s difficult for many to take off work to attend these ‘instructional’ functions.

    It would be ideal if our elected reprobates didn’t begin their sessions until 4 or 5 PM. Then more people could be available to provide instruction to the legislature.

    Then again, if we annoy them too much, they might just shoot us. THEY can bear arms in the People’s Statehouse….we cannot.

    Smacks of special privilege.

    “The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.” — Art 1 Sec 23

  • Robert-NW Side

    Listening to Abdul this morning. He suggests a more focused message. This does have merit. Many of his suggestions do.

    BUT! But — but — but……what should NOT be lost is the general, widespread anger, distrust and disgust with Indiana government.

    Alas, I’ve not heard anyone speak about this. The People are PISSED!

    Jim Shella was really for the People. I wonder if he could have been more condescending; I’m not too good with subtlety.

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    Did you guys happen to notice I had our own first rate videographer there?

  • Think Again

    Abdul’s suggestions in post 22 are ripe; I made the same ones when he posted the lineup of this extravaganza a few days ago.

    Candidly, Melyssa, Gary, erstwhile organizer Paul, and other participants: all of your stated program talking points are worthy of a rally.

    I dropped by for awhile. Counted chairs, counted folks in them, counted wanderers-by, etc….let’s just say it didn’t take too long. Abdul says 250, The Star said maybe 200. I think both observations were generous. The electronic media covered it badly, if at all. In the short time I was there, I heard ranting on schools, budget, socialism…it was a smorgasbord of malcontent. Some of it spot-on. Some of it just, well…goofy.

    You organized it for a day they were not in session. You handed over the mike to too many folks. Your message was all over the place.

    I’m a big studfent of the John Birch Society’s methods and history. A fascinating organization. Huge following here in Indiana. But they had a hard time focusing.

    In the 60s, thye’d draw thousands to a rally like this. They’d go on for hours. In the 70s, it was down to a hundred or so.

    Avoid the Wilsonesque observations by narrowing your focus and planning better. The media in this town is lazy, and they saw the handwriting on the wall on this one.

    That said, my mantra on such efforts is: always salute volunteers. And triple their pay. Even those volunteers with whom I might disagree.

  • Adam Longworth

    I wish I could have been there-some of you know how I like to rant and rave…Unfortunately I had to take the previous day off to go down and deal with the stupid fart-face IRS. I will make an effort to be there at the tea party…

    Oh, and Abdul–doesn’t Leon Tailoring pay you to say nice things about them?

    Whatever–I’d probably still shop there if I could afford it, but I’m on the goodwill budget…

  • Think Again

    Goodwill had a great sale last weekend, Adam. Coupons and everything. Great deals. I saw some big expensive cars in the parking lot.

  • patriot paul

    One of the booth attendants who drove from Ft.Wayne to attend was stopped by an unmarked officer who said the tail light was out. She was not issued a ticket or even a warning. But she had a Ron Paul rear bumper sticker. After the officer left, she drove closer to Indy and decided to have it checked out and it was working as usual. Interesting harrassment?

  • Wilson46201

    Without William Wallace (aka “Reverend” Solomon) speaking, were you the only person of color attending, Abdul?

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    Wilson, Larry Vaughn was there too, obviously spending some time on his “look” for the revolt. I spoke with him for a few minutes early in the event. It’s always fun to see him.
    I think you are right about the rest of the people being white. But that wasn’t done on purpose. It was white people that were the ones that reached out to volunteer and who showed up like they said they would.
    I don’t discriminate. I take volunteers of any color or political persuasion who called or wrote wanting to participate!
    Rev. Solomon was a no call / no show. We do not know why.

  • Diana

    A very nice black man approached me after I gave my speech and offered very complimentary remarks. His name is Phil, and he gave me a business card and asked that I keep in touch. He made several very interesting remarks to me. He said he voted for Obama, but has come to realize that his promises were a hoax. He said he does not like the term African-American, because it divides us as a country. He prefers to be classified as simply, “American”. I think he’s spot on. Why do we see people in colors? It’s not what Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted.

  • IndyErnie

    Poor Wilson forgets that black isn’t the only color. Shades of red is a color, tan is a color, black is a color, brown is a color, ebony is a color and white is a color. Or is white absent of color? Who knows what Poor Wilson really wants? Hell Poor Wilson himself doesn‘t know.
    Diana is right. We shouldn’t see any color. Just people.
    Poor Wilson, he just can’t let racism die.

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    One would have thought that Abdul’s “good friend” Jim Shella would have reported on the many facts surrounding the sports billionaire bailouts the PRACTICING members of the bar spoke of at the podium during the taxpayer revolt inside the state house yesterday.
    Nope, Abdul’s “good friend” Jim Shella didn’t even mention professional sports welfare in his report that aired.
    Our videographers were next to Shella a lot. I’m sure because he was behind a high end professional camera, Shella didn’t think he was one of us!
    One of our videographers told me tonight that he heard Shella loudly goofing on taxpayers as if they were whack jobs or something like that. There might even be something caught on film…he has not had time to begin to edit it yet.
    I heard the same comments from two other VERY credible people who Abdul also knows and who I am not going to name (at their request).
    Late this afternoon I started seeing a large state wide email chain calling for boycotts of WISH advertisers (who are the innocents in this matter).
    It’s going to get ugly if people start boycotting local businesses who advertise. I don’t want to see that happen to anyone’s business. Did anyone pay attention to what happened in Missouri and how quickly people were mobilized?
    As for me, I am still angered that they took my flag pole from me! That was a needless attack on a girl’s liberty! And the state troopers who did it, obviously enjoyed doing it too. Sean Shepard witnessed it. It made me cry. My flag is very meaningful to me.

  • Diana

    I’m officially boycotting WISH-TV because of what I’ve read on this blog and others. I think I’ll pass the word to my friends on Facebook as well.

  • Robert-NW Side

    Melyssa, didn’t you get the word? Only judges, legislators, and other government employees are permitted to bear arms in the People’s Statehouse.

    Did the government return your property to you once you departed?

  • Taxpayer 834512

    We’re xenophobes if we favor securing our border and prioritizing assests for citizens verus non-citizens. Now, we’re racists if we support issues like finite and/or transition of property tax to other taxation methods? We’re racists if we favor accountability and transparency with many Kernan-Shepard (bipartisan) recommendations? We’re racists if we want our legislators of all parties, colors, denominations, whatever, to adhere to lobbyist reform policies that are in-place in over half of the other states? We’re good for nothing “racists” if we favor redistricting (again, for all parties) instead of gerrymandering?
    It’s too bad there weren’t more black people at the tax gathering. It’s too bad there weren’t more Episcopalians instead of Seventh Day Adventists as well. I wish more people with third cousins that live in Brazil were there too. More of anybody from anywhere would have been fine.
    If the issue has legs, it stands- if it doesn’t it falls. I can’t control who choses to show-up or not to public functions. President Obama is the most gifted orator I’ve ever heard. He has a great education and seems to be a great family guy. But, his Presidency fails for me not because of the color of his skin, but because I (and apparently many economists) don’t believe in the soundness of deepening our spending instead of reducing it.
    We move past foolishness and tackle issues, or go down. Which is it?
    And channel 8’s sponsors have just joined my list with Sean Penn movies. Sean Penn is white, by the way.

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    There is an update on all the things that have happened concerning Channel 8 since the Jim Shella hatchet job over on HFFT blog.

  • Wayne Kirk

    I have posted several responses in regards to my communication with Mr. Jim Shella on their blog.

    I would like to thank Abdul for his more balanced piece even though he added a little twang of humor.

    I am interested in Ruth Holladay’s blog on a potential conflict of interest with the Indianapolis Star and WISH-TV in regards to a paid junket with the Simons in Cancun.
    Abdul, have you found any additional information to confirm or deny this news? This has all the markings to being an explosive news story which means major ratings for you my friend.