I arrived in the People's Republic of Portland a few minutes before our protest start time of 7am. I was the first one there... from our side. The boys and girls from the National Lawyers Guild were already there to counter-protest us.
The green hat wearing communists are a funny bunch, they studiously follow our every move, making sure the chronicle what we say/do on notepads. They are the only people who take themselves seriously.
Since I was first there I decided to walk over to their circle and engage in converstion. Perhaps because I wasn't carrying a little red book I was immediatly regarded with suspicion and no one would give me a green hat to wear.
I would be remiss if I didn't give my buddy (in the middle) some play here. He's a regular who says he knows me "unfortunately."
Shortly after I arrived we had the wonderful people from Oregonians for Immigration Reform as well as the Oregon Minutemen show up for the protest.
It was pretty quick (it's still dark) that we chased the day laborers off of their usual corner of Grand and Burnside and onto the opposite corner of the block.
This is where we had one of the few pick-ups for the day. Notice how it's similar to a "perp walk" where the participants cover their faces and want to get out of sight as quickly as possible. I wonder what the reason for this shame is?
Several of the local pastors/reverends came out in support of the illegal aliens. Here I was invited to pray with them all. I participated silently and respectfuly and I honestly respect sincerely held beliefs that you should help your fellow man. But none of these men or women were able to counter my citing of much of Paul's (not an insignificant writer in the bible) work.
Titus 3:1 Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
1 Peter 2:13 Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme;
Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
So I would contend that you don't have a very good understanding of the Bible or Chrisitanity if you think helping people means encouraging or supporting people who break our nation's laws.
My buddy in the red beanie was the source of many of today's great comments. (warning: many of these will be offensive) First he offered me the chance to take a picture of his genitals. I told him to whip it out and since it was cold outside I wouldn't make fun of him. He then suggested that since we were there he would go sell dope to white boys. Not sure if these are the same white boys that he was referring to when he suggested that when he was in prison some white boys gave him oral sex. He also told me that when he goes back to Mexico he would kill the white kids of tourists. Nice fellow but he needs to visit a dentist.
Since by now the illegal aliens relized they weren't going to get any work they decided to just hold hands.
Someone even made me a Deport Gordon Smith sign!
Thank you to senatorial candidate Jared Thatcher for coming along with Vice President of OFIR Rick Hickey. (seen here giving a tv interview)
NOTE: Can't seem to get up at 5:00am on a Saturday to stop illegal aliens from getting jobs? Want to make a difference? Please give money to the Oregonians for Immigration Reform PAC. This money will go to political candidates who reflect our views on illegal immigration!
That's where I will leave off for now, part tres will be done tomorrow. Lot's more pics, lot's more narrative. Come back for it.