Joe Walsh ignites the fervor of patriots at anti-amnesty rally by Nancy Thorner
April 25, 2014
The day was a perfect one weather-wise as I arrived around noon at the corner of Michigan and Van Buren Streets in downtown Chicago to participate in a “Save the American Worker” Anti-Amnesty Rally on Tuesday, April 22. The rally was sponsored by Rosanna Pulido of the Illinois Minuteman Project; Rick Belsada of the Chicago Minutemen Project; Susan Tully as National Field Director of FAIR; David A. Dewar and his Restore American Liberty.com; Walsh Freedom; and Patriot Coalition to protest a gathering of Republican politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs pushing amnesty for illegal aliens at the nearby Chicago Club that same afternoon.
Upon my arrival I encountered a gathering of policemen and policewomen numbering around ten just standing around and biding their time. I thought the number quite extraordinary given that Michigan Ave. is not considered a crime-ridden area. Going up to one of the officers I asked what the police gathering was all about and was politely told that a rally was to take place which might generate some violence. Even so the officer couldn’t tell me its scheduled time. It was then that I informed the officer that I had traveled by commuter train from my home in Lake Bluff to attend what was promoted as a “Save the American Worker” Anti-Amnesty Rally. I likewise assured the officer that he and the other policemen assembled need not be concerned that the rally would get out-of-hand, further asking him if I looked like a trouble maker?
Not having convinced the officer otherwise — after all the policemen and women present had an assigned duty to perform — those assigned to cover the rally remained close by throughout the rally, some watching the rally participants from the west side of Michigan and Van Buren Streets and others riding segways on the east side where the rally participants were gathered with signs and American flags. I couldn’t help but wonder if the police on duty didn’t think their presence was overkill.
The rally was “called to order” by Rosanna Pulido, head of the Minuteman Project in Illinois. Using a bullhorn to speak, as did those who followed, Rosanna indicated how outrageous it was for Republican millionaires and corporate CEOs to be lobbying for amnesty to give work visas to illegal alien when Chicago-area unemployment stood at 9 percent and twenty million Americans could not find a job. Rosanna exclaimed, “We do not need more workers with such a dismal unemployment rate? What we need is for Republican candidates to support the Republican platform!”
Joe Walsh, a former U.S. congressman in the 10th District defeated by Tammy Duckworth in 2012, who can now be heard on the Joe Walsh Show weekdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on AM560 The Answer, is always a favorite with his bombastic and right on rhetoric. Walsh didn’t disappoint, never mincing words when on or off the air, by saying what he believes people must hear to shock them out of their indifference to become caring and active patriots. In remarking about the event which would be taking place shortly at “that fancy club across the street,” Walsh referred to those who would be speaking as the “elite who were trying to push down all of our throat amnesty for illegals.” Furthermore, “There are far too many elitist inside the Republican Party.” Democrats are pushing for the legalization of 16 – 22 million illegal immigrants because “they are their voters” Republicans are scared to death not to go along with voting for amnesty, fearful that if they don’t comply they will never win the White House again. The day after Romney lost to Obama in 2012, Karl Rove and John McCain already had determined that Republicans must go for amnesty. Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner wants amnesty, but not grassroots America. At this point Joe Walsh warned Boehner not to sell us “down the river” like Democrats have. Said Walsh: “If elected politicians don’t stand up for the rule of law what good are they?” Walsh believes “in his bones” that should amnesty be granted, a third party will be formed the day after.
Rick Biesada, as head of the Chicago Minutemen and without a bit of uncertainty, remarked that candidates supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants had no business running for office, nor were they fit to run. Despite attempts to shut down the group 10 years ago by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugees Rights and their allies who smeared the Chicago Minutemen as racists at a meeting held at the Chicago Club, and who subsequently would send people to disrupt the Minutemen meeting and try to get the places who had rented meeting sites to close down their meetings (The Holiday Inn in McHenry did cancel one of the Minutemen meetings with Sheriff Dan Baeck from Ohio.), Chicago Minutemen could not be silenced. Check out Rick Biesada’s hard-hitting editorial commentary – the Angry White Male
It was encouraging to hear next from Carl Segvich who is running for Cook County Commissioner in the 11th District. He needs your help. Donations can be made to “Citizens For Segvich”
Of all the speakers, Paul McKinley, as a black man, seemed the angriest. He had the right to be, as he took over the bull horn to address those gathered. In 2013 McKinley ran in the Special Election to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr., but lost. In speaking of Chicago as “the Murder Capitol of the World” and as a “Sanctuary City”: “If we break the law we go to jail; for illegals there is no jail time.” By granting amnesty jobs are taken away from those in his community. It is evident that big business prefers to give jobs to those who violate the law, such as in the construction industry. As for the city of Chicago, what is the city doing to put the black people back to work? Most striking is that 92% of black youth are unemployed. Emphatically spoken not once but several times, McKinley equated immigration with dope and how it’s impossible to talk about immigration without confronting the dope problem.
While mingling with those present, I met an engaging young man, David Earl Williams III who is running for the seat of Jan Schakowsky in Illinois’s 9th congressional district. David is all for enforcing our immigration laws to further guard our borders and is likewise fighting to maintain the constitutional values that made this country great.
David Dierson, editor of GOPILLINOIS, dropped by for a short while before crossing over Michigan Ave. to attend the Chicago Club event. Tickets had to be ordered in advance to gain access to where pro-amnesty politicians and candidates were on hand to speak.
Observed covering the event were cameras and reporters from Channel 11, Univision Chicago, Polvision, and AB Channel 7. Charles Thomas, as the political reporter for Channel 7, did on-site rally interviews with Joe Walsh and Rosanna Pulido. This video of the rally is a product of Univision.