Patriotism was in the air on Saturday, October 12, as the second "Rally For Common Sense" was held in Holts Summit Missouri, just out side of the State Capital in Jefferson City.
The day was filled with many speakers from differing backgrounds, with one common message. Our nation is in big trouble, and it will take average Americans, like the ones who filled the "Patriot Field of Dreams" on Saturday, to make things right.
Several groups and organizations set up booths to hand out literature, and talk to Rally goers. Groups such as FairTax, Oathkeepers, and the National Rifle Association were on hand to educate and inform. Founder and lead organizer of the Rally, Kim Paris, said that this Rally, and the first one in May of 2012, attracted many who considered themselves members of the Tea Party. But the crowd was not exclusively Tea Party members, but many who are just concerned about the direction of the country, and the lack of leadership in Washington D.C. Many of those in attendance also said they did not feel that their elected Representatives were listening to them.
Some of the highlights of the day included K. Carl Smith, Founder of the Frederick Douglass Republicans. This is a group of Black Conservatives. One of their main goals is to change how the Republican Party relates to, and how they are received in minority communities. K. Carl, as he is known, talked about changing attitudes about the Republican Party in the Black community. He encouraged all in the crowd to help to return America to it's constitutional principles.
Actress, Blogger, and Writer Kira Davis spoke of growing up in Canada, in a predominantly white neighborhood, in a very Liberal family. She talked about immigrating to the United States as a young adult, and her transformation to Conservatism. It was a YouTube video addressed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that went viral that gained notoriety for Kira. She also encouraged everyone to do what they could to promote Conservative causes. Kira is always a favorite speaker at Conservative Rallies.
Last, but certainly not least, Reverend C.L. Bryant. A minister for over 30 years, and former member of the NAACP, Rev. Bryant finally saw that so called "Black Leaders" were not leading black Americans anywhere but towards perpetual victimhood. His film, "Runaway Slave", chronicles his journey from his days with the nation's largest civil rights organization, to traveling around the country, showing "Runaway Slave", and bringing the Conservative message to the black community. Rev. Bryant is truly one of the most powerful and dynamic speakers in the Conservative movement.
It is a sure bet that Show-Me-State Conservatives will be looking forward to much more "common sense" in the future.