Town Criers, “YOU ROCK”
The Town Criers were well accepted today on the streets of St. Augustine in the historic district. This reporter witnessed hundreds of thumbs-up, no…. perhaps thousands, warm friendly smiles, sometimes applause and, at times, almost paparazzi photo sessions and frequent handshakes. More than once, individuals would pass by shaking the hand of each of the Town Criers, almost as though it were a reception line. And then, there were the veterans who came up and thanked the Criers for their service. However, the greeting that most emotionally affected the Criers, today, was that of a woman who approached
them and simply said, “You Rock”.
The small bands of Criers, who have been on the streets of St. Augustine for nearly 20 months, have been the subject of ridicule and criticism from local Democrats and Republicans. Plus, the local media spends a great deal of effort ignoring them and/or marginalizing them. Those who should have been their friends are their foes and often refer to them as the ‘Village Idiots’. This is because the Town Criers are a part of the Tea Party, which meets at the Village Inn. So this reporter asks the question, “Why do the people, who visit the historic area of St. Augustine, find the Criers activities so acceptable?”
The Town Criers Defy Political Correctness
The consensus among the Town Criers present today is that they and the Tea Party movement display defiance to the concept of ‘Political Correctness’ (PC). They pointed out that, Benjamin Carson in his presentation in Washington, with Obama present, beseeched the American people to avoid PC as it prevents constructive thought.
According to the Criers, "The Tea Party presence on St. George Street is welcome because we speak the truth. The public is fed up with the establishment press who only aid the deceit of their politicians. They are looking for something new and they see it in the spirit of the Tea Party. It offers them hope that the two major parties can no longer provide."
The Republican Party as defined by ‘the architect’, Karl Rove, only illustrates the divide between the people and the Grand Old Party. “The GOP appears to be determined to follow the leadership that lost them most recent elections by excluding the very people who could have won it,” an enthusiastic Town Crier spokesman proclaimed.