MLK Day Part Three


A little tea, very little sympathy.

While a few hundred rallied at Boise's City Hall for what they said was "civility and tolerance," hundreds more took their cause a block further up Capitol Boulevard to the steps of the statehouse.

Signs read: "Stop the run-away spending," "Secure our borders now," and "Silence is consent."


While speaker Matt Shea, a Washington state legislator from Spokane, spoke of lower taxes, the right to bear arms and property rights, several debates broke out among attendees.

When an opponent to the Tea Party rally shouted, "No tea for me," a Tea Partier responded, "How about I punch you in the face?"

The following dialogue ensued:

"There's a man talking at the podium. Wait your turn."

"How about we go somewhere and talk?"

The conversation included health care and the constitution.

"It's the individual's responsibility to take care of themselves. Not government."

"It's because of the government that we live in a livable society."

Neither ended up satisfied. But neither raised their voice or threw a punch.