‘Tea par­ty­ers’ rally in the heat in Bev­erly Hills

Singer Pat Boone and blog­ger An­drew Bre­it­bart lead a group of sev­eral hun­dred.

Los Angeles Times - - California - Vic­to­ria Kim vic­to­ria.kim@latimes.com

Un­der an un­re­lent­ing scorch­ing sun, con­ser­va­tive blog­ger An­drew Bre­it­bart ex­tolled what he said was the in­di­vid­ual, grass-roots na­ture of the “tea party” move­ment.

“There is not a leader here; ev­ery­body came here on their vo­li­tion,” he told an en­er­gized crowd of sev­eral hun­dred who con­verged on the grass be­fore the iconic Bev­erly Hills sign, con­trast­ing the move­ment to what he said was the lock­step or­ga­ni­za­tion of la­bor unions and call­ing it a “to­tally purist, peo­ple move­ment.”

Bre­it­bart was among about a dozen speak­ers Sun­day at a tea party rally or­ga­nized by ac­tor and singer Pat Boone and some of his neigh­bors in Bev­erly Hills.

There were Hollywood pro­duc­ers and ac­tors, pas­tors, politi­cians look­ing for votes and a come­di­enne, speak­ing on an ar­ray of topics rang­ing from race to re­li­gion to im­mi­gra­tion. Speaker af­ter speaker crit­i­cized the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion, de­cried so­cial­ism and at­tacked the main­stream me­dia.

“You are an army in this strug­gle, and you have to see your­self this way,” con­ser­va­tive ad­vo­cate David Horowitz told the crowd.

It was also de­cid­edly Hollywood af­fair, with re­peated men­tions of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try’s lib­eral lean­ings and a few mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes be­tween ral­ly­ing speeches.

The event started at midafter­noon with a Pa­trick Henry im­per­son­ator declar­ing, “Give me lib­erty or give me death.”

Boone then took the stage, sing­ing “I Am an Amer­i­can,” a song he said he had writ­ten for the oc­ca­sion.

“I am an Amer­i­can, my blood is red, white and blue,” Boone belted out.

Vic­to­ria Jack­son, a for­mer “Satur­day Night Live” cast mem­ber, strummed a ukulele and sang “there’s a com­mu­nist liv­ing in the White House!”

She said her gen­er­a­tion had been “brain­washed by athe­ism and Marx­ism.”

“I don’t know if you’ve no­ticed, but our govern­ment is try­ing to con­trol ev­ery­thing, and I’m su­per mad!” she ex­claimed in a high-pitched voice.

The crowd was mostly white and older, many wear­ing straw hats for some re­prieve from the sun. One woman wore a Na­tional Ri­fle Assn. hat, an­other car­ried a frilly pink um­brella.

Many car­ried yel­low flags read­ing “Don’t tread on me” and signs crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Obama.

Allen Kam­rava, 31, who stood sip­ping a Diet Coke be­tween whistling and cheer­ing com­ments he liked, said he no­ticed he was a few decades younger than most in the crowd.

He said he be­lieved younger peo­ple skewed lib­eral be­cause of what he called a “bi­ased ed­u­ca­tion.” He went to the rally, he said, be­cause he liked the tea party move­ment as an al­ter­na­tive to the two-party sys­tem.

“Both par­ties are just drunk with power,” said Kam­rava, a sur­gi­cal res­i­dent.

“They just want govern­ment to get more and more pow­er­ful, and that’s the last thing we need,” he said.

Also in the au­di­ence was ac­tress Alana Ste­wart, who said there were many “clos­eted con­ser­va­tives” in Hollywood who were afraid to speak out for fear of reper­cus­sions in the in­dus­try.

She said she was as­sured by the rally that the tea party was made up of “nor­mal, ev­ery­day peo­ple.”

“Peo­ple are talk­ing about it be­ing hate­ful and racist,” she said, stroking Bliss, her long-haired Chi­huahua, perched on her left arm. “It’s noth­ing like that.”

On one side of the grassy park stood Ron­ald Rea­gan — or rather, a card­board cutout of his im­age.

The Bruin Repub­li­cans, a UCLA stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion, had perched it next to its fundrais­ing booth sell­ing what mem­bers called “cap­i­tal­ism cup­cakes,” fast melt­ing in the heat.

“It’s hard to find sup­port for Repub­li­cans on the West­side,” said se­nior lin­guis­tics ma­jor An­neliese Mon­dorf.

Anne Cu­sack

OR­GA­NIZER: Singer Pat Boone leads the Pledge of Al­le­giance at the “tea party” rally he put to­gether.

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