As most of you Ray Stevens fans are aware of, he took part in the April 15th Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C. The event ran nearly 4 hours and from all indications it was a success. I caught most of it...I was away from home earlier in the afternoon and I made it home to catch the live video stream mid-way through. An on-line friend of mine informed me that Ray had already performed "If 10% Is Good Enough for Jesus" and "Safe at Home". Ray would also perform "Thank You" and "The Star Spangled Banner"...and then perform an abbreviated version of "Throw the Bums Out!" while holding the lyrics in his hand. He remarked that the song was so new and that he'd never performed it in concert yet. The music video of the song has gotten 83,480 hits on You Tube so far. "Caribou Barbie" has gotten 69,041 hits, "Thank You" has gotten 106,149 hits, while the video that I refer to as the big one, "We The People", is at 2,955,457 hits.
A commercial for Ray's new project, We The People, is available at You Tube as well...and the commercial as of now has gotten 2,443 hits. The unique thing about the commercial is that it runs much longer...and if it were ever adapted for television it would have to be edited down considerably. The commercial runs two minutes...the average commercial I think runs less than 50 seconds. However, back in the 1990's when he was selling his home videos on television, the commercials were like a minute and a half.
Just some of the speakers at the event were Victoria Jackson, Tucker Carlson, Ron Paul, Andrew Breitbart, and a whole host of others. In hindsight there were no vicious reports in the media...although the usual snickering and mocking took place by those in the liberal blogosphere who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to make fun of people who simply want limited Government and fiscal responsibility from those in Congress. As I've written about before...Ray isn't immune from the same kinds of insults that are thrown at the Tea Party in general. However, to single out any blogs that have insulting comments directed at Ray would be like giving those remarks credibility which is what I don't want to do. Here's hoping no other fans of Ray's out there lash out at criticism because it only pleases those who make the insulting comments. They want a reaction...and sometimes it's hard to resist...but if you ignore those kinds of hateful comments you'll find that the tormentors will give up because they're not having any fun.