American Sheepdog 4 Year Anniversary
A local pro American, pro Troop rally held every Saturday in West Chester is celebrating its fourth anniversary this weekend. In September of 2007, Rich Davis held aloft a sign in support of our troops to counter a small group of fringe leftists who occupied the corner of High and Market Streets every Saturday for the previous five years. It was a weekly reminder to the citizens of West Cheester how much they disliked George Bush, American Soldiers and America in general. Rich Davis sought to peacefully use his sign to convey the message that Karen Porter and her left wing hate group the Chester County ‘peace’ Movement (CCPM) did NOT speak for all the citizens of West Chester. Rich described how he was jostled, cursed ande threatened by the ‘peace’ folk while holding his sign on his first Saturday encounter.
Two weeks later, I joined Rich at the corner of High and Market to cover this rally/counter rally. I knew from that first rally this was the quintessential narrative of our nation at a local level. Liberal progressive ideology versus typical American citizens who deeply care about our troops and this nation. Up to this point the main stream media focused on published fawning articles the left wing radicals while ignoring or blatantly lying about pro American rallies. Yes, people, prior to the explosion of teaparty rallies, there were pro America counter rallies held all during the Bush Presidency. You never heard of them because the media pushed coverage of anti war rallies and ignored the numerous pro America counter rallies.
In West Chester, using new media technology, I sought to bring the other side of this story into the light. Employing Blogger, YouTube, and Blog Talk Radio, I was able to give Rich a far larger audience and a platform to publicly expose the vile, hate-filled newsletters distributed of the Director of CCPM, Karen Porter.
As the weeks passed by, more citizens joined our merry band of counter protesters, in time Rich organized this loose band of patriots into the American Sheepdog s
It is with much pride that I can tell you that during these four years the Sheepdog family has grown, experienced loss, celebrated troop homecomings, and branched off into the Pennsylvania Conservative Council (PACC). All the while, the Sheepdogs have shown up every Saturday regardless of the heat, cold, snow or rain to honor our nation and our troops. We’ve been proud of our country way before Michelle Obama thought that might be a good idea while she was traveled along with her husband during the 2008 election cycle.
With courage and integrity, the Sheepdogs have changed the political landscape in West Chester. This did not happen by happenstance, we have been fortunate enough to have principled people guiding us during our formation. State Representative Curt Schroder, an early supporter proved to be an invaluable role model for courage and leadership. Former Mayor of West Chester, Tom Chambers generously offered his political wisdom and frequently attends the Saturday rally. Sheriff Bunny Welsh, a fabulous speaker who frequently attends Sheepdog special events/rallies.
Since the beginning, it has been the rally attendees that are the heart and soul of the American Sheepdogs. In 2008, I posted a video detailing the story of Rich Davis and the Chester County Victory Movement (American Sheepdogs). In their own words, rally participants share why they show up every Saturday:
It’s easy to see from the video why the American Sheepdogs in West Chester have become such a success. Below is a Flickr slideshow of photos from my four year coverage of this rally. Yes, it is quite a large slideshow
The time has just flown by and it seems as though we have rallied at the corner of High and Market in West Chester for far longer than four years. The Sheepdogs will always have a place in my heart. I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane, and wish for many more years of memories to come.
A few photos from today’s rally – 9/10/11, starting with an adorable little girl holding one of my personal favorite
Sheepdogs will never forget our fallen on 9/11:
What it comes down to with the Sheepdogs:
4th Anniversary Group Shot: