“We stand with Gibson” Rally Planned in Tennessee

UPDATE: Calls to action at bottom of post!

According to many in the mainstream media, the Tea Party Movement is losing influence. Never mind that the Tea Party Movement is now partnering with major news outlets for Presidential debates. Never mind that the Tea Party Movement drove most of the energy that lead to a shift in power in 2010. Never mind that there isn’t a single day that every major news outlet doesn’t mention the movement. While it’s clearly the most influential and energetic force in politics, the Tea Party Movement is apparently losing influence.

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Go figure…

In the real world, though, the movement is not only working to win elections, it’s also working to defend major American companies that are under attack from the federal government. Take Gibson Guitars, for example. For those who missed it, Gibson was recently raided by the federal government over the type of wood used in guitars.

Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. held a press conference to explain the situation.

The Wall Street Journal expanded on the story.

Gibson Guitar Corp., a big user of ebony and other scarce woods, for years has allied itself with Greenpeace and other environmental groups to show it was serious about preserving forests.

That didn’t stop the Nashville-based company, whose guitars are used by such musicians as B.B. King and Angus Young of AC/DC, from running afoul of U.S. authorities over allegedly illegal imports of wood. Though no charges have been filed, Gibson factories have been raided twice, most recently last week, by federal agents who say ebony exported from India to Gibson was “fraudulently” labeled to conceal a contravention of Indian export law.

Henry Juszkiewicz, chief executive officer of the closely held company, said in an interview that a broker probably made a mistake in labeling the goods but that the sale was legal and approved by Indian authorities.

One has to wonder why a government that can’t even remove itself from the path to job creation can confiscate a million dollars worth of product from a private company over suspicion of wood imports. Not only did the government confiscate product and shut down production, the law in question also makes illegal the purchase, ownership and resale of Gibson guitars. Meaning, the implications of these are that if you own a Gibson guitar, you may be in violation of the law.

The Tea Party Movement will not stand for this. In fact, the Tea Party Movement is strongly standing AGAINST this gross abuse of power.

A nationwide coalition of Tea Party Movement organizations is coming together with plans of hosting a rally in support of Gibson guitars. The “We stand with Gibson” rally is scheduled for October 8th, in Nashville, TN. Speakers include Gibson President Henry Juszkiewicz, Representative Marsha Blackburn, and talk radio hosts Steve Gill, Phil Valentine and Mark Skoda.

The national coalition includes:

  • Patriot Action Network
  • Liberty News Network
  • Grassfire Nation
  • Tea Party Express
  • Americans for Prosperity
  • 9.12 Project of Tennessee
  • Gibson County Patriots
  • Wilson County Tea Party
  • Tennessee Conservoliance
  • Tennessee Tax Revolt
  • Tennessee Tea Party
  • MidSouth Tea Party
  • Memphis Tea Party
  • Chattanooga Tea Party

Others are likely to join in the coming days and weeks. Tea Party activists and encouraged to help spread the word and promote the event. Activists are asked to take one or more of the following steps to help spread the word.

  1. Visit the official “We stand with Gibson” website and leave supportive comments
  2. Contact your friends in and around Tennessee, and make sure they know about the event
  3. Consider purchasing an item from the Gibson store
  4. Share this link on Facebook (CLICK HERE)
  5. CLICK HERE to Tweet about this story

The Tea Party Movement stands strong with Gibson Guitars. We’re not losing influence and we’re not going away.

Eric Odom



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