WE STAND WITH GIBSON RALLY … Pics … Great Crowd Showed Up in Support of Gibson Guitar, Part I


National and local Tea Party groups as well as concerned citizens from numerous states as far away as California came out in force today in Nashville, TN at the Scoreboard in support of Gibson Guitar and the overreaching abuse of power shown by Obama’s administration. Is there anything more American than Gibson guitar? What really is the reason why they would be stormed by armed federal agents like they were a Mexican drug cartel? All over wood … “We Stand with Gibson”.

The “WE STAND WITH GIBSON” rally included music with Grant Austin Taylor, Madison Rising, Rivoli Review and Christa Branch, local talk radio personality Phil Valentine and Mark Skoda, Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express, Ben Cunningham of the Tennessee Tax Revolt and US Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-R).

The order of the day … “We Stand with Gibson”

Since when do we treat American companies like this? As previously stated by the Tea Party Express, “We have to stand up to this overbearing tactics by the federal government and that is why we are partnering with other grassroots organizations across the country to stand with Gibson Guitars!”

Tennessee US Rep Marsha Blackburn

Local Nashville, TN & Syndicated Conservative Talk Radio Show Host Phil Valentine

Amy Kremer – Tea Party Express

During Amy Kremer’s comments on stage, the chairman of Tea Party Express told the crowd that Obama and the feds had their priorities wrong. Some thing new and unusual for Obama and the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. I had a great conversation with Amy regarding what the Obama and his minions have done since they were elected in 2008 and the need for all to get out and vote in 2012 and end this Obama presidency and the damage that has been done to the US.

“We have illegal immigrants crossing our borders every day. They’re breaking the law,” she said to cheers. “The government’s not doing anything about it, but yet they’re concerned about these little pieces of wood that are coming into our country across our borders?”

First they came for my Gibson … what’s next?

Ben Cunningham of the Tennessee Tax Revolt – If you have never heard Ben speak about the abuses of an overreaching government … you have really missed out.

Phil Valentine and Ben Cunningham

US Rep. Marsha Blackburn,Video

Supporters of Gibson & Friends we met along the way

Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz thanks the crowd to thunderous applause!!!

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More pics at Nice Deb.

More to come including more pics and VIDEO of the event. Wait until you hear the version of The Star Spangled Banner by Grant Austin Taylor played on his Gibson guitar … it rocked the house. Stay tune for more …

UPDATE I: Gibson Guitar CEO slams U.S. raids as “overreach”.

“Armed people came in our factory … evacuated our employees, then seized half a million dollars of our goods without any charges having been filed,” Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told reporters and others at a Washington lunch.

“I think it’s a clear overreach,” he said.

WE STAND WITH GIBSON … Rally to Support Gibson Guitar Against Obama Government Tyranny Today in Nashville, TN

WE STAND WITH GIBSON … the rally to support Gibson Guitars is today at the Scoreboard Restaurant & Sports bar in Nashville, TN. Come out and support Liberty & Freedom … first it was Gibson, tomorrow it could be you.


The Speakers at the event, among others.

  • Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz
  • Congressman Marsha Blackburn
  • Talk Radio Hosts: Steve Gill, Phil Valentine, Mark Skoda
  • Amy Kremer, Chairman, Tea Party Express

There will also me musical performances from Eric Lee Bedingfield, Grant Austin Taylor, Madison Rising and Rivoli Review.

Come out and support Gibson Guitar against the over reaching Obama government that would storm a US company with guns a blazing over wood and the Lacey Act.

The law ensnaring Gibson is the Lacey Act of 1900, originally passed to regulate trade in bird feathers used for hats and amended in 2008 to cover wood and other plant products

Federal agents first raided Gibson factories in November 2009 and were back again Aug. 24, seizing guitars, wood and electronic records. Gene Nix, a wood product engineer at Gibson, was questioned by agents after the first raid and told he could face five years in jail.

“Can you imagine a federal agent saying, ‘You’re going to jail for five years’ and what you do is sort wood in the factory?” said Mr. Juszkiewicz, recounting the incident. “I think that’s way over the top.” Gibson employees, he said, are being “treated like drug criminals.”

Mr. Nix hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Gibson Guitar CEO responded to the unjust raids today:

Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.”

The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents executed the search warrants. “Agents seized wood that was Forest Stewardship Council controlled,” Juszkiewicz said. “Gibson has a long history of supporting sustainable and responsible sources of wood and has worked diligently with entities such as the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace to secure FSC-certified supplies. The wood seized on August 24 satisfied FSC standards.”

Juszkiewicz believes that the Justice Department is bullying Gibson without filing charges.

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