By Andi Elliott, Tea Party Organizer
The Great American Tea Party was held in Idaho Falls on the banks of the Snake River on the evening of April 15th. And, it was indeed â€œgreatâ€! In spite of wind and rain and with temperatures hovering just above freezing, nearly 1200 people gathered to support a common causeâ€¦to protest the massive spending and taxation forced upon us by our very own government.
Peaceful protesters lined Memorial Drive with their homemade signs… â€œ We the Peopleâ€, â€œStop Pending my Futureâ€, â€œGive Me Liberty-not Debtâ€, and â€œItâ€™s the Constitution, Stupidâ€! These messages were not indicative of political parties or groups. They were a plea to an out-of-control government from their bossesâ€¦the people. People who, much as the early colonists did back in 1773, were trying to send a stern warning to those in control. The â€œpeopleâ€ are fed up with the burgeoning debt load which spells economic disaster for the greatest country in the history of the world.
Some of the participants had attended Tea Parties in Rexburg, Pocatello, and even in Boise, held earlier in the day. Parents brought their children of all ages as they wanted them to be a part of â€œliving historyâ€. Young and old alike were present, all with the same goal of preserving the freedoms and economic stability of America.
Former Idaho State Senator, Mel Richardson, was the keynote speaker. He spoke directly to the hearts of the people. The crowd cheered when he told them that we must remain united and demand that our voices be heard.
In my opening remarks as organizer of the event, I told the swelling crowd that as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution never did I ever think that I would now be taking part in a second American Revolution. Only this time, the revolution was to protest the oppressive forces from within our country.
As a final gesture reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party of 1773, a giant tea bag was thrown into the river. Over 1000 signatures of modern Patriots adorned the 3 enlarged copies of the Declaration of Independence which will be given to Senator Crapo for delivery to the President. We hope and pray that perhaps then Washington will hear the messageâ€¦We the People have spokenâ€¦STOP THE SPENDING!
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