Conservative republicans met in Salado, Texas on Thursday evening as part of the Taxed Enough Already organization, hoping to educate the public on political candidates and encourage them to be active in the next election.
Judy Brady, organizer of the Tea Party, estimated 1,000 people attended the rally. “We are tired of our government representatives ignoring what we say,” Brady said, “and not following the constitution.”
Brady hoped to bring people together who are tired of the changes the government is making and are worried about the future. “We want the same opportunities for our children and grandchildren that we had,” she said.
Retired Lt. Gen. Dave Palmer was also one of the speakers at the Salado Tea Party. Addressing the crowd he said, “When we say ‘Take back our country’ that’s exactly what we mean”
Rayford Brown, a retired Lt. Col. from Temple, Texas said, “We hope to motivate people to become involved in government because if they don’t apathy will become tyranny.”
Brown was one of the headlining speakers at the event, which was held at Wildfire Ranch Arena. He said, “The job of the government is the common defense and welfare of the U.S. and there is no restrictions on the states. The federal government’s job is to protect the states as a whole.”
Brown spoke to the crowd about constitution patriotism and focused on the changes that have taken place in the words of the Constitution over the past century. “The progressive movement started about 100 years ago and has been intermittently changing our government from a republic to a tyranny by the Supreme Court rewriting laws and changing our Constitution.”
Brown’s desire is to see the federal government work for the welfare of the states within the boundaries of the laws and regulations already present. He said, “Our government has made a lot of promises they can’t keep. We’re trying to restore the constitutional government under its original intent.”