With some wearing colonial attire and others sporting tea bags fastened to the brims of their hats, protesters gathered in Salado April 15 for a Tea Party rally. The group sought to show its frustration with government officials and their decisions.
Judy Brady, organizer of the rally, estimated 1,000 people attended.
“We are tired of our government representatives ignoring what we say … and not following the Constitution,” she said.
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.
“We hope that by having events like this, we can educate more people and
allow them to really know the candidates. Our main goal is to get more people to the polls in November,” Brady said.
Accordion players began the gathering with patriotic tunes, followed by the U.S. and Texas pledges and a prayer. Several speakers then took their turn on the stage, informing those in attendance about various issues with the U.S. government.
Retired Lt. Gen. Dave Palmer was one of the headlining speakers at the event, which was held at Wildfire Ranch Arena.
Addressing the crowd, he said, “When we say ‘Take back our country,’ that’s exactly what we mean.”
One of the main focal points of the meeting was restoration of the elected representatives to jobs that are outlined in the Constitution. Some attendees waved signs showing their support for the issues the speakers addressed.
Rayford Brown, a retired lieutenant colonel 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 also one of the speakers at the rally.
He said, “The job of the government is the common defense and welfare of the U.S., and there are no restrictions on the states. The federal government’s job is to protect the states as a whole.”
Brown spoke to the crowd about constitutional patriotism and focused on the changes that have taken place in the interpretation 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.”