Patriotic emotions brew in protest
Apr21

Patriotic emotions brew in protest

The Belton Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party did not end with Lake Belton becoming a makeshift kettle, but Bell County protesters still made an impact at Confederate Park. An estimated 500-plus people gathered on the afternoon of tax day, April 15, to express their disapproval of the current federal spending in Washington. Signs littered the park with bold letters reading “pirates hijacked my paycheck,” “throw the bums out,” and even “secede.” The program involved prayer, multiple speakers, a sign parade, the singing of the national anthem and “God Bless America” and a symbolic toss of tea bags into a large vat. “What we have at the present time is our congressmen and our senators … not paying attention to the people who put them in office,” said Judy Brady, outreach chairman for the Republican Party of Bell County. Brady and her husband were among the speakers at the event. They dressed in colonial clothing to pay homage to the Boston Tea party of 1773 when colonists tossed taxed tea into the harbor.  Brady spoke as a pair of tea bags dangled from her glasses. “They are not operating by the Constitution. They are taking away our rights …,” she said. “It is not fair for the young kids who are coming up in the world ….” The family theme was evident at the event, with many children present, holding signs and flags. One boy wore a T-shirt that read “I’m six years old and $48,000 in debt.” Another young boy held a sign that replaced the “O” in “Obama” with the old Soviet Union symbol of a hammer and sickle. Many conservatives and others fear that the increased government spending will leave today’s children footing the bill. Densel Corbin, a participant who clutched   an   American and  a  Texas flag, said, “I served in World War II in the United States Navy, and I have worked hard all my life since the time I was 9 years old, and I don’t want my children to be burdened by my current government’s spending.” Some Obama supporters braved the gathering to offer their opinion. “They really need to face the fact that for eight years they never came out and said a word, and for eight years Bush did what he did to destroy this country’s economy,” said Irene Andrews, who held a sign that read, “You are the bunch that got us in this mess.” The large crowd of Tea Party supporters fired comments at the Obama supporters. “Why are there so many of us and only a few of you?” a Tea Party participant yelled. He was answered with a...

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