Lafayette Indiana Tax Day Tea Party a success
The Lafayette Tea Party turnout was pretty good considering the size of our cities. Unfortunately I couldn't come early enough to see the pouring of the tea into the Wabash River. Below are some highlights.
- Open mic! I was glad to see everyone had a chance to say what they wanted to say. I love my country and our right to free speech! Today citizens got to express themselves publicly and have their voices heard, which is a growing need.
- There were young and old as well as Obama supporters. Some booing occurred when democrats took the mic but for the most part people were friendly and supportive.
- An old man gave us a good talking to, telling us to get off our bums and start going to the city / state meetings to get informed on what our officials are up to. He was funny yet his voice stern. I admit, he got my attention and caused a stir. He was they guy protesting against the trolley tax.
- Young voices were at the mic, sharing their concern and mind. I was encouraged to see such young citizens taking action and thinking for themselves.
- An African American stood up and explained how he did not vote for Barak Obama and that just because you are white and did not vote for him doesn’t mean you are a racist. I was glad that an African American said this.
- People were voicing their concern about current policies that go against our constitution. Though I agree with them I am concerned no one was sharing solutions to many of the problems our government face.
- I did a quick plug for the Fair Tax plan. I wish I would of brought notes to cover more details, but at least I covered the basics.
- Overall I was mostly encouraged how so many people at the mic encouraged us to contact our elected officials. They are working for us... As well as President Barak Obama.
Though this whole Tax Day Tea Party thing is about taxes, no one was saying, at least here, they didn’t want to pay taxes. When I spoke about the fair tax plan some shouted out that they have no problem paying taxes. What we were standing for are how the taxes are spent, how bad things will be for our children due to the bailouts, and current policies overriding our constitution, amendments, and in my opinion common sense.
I was surprised no one was talking about solutions to our tax problems (at least while I was there). I personally feel there is a need for more meetings like this, maybe on a monthly basis. As more aggression and opposition rises people will need an outlet to express themselves and let their voices be heard. It would be nice to see “we the people” begin taking responsibility once again. I will leave you with the Preamble again:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Source)