By Ida Brown
While tens of thousands of people descended upon the nation's capital Saturday to protest government spending and the president's health care plan, a crowd of about 500 gathered in downtown Meridian to make their stand.
"This is not a protest, this is a cause," said Paul Tarver, a representative of The Meridian Tea Party.
"We're here today to defend our liberty, our constitution and our country," Tarver said to the crowd, who showed their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue and waving the American Flag.
"We've got to be vocal; we've got to be silent no more."
Many among the crowd held signs reading "Wake Up USA," "Over Stimulated" "Free Markets, Not Free Lenders," and "National Healthcare or National Nightmare."
"I'm tired of big government. I feel like for so long everyone has kept their heads in the sand and not really paid attention to what is going on," said Kelly Smith of Louisville, who held a sign that read "Tyranny Elimination Army," an interpretation of TEA for Tea Party.
"I feel like a real giant is waking up. I think America is tired of big government spending," Smith said. "Our children's future, that's basically why I'm here. I'm worried about my two daughters."
Dan Case of Collinsville, who has attended several similar rallies, locally and in Jackson, was also there for the cause.
"I know that it is an ongoing agenda to erase America's soveriengty in order for the criminal elite to form a one-world government," said Case, who held a large American flag throughout the program.
"It's not about Obama or Bush, those are just puppets ... I don't want to lose my country; enough damage has been done through the Bush administration, as well as the Obama administration. Every one of them have done their part – Bush Sr. Clinton – Washington needs an enema."
The forum included several presentations: by state debate champions Lee and Ross McCartney – who gave youth perspectives; local physicians, who discussed existing reforms related to the United States, perspectives on healthcare systems in the United Kingdom and Canada; and a small business perspective. A question-and-answer session followed.
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By Ida Brown
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