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Second TEA Rally set on the courthouse square Friday evening

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A few of the undeniable truths found in Americans is our will, our fortitude and our unquestioned belief in the right of all U.S. citizens to have their collective voices heard. It is through these truths that our nation was founded. They are also truths that have carried on for well over 200 years — and still do today.

The desire to be heard and to effect change carries on this weekend, as a second round of TEA Rallies take place across the country. And one of the very first of those rallies will be held Friday evening on Heritage Square in downtown Sulphur Springs.

It is the second TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Rally to be held locally, the first coming on Tax Day (April 15), as local citizens gathered to protest the government’s bailout and stimulus policies and to show a concern over the growing national debt.

The latest rally, which is being billed as “American Freedom Day” is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday, will focus on the concern over “Big Government” and government's "interference in all areas of our private lives and the private sector, and government's ultimate goal of severely curtailing our freedoms," according to a release from rally organizers. Patriotism and family values will also be trumpeted.

"The theme for the TEA Party is to support patriotism and American values. We want the government to understand and acknowledge that this country was formed by the people and for the people, not for special interest groups or politicians out on their own campaigns and agendas, spending tax dollars frivolously and irresponsibly," said event organizer Monte Burke.  "We want all Americans to become educated and informed of the government’s responsibility to run this nation effectively and efficiently and become active and make their voices heard."

While the first TEA Rally was well-attended, with some 400 attendees, organizers expect the American Freedom Day Rally to be even bigger. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be the key speaker at the downtown event, along with U.S. Representative Ralph Hall. Local residents expected to speak include Erwin Cain, C.J. Duffey, County Judge Cletis Millsap, Art Romanat, Courtland Savage and LaVelle Hendricks. The rally will also feature entertainment from local singers Lisa Preuss, Cheryl Macek, Alissa Welch and Bradley Edge.

What organizers want to make clear is that these rallies are not simply right-wing attacks on President Obama's administration and policies, but bipartisan protests on the direction our government is taking and the decisions that affect all U.S. citizens.

"That misconception could not be further from the truth. The TEA Party Rallies represent ALL Americans, not Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, or whatever ideology one chooses, but ALL Americans," Burke said. "National increasing debt, fiscal irresponsibility, extreme spending are all problems that should concern any American and make them want to become active and voice their concerns. For our rally, we have made sure that we have both Republican and Democrat representatives on the platform to speak to and encourage the American people to stand up and be heard. No longer will the American people be silent and passive, accepting the status quo of government. We are 'We the People' and we will be heard.”

According to the press release, the local rally is again part of a national movement, being coordinated through "teapartyday.com" with the American Family Association.




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