The LaGrange Patriots hosted Troup County’s first protest “Tea Party” on Labor Day. An acronym for “taxed enough already,” the gathering was one of a series held around the country to promote the values of fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets.
“We’re not violent, but we’re mad,” said Donna Wright, a core member of the committee that pulled the event together.
“What a day!” echoed Hilda Railey, another organizer, who estimated the crowd in excess of 3,000.
Crowd members held signs reading “How can we have sense without any change?”, “When only cops have guns, it’s a ‘police state’ ” and “Stop spending my grandson’s money,” with a picture of an unborn child’s ultrasound under it.
Residents young and old from Peachtree City, Newnan and Auburn, Ala., joined Troup County participants for the protest. Veterans, students, businessmen and women sat and listened with American flags in hand as speakers from around the state gave their thoughts.
Political wunderkind Jonathan Krohn, 14, of Duluth, who already has written a book on conservatism and spoke at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, held the crowd’s attention with his call for a “return to the Constitution.”
“The American people want something that’s in their best interest,” Krohn said. “… We can speak freely because we are free.”
Decrying the Obama administration’s economic recovery plan and government health-care proposal, Krohn said America needs to follow the principles of the Constitution.
“Maybe (President Obama) should read the Constitution again,” he told the crowd. “Everything begins with the individual, and if it doesn’t, then it’s not worth doing.”
Others speakers at the event were Zell Miller’s grandson, Bryan Miller, who read a note written by the former Georgia governor and U.S. senator; Ray McBerry, a candidate in the 2010 governor’s race; Melvin Everson, state representative and candidate for labor commissioner; and Virginia Galloway, director of the Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity.
Though their topics varied, the messages were similar - the federal government has gone too far and needs to return to the principles of America’s founding fathers.
“It’s called the Constitution itself,” McBerry said. “Our founding fathers gave us the solution to every problem.”
Trey Wood can be reached at twood@lagrangenews. com or (706) 884-7311, Ext. 228.