Chattanooga Tea Party

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Chattanooga Tea Party

Well the Tea Party in Chattanooga drew a crowd of 500 plus on a somewhat chilly day. There were a number of speakers and they even brought on a Sara Palin look alike, Joan from Ringgold Ga, that drew the crowd in very close to the stage as she came out waving in much the same way we have seen Sarah Palin do at various events. And even after it was disclosed that she was a look alike and not the real Sara Palin, the crowd stayed drawn in for her presentation. Joan, like many of the other speakers, spoke of the need to stop the unfettered spending that is taking place in Washington DC these days. They all spoke of not understanding why so much money is just being thrown at anything that appears to be a crisis. There were a few that took the opportunity to speak about their particular cause and amogst the crowd there were those there that were recruiting for their particular groups. But, for the most part the people at this event, both the speakers and the crowd gathered for the event, were just there to express how mad they are about all the money that Washington is spending in what we all believe is wasteful ways.

I think there were some that did not lend any credibility to this cause as they were there yelling for revolution and such, which is NOT what I and most of the gathering crowd were attempting to show support for. From what I heard attendees saying and saw in the signs being displayed, many were just very concerned about how all of this is going to be paid for. Many of the signs spoke of how far in debt their children and grandchildren are now as a result of what Washington is now doing. None seemed to believe that this spending would work, that it would do anything but have very dark and dier consequences on their future. Many seem to have reached the point where they no longer believe that just letting these companies fail would be the worse thing to happen, as expressed in signs saying "let 'em fail" and "no more bailouts'.

I did not see any fellow homesteaders, although I imagine there were many there in support of a smaller government. I believe wholeheartedly that an overreaching government will be dangerous to all, especially a self reliant, self sufficient and individual minded homesteader. If you are not following this, then you should make yourself aware of it and be sure to let your representatives in both the Senate and House, at both the national and state level, know how you feel about it. When they are not told otherwise, a politician, especially a re-elected one, believes that they are doing exactly the right thing all the time and that they should do more of it. So, pay attention and never let your representative do anything you do not like without letting them know you do not like it. And whenever there is an event like this and it is something that you support and think your representative should pay attention to, go to the event if at all possible because you can believe that your representative is watching to see how much support these events get.