Savannah tea party rally draws 400

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Evidence of a continued growing concern with the government that seemed to start with the last presidential election was on display Sunday, according to Savannah's tea party members.


About 400 people of varied backgrounds, beliefs and political affiliations gathered at a southside park with an interest in making the country better, tea party officials said.

"The message is the same - the less government in our lives, the better we are," said event organizer Jeanne Seaver. "It's a group of people who are concerned."

The crowd started off with about 200 people who listened to live music performed by the Walt Peters' Patriotic Rambling Country band, which sang songs that criticized budgetary spending, overseas conflicts and took specific jabs at President Obama.

Many people proudly held signs that carried messages like "It's the Economy, Stupid," and "No More Debt."

Savannah resident Guy Randolph said his summation of what he believes is wrong with the government is founded on the principles of his father.

"My father told me a long time ago, and he said if you make a dollar and spend 90 cents, you'll be a rich man," Randolph said. "You make a dollar and spend $1.10, you'll be broke.

"This country is spending $1.20."

Savannah resident Alan Copeland said Obama's health care plan was at the top of the list of his concerns of decisions being made on Capitol Hill. Copeland added he wasn't there to support any specific cause.

"I just came here to hear what they had to say," Copeland said. "I'm going to vote how I want to vote and I imagine everyone here is going to vote the same way I vote.

"I just hope there are enough people here to do something about it."

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston stood before the growing Lake Mayer crowd as it swelled past 300 people and told a story where a group of Savannah residents attended a tea party event in Washington, D.C. Kingston recalled he and a few of the Savannah residents began talking about concerns for the country on the steps of the Capitol.

And slowly that crowd began to grow - much like the one at Lake Mayer.

"The next thing you knew it, we were having a good old tea party right there on the steps of the Capitol," Kingston said to the crowd.

Rincon resident Brooks Donahue said his interest in the rally sided with getting the government back on track.

"It gives people hope that people are concerned about the country and where things are headed," Donahue said. "We need to do something about it and take back the country."



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