Savannah tea party rally draws 400

Photo by Carl Elmore/Savannah Morning News
Helen Shantz said she'd taken her sign "Don't Tread on Freedom" sign to five Tea Party events.
Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 6:13 AM
Last updated 9:42 AM

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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corgimom
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corgimom 10/18/10 - 07:41 am
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400 people, yeah, it's

400 people, yeah, it's sweeping the nation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/18/10 - 07:57 am
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Go back and read paragraph 4

Go back and read paragraph 4 and paragraph 20. That country band must really have been memorable.

mable8
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mable8 10/18/10 - 08:00 am
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The article is actually

The article is actually shorter; AC has printed some paragraphs twice! In spite of the 'length,' the rally is one of hundreds that reflect the poor quality of governance we have seen exhibited in Washington. The big O's "changes" are not what the people wanted or expected---but then, he refused to define what his "changes" were, he refused to define what needed "changing," and how these "changes" were to be made. Well, now everyone knows and the big O's agenda will soon be reversed.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/18/10 - 08:00 am
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Apathy is one of the reasons

Apathy is one of the reasons we find ourselves in this condition. Good for the people who find their voices and put forth an effort to be heard.
All things begin small; just like the erosion of our freedom (from our own government who is trying to enslave us) to the creation of a new party.
While we may not agree with each other in all things, it is important that we come together for the sake of our future.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/18/10 - 08:13 am
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True patriots.

True patriots.

TELLITLIKEITIS1
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TELLITLIKEITIS1 10/18/10 - 08:24 am
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Well it's kind of hard to see

Well it's kind of hard to see a major change in such little time...We were ran in the ground for 8 years...things cannot happen overnite...Sorry a magic wand is not awarded to the President after the election :(

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/18/10 - 09:10 am
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http://www.dailyfinance.com/s

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/disturbing-statistics-on-the-decline-o...

Does anyone THINK losing 42,400 FACTORIES since 2001 hasn't made an impact on our economy??
How can we ignore job loss...look around folks....a teacher-policeman-fireman's job used to be a safe job...they ARE NOT anymore......it is NOT just DC...we are to blame for putting more importance on the J Springer show or Tyra Banks show & not asking the right questions to the folks running for office.. GET A GRIP & stop voting for fools.

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airbud7 10/18/10 - 09:12 am
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Eighteen percent of Americans

Eighteen percent of Americans identify as Tea Party supporters. : Three in four are 45 years old or older, including 29 percent who are 65 plus. They are also more likely to be men (59 percent) than women (41 percent).

More than one in three (36 percent) hails from the South, far more than any other region. Twenty-five percent come from the West, 22 percent from the Midwest, and 18 percent from the northeast.

Tid Bit ☺

double_standard
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double_standard 10/18/10 - 10:42 am
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Seenitb4 great post too bad

Seenitb4 great post too bad most think the problem happen last year.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/18/10 - 10:52 am
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TELLITLIKEITIS Everyone

TELLITLIKEITIS Everyone knows that it is going to take years to fix our economy. However, I just wish obama would stop pointing his magic wand at me and trying to cast a spell on my earnings so that they flow from my account to his. His anti-business rhetoric and attack on success has killed our spirits. He's made things much, much worse for everyone except govt employees and the entitlement crowd.

Seenitb4. Wow. Excellent.

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dstewartsr 10/18/10 - 11:21 am
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I am certain there would be

I am certain there would be more there, but several factors tend to limit the numbers: First, there are no taxpayer-funded 'community organizers' ferrying them on free busses and miraculously feeding the masses (courtesy of the working class) to form reliably liberal rent-a-crowds that perform at pro-Democratic shows. Secondly, many of the people who might have attended are tired from working or at work- someone has to; we all can't live on subsidies .

Also, ever notice when it's TEA, numbers are never inflated, but entitlement leeches are never described as less than a throng?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/18/10 - 01:00 pm
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YES, to seenitb4, Chillen and

YES, to seenitb4, Chillen and dstewartsr - First, do no harm.

iLove
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iLove 10/18/10 - 01:10 pm
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An old lady and a country
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An old lady and a country band really represent the diversity of America huh?

IMO, certain ppl r just upset. I wonder who those ppl are.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/18/10 - 01:24 pm
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Like the old lady and the

Like the old lady and the country band members, most likely the upset people, are the ones with money in the bank. They worked for it, paid their taxes on it, and feel it is their right to keep it.
That's my story.

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Rolling Eyes 10/18/10 - 02:44 pm
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400 here, 100,000 there.....

400 here, 100,000 there..... Not anything for the liberals to worry about. Go back to sleep...... ;-)

iLove
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iLove 10/19/10 - 03:57 pm
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o yea, ita all abt. money.
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o yea, ita all abt. money. smh.

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