Tylerites sip some TEA

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - From Jacksonville to Gilmer and from Tyler to Longview, East Texans flexed their protesting muscles with bigger than expected numbers, and they weren't by themselves. Tax day tea parties were hosted in cities across the country, including Boston, where the original tea party took place.

They say Congress is for sale and they are taxed enough. With signs in hand and in truck East Texans gathered for a tea party.

"I don't want to go down the road to socialism," said Daniel Barrett.

"We're spending too much money," said Paddy Barrett. "We're hocking our children's and grandchildren's future. you can't just talk the talk, you got to walk the walk

That's why they're here, along with pretty much everyone else who kept coming. The old and young had signs in hand.

"Oh, I like this one," said Stephanie West looking at a flag. "It was used in the Revolutionary War. It was a way of saying that the people need to be recognized."

West organized the Tyler Tea Party complete with tea.

"It's just a reminder of the Boston Tea Party where the patriots stood up and said, we've had enough," West.

"If you see all of the signs, and of course, the flags, that's a constant reminder of what they're trying to tell us up there," said Kyna Adams.

"We're not protesting against our government," said Glenda Mitchell. "We're protesting how we're being represented in our government."

"They're doing wrong," said Maria Reeves. "They need to revamp and they need to hear our voice."

Their were a lot of voices to be heard. Organizers expected a couple hundred. Instead, they estimate they got 1400.

"Never protested in my life," said Cathy Hayman.

"Over the last couple of generations, I think, we've drifted further and further away from the constitution," said West. "If we don't stop and wake up now, we won't recognize the country that we're in."

Organizers say the tea bags that were collected in Tyler will be combined with tea bags in Dallas during a rally, this evening.