Care for a spot of TEA?

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - On April 15, 2009 people stood up and spoke out against government spending in communities across the nation. They called them "TEA Parties", named in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party all those years ago.

"The first TEA Party was all about letting Washington know that we're hear and that we're united," said local TEA Party organizer Kevin Hard.

More than two months later, Hard says the agenda is different this time around.

"The second tea party is more about, 'We're here and you need to hear us,' but also, 'We're here and we need to take action,' because if you're just frustrated and angry and do nothing there's no change made," he said.

"I support and applaud legal political activism," said David Henderson, chairman of the Smith County Democratic Party. "Doing something radically about cutting the budget deficit in the middle of a recession is a really bad idea. Now, long term, we have to get it under control. I agree with that."

But what Henderson doesn't agree with is what he claims is the group's true focus.

"Their agenda is primarily anti-Obama," Henderson said. "I mean, he was elected and that's what mobilized them we went into this administration with horrendous budget deficits and they apparently didn't care."

But, supporters say their rally is for everyone.

"I think there's a whole lot of people out there who support our cause whether they're Democrats or Republicans," said Hard. "They're very concerned about the spending."

"I think the important issue is the issue themselves and the extent they're about the federal budget deficit," said Henderson. "It's an issue."

Back in April, organizers in Tyler said they had almost 1,500 people turn out for the TEA Party. and this time, they expect 2,000.

There are several TEA Parties in East Texas July 4th. The TEA Party in Tyler starts at 11 a.m. at Bergfeld Park. In Longview, the TEA Party will be on the Gregg County courthouse steps at 11 a.m. In Gilmer, the TEA Party will be at the Upshur County courthouse and starts at 10:30 a.m.

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