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Longview hosts July 4th TEA Party

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - On our nation's birthday, East Texans gathered in Longview to exercise what the constitution guarantees, free speech. The meetings, coined TEA Parties gave many the chance to voice their thoughts on what they say is increased government spending and high taxes. It was unmistakably an outspoken crowd on the courthouse steps in Longview.

"Congress is not taking care of business," said event supporter Monty Woodridge. "They're selling this country down the tubes. They're just spending us into debt."

The signs and posters told the story of what could be called, unsatisfied customers.

"I'm going to read everybody's resume the next time I vote," Woodridge said.

Aside from celebrating freedom, there was a mission here.

"We want our country back," said Jessica Schwartz. "The liberals are not listening to us. They're not listening to what the people want. They're doing what they want to for their liberal agenda."

Gary Don Holley symbolically carried a cross to the event. His message to others was about the hazards of trusting government.

"We don't have to put our stock in government or man," Holley said. "We can just trust God."

"Our future generation is at stake here and we need to get involved," said Ruth King. "We can not be complacent. We can't assume that life is going to go on as normal. We can't wait 'till its too late."

More than 500 people turned out for the event at the Gregg County Courthouse.

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