Independence day tea party held in Longview

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- The birth of our nation and the values it was founded upon has also become a battle cry for those who want to return government to the people. Celebrating independence and unity, supporters of the tea-party movement gathered in Longview today, with many not happy about the current U.S. Government and the way things are being run.

"Freedom, its something the people stand for and should not be neglected," said tea party supporter Shelly Philbrick.

In front of the Gregg County Courthouse steps, "We the People" and tea-party supporters came together in a group become more ethically diverse by the day.

"The nation is waking up it's like an individual that's been asleep. Sometimes you have to stir them up and now the nation is being shaken, awakened, to what's really going on in this nation," said Katherine Douglas of Marshall.

Many tea-partiers say their motivation comes from rampant government spending and an inefficient administration.

"The deficit it is completely out of hand this nation is out of control and if we sit back and do nothing its not going to get better its only going to get worse," said Lionel Douglas of Marshall.

"We're tired of this government putting their interests before the interests of the people. They work for us we don't work for them," said "We the People" member Darrel Wolter.

Young people also showed up to see what all the fuss is about.

"I felt like it was important to be out here to spend time with my grandparents and find out what's going on in the political point of view," said 15 year old Garret Morgan.

The Longview rally drew more than 600 visitors.

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