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TEA Patriots Hosting July 4th Rally
Wednesday, 24 June 2009

June 24--At a small meeting of 20 people this past Tuesday night, local 'Tea Party Patriots' met to discuss government policy on energy and healthcare, and began organizing an upcoming July 4th rally.

Non-partisan Tea Party groups have been created nation-wide as a grassroots campaign in response to what they claim is excessive government spending and unconstitutional invasion by the government in certain areas.

The Vidalia Tea Party Patriots center their goals around four main core values--upholding the Constitution, free markets, limited government, and fiscal responsibility.

One of the organizers, Jim Anderson, says the group realizes that in order to be successful, education of fellow citizens on government issues must be a number one priority.

"We formed 'Tea Party Patriots' as a result of what we saw as uncontrolled spending. This is a non-partisan issue, so we finally decided we had to do something. So, a group of us got together and looked at what other patriots were doing when this 'Tea Party Tax Day' came out, so we decided we will try and do something like that. We're growing, and our mission is to educate our fellow citizens of what's going on with our Congressmen and Senators, and try to explain to them that we the people are in charge. We elect them and they are answerable to us. So, we need more people like us who are willing to speak out to our congressmen about the issues of the day," explains Anderson.

The group is sponsoring a family friendly 'Vidalia Independence Day Tea Party' on July 4th at the Western Steak House parking lot from 9:30 to 11:00am.

"We are planning a Vidalia Independence Day Tea Party. We are not protesting. We're going to celebrate our independence. So, we're trying to develop a family friendly rally where people can show their patriotism. We're going to have veteran speakers. We've got a couple of World War II vets, we're hoping to get a Vietnam veteran, a Korean veteran, as well as a Gulf War vet. They will tell them about their experiences in the military, and what they think about serving our country and the freedoms we enjoy here and protect," says Anderson.

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