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July 4th Tea Party in Vidalia
Monday, 06 July 2009

July 6--  Some local Tea Party patriots got July 4th started Saturday with a rally honoring veterans.


"We wanted it to be not so much a protest but a celebration of America and the freedoms we enjoy because of our veterans," according to Jim Anderson, a Vidalia citizen involved in the grassroots Tea Party effort against big government.

Denny Norling, a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg fighting with the Marines, talked to the Tea Party rally.  "I hope to bring a definition of freedom and patriotism for our country, the best country in the world," Norling said.  He also urged people to get out and vote and, "vote your conscience and think about the country as well as yourself."

Reverend James Joyce of Toombs County is a World War II veteran who says personal involvement is the best way to change government.  "If you want to make a change, get in the system and make a change," Reverend Joyce says.

Jim Anderson believes change can come if people educate themselves about  issues facing the country. "We've got a lot of information about upcoming bills that are coming before Congress and we need for citizens to educate themselves and let their Congressmen know what they feel about these issues. That's the only way we can get our nation going back in the direction we think it's lost along the way," he said.

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