Tea Party Supporters Stage Tax Day Rally
A large crowd gathered outside the Southern Pines post office Thursday afternoon to express concern about the current state of affairs in Washington.
Residents of all ages participated in a raucous but peaceful protest sponsored by Moore TEA Citizens, which started about 3:30 p.m. and lasted until 7 p.m. "TEA" stands for "taxed enough already."
Similar protests were held all around the country on the deadline day for Americans to file their income tax returns.
Members of the crowd displayed signs, waved flags, cheered at passing traffic and talked on a megaphone.
"I'm fed up with what's going on in Washing-ton," said Robert Jamison of Southern Pines, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. "I think we ought to go in there and throw them all out."
Ann Beth Simmons, of Foxfire Village, was equally frustrated.
"I'm just tired of the government dipping in our back pockets and not giving every section of America a fair shake," she said. "I'm tired of the people that are carrying the burden being the ones that are picked on when it comes time to pay the bills."
It is the second year the group has organized a Tax Day rally in front of the post office. It has signed up about 1,400 members since last year's event.
Speakers from Americans for Prosperity and the John Locke Foundation addressed the gathering. State Rep. Jamie Boles and state Sen. Harris Blake attended.
"I think it's great that as an American citizen, you can come out and protest without reprisal from the military or from your own government," Boles said. "I think it's a beautiful day."
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