Moore TEA Citizens to Stage Tax Day Rally April 17
Four years ago, an estimated 1,000 residents packed downtown Southern Pines to support Moore TEA Citizens, a newly formed local tea party group.
Despite diminishing crowds in recent years, organizers say this year’s Tax Day Rally is as important an event as they have had.
“This is a presidential election year,” said Dee Park, coordinator of Moore TEA Citizens. “And I think it is our most important election in our history.”
The free event will be held from 4-7 p.m. April 17 in front of the post office in downtown Southern Pines. “TEA” stands for “taxed enough already,” and is a nod to the Colonial Boston Tea Party, one of the nation’s first organized political protests.
Residents are encouraged to bring their own flags and signs, provided they are in good taste.
Organizers expect this year’s event to be similar to those in prior years where attendees sang songs, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, prayed, and read from the Constitution.
The most important things the tea party group will do during the rally is register voters and provide information about candidates.
Park said the group’s goal is to make sure issues for the voters are “understandable and supportable.”
Carol Wheeldon said while the perception may be that the tea party movement is losing steam, she said the group is just changing its focus to improve its effectiveness.
“People say the tea party is dead but we are very much alive,” Wheeldon said. “This event is extremely important to get as many folks there as possible so we can show them where we stand on the issues that affect all citizens.”
Pushing voter registrations, vetting candidates, and taking a greater interest in what is happening locally are key objectives of Moore TEA Citizens.
As an organization, Moore TEA Citizens says it advocates adhering to the Constitution, which it believes will result in limited federal government, better fiscal responsibility and a free market. The group does not endorse candidates.
Moore TEA Citizens’ mission is to organize like-minded individuals, educate and inform others based on its core values, secure public policy consistent with those values, and affect the outcome of elections.
Since its first Tax Day Rally, the group has registered more than 1,700 members, and has become one of the larger and more influential tea party groups in North Carolina.
The group makes regular trips to Raleigh and Washington, D.C., to visit legislators and speak out on a variety of issues.
One of the hot-button issues for the group continues to be health care. Others include transparency and the loss of personal freedoms.
“2012 is a tipping point, in my opinion,” Park said. “We can either continue down the slippery slope we are on or we can decide to pull ourselves back from the precipice.”
For more information on the group, go to www.mooreteacitizens.com.
Contact Tom Embrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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