Moore TEA Citizens Stage Tax Day Rally in Downtown Southern Pines
A group of supporters gathered in downtown Southern Pines Tuesday afternoon for the Moore TEA Citizens' Tax Day Rally.
Despite diminishing crowds in recent years, organizers say this year’s was an important event because this is an election year, said Dee Park, coordinator of Moore TEA Citizens.
The free event was held 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 brought their own flags and signs. Attendees sang songs, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, prayed and read from the Constitution.
The most important things the tea party group does during the rally are 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.”
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.
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