Tea Party returns to courthouse July 4

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By Bryan Marshall

Verbal fireworks will be on display July 4 when protesters show their displeasure with increased taxes and unlimited government spending.

A Tea Party will be held at noon at the Grant County Courthouse for the second time in the past three months.

John Souder of Dry Ridge hosted a Tax Day Tea Party in April that drew more than 150 participants.

“They’re doing these again all across the country,” Souder said. “So, I thought little, old Grant County needs to participate again.”

“July 4 is the nation’s birthday, and myself and a tremendous amount of other people believe that the president and congress are spending entirely too much money,” he said. “There doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight. The stimulus package hasn’t seemed to do anything to shore up what they said it was going to do. And, they want to spend more and more. There’s no stopping it.”

Hot dogs, drinks and balloons for kids will be provided.

In case of bad weather, the rally will be conducted at the American Legion Hall.

A new addition will be Paul Johnson of Walton as a featured speaker.

Johnson will portray the country’s first president, George Washington, who is “back for a second American Revolution and using the U.S. Constitution, the Internet and talk radio to reclaim our God given right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“I heard a lot of good things about him,” Souder said. “I’m kind of anxious to hear him.”

Originally taken from the famous Boston Tea Party, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in more than 40 cities across the country Feb. 27 in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.

More joined in on Tax Day.

Some local attendees wore patriotic hats with tea bags attached.

While it was not the Boston Harbor, Grant County resident Bill Page symbolically poured out a cup of McDonald’s iced tea in protest of future taxation.

A signed petition from the event was sent to office of U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis.

“It was a pretty chilly day and yucky, but I thought it went real well considering,” Souder said of the first Tea Party. “I didn’t realize it until two weeks later, but I counted that there were 157 who signed the petition. That was more than I could begin to think of. I was very thankful. I was very happy.”

With short notice and the July 4th holiday, Souder said he is not sure how successful the follow-up event will be.

“I hope we see great participation,” he said. “It’s a non-partisan event again. It’s not about being a democrat or a republican. It’s about shoring up the country and getting back to the constitution. Let’s spend what we got, not what our grandkids and great grandkids are going to have to come up with.”