Last week, supporters from the Richmond Tea Party made the trek to our Nation’s Capital for the “Audit the IRS” rally, sponsored by the nation-wide Tea Party Patriots organization. The outrageous IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, including ours, created a surge of resentment among liberty-minded citizens across the country. Here, in Richmond, sentiment ran so high that we were able to fill 2 buses with supporters, all eager to express their views. Additional attendees drove cars or took the train. In all, about 150 supporters joined thousands of others on the West Lawn of the Capital as the event began at noon, the crowd bedecked in yellow shirts, red, white, and blue accessories, Gadsden and American flags, and political signs printed with catchy slogans.
The rally was given some ‘gravitas’ by the line-up of speakers. Among those present on-stage were Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. About twenty congressmen were represented, headed up by Michele Bachmann. The keynote speaker, Glenn Beck, gave a thought-provoking message. Additionally, the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) had some time at the microphone, expertly outlining the case for our lawsuit vs. the IRS. Several Tea Party groups also addressed the crowd, including our own Larry Nordvig, executive director of the Richmond Tea Party.
All-in-all, the anti-IRS rally was a complete success! Our voices were heard, our message was sent, and the Tea Party re-asserted itself as a political force to be reckoned with. Perhaps most importantly, our fellow Richmond Tea Party supporters enjoyed the camaraderie, fun, and sense of pride and accomplishment that comes playing a meaningful role in the saving of our Nation.
A big “thanks” to everyone who participated!