Tea Party rally attracts 500 people
WATKINS GLEN—A Tea Party Tax Day rally drew in nearly 500 people at the Watkins Glen Community Center, Sunday, April 15.
The event included speakers like Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express, Yvonne Donnelly of the National 9-12 Project, and Beth Powers, Liberty in America. Elected officials included Sen. Tom O’Mara and Congressman Tom Reed. Candidates were also present: Wendy Long, George Maragos, and Bob Turner.
Donnelly spoke as a New York state taxpayer, as well as a cottage-owner in Hector. She has also been on Glenn Beck’s television program. She said the party is at a tipping point and they are “on the verge of the third stage, public acceptance.” Donnelly told the assembled supporters to convince the public the Tea Party is strong.
She also said that educating children is important. Donnelly said we “need children to keep American exceptionalism.” One of her programs is called Constitutional Champions, which focuses on educating elementary students about the history of the country’s foundation.
Kremer told people that electing a true conservative candidate into the White House is important, but the senate should be the most important focus. She said the people need to “fire (U.S. Senator) Harry Reid. Let’s get that gavel out of his hand.”
Kremer explained the Tea Party has done a lot in the three years since it started, including changing the political landscape. She added, “this is the middle, not the end.” Kremer also spoke about what the Tea Party needs to do to be successful. She said that many people at the rally may not like it, but she suggested focusing on fiscal change now and not social issues. Kremer said working toward fiscal responsibility would attract more moderates and independents, who are needed.
Powers said the people need to use their voting power. She said the 10th Amendment needs to be more closely followed; whatever powers are not covered by the U.S. Constitution are reserved for the states or the people. She called for a constitutionally limited government.
“We have very, very few George Washington’s in Washington D.C.,” she added.
Long was one of the candidates who attended the rally. She is seeking election to the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She is also looking for governance based on the constitution as the “founding fathers prescribed.” She said, “it’s a very simple document.”
“We need to change the people in office,” said Long. She added, “(The Tea Party) is obviously a strong an important group.”