Meridian Tea Party

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Many proud Americans from Meridian and the surrounding area gathered for one purpose at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian July 4.

"We believe our country is going in the wrong direction and we want to make it known that we want to turn around," Meridian resident Debbie Boles said.

And they say what a perfect day to exercise their right to peacefully assemble, their right of freedom of speech, and their right to petition the government.

"This country is broke. And we want to let Congress know that this thing is not going to die and we are not happy with their spending of money we don't have," Meridian Tea Party organizer Wayne Lagrone said.

These few hundred, along with thousands across the country, are screaming they're taxed enough already and are not pleased with how business is being handled in Washington. It's a tea party or spin off idea from the Boston Tea Party. Coordinators say these protests started on April 15, the tax filing deadline, and are being done symbolically on Independence Day.

"This is what our nation was founded on and we can express that on this holiday," Lagrone said.

Critics claim this is a race issue, as these mostly Caucasian conservatives are coming against the Obama administration. But local coordinators say it's not a black or white issue and they say African Americans like Kym Wade prove that. Wade is a talk show host for a Jackson radio station. He's a former member of the nation of Islam, now turned conservative Christian, that has been very outspoken about his displeasure with President Obama and his administration's practices.

"He's black, so explain that. It's not a race issue; it's a belief issue and we must stand up for what we believe, no matter what color you are," Lagrone said.

"We have got to talk the talk and walk the walk," Boles said.

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  • by Tea Time for America Location: Meridian on Jul 8, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    I agree with John. Obama's stimulus plan has left us so far in debt with no end in sight. At some point, those looking for a handout from the government and expecting the govt to take care of all their problems have to wake up! It is definately time for all the tax PAYERS to voice our opinions and protests. The govt handout "RECEIVERS" I'm sure will be the ones complaining about the tea parties in the first place... I wonder-- what govt benefits are the complainers enjoying courtesy of the tax paying citizens??
  • by John on Jul 7, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    No Lucille, Obama didn't create this mess, but he did triple it.
  • by Been There Location: Meridian on Jul 7, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    There has been more than one time in our nation's history that the people felt the need to "protest" the actions of the government or society in general. The nice thing about our nation is that we ALL have the freedom to do that. As long as we have that right we need to continue to exercise it. I don't always agree but I will stand up for the right of the people to express their opinions in orderly, civil ways that do not infringe on the rights of others and you should want to protect that right, too. Next time it may be you expressing yourself.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2009 at 10:36 PM
    Ha. I'm not surprised that the Star didn't cover it. The "right people" didn't put it up so they didn't care. Unless the new Mayor, Betty Lou Jones or some other well-to-do is involved, chances are it won't get any any coverage.
  • by Lucille Location: Meridian on Jul 5, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    I just want to know where the TEA parties were when Bush was president? Obama didn't create this mess.
  • by Amy Location: KS on Jul 5, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    While it's always good to see protests in the news, this article hurts my eyes. "Their taxed enough already"? "Are nation"? Not to mention the comma abuse...
  • by Sam Location: Meridian on Jul 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Thanks to WTOK for covering the event. There appeared to be as many or more people at the Tea Party as attended the Bonita Concert, yet the Meridian Star put Bonita on page 1 and failed to mention the Tea Party at all. I guess at some point, we should cease to be surprised.
  • by JOSH Location: Meridian on Jul 5, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    I love the small article even the local news places on this issue. Another big network. "Obama gives us our money and keep your CHANGE"
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