Their signs read “capitalism yes, socialism no” and “Deliver us from Obamanation.”
An estimated 1,500 people filled Acacia Park Wednesday for the national Tea Party anti-stimulus, tax and federal budget protest.
Quiet, patriotic and overwhelmingly angry, they were gray-haired grandmothers, retirees who lost their pensions in the financial meltdown, businessmen in shirts and ties who were on their lunch hour.
“I’m doing this because I am an American,” said Carolyn Majors, who also said she had never attended a
protest before. “I’m doing it for my grandkids, and their grandkids. We have to stop this reckless spending.”
Another woman lost half her retirement in a week, and is angry about the bailouts of financial institutions.
“I worked hard my whole life,” said Judy Ferguson. “And I’m angry that I did that, followed the rules – and now I’ve ended up with nothing.”
Full of Goldwater conservatives , the crowd cheered in support of low taxes and small government.
The Colorado Springs event is one of several hundred held across the country todaythat were expected to draw a quarter of a million people.
The Tea Party, named after the Boston Tea Party that exemplified colonists’ frustration with British taxes, has been heralded by conservative groups as a way to influence Congress and President Barack Obama.