Local protesters use Independence Day for another TEA Party

By Sarah Seeley

Amarillo, Texas - While some families were out grilling hot dogs and watching parades, more than 1,000 people came together for another TEA party.

What began April 15th outside of County buildings and post offices, continued again Saturday at the Amarillo fair grounds.

Organizers say anti-tax parties on Independence Day is important for area people to come together and discuss their opinions on the current government.

"It's a way for people who are just at home yelling at their TV, yelling at the radios to actually put pen to paper and make a difference as to what's going on in the world," said Shane Tyree, one of the event's organizers.

Most were peaceful, and there didn't appear to be any anti-TEA party protestors inside or outside of the fair grounds.

The TEA, or Taxed Enough Already, party today was much calmer and more like an informational rally.

Tyree says this TEA party was meant to teach others about what the group says is socialist healthcare, unnecessary bailouts, and increased taxes and how they may be able to stop it by contacting politicians.

"As a patriot my duty is to educate others and help them see what's going on around them and the only way we can do that is to organize an event like this," said Tyree.

Speakers say peaceful protesting was big on today's agenda and not one-sided chants.

"We said we were not going to discuss anything except bringing America together," said Eddie Wynn, speaker and organizer.

"You can yell and rant and rave and you will have a couple people listen, but you'll have most people laugh," said Tyree.  "If you come together in a peaceable way, you show the world that we are organized, we're here and we need to be listened to and we are rational."

The meaning of Independence day and freedom was on many people's minds during the protest.

"The freedom that we have as an American and that's what people died for in the beginning," said John C. McBride, protester.  "[It] was to give us that freedom to where we can do what we do today."