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Amarillo Tea Party: Fight for Freedom

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - They gathered in Amarillo on Thursday night to send a strong message to Washington. More than 1,000 people showed up to the Amarillo Civic Center for the city's second tea party. 

"We're losing our freedoms everyday." They're staging a tax day protest.

Guest Speaker Sheriff Mack says, "We're not racist. We're not crazy. We're not extremists. We just want the federal government to obey the supreme law of the land, follow the rules, and leave us alone."

But this year's protest was much different from the first one held on Tax Day 2009. This year they sat inside, quietly listened to speakers and waved flags. Last year, they stood outside, yelled and waved signs.

Amarillo Tea Party Patriots President Jodi Maner says, "You can only protest and rally and scream and holler so much and then it's not effective. It's an avenue and a venting process, but one has to actually get past that and decide do I need to be part of the solution or am I part of the problem?"

Being part of that solution is what tonight was all about... Maner says, "That's what we want people to do. To get involved. An informed voter is a better voter."

Musical Performer Ed Montana says, "To protect freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom of speech. Freedom to assemble and gather. That's why we're here."

Although the venue may have been different this time around, the message they're sending didn't change at all. "They're not following the constitution that they vowed to protect."

"God Bless America."

Organizers say they're hoping their message isn't something that's just thought about for a few hours today, but rather becomes a movement that continues for a long time.

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