Tax Day Tea Party set for this evening

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A "Tax Day Tea Party" was scheduled for this evening in Lewisburg's Rock Creek Park "for anyone and everyone who doesn't like the way things are going," according to one of the organizers.

Other events are planned across the country with the theme being "Repeal the Pork and Cut Taxes and Spending," Sherry Ferguson, co-coordinator of the program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the pavilion built by the City of Lewisburg.

"We want to send a message to Washington," Ferguson said. "Everyone is invited" to the peaceful event, she said.

A Web site explaining the anti-tax group says it's a result of other cyber message boards including Top Conservatives on Twitter, the DontGo Movement and Smart Girl Politics that trace their initiatives to early this year when CNBC On Air Editor Rick Santelli railed against what's been described as a bankrupt liberal agenda at the White House and in Congress. Santelli called for a Chicago tea Party so free market advocates could protest government spending.

Meanwhile, in Shelbyville, Donna Eyman organized a tea party that's to be held tonight next to Shelbyville City Hall. A similar event was scheduled for this evening at the South Jackson Street Civic Center in Tullahoma.

Eyman was reported to be expecting at least a couple dozen people at the event in Shelbyville, according to a report in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is also urging people to participate in the tea parties, the Bedford County daily reported.

A similar event was held in Wartrace on Saturday when Robert Sugg was the organizer.

"We are extremely worried about the future of our country both socially and economically," Sugg said in a press release made available to the Times-Gazette. "We're tired of hearing 'It's for the children,' and then turn around and saddle them with a monstrous debt and a nation bent on experimenting with socialism."

As for the event in the Lewisburg Park on ld Farmington Road, participants are encouraged to bring signs, according to one of the organizers. Ferguson said the tea party will include music, speakers and opportunities to sign petitions.