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Goshen Tea Party small but enthusiastic

One of about 300 in attendance in front of the Goshen, Indiana courthouse for the anti-tax / anti-spending "Tea Party" April 11.

One of about 300 in attendance in front of the Goshen, Indiana courthouse for the anti-tax / anti-spending "Tea Party" April 11.Sue Chilberg of Elkhart, mixing politics with one of our favorite literary references.

Sue Chilberg of Elkhart, mixing politics with one of our favorite literary references.

Sue Chilberg of Elkhart, mixing politics with one of our favorite literary references.

We attended today’s Goshen Tea Party protest in the Courthouse Square.  The crowd was smaller than the hype would have predicted, but attendees were enthusiastic, and interestingly diverse.  Although the message was largely conservative, rallygoers appeared to represent white and blue collar walks of life, a few politicians, business people and just plain folks, behind the mike as well as in the audience. 

 
The event was long on emotion and somewhat short on specifics.  Jackie Walorski, State representative for Elkhart and “points west” as she was introduced, gave a cheerleading speech that exhorted the crowd to make their voices heard and to “take it back.”  It was red meat for this obviously anti-government crowd, but we went away wondering what, exactly, we’re supposed to DO to take it back, not to mention being a little confused about what “it” is. 
 
In any case, the crowd reveled in being together with like minded individuals, and the bright sunshine lent a very positive atmosphere to what could have been a more contentious couple of hours.  Yes, the folks are mad as hell, but just about everyone there was smiling.
 
Goshen Anti-tax/Anti-Spending Tea Party in Goshen, Indiana, April 11, 2009

Goshen Anti-tax/Anti-Spending Tea Party in Goshen, Indiana, April 11, 2009

While speakers focused mostly on economic concerns of profligate spending by the congress and President Obama, the points of view in the crowed were more diverse.  Signs bearing slogans regarding abortion, religion, and veterans’ issues were on hand, along with “Don’t tread on me” flags and even a few folks in colonial costume.

 
It’s still a long time until 2010, when voters will have their first chance to officially register their complaints against a Democrat-controlled government that appears to have lost all sense of self-control.  Until then rallies like the one today will help keep critical issues alive.  And that’s important, because congress is probably counting on voters’ short attention spans. 
 
In any case, the sun was bright, the flags looked great and a spirit of renewed energy was in the air in Goshen today.

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