Congresswoman Virginia Foxx was a guest speaker, and said that the media calls Tea Party supporters “angry.” And they should be angry, she said, at the way things are going in this country, but they are doing what Americans have always done and that is speak their minds and present their opinions in a positive way.
“If you leave the people alone and get government off our backs, we can take care of ourselves,” Foxx said as she blasted the Democrats and the Nancy Pelosi-led House of Representatives. She challenged each one in the crowd to find 10 other people in other districts whose representatives “aren’t voting the right way” and “educate” them by influencing their vote.
Some anger was apparent in the words of Laura Comeaux, a Tea Party organizer from Mountain City, TN. She said she feels sorry for President Obama, comparing him to a trained monkey led by those around him, and said if he thinks he’s great then he’s mistaken. She blasted the “Obamacare” health care plan saying parts of it will take away an individual’s rights of choice and privacy, call down punishment on those who don’t follow its rules and show favoritism to faiths other than Christianity.
“I want my freedom and I want my guns and I want my God, and the government can have the change!” Comeaux said.
Ashe resident and Tea Party organizer Kershaw Getty once again donned his Ben Franklin costume and spoke to the crowd as if he were the founding father, and the people loved it. He admonished the people of America for straying from the republic (not democracy) that he and his colleagues had designed and spoke about the presence of God in the forming and function of America. The presence of God is in the matter of mankind he said.
That spiritual aspect of America’s founding was reiterated by local Baptist preacher Elliott Osowitt, who described how preachers during the Revolution traded their robes for uniforms to fight against British tyranny. He said any fault in the moral fiber of this country and the acceptance of immoral ways is the fault of the pulpit, that preachers and ministers are responsible for leading people on the path to God and should be preaching righteous politics as well as the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The banner, sign and flag-waving crowd heard from several other speakers, including local Tea Party organizer Tom Pope, and were entertained by patriotic songs from Generation Excellent, a choir of home-schooled students directed by Pam Miller.
Pope and others thanked Hardee’s of Jefferson for donating the space for the rally and ice tea for folks to drink. The event was sponsored by We the People of Ashe County. The colors were presented by the Ashe County Honor Guard. Special recognition was given to the oldest person present (93) and those from the farthest away (Tennessee and Florida).
The speakers also urged the people to vote, and some already had participated in Ashe County’s one-stop voting at the board of elections office which reported 414 votes cast by Saturday afternoon. One Stop Absentee Voting ends on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Voters can cast their ballots at the board of elections office on second floor of the county courthouse between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Voters can also register during One Stop Absentee Voting, but must vote at the same time.