GROVE — Dark clouds and rain did not appear to dampen the spirits of more than 450 people who gathered on the front lawn of the Grove Community Center on Saturday for the Get America Back Tea Party rally.
"I think if the sun would have been out we would have doubled the crowd,” said Pam Sitton, who along with Lee Oldham was running a booth to register people to vote. Tables filled with political material lined the lawn as chants of "USA, USA” reverberated through the crowd. Homemade signs opposing taxes and spending, health care legislation, President Barack Obama, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shared space with the umbrellas. Glenn and Polly Sharp, of Grove, said the American people have lost confidence in a government they said is taxing and spending its citizens into poverty. "This tea party is not Republican or Democrat,” Glenn Sharp said. "It’s about everyday citizens, the people that walk down Main Street in Grove, Tulsa or Oklahoma City.” Rob and Ronda Gibson, of Grove, said they braved the chilly weather because they aren’t happy with what has been happening in Congress. "They are spending our money faster than they can print it,” Ronda Gibson said. Officeholders and candidates spoke during the three-hour rally. "This is a great day,” said Darrell Mastin, an event speaker who is active in the Republican party.