T’d off crowd at Oklahoma Capitol

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: April 16, 2009 at 8:41 am •  Published: April 16, 2009
The nearly 5,000 angry taxpayers who attended a rally outside the state Capitol were told Wednesday to get involved and watch elected officials’ actions.

"This is what we do in America when we get angry,” Alan Webb, a key organizer of the Oklahoma Tax Day Tea Party, told a cheering crowd.

He warned that Americans must be wary of "power-hungry predators who threaten the foundation of our nation with socialism and fascism.”

"We are not blind to their grab for power, and we are not too timid to take action,” he said.

Julie Henry, another organizer, said America’s leaders are out of control with spending and are ignoring the Constitution.

"Today I say, ‘No more,’” she said. "I pledge to be watchful of our elected officials and demand that they be accountable. I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the people for which it stands.”

Plans call for another Capitol rally July 4.

The rally, on the deadline to file federal and state income taxes and referring to the 18th century Boston Tea Party in which American colonists protested Britain’s tea tax, was intended to send a message to Washington to stop excessive spending, Webb said. Both political parties are to blame, he said, with the first bailout package approved while George W. Bush was president and subsequent bailouts and the economic stimulus package passed after Barack Obama took office.

"Pouring money into a problem does not work,” he said. "You put that money in the hands of the people (through tax cuts) — we know how to spend it better than the government does.”

Webb, who two months ago organized a similar Capitol rally that attracted about 300 people, said he was "completely overwhelmed by this turnout.


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