Apr 20, 2010

Tea Party hosts Tax Day Rally

by Melinda Zosh

Standing straight, her dark hair coiled into a ponytail, she held her poster close to her body. She looked like the other hundreds of Americans holding similar posters with similar messages. Yet, hers stood out from the crowd. “Welcome to France—Obamunism,” it read.

Freshman Caroline Perricaudet, an international relations major, understands this message. She was born and raised in France, but she considers herself American.

“I’m 1/4 American, and 3/4 French by birth, but the American blood rules it all,” Perricaudet said.

She was one of hundreds who attended the National Tax Day Rally at Miller Park in downtown Lynchburg on April 15.

After watching the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks overseas when she was 11-years-old, she knew that she wanted to live in America some day. She felt a connection to American people during a time when most French citizens were wary of the Bush administration.

“I was (thinking) ‘America, that’s where I am going to be, and it is going to be America until the end,’” Perrichaudet said. “God created an amazing country here.”

She has vowed to preserve this “amazing country” by fighting against forms of governments that restrict freedom, she said.

“I am afraid that America is going to turn into another Europe that is falling down, and it cannot stand up to radical Islam,” Perricaudet said.

She is not alone in her fears. Senior Taylor Rose expressed his passion against fighting what he feels could be George Orwell’s 1984 becoming a reality in America.

“If people do not stand up and stop it, they can expect to have government run every aspect of their lives,” Rose said. “They will even tell you how many kids they want you to have.”

Senior Cody Turner wore a yellow shirt with a coiled snake etched on the front with black words that read “Don’t tread on me”—a replication of the first U.S. Naval flag.

As the speaker told the crowd of hundreds to fight tyranny, Turner waved his flag high. A replication of the flag that the citizens of Gonzales, Texas, once used during the Mexican war, the words read “Come and take it.”

The citizens of Gonzales feared that the Mexican government would seize their weapons. Turner expressed concern that the U.S. government is encroaching upon the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the right to bear arms.

“The job of the government is to protect those rights, not to dictate them,” Turner said.

Junior Kevin Danielsen feels that America is on the verge of a big movement, and he wants to fight the form of government that he feels is restricting the rights of the American people, he said.

Taking a stand against these restrictions, Rose and Perricaudet felt that nothing was more important than being part of the local Tea Party movement.

“Nothing else matters except God, family and country, and (this) country is being stolen from us and that affects our relationship with almighty God,” Rose said.

The original Boston Tea Party held Dec. 16, 1773, was a protest against “taxation without representation,” and the modern day tea parties stand for the same principles, according to Turner. He feels the government plans to raise taxes without the consent of the legislature and the people.

“I want to be proud of my country, but I want my country to be what the founding fathers wanted it to be and spent their blood, sweat and tears to establish,” Turner said. “I do not want their sacrifices to be in vain.”

The country will head in one of two directions in the next few years, Danielsen said.

“There will be massive amounts of tyranny or the rubber band is going to snap and we will have unbelievable amounts of freedom like a new dawning era,” Danielsen said. “Judging by the Tea Party movement, America has simply had enough.”

The French people are content with the government solving all of their problems, Perricaudet said. Some of them viewed Americans unfavorably, but she saw a different side of the American people when she visited her family in the United States, she said. She has hope that they will fight against government takeover.

“It was hard hearing some of the things they said about America, and that is maybe what made me so American,” Perricaudet said.

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