Tea Party activists on the coast are getting ready for thousands of people they expect to come together in support of the Tea Party Movement, rallying against “big government” in Washington.
In Charleston, on the back steps of the U.S. Customs House, Tea Party activist Vickie Styles says the message they want to get across today: “Basically what we want to get across is this concept we pay attention to what’s going on in our government. We cannot just elect people and let them do what they want to do. We need to pay attention what is going on in our government,” says Styles.
Styles says if she could look at one of these elected officials in the face, she would say: “I would tell them that I personally am a Constitutionalist, and I would ask them why aren’t they? I believe that the U.S. Constitution is the best form of government that has ever been designed and that particularly in Washington, they are not following the Constitution,” says Styles.
The Charleston rally is this evening. The Myrtle Beach rally happened this afternoon.
Mike Visnjic is the director of the Palmetto Minutemen, one of the groups putting on the Myrtle Beach rally.
“I’ll be speaking on illegal immigration and the effects of it on the American economy and people. There’s presently, estimates say about 42 million illegal aliens in our country. Senator Graham of South Carolina is writing, or has written, a proposed amnesty bill granting amnesty to these 42 million illegal aliens. It’s very easy to understand that amnesty simply cannot be granted at this point in our country,” says Visnjic.
Visnjic explains their reason for rallying: “To let people know that there are ways to take back their government, to educate them as to how they can do so, to give people address, phone numbers and contact information, to let people know just what some of the most recent bills are, how that affects their tax dollars, where their tax dollars are going, and try to inspire people to get with the movement,” says Visnjic.
Last year in Myrtle Beach, they had 2,400 show up. They expect many more this year.