Hundreds of protesters flooded the downtown Courthouse grounds yesterday to participate in one of the hundreds of tea parties going on all throughout the country. The tea party's are being used as a vehicle by ordinary citizens to voice their concern over the massive spending by congress.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I saw many of our local Republican friends in the crowd but the protest was non-partisan. Republicans, Democrats and Independents all weighed in. As usual I captured plenty of images to post here:
People came from all over the middle part of the state, including Henry, Kewanee, and Ottawa.
The signs were very clever and creative:
The protesters marched all around the courthouse several times and at its peak the line completed the full circle of sidewalk surrounding the courthouse.
Everything was very civil and peaceful but you could sense the level of commitment and determination of the protesters by how firm and how high they held their signs. There is something about a peaceful protest that sends chills up my spine every time. It just makes me so dang proud to be an American!
We should all be thankful for and exercise our amendment rights. Who knows how much longer they will be around.