ATLANTA – Upwards of 15,000 to 20,000 people gathered today at the state capitol to protest high taxes, out of control federal government spending and a number of other issues. The Atlanta “Tea Party” was one of at least 700 such peaceful protests nationwide.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., told the crowd that of the many rallies he’s seen on the capitol steps, none have been this well-attended.
Many in the crowd carried signs protesting everything from recent government spending bills to prominent liberal politicians in Washington. Several times, the overwhelmingly patriotic crowd broke out into chants of “U.S.A.,” and at one point in the rally, the crowd chanted “Keep the change.”
From a demographic standpoint, the crowd was clearly diverse. Many of the rally’s participants support the Fair Tax, which would replace the federal income tax with a sales tax.