Demonstrators at the corner of Hopkins and LBJ Drive. Photo by Sean Wardwell.
By SEAN WARDWELL
Demonstrators angry with the Federal Reserve system and the fiscal policies of U.S. President Barack Obama took to the Hays County Courthouse grounds today, as one of numerous “tea parties” taking place all over the country Wednesday.
The protesters chose April 15 because it is tax day. Many felt it was the perfect time to raise awareness about their issues with the government.
“We’re trying to get people to realize that the Federal Reserve is a private corporation,” said Dylan Matthews, one of the local protest organizers. “It’s something that we all need to really think about. They don’t tell us where our money is going. Inflation is going crazy right now.”
Continued Matthews, “That’s how protests work, get the word out and send a message. Right now that message is, ‘Audit the federal reserve.'”
Auditing the federal reserve was a common theme among the demonstrator’s signs. Many held messages calling for the passing of HR 1207, or the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, filed by U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas. The bill calls for a full audit of the Federal Reserve System by the Comptroller of the United States. That message seemed to resonate with locals, as the square was filled with the approving honks of passing cars and trucks.
Not all the demonstrators were from Texas State. The crowd, which started with about 60 people in mid-afternoon and grew to about 90 by afternoon rush hour, was a blend of young and old, town and gown.
“I came out just to show my support for all the Americans across the country that are standing up, and letting everyone know that we’re just sick and tired of what the government is doing,” said San Marcos Resident Kay Gracy, who went on to voice her concerns about federal spending and Obama’s proposed budget.
“I’m tired of the politicians not listening to us, and that’s why I’m here,” Gracy said.
The protest also drew Hays County Republican Party Chairman Craig Young, though not as part of the duties of his office.
“I am the chairman of the Republican Party, and I’m out here in my other capacity,” Young said, referring to his status as a precinct leader for the Campaign for Liberty. The Campaign for Liberty is an offshoot of Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Today’s protest was one of several going on across the country today. A large rally is planned for San Antonio, featuring Fox News’ Glenn Beck.
The protesters hope their message continues to resonate.
“It’s important to have transparency, real transparency, in all forms of governing bodies,” said Texas State geography junior Erik Stefansson. “The Federal Reserve is above the law. We need to change that.”