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April 15th, 2009
Tea party comes to courthouse square

Demonstrators at the corner of Hopkins and LBJ Drive. Photo by Sean Wardwell.

Managing Editor

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.”

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0 thoughts on “Tea party comes to courthouse square

  1. I could not be with the protesters because of schedule conflicts but I honked and gave them a thumbs up as I passed by. I fully concur that we must audit the Federal Reserve . . . and then put it out of our misery.

  2. I only wish I could have been there. It is events like this that make me proud to be an American. We must never forget and we must always remind our elected officials THEY WORK FOR US.

  3. Let’s see, maybe 100 people out of a town 50,000+, that’s about 0.2%. The actual Boston Tea Party had about 40%.

    Again, where were you when Bush was turning the budget surplus into a deficit? Where were you when Gramm was deregulating the banking industry? Suddenly, republicans are back to fiscal responsibility? Do some investigating about who supports this “movement”. It’s not grassroots, it’s astro-turf and you are being used. Look at the protests from around the country. They are filled with people advocating hate. Do you really want to be associated with that?

  4. Jesse, great stats! Lets look at another stat, less than 0.02% of population own 90% of total global wealth, hmmmm? Jesse, where did you park your astro-turf?

  5. Mr. Bon, the tea party was made of folks that don’t care a fig about where you classify your self an elephant or a donkey, they just want that federal gorilla off their taxpaying backs.

  6. Jesse,

    First off, I would recommend a piece by Pulitzer finalist Andrew Malcom at the LA Times, but since Newstreamz doesn’t allow off-site links I can’t do the work for you. It’s titled “Was Ron Paul, tea party re-inventor, right all along?”

    Second, the population of Boston was between 6-15 thousand at the time of the Tea Party (estimates vary due to no official city limits). In contrast, attendance at the 1773 party was no more than 130. So attendance as a percentage for the 1773 party was between 2% and .8%, nowhere near the 40% figure I guess you just pulled out of thin air. Since Austin and San Antonio (both with several thousand attendees EACH) where pulling people away from our event (I personally know of nearly a dozen who had prior commitments) I think our turnout was great.

    I don’t know where you get the entire “advocating hate” idea from. All I saw in San Marcos where people demanding fiscal responsibility and more accountable government. I wasn’t aware auditing the Federal Reserve (one of the main themes in San Marcos) was hateful. Well, maybe to the top .02% who benefit from it.

    I wish we could have had this level of turnout a few years ago, when Bush was doing the same, but we’re here now and two wrongs don’t make a right. If the best counter you can come up with is “Bush did it so it’s ok if Obama does it”, that’s just sad.

  7. I believe in the right to assemble and protest. I just don’t think I understand the message, unless it is to allow Republicans and disgruntled others a chance to express their frustrations with the Federal Government.
    When I drove by the square at noon, I could see no one. I hope that there were no incidences of racism and comparing Obama to Hitler or Mao, as shown on the national news.
    How does it feel to have our governor cowtowing to successionists in Austin or to be protesting with racists and little children around the country waving signs of hate? Perry hasn’t asked for federal help ever, has he? He has rejected all the evil stimulus money, hasn’t he?
    Oh, Republicans and the reilgous right feel threatened. If their politics or religion is a reflection of prejudice, hatred and ignorance, then they should feel threatened. Build a fortress and hoard your guns, because change is coming. The one thing the far-right, pro-war, gun-obssessed Republicans understand is the power of fear. They raise billions of dollars of tax-free money “to protect” marriage and encourage discrimination against anyone different from them.
    What changed about the Federal Reserve in the past three months that has angered these guys? Most of the protesters will get a tax break under Obama anyway. When a protest lacks focus or is based upon prejudice, fear, and hatred, me thinks they protest too much.

  8. Griffin, actually about 5000-7000 people showed up for the protests immediately preceding the original tea party. It’s pretty easy to find on Google…

    Check the national coverage, there are lots of photos and video of the uneducated and hate filled supporters of this “movement”. I’d link some of it, but since Newstreamz is behind the times they won’t let us post outside links. (Seriously, why? stupid!) I’m glad I haven’t seen any photos of that here, but again, are these really the people you want to align yourself with?

    Obama is not infallible. I don’t like some of his appointees, because they are too close to the problem institutions. He’s already managed to frustrate me, but lay the blame where it needs to be. The teabagging movement (aside from protesting wasteful spending by being, well, wasteful) is promoted by Fox News and right wing talking heads. Because the right has no ideas (and they are the ones that got us into this mess, or at a minimum brought it to its full crescendo, all they can come up with is an empty gesture. Again, you are being used. Your taxes will probably go down this year (unless you make over $250K. I know I don’t). The federal government is the only entity who has the resources to create the jobs which will get people spending again. If people don’t have money to spend, it doesn’t matter how good a business is, it’s not going to survive. For the most part, the private sector isn’t investing money right now. People are losing their jobs.

    Now we have governor Perry talking about secession. Good luck with that. Do people realize how much money we get from the feds? Military bases, Border Patrol, federal highway funds, hurricane relief, funding for major universities, etc. It’s a case of when simpletons attack.

    Oh and Ron Paul is a nutter, who shouldn’t be anywhere near our government.

  9. Jesse, you are so out of the loop that you could not even understand the jitter bug much less foxtrot to save your life, and, please spare us your version of Lindy shuffle!

  10. Mr. Scales, read between the lines, citizens standing for their rights will be targeted especially if they are forthright and either be labeled a criminal and or crazy?

  11. …uneducated and hate filled supporters? A wasteful movement with no ideas?
    Maybe you should be slightly more open-minded before trash-talking a group of perfectly fine people using their Constitutional right of peaceful protest in order to increase the knowledge of all American citizens.
    Maybe you should read the article, which cleary states that the tea parties were thrown to allow Americans to see where their money is going, through transparency of the Federal Reserve.
    And for the record, there’s no way that these guys were discriminating against anybody, except for those close-minded people that insist they’re ABOVE being USED.
    Us “simpletons” can see the logic in living in a world of open information. These people weren’t protesting the existence of the Federal Government in general so get your facts sraight before trying to be demeaning, please.

  12. Angel, make sense for once in your life…

    Daniel, it’s the internet.

    Katie, I have no problem with people speaking their mind, even if I don’t agree with it. It’s my right also to point out where it’s wrong. If you believe that’s why the teabaggings were promoted, then I’ve got a bridge I can sell you. Again, where was your outrage 8 years ago?

  13. Oh, dearest Jesse, if you were only as intelligent and educated as you think you are. You have reduced yourself to name-calling and hate-mongering. Yes, that’s what you are doing because YOU feel threatened.

    Yes, we should have done this protesting sooner – but we are here now. And this has nothing to do with party or race. You are the one who brought up those points race. I witnessed persons from all age ranges, walks of life and ethnicity and political beliefs come together yesterday for one cause. To tell the goverment to stop wasting money. Where were you? Were you there?

    You have every right to believe what you want and speak your mind – but be civil about it, we were today and in this message group.

    I would prefer to think more of our citizens were able to think for themselves instead of just repeating the visiousness and bias of the popular “news” channels – that’s all you have spit out in your messages – regurgitation of what you’ve heard on TV. Go out, read, educate yourself. Watch some real news and real reporters, not entertainers. And for goodness sake don’t believe everything you find on the internet!

    Oh yeah, read the Constitution!!!!

  14. To the person quoted in the article who said “inflation is going crazy right now”. Inflation is at it’s lowest point in this past decade. I think the feds are doing a pretty good job pulling us back from the brink. I am beginning to feel some increased confidence and might get back in the market soon. My customers are easing back into spending as well. I am not a Ron Paul (aka Dr. No) supporter as I thought he did nothing for SM when he represented us in congress and even voted against Rosa Parks day. I think the gov’t could spend far less on the Pentagon and war and more on healthcare and education. JMO.

  15. Voter, sure you have customers gaining confidence but clearly you have not seen the other aspects. Do you realize the dollar value is 4 cents of its intended value? Sure gas prices are down; do you realize that inflation is the invisible tax? You will not see inflation occur immediately. Tuition rates at Texas States are at their highest ever! The Federal Reserve just printed $1,000,000,000,000. Do you really think our dollar value is going to stay the same? Inflation is rising everywhere. You may see low prices now, but you can’t be so short-sided. If WE DO NOT END THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL BE ELIMINATED BY THE PRINTING OF FIAT(PAPER) MONEY NOT BACKED BY ANYTHING; THE VALUE OF OUR DOLLAR WILL CONTINUOUSLY DECREASE TILL YOU WILL SEE THAT WE ARE CORRECT; THE DEBT WILL CONTINUOUSLY INCREASE–and once you are in debt you are initially a slave to the banks–AND THE UNITED STATES CITIZEN WILL BE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE OFF THEIR WAGES. Our standard of living decreases as inflation increases; has your standard of living decreased since the economic collapse? I know it has for everyone unless your wealth is far greater than the middle class average. You can argue we are left or right but what I am preaching and warning is the danger of the Federal Reserve System. Study economics, research the historical advice given to us about banks, and read NEWS! Stop watching mainstream media for your news. If you watch mainstream media you become the product of mainstream media. Read and be a critical thinker about your own information! Stop watching people give you a criticism of an event! Critically analyze the problems of the United States.

    By the way, printing money simply means inflation.

    Significant Quotes that you Must Know:

    Henry Ford:
    “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

    Richard McKenna, former president of the Midlands Bank of England
    “Those that create and issue the money and credit, direct the policies of government and hold in their hands the destiny of the people.”

    Meyer Amschal Rothschild, International banker
    “Give me the right to issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who governs the country.”

    Congressman Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, addressed the House on June 10, 1932. 75 Congressional Record 12595-12603:
    “We have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks. Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are U.S. government institutions. They are private credit monopolies; domestic swindlers, rich and predatory money lenders which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers. The Federal Reserve banks are the agents of the foreign central banks. The truth is the Federal Reserve Board has usurped the Government of the United States by the arrogant credit monopoly which operates the Federal Reserve Board.”

    In Lewis v. United States, the Ninth Circuit Court says so. (June 24, 1982)
    “The Federal Reserve banks are privately owned, locally controlled, separate corporations.”

    Karl Marx, 1848 author of “The Communist Manifesto”
    “Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation.”

    Abraham Lincoln 16th president of the USA:
    “The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than the aristocracy, more selfish than the bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.”

    Barry Goldwater, R-AZ
    “Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve system have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States.”

    Everyone, please, read! Stop watching television! Please. Learn about the truth! The government is so corrupt–right and left–remove the banking industry and revert to sound money.

    Do you really think the people in Washington are working in your best interest? What about their interests?

  16. I really doubt that any of you truly understand all the ins and outs of the Federal Reserve System. This all sounds like doublespeak for just another way to deregulate our banking system. Be careful for what you wish for, you just might get it. For all its warts, it did stop a bad series of banking crises. Is that what you want to go back to? I’m not sure throwing the baby out with the bath water is a good idea. That’s what always concerns me about these types of extreme views. Guess you can call me a wary moderate.

    Has Ron Paul ever voted “yes” in his entire career in Congress? Just curious if anyone knows the answer to this.

  17. John Wilson, let us know how telling people how to get their news and what they must think or know are working for you. Perhaps you should print out an approved reading list for us, so we could think and see things like you. Remind us of how this “grass roots” movement could not be hidden racism and sexism, because it’s about taxes and the Federal Reserve. Explain how this teabagging doesn’t prey on ignorance, apathy, hate and fear. Tell us about the black, hispanic and gay supporters, who didn’t get on the cameras, like the KKK and Neo-nais did. I forgot about not watching TV.
    Angel,I do not believe that you were calling me stupid or bonkers. You have no class and are certainly no Angel.

  18. If abolishing the FED is tantamount to deregulation, then should I assume the FED is responsible for banking regulation? If so, they just failed miserably.

    Maybe I am simple, but when the FED can just print money out of thin air and thereby dilute the value of mine, I feel I at least have a right to know where this new money is going. But I do not have this right…and apparently, neither does congress.

    LLoyd Doggett proudly displays his questioning of Ben Bernanke on his congressional website. Specifically, Mr. Doggett is quoted as saying:

    “Congress has the duty to ensure the last $700 billion bailout approved is being used responsibly. Americans would be better served by more accountability, more transparency and a better return on their substantial investment.”

    I hope that Mr. Doggett will back up his words with real action and cosponsor HR 1207….otherwise this is just more empty rhetoric from someone more interested in political posturing than actually representing the people.

  19. Rick Bowen, your ad hominem approach to this issue is irrelevant and has blatantly moved this conversation no further than what it has already inched. Congrats. Your post mentions the KKK, racism, and sexism and you have convinced me through your post you are ignorant in this cause. You asked for a reading list that was (once again) irrelevant. I said to read news–and not to watch news. I said to be a critical thinker about our nation’s affairs. I also listed quotes that the founders and ingenious entrepreneurs of the world that regarded the precise flaws of our nation–a central bank. Obviously you disregarded the warnings of the founders with the quotes I added; why don’t you just ignore the United States Constitution since they wrote that as well? Alan Greenspan admittedly said two things you should read, “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. … This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists'(Statism: the practice or doctrine of giving a centralized government control over economic planning and policy) tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.” Why are you not understanding Mr. Bowen?

    Friend, please read this.
    “The purchasing power of gold has not changed in over 2,000 years. What HAS changed has been the value of the fiat currency in exchange to the dollar. Of COURSE the price of gold is going to go up against the dollar when the Fed pumps out more fiat currency; the price of gold will also come down as the fed takes fiat currency out of the market! An ounce of gold has had the basic purchasing power in ancient Greece as it had 150 years ago and what it still has today. Factcheck before you spew. Gold, unlike US bills, is still a rare commodity; even at times when gold became more prevalent in society (which makes the price go down; simple supply and demand economics), it has still maintained its basic purchasing power, because of the increased society and industry upon which the increase of gold was been introduced. Gold’s “value”, before the federal reserve, as measured in dollars, was much lower than it is now; however, this does not mean that the purchasing power of gold has gone up or down. You have to pull your head out of your ass and actually take a look at the facts and the world around you to find that gold has maintained its purchasing power against hard commodities, while trivial fiat/paper currencies have fluctuated, inflated, and bubbled out of any reasonable means. The same amount of gold that would have purchased a brand new 1965 Mustang (which was sold for around $2,800 then) would purchase a brand new 2009 Mustang today. However, the Mustang today is sure a hell of a lot more expensive than $2,800! Why? Because the dollar has NOT maintained its purchasing power and has become inflated! Why/how has it become inflated? Because there’s nothing backing the dollar except the people’s trust in a high-tech piece of paper that has some images of dead presidents on it, and the GDP of the US (anyone here.. ANYONE.. with any formal/academic education in economics knows that basing a currency on a country’s GDP is sloppy). Have I said it enough? Gold maintains it purchasing power; fiat currencies become quickly inflated and lose their purchasing power. It’s not a hard concept to understand; any village idiot can understand it.” –Unknown

    Read people, read news, listen without watching, critically analyze and think for yourself! Stop following a party!

  20. Pardon me, there were no quotes from the founders; I said, “Obviously you disregarded the warnings of the founders with the quotes I added.” I would like to restate and say the warnings of leaders and entrepreneur’s quotes.

  21. Wow. Obviously there is a lot of passion about these issues. To all, please be kind to those who disagree with you. We must, however, wake people up the the danger facing our nation. The Federal Government has been taken over by criminals, both foreign and domestic. The international money masters are doing to us what they did to Argentina a few years back. Since the truth is getting out, watch out for a false flag terror attack and/or other major, international crises. That’s how they work. Read the well-documented book, “The Rise of the Fourth Reich” by Jim Marrs to learn more about who really controls the world. It’s time to get over the two-party system. That is only their public face. It is an oligarchic dictatorship.

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