This time, the sign-wavers also are carrying second mortgages, holding down middle-class jobs and tuning in to Rush Limbaugh rather than Buffalo Springfield.Read the entire article here.
Their rallying cry, “Slow government spending,” doesn’t carry the same ring as, say, “Stop the war.” Still, Lynn Mitchell is inspired.
“In my lifetime I have never seen the American people this engaged in their government or what their government is doing,” said Lynn Mitchell, of Augusta County, a longtime Republican activist.
Mitchell is helping to organize a Sept. 12 trip to Washington to protest government spending, a spin-off of the tea party gatherings held earlier this year. Mitchell said some 200 Shenandoah Valley people are expected to travel to the Capitol.
Five buses have been lined up to pick up the protesters starting in Staunton and ending in Strasburg, according to Suzanne Curran, of Shenandoah County, another organizer of the area contingent. Curran said it is possible a sixth bus will be needed.
“The sleeping giant is going to Washington on Sept. 12,” Mitchell said.
Curran said older people fear that the country they have lived in is no more while younger people are saying “I want to live my life in the country like my parents did.”
Thus far, the big names expected to speak at the event include Armey and actor Stephen Baldwin.
Curran said they hope to remind Congress what being a representative means.
“People are speaking out,” she said, “because no one is speaking for them.”
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