Local Tea Party kicks off new campaign
by Rachel Davis
Jan 30, 2012 | 915 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delegation of the Rainy Day Patriots Tea Party will host their monthly meeting on Jan. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the cafeteria of Bevill State Community College’s Walker Campus. A buffet-style dinner will be catered by Tater Jane’s for a cost of $7 per person.

The meeting will kickoff the Tea Party’s new campaign to fundamentally change the leadership in the nation’s capital.

In addition to regular business, the meeting will feature speaker Daniel Gardner, who will be speaking about the difference in socialist and capitalist governments.

“We’re looking at two different views, bigger government, more government via more of a socialistic-type approach versus less government, more individual freedoms, via a capitalistic approach,” Gardner said. “That appears to be how the presidential race is shaping up this year. So we’re going to look at both sides and compare and contrast.

“I think once people see the direction each of these approaches is taking us and what that means in the future, that gives people a better foundation for making a decision for which way they’re going to vote. To me it’s more about educating than advocating.”

Although Gardner doesn’t consider himself a Tea Party member, he does identify with many of the party’s values and beliefs.

“I do definitely believe in the values that the Tea Party espouses,” Gardner said. “I particularly like the autonomous nature of each local Tea Party. I think it’s a strength rather than a weakness that we don’t have a national Tea Party, that it’s a bunch of Tea Parties. I favor smaller government, bringing down the spending and a more constitutional approach to government, those sort of things.”