Fifth Tax Day Rally held at Perrysburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 19:12
A small crowd gathers at Hood Park in Perrysburg to listen to various speakers Saturday afternoon during a Tea Party rally. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Blue skies and moderate temperatures brought the conservative faithful out Saturday to the annual Tax Day Rally at Hood Park, overlooking the Maumee River in the city's downtown.
"We've supported the movement, lesser government, taking care of the debt, since the very beginning," said Waterville resident John Fink, who observed from the audience.
He said that changes wrought in both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have damaged "the fabric of the government."
Approximately 50 attendees turned out for the fifth-annual event by the 1:30 p.m. start time - a smaller crowd than in past years.
Linda Bowyer, chair of the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition, which sponsored the rally, took note of what she called the mainstream media assertion that "the conservative movement, the Tea Party movement, is in decline, is dead."
She challenged such thinking, noting recent electoral success for the movement, including the election of Sue Larimer to the Perrysburg Board of Education.
"We're making in-roads," said Bowyer.
Larimer was present at the event but was not a featured speaker.
The Tax Day rally's speakers largely included office-holders or candidates for positions in Lucas County, including Toledo city councilman Tom Waniewski and Republican State Central Committee candidate Bill Delaney.
Scott Allegrini, running for the Ohio House's 47th District seat, noted the change in the area's Tea Party over the past five years. Allegrini is challenging incumbent Rep. Barb Sears, R-Sylvania.
Originally, he said, those people interested in the Tea Party gathered, but didn't have an action plan.
Since then, "we've really morphed into an activist group, to pushing for candidates," he said.
Later noting that the Tea Party title originally emerged as an acronym of "Taxed Enough Already," Allegrini said it should be changed to "Totally Engaged Americans."
Some at the rally showed their support with flags - including the well-known Gadsden flag featuring a rattlesnake and the phrase "Don't Tread on Me" - and signs bearing the words "I'm All Taxed Out!" and "Evil Government is a Cancer Killing Our Republic."
Ron Johns, a University of Toledo student and president of the Young Americans for Liberty organization at the campus, asserted that "the silent majority of college students are actually very fiscally conservative. As a matter of fact, they'd probably be Republicans if their parents didn't tell them different."
Speaking the day before Easter, Johns took a tongue-in-cheek approach as he contrasted taxation with the religious concept of tithing.
"God only asks for 10 percent. Government asks for 30 percent," he said. "So my question for government is: why do they think they're three times more valuable than God?"
"Complete opposites," he added later. "God giveth, government taketh away."
"We're in the red more than just fiscally and financially," said conservative activist Charlie Earl. "We're in the red morally."
"We keep electing people who have turned a blind eye when they keep expanding government."
Perrysburg resident Ron LeRoux, running for the District 2 Republican State Central Committee seat, said he has no problem with politicians who learn how to speak well, but "that becomes their profession. To talk. But that stops with the talking."
"It really comes down to that set of morals," he said, adding "our morals come from living life everyday" next to friends and family.
The electorate, he said, needs to say "we're going to elect people on principle."

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