Sep 17, 2009 10:19 PM by James Jarman

Constitution Day rally reminds of right to dissent

200 to 300 people gathered in downtown Colorado Springs for an anti-tax group's rally

It's the third similar rally organized this year by the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party.  They used Constitution Day as the platform for the latest event.

On this day in 1787 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the constitution.

222 years later, the TEA Party and leading conservatives reminded people at the rally it's your right to disagree with the government.

They didn't just talk about their concerns over President Obama's plans to reform health care, they touched on a lot of issues of concern for conservatives - from abortion to socialism.

They made it clear, they will keep the pressure on the Obama administration.

"Mr. President it is time you hear our words," said Jon Caldara, Independence Institute, "We believe in liberty. We will not let you put our next generation into debt which is the highest form of child abuse."

"Here's what Thomas Paine said," Brad Collins of Colorado Conservative Majority told the crowd, "he who dares not offend cannot be honest."

About 15 Obama supporters showed up to exercise their right to rally against the rally. There were a few verbal skirmishes, but overall it remained peaceful.


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