The Tea Party has been called many names by the mainstream media, but if one actually attends one of these gatherings, the bright-eyed Americans at these events are quite different than the harsh portrayals. In Bradenton, Florida, they meet weekly at a family owned business run by the wonderful Dean and Janet Mixon.
The Mixons did not quite know why they decided to use the space next to their small business, Mixon Fruit Farms, Inc., to build a hall, but they felt compelled to do it; perhaps with the idea that it could be rented for various community functions, or as a spillover area for customers who indulge in their yummy offerings.
The Mixons, like many Americans, felt uncomfortable with the stifling regulations, the ongoing trampling on the Constitution and the alarming overreach of the government; so they decided to have a "Taxed Enough Already" event. Having no idea of the response, they did not even bother to set out chairs. For their first meeting, they were happily overwhelmed when over 1,000 local concerned citizens attended. The Mixons realized why they built that hall. That was three years ago and the Tea Party Manatee has been meeting there ever since.
Lovers of Liberty are welcome in Manatee and if one attends a weekly event, he or she is inundated by passionate Americans who are worried about their country and intend to do something about saving their beloved land. They are action-oriented and politically involved. The speakers are always engaging; this week included the dedicated and inspiring Chrissy Blevio, from Americans for Prosperity.
The group has become a significant part of the community, and many influential and engaging speakers attend each and every week. Past guests include FreedomWork's Matt Kibbe, along with politicians of all stripes, including Colonel Mike McCalister, an engaging candidate for the United States Senate, a rare and noteworthy conservative favorite who refuses to pay for negative campaign ads, and has gained the endorsement of this politically discerning group - not an easy accomplishment.
For a taste of why the Bradenton patriots are enamored with the Colonel, watch him speak at a Republican Leadership Conference and consider this candidate before voting in the Florida Primaries on Tuesday:
On September 18th, the group will be hosting Trevor Loudon, a tireless investigative researcher from New Zealand who "connects the dots" with various political figures and groups and their associations with radicals. Loudon's book, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, expose those close to the president who "fall into a wide category of radicals, marxists, communists, and Americans who have joined together in a coordinated effort to overthrow capitalism and the Republic of the United States of America." It should be another night to remember.