Tea party activists were out in full force to protest the government at a national rally on Tax Day in 2010. But this year, tea party leaders are admitting its harder to protest when Republicans control the House and they are refocusing the movement to look ahead to the 2012 presidential race.
“If we only held rallies, I don’t think that we’d actually achieve anything other than people making their voices heard,” said Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator for the Patriots. “It takes action after the rally to change the debate.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.