Several hundred people gathered Thursday in downtown New Bern for one of many Tea Party rallies held across eastern Carolina.
Judy Rainier said, "It's time they listen to the people. We have spoken and they refuse to hear us. That is why I am here today. Hear my voice! You are doing the American people wrong!"
That enthusiasm was carried over as participants marched step-by-step through the downtown streets of New Bern ending at Union Point Park.
Nancy Lane said, "Everybody is paying taxes today and we're paying for things we don't really approve of. And, that's not America."
While the majority of the people at the rally promoted their version of patriotic values--some, like Lottie Willoughby, say those values are not exactly their cup of tea. "I think that the president is doing a great job. This did not just begin at his term. There's a lot of things you have to get straight before you begin anything."