'Freedom Rally' receives strong turnout

The Elk County Tea Party hosted its Freedom Rally yesterday morning to a large audience on the steps of the Elk County Courthouse. Among the many guest speakers were U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) and State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk)."What a wonderful glorious day to celebrate the birth of our nation," Thompson said. "When I look around the world, I see a world of bloodshed, a world in violent protest. Whether if it's in North Africa, Asia or the Middle East, people in the streets all are in search of liberty and freedom and those are blessed things, and I hope and pray as a result democracy will follow in those parts of the world. "When I see those things, it just reminds me of how blessed we are that we are citizens of the freest nation in the history of the world, the United States of America, and that is a freedom that has to be earned. It had to be earned in 1776 and it had to be earned each year since then."Following his presentation, Thompson allotted time to answer the public's questions."We have a lot that is going on in Washington today," Thompson said. "I have to tell you we are truly blessed to live in a nation that is the safest, most prosperous and freest nation in the world. Unfortunately, I think all three of those are under attack today from inside, from domestic enemies and there are just so many things that are happening. "We are facing, among other things, just a mountain of debt, $14.4 trillion, and that is only if you do the counting one way, if you include all of the unfunded entitlement programs we have out there, that number is well over $60 trillion. Even the lesser $14 trillion is well over $50,000 for every man, woman and child. A child that will be born on today's date, July 4, 2011, enters this world with $50,000 worth of debt. Now that's a legacy of debt that we shouldn't be providing."