By Ashley Conroy - email
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It wasn't a "Tea Party" rally outside the state capitol on tax deadline day.
Instead, it was the "9-12 Project" rally that took place on Thursday. Their goal? To get Americans back to the unity participants said the country felt the day after September 11, 2001.
Some attendants said they're fed up with the way the current system is running.
"I just feel like we don't have an appreciation of the free enterprise system, and our constitution," said a guest speaker at the rally, Doug Wilson, owner of Wilson Auto Group.
"It's not just this administration, it's been heading in the wrong direction for a long time," said attendee Cherry Prather.
It was a small crowd of attendees compared to last year's thousands, but the message was the same...to get Americans back to the constitution.
"Get conservatism back into our government and uphold the constitution for a change," said participant Shane Burnette.
One speaker traveled from Georgia to commend Mississippi on getting over one hundred thousand signatures petitioning for the personhood rights and challenging abortion.
"What it says in the declaration of independence that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator to certain unalienable rights, first of which is the right to life," said another guest speaker, Ricardo Davis.
Campaigners hoping to boot long time Congressman Bennie Thompson out of his seat also spoke at the rally.
"We need to strengthen our district more we need more jobs down here. Mississippi has got a great culture a great history and wee need to keep this history going," said Jackson native Richard Cook.
"So we have the people we have the resources. What we need is the leadership. We need to not bring in government jobs, we need to bring in private sector jobs," said Bill Marcy of Jackson.
A total of four candidates are running against Congressman Thompson, and state congressional elections take place in June 2011.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Tea Party rally will take place Saturday at the Mississippi State Fair Grounds in Jackson.
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