Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 7, 2009

[efoods]Tax protesters kept with the Independence Day theme Saturday to declare their independence from federal policies.

“It’s time that we take the country back,” event organizer Bob Frady said to a crowd of more than 200 seated across Washington Street from the state Capitol. “We weren’t going to let Atlanta go without a Tea Party on July 4th.”

The rally, highlighted by patriotic music and speeches from two candidates for governor, was part of the Campaign for Liberty, host of Tea Parties nationwide Saturday.

Attendees touted opposition to federal taxation as a remedy for pollution —- as in the “cap and trade” provision to the energy and global-warming bill the U.S. House of Representatives passed recently.

“The way the government makes you dependent on them is through taxes,” said Rebecca Stopper of Suwanee.

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