(CNSNews.com) - The grassroots mobilization of the Tax Day Tea Party protests could be the ‘saving moment of our republic,’ former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and presidential candidate Alan Keyes told CNSNews.com in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
Furthermore, voters should prepare to oust their congressional incumbents in the 2010 midterm elections regardless of their affiliation for selling the U.S. ‘down the river to socialism,’ Keyes told CNSNews.com.
Keyes spoke to CNSNews.com after delivering the keynote speech at the Washington, D.C., Tax Day Tea Party where, despite torrential rain showers all day, thousands of activists gathered in front of the White House to protest high taxes, high government spending, and the government’s handling of the financial crisis.
“This is critically important because I think that the mobilization of people that’s taking place around the country could be the saving moment of our republic,” Keyes told CNSNews.com.
“If we can get folks to realize that now the burden is with the people. They must put together the political vehicles. They must insist upon the agenda that returns the control of the country to them. They must no longer listen to the false promise that if we give more power to the elites they will do anything but destroy our freedom,” he said.
Furthermore, Keyes said Americans should assume that they must oust their congressional incumbent lawmakers in the 2010 congressional elections.
“We do what we always do in America,” Keyes told CNSNews.com when asked how the changes he wants can be accomplished with most of Congress and the president in opposition to his ideas. “First of all, we let it be known how we feel …but the most important thing the American people do is they get busy.
“The simple truth is we are at a throw-the-bums-out moment. We need to look at every single person in the Congress of the United States. We need to forget their labels and party affiliations. We need to ask where they were when we were being sold down the river to socialism,” he added.
“Let me put it this way,” said Keyes. “I think that we ought to assume – all voters if they go to the voter booths in 2010 – assume that you should vote against your incumbents. So whoever it is who is sitting in there, whatever you have heard about him, boot him out. Boot him out.”
Organizers of the DC rally told CNSNews.com that somewhere between 2,200 and 3,500 people attended the protest despite rainstorms all day. But nationwide there had been more than 1,000 confirmed protests with somewhere between half a million and one million people attending, organizers said.
“I can’t believe my children and my grandchildren are going to have to pay for this irresponsibility,” said Rebecca Wales who works for smartgirlpolitics.com and organized press for the DC Tax Day Tea Party protest.
“The short-term objective is for people to have take-aways and know what to do after the rally. The long-term is to get lawmakers to know what we are going to be voting on in 2010,” Wales said.
The protests, held all over the nation on Wednesday, were named Tea Parties after the pre-revolutionary American rebellion, the Boston Tea Party in 1773. In that tea party, colonists emptied a ship load of tea into the Boston harbor to protest British Rule and the British Parliament’s decision to tax American colonies without representation.