The rally at Capitol Hill on Sept. 19, hosted by the Tea Party Patriots, was straightforward: “Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom.”
The event marks the group’s 10-year anniversary. They discussed American values, such as individual freedom and free-markets—principles contrary to the socialist trends influencing the United States today.
“Only in America do you have that kind of transition, from poverty to riches as often as we enjoy here and are blessed with in the United States of America,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.)
Brooks added that the examples are out there, underlying Venezuela’s devastating inflation. With first hand experience, a native of what was South America’s richest country traced its downfall.
“And they said, no, we ain’t gonna get like Cuba, that’s not gonna happen, ever,” said Oscar Hernandez. “After 20 years it did happen.”
And in some cases, it isn’t just about the economy, it’s about freedom. Jennifer Zeng is a survivor of the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong, which has been carried out by the Chinese Communist Party for 20 years.
Under the regime’s so-called socialism with Chinese characteristics, she was imprisoned for her belief in truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance—the main tenets of the practice.
“As far as I can see, there are two battlefields in the world today: one is the war between the free world and the Chinese Communist Party, another one is right here, in the United States between the founding principles of America, the traditional values, and the infiltration of communism,” Zeng said.
Other speakers included Radio Host Mark Levin, representatives, and senators from different states.