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The nationwide Tea Parties of April 15 were fueled by the outrage of citizens who felt that the federal government was spending their tax dollars excessively, growing government, and not being accountable to voters.

Vermont State Tea Party coordinator Jon Wallace said that planned Independence Day tea parties in Vermont will focus on United States exceptionalism.

"This is a great country which we live in, and it is important to extol the significance of the Declaration of Independence in relation to the individual and his or her rights to follow their dreams," Wallace said." Never before in the history of the world, had those concepts been put to a single document, empowering each person to excel as far as their creativity and volition will take them. The ramifications of the Declaration were pivotal in the history of the world, and we need to emphasize that."

Wallace's Vermont Tea Party Patriots will be holding tea party rallies in six Vermont towns and cities on the morning of July 4.

Joining Rutland on July 4 are St. Albans, Burlington, Barre, Manchester and in Orwell at the Mount Independence State Historic Site.

"The tea parties will be held during the late morning so that people can attend the rallies and get to their July 4 barbeques and celebrations in the afternoon," Wallace noted.

According to Wallace, the Tea Party movement helped defeat California Proposition 1A which was the largest proposed tax increase in any state's history.

For tea party details, see www.vermontteaparty.com.

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