If you go
What: Tax Day Tea Party protest
When: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way
• For more information, contact Rick Barnes at 824-6991 or email@example.com.
With his Tax Day Tea Party event less than a week away, Moffat County resident Rick Barnes has settled on what his protest signs will say.
One: "No to world order."
The other: "No to tyranny."
Since announcing his idea April 3, momentum has been building to the point the protest's original location at Loudy-Simpson Park will not do, Barnes said.
Something like this needs to be seen, he said, so it has been moved to government's doorstep: the Moffat County Courthouse lawn.
The time and date remain the same, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
"This is to get the attention of the government," Barnes said. "If we're at Loudy-Simpson, we're basically going to be out there by ourselves, not going to get much traffic, not going to be viewed very widely. Some of the business people in town asked that we move it."
Barnes declined to say who asked him to move the location because they requested anonymity.
The protest - part of a national series promoted by The 9-12 Project and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck - is organized around Barnes' belief that the federal government stopped listening to the people in the last 20 years, a "crisis" that culminated in the federal government's $787 billon recovery package approved last fall.
His protest signs hint at what dangers he sees coming in the country's future.
The first is a reference to the New World Order, which Barnes described as when the world is brought together under a uniform currency and banking system.
"If we go to one world bank, one world currency, they will control all the world's governments," Barnes said.
Global banking institutions are pretty much in control of the United States and most developing countries, he said.
Developing nations have been borrowing money to build their infrastructures but now owe so much they can't pay their loans and have relinquished their rights to certain natural resources.
The U.S. recovery bill puts this country in the same position, Barnes added.
Since publicly announcing the event, Barnes said he has been approached several times by residents on the street.
"It was awkward at first, but it's kind of a good thing," he said of the attention. "It has people thinking about why I feel this way, and when they ask, I can tell them."
So far, reaction around town has been overwhelmingly positive, he added.
He doesn't know how many people might show up.
"There could be anywhere from 20 to 300," Barnes said.
He has heard grumblings that there also may be a counter-protest, though he doesn't know if that is true.
Barnes said he made a courtesy visit to Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta's office recently to let him know his intent is to have an entirely peaceful demonstration, but he did not know what others might plan.
Vanatta said he probably will have a few officers at the courthouse during the event, but their only purpose would be to keep the peace between whoever shows up.
He added his officers will not take sides in any disputes.
Although Barnes concedes organizing a political protest is far different from anything he has done before, he said he's not getting cold feet, even with the day fast approaching.
"I feel more resilience to go forward with it," he said.
Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.