More than 100 men, women and children gathered at the busy intersection of Beach Boulevard and Imperial Highway in La Habra between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. last night for a Taxed-Enough-Already party on the eve of 2010’s income tax deadline.
John Wilson of Whittier, holding a flag as he stood in front of a Chevron station, said, “I just don’t like the way the country is going. This is the first time I’ve done anything politically, but it’s gotta change.”
Other protesters had more specific complaints. Amy Hemsley, organizer of the event, helped Jason Harlow hold a sign supporting Ron Paul for president in 2012.
“Fifty-one percent of Americans voted for an anti-war candidate,” said Harlow, referring to President Obama, “but two of our neighbors from Yorba Linda, I respect them, but they just came home in coffins. … Our anti-war candidate just placed 30,000 more troops into the war. … Ron Paul, from day one, has wanted to bring the troops home.”
Victor Mezhinsky, a Russian immigrant now living in Brea, carried a sign that said, “If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it’s free!”
“I lived under socialism,” Mezhinsky said. “I don’t want to see it again.”
Mary Drozd of La Habra Heights attended with her husband Dennis. They saw an announcement in the Orange County Register.
“I just want our country back,” Drozd said. “I’m concerned about my children and grandchildren and what they’re going to be going through.”
Virginia and Del Kanode of La Habra have been politically involved for years.
He’s a “dyed-in-the-wool” conservative, a former mayor of Cypress, and was a delegate to the convention that nominated Ronald Reagan. They worry about creeping socialism. She’s concerned about teachers who try to indoctrinate students and he complains about politicians who are not statesmanlike.
He feels a sense of urgency: “What’s important is, this is real.”
For some people the protest was a family affair. Shane Pocock of Whittier was there with his parents, his wife Patricia, and their children, Shane, Lelandra and Richard.
Drivers leaned on their horns (including the drivers of an L.A. County fire truck and a few big rigs) and a few shouted to the crowd, but all was peaceful. La Habra police kept a watchful eye on the proceedings, but never needed to intervene.