Red, white and blue was in abundance Tuesday outside the Kern County Superior Court building as tea party supporters from across the state gathered to rail against government overreach.
The sixth annual Give Me Liberty Tour, organized by the NorCal Tea Party, is a 12-day bus trek, and Bakersfield was the eighth stop on the 16-city excursion. Bonnie McAdams, of Auburn, has been aboard since April 15. She said she hoped the rally would educate people about the need to support conservative candidates. She argued that restrictions are continuing to grow in America.
"It's time to stop this madness," she said. "... They will control you, they will tax you and they will regulate you."
About 70 people attended the rally, one of whom was Alfred Hernandez of Bakersfield. Hernandez said he came because he wanted to fight government restrictions.
"The constitution is intended to protect this community and (the government) is stepping way over that," he said.
Eric Golub of Los Angeles spoke at the rally, saying he hoped to inspire the community to support conservatives.
"Anybody can sit around complain," he said. "My goal is to inspire people to be active and vote."
Some residents at the rally were asking for petition signitures to change gun restrictions.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly's tour bus has followed the Give Me Liberty Tour through most of its stops.
Janet Nelsen, a volunteer supporter of the Donnelly campaign, has been driving the bus, passing out signs and T-shirts in support of her candidate. She believes Donnelly is a supporter of fewer government regulations and the creation of an environment that allows people to prosper.
"With his passion and his realism, he is one of us," Nelsen said. "He's the one that can save California."