GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – This morning a rally was held along North Avenue to Sherwood Park in what organizers are calling Cruising for Freedom.
The event was hosted by the Stand for the Constitution group and focused on the freedoms in the United States Constitution and Independence Day celebrations.
The event brought hundreds of people out. “This is more than I expected,” said Mike Miller, the president of Stand for the Constitution.
“Today we are celebrating July 4th and we’re standing for the constitution, freedom, and the rule of law,” said Miller.
“Stand for the Constitution wants to defend the constitution as originally written by our founders,” said Miller.
The event claims to be non-partisan but the crowd seemed one-sided. “This event has felt very partisan, there’s a lot of talk of Donald Trump, a lot of talk of republican candidates,” said Daniel Haas, a student at Colorado Mesa University and a member of the local group Right & Wrong or RAW.
“Our goal is to make sure that we are a radically inclusive community for everybody, doesn’t matter who you are,” said Haas.
RAW wants to make America, and Grand Junction, a place for everyone. However, the Stand for the Constitution group sees it differently.
“We are at a point in our country, in our history that we are seeing radicals and terrorists, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, that are literally trying to tear out the heart of America and what it stands for,” said Miller.
A sentiment echoed by President Donald Trump at a 4th of July rally at Mt. Rushmore.
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” said President Trump.
Many would argue whether the constitution’s centuries old rhetoric is standing the test of time.
“Is the constitution dated? Well it’s over 244 years old,” said Miller, “but the principles are as alive and correct today as ever.”
Principles like equal rights for all Americans, but many say that hasn’t happened yet.
“Making sure that we’re all Americans together, that’s what 4th of July should stand for and that’s we’re trying to make it stand for,” said Haas.
“It’s not the constitution that needs to be changed, we need to look within each of ourselves,” said Miller, “if there’s injustices, and there are, we need to work together to correct that and build up our community, not tear it down.”