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Tea party activists rally at U.S. Capitol
cnn ^ | updated 4 minutes ago

Posted on 09/12/2009 12:15:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin

On the final stop of the Tea Party Express, activists marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to protest health care reform, higher taxes and what they see as out-of-control government spending.

The conservative advocacy group began its tour in Sacramento, California, and made its way across the country, hosting rallies in about 30 cities. Washington is the final destination.

Demonstrators gathered on the west side of the Capitol on Saturday and the crowd stretched for blocks

At each stop, the tour highlighted members of Congress "who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses," according to the Tea Party Express Web site.

One woman at the rally summed up her feelings about issues this way: "It's too much too fast." Watch crowds stream into Washington »

A major theme of the rally was the push for less government.

"The government should be doing things that are authorized by the Constitution; they should be doing things that the people want, not things that they just decide are nifty," one demonstrator said. "We can't afford these things anymore.

"The government should be concentrating on cutting spending on all the programs, not thinking of new, wonderful ways of spending more. ... I've voted my whole life. This is the first time in my life I've gotten off the couch and said, 'I'm sick of this. It's only three hours away, and I'm going to be there.'"

Another man said, "We're here to let the government know that we do not want government involvement in our health care, nor do we want the higher taxation that comes along with such a proposal."

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: teaparty

1 posted on 09/12/2009 12:15:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 09/12/2009 12:16:58 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: BenLurkin
The Tea Party movement's core purpose and motivation is opposing Tyranny and (re)affirming Liberty!

How to distinguish Liberty from Tryanny:

  Liberty "Soft" Tyranny
1 Rights are inherent in, and unalienable from, individuals Rights are granted/rescinded by the majority through the government
2 Fundamental rights are life, liberty, and property (absence of coercion) Fundamental rights are food, housing, and healthcare (absence of necessity)
3 Property is owned by individuals who make decisions as to its use, improvement, and transfer Property is owned by 'the public' with government officials making decisions as to its use, improvement, and transfer
4 Government exists to protect the rights of individuals Government exists to plan and direct the resources of society
5 Government authority is decentralized in a federal system with limited and enumerated powers Government authority is centralized in a national system with broad and necessarily intrusive powers
6 Government action is prescribed by rules fixed and announced beforehand Government action is arbitrary and at the descretion of "czars" and planning boards
7 Economic activity is driven by a large number of small entities interacting according to simple rules Economic activity is driven by a small number of large entities operating within the constraints of complex regulations
8 Effective innovation results from contrarian thinking, individual initiative, and the voluntary exchange of property Efficient implementation of government planning requires conformity of opinion, collective action, and the coerced transfer of property
9 Standards of living for the many increase permanently as they utilize improved products and services conceived by the few Standards of living for the many increase temporarily as they utilize property redistributed from the few
10 Altruism is using one's own resources in concrete acts to help specific individuals Altruism is obligating the resources of others for broad-brush programs to help mankind in the abstract

Rights exists solely as a way to fairly decide whose will shall prevail in cases where two or more people disagree. They do not exist for the purpose of enslaving one person for the benefit of another (e.g., the "right" to free medical care.)

Liberty is the right to do whatever does not infringe the rights of others. Rights empower you to help yourself, free from interference by others.

Tyranny makes you a serf to be used by the elite to further their own power. Once upon a time, the nobility used religion to convince the serfs they had to serve the nobility. Modernly, the elite use good people's feelings of altruism to convince them to enslave both themselves and their neighbors. It's basically the same con game, just using a more sophisticated hook.

3 posted on 09/12/2009 12:18:08 PM PDT by sourcery (Party like it's 1776!)
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4 posted on 09/12/2009 12:19:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: LibFreeUSA

Wow!

I bet the MSM reports that "a few hundred" showed up. That is how it always is. If the feminists or gays have a march, they always overestimate the crowd. If conservatives or Christians march, they under report the size, or won't say anything about it all.

I was there for the Stand in Gap rally in 1997. We overflowed the Washington Mall in the biggest single gathering in American history. You know what the MSM reported? The Park Police "don't have a crowd estimate."

Yeah, right.


5 posted on 09/12/2009 12:21:57 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: LibFreeUSA

That can’t be right.


6 posted on 09/12/2009 12:23:26 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: SkyPilot

Unbelievable.


7 posted on 09/12/2009 12:24:27 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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8 posted on 09/12/2009 12:26:36 PM PDT by rvoitier ("The law allows what honor forbids." -- C. C. Colton)
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To: LibFreeUSA

Does anyone know how many people showed up? I was out all day and just got home to catch up on this.


9 posted on 09/12/2009 12:28:36 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: LibFreeUSA

I’d like to see side-by-side photo comparisons of the BO “inauguration” turnout with today’s Tea Party turnout.


10 posted on 09/12/2009 12:28:57 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: SkyPilot

That’s a keeper.

Sure wish we coulda been there.

We’re there in spirit, though.


11 posted on 09/12/2009 12:30:45 PM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: gathersnomoss
That's can't be right.

I know! It must be an Immigration rally in L.A.

12 posted on 09/12/2009 12:30:55 PM PDT by rvoitier ("The law allows what honor forbids." -- C. C. Colton)
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To: rvoitier

That has got to be the best poster I’ve seen yet.


13 posted on 09/12/2009 12:34:22 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: SkyPilot

WOAH!!!!!! Awesome!


14 posted on 09/12/2009 12:34:48 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (http://www.muckety.com/7BECFF40501E647D3741343C37265A57.map)
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To: SkyPilot

My Son and I survived the 15 April Tea Party in DC and the pouring rain. I wish I could be there not but I am 5,000 miles away.

Giving credit where credit is due, without Glen Beck, this would not be happening! Well done everyone, now keep up the pressure!


15 posted on 09/12/2009 12:42:43 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: BenLurkin
We should thank Rick Santelli of CNBC for creating the spark that kicked off the entire Tea Party movement. What do you think about two million people in Washington, DC today because of what he said on 19 February 2009 about the one aspect of the government takeover the US economy?
16 posted on 09/12/2009 12:48:20 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: BenLurkin

Great Picture. One question nobody is asking is why Obama took off out of town to make a speech to a paltry 15,000 friends and followers when he knew all these people were coming to town. He should have faced his constituants, not run for cover. I hope that gets some press, but I haven’t heard much on CSPAN Live about it.


17 posted on 09/12/2009 12:51:23 PM PDT by upstatenyrepublican
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To: thecodont

“I’d like to see side-by-side photo comparisons of the BO “inauguration” turnout with today’s Tea Party turnout.”

Compare these photos to the airial photos from the civil rights movement in the 60’s!!!


18 posted on 09/12/2009 12:54:43 PM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WellyP

I watched all 2 hours of Glenn’s coverage today. I wish I would have recorded it. Lots of people were thanking him when they’d cut to Fort Worth and other locations.


19 posted on 09/12/2009 12:57:12 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Where the heck are Shelby & Sessions . . . I only hear crickets)
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To: SkyPilot

I’ve seen that photo (post #5) on a couple of threads and people said it is NOT from today.

Is it?


20 posted on 09/12/2009 1:21:20 PM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: Qwackertoo

Will Glenn’s coverage be aired later on this evening like his normal daily show is? We will tape it for certain if it is.


21 posted on 09/12/2009 2:07:44 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Qwackertoo

I just went into Glenn Beck page and there are 4 videos in there to watch of coverage from today.


22 posted on 09/12/2009 2:17:24 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: rvoitier

Great sign


23 posted on 09/12/2009 2:20:16 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: rvoitier; gathersnomoss
I know! It must be an Immigration rally in L.A.

Or Dallas Texas.

Dallas Texas: 500,000 illegal aliens and their supporters march on Dallas Texas 2006.


24 posted on 09/12/2009 2:24:18 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: SkyPilot

LOL! Wrong pic!


25 posted on 09/12/2009 2:35:15 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: rvoitier

LOL!


26 posted on 09/12/2009 2:37:38 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: workerbee
right click pic, select “properties’ shows creation date as today.
27 posted on 09/12/2009 2:39:50 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit The law will be followed, dammit!)
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To: workerbee
No. It is from 1997. I explained the Stand in The Gap rally right with the photo.
28 posted on 09/12/2009 5:02:58 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

My apologies. Thanks for the clarification!


29 posted on 09/12/2009 6:07:48 PM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: SkyPilot
Helicopter shot NO GOOD.
Weather on 9.12 would not have permitted a bright SUNNY DAY pic like that. Clouds were way to THICK
Additionally, I observed on the news that much of the green space on the mall was empty of people, either from Friday rain wetness or lack of permit to use that space.

Now, the crowd was reported to go back as far as the Washington Monument.

30 posted on 09/12/2009 7:34:37 PM PDT by deskpilot (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can still read it in English, You're Welcome.)
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To: BenLurkin

I have yet to see CNN cover this on TV. Have they?


31 posted on 09/12/2009 9:28:14 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Depression Countdown: 50... 49... 48...)
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To: BenLurkin

Nice sign. “The best government is that which governs least”, Henry David Thorough via all the Founders.


32 posted on 09/12/2009 9:31:39 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Depression Countdown: 50... 49... 48...)
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To: workerbee
No worries. It was a great day. The headlines this morning show the MSM and liberals in shock. They didn't expect this.

I love it.

33 posted on 09/13/2009 3:42:51 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: deskpilot
Yup. Tropical depression moved off the east coast and it threatened to rain all day.

But, that's OK! Our guys and gals got to "Fight in the Shade."



34 posted on 09/13/2009 3:46:44 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: dragnet2
Dallas Texas: 500,000 illegal aliens and their supporters march on Dallas Texas 2006.

Big crowd there. Were they handing out illegal driver's licenses or something? Government cheese?

35 posted on 09/13/2009 3:48:29 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Were they handing out illegal driver's licenses or something?


36 posted on 09/13/2009 9:37:37 AM PDT by dragnet2
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