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Massive crowd marches against Obama's agenda
LA Times ^

Posted on 09/12/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT by Chet 99

Reporting from Washington - Tens of thousands of protesters marched on the U.S. Capitol today, airing a wide range of grievances rooted in a shared sentiment: seething anger at President Obama and his far-reaching agenda.

Led by a fife and drum corps in period costumes, the demonstrators filled Pennsylvania Avenue and swarmed the Capitol grounds with a sea of bobbing placards and hand-lettered signs that spelled out a catalog of dissent.

There were antiabortion protesters and term-limit advocates. Critics of financial bailouts and the federal investigation into CIA interrogation techniques. Marchers worried about rekindling inflation and upset about the soaring national debt. Pickets opposed to Obama's healthcare reform plan and challenging the legitimacy of his election.

"Is This Russia?" one sign said. "Traitors Terrorists Run Our Government," read another. "Don't blame me. I voted for The 'American,' " a third stated.

The protest -- touted by organizers as the largest-ever outpouring of political conservatives -- was organized by a loose-knit coalition of anti-tax, small-government proponents, and widely promoted by sympathetic voices in the blogosphere and on TV and talk radio. Park police declined to provide an official crowd estimate.

The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
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1 posted on 09/12/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

“Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” as they protested the president’s health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.”


2 posted on 09/12/2009 5:41:51 PM PDT by stockpirate (Joe Wilson Truth Czar for a Free Republic!)
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To: Chet 99
"Don't blame me. I voted for The 'American,' "

Sweet.

3 posted on 09/12/2009 5:42:20 PM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: Chet 99

Temecula Tea Party - September 12

Pitbully and I made the trip from Banning today. It was a great turnout and very rewarding experience.

4 posted on 09/12/2009 5:43:18 PM PDT by granite ("We dare not tempt them with weakness" - JFK)
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To: Chet 99

Resign, Obomba, otherwise suffer the fate meted out to the wicked witch of the West!


5 posted on 09/12/2009 5:43:32 PM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholic voters were true to their faith there would be no abortion and no President Obama.)
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To: workerbee

You can’t fix stupid but you can vote it out.

Please America, vote out Dodd Frank and Reid!


6 posted on 09/12/2009 5:44:29 PM PDT by omega4179 ( -11)
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To: stockpirate

Has anyone seen any photos of the Mall area today after the patriots dispersed? My guess is that few of them left their trash lying around; unlike those at President Soetoro’s inauguration who laid waste to the whole area.


7 posted on 09/12/2009 5:45:04 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: granite
Great pics, THANKS!

prisoner6

8 posted on 09/12/2009 5:45:40 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: dogcaller

NRO at the 912 March (National Review Online)
Saturday, September 12, 2009 8:35:09 PM · 30 of 34
AFPhys to stockpirate

From Instapundit.com:

Meanwhile, a reader emails: “I’ll tell you what I find impressive. I’m watching the Fox news video about 15 minutes after the end of the event. The crowd has thinned out enough that you can see the ground and there is not a speck of trash on the grass. Absolutely clean. To contrast, google ‘pictures of litter on the mall after the inauguration.’”


9 posted on 09/12/2009 5:45:59 PM PDT by stockpirate (Joe Wilson Truth Czar for a Free Republic!)
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To: Chet 99

B T T T


10 posted on 09/12/2009 5:46:43 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Chet 99

I love “you cant fix stupid but you can vote it out”. Beautiful Americans saving their country


11 posted on 09/12/2009 5:47:30 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: stockpirate

Headlines down play the number of people. Even Fox used Tens of thousands.

I have never seen that many people before. My guess is 1,500,000. Congress and the Senate better take note as the will be 2010 toast as the Tea party begins the revolution of 2010. Nancy and Harry take note!

The people will take back our country from the Socialist party you are forcing on America.


12 posted on 09/12/2009 5:48:26 PM PDT by ncfool (Cash for Clunkers - A big failure and Obama and rats want us to trust them with our healthcare!)
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To: dogcaller

During the entire were there, the grounds were remarkably clean. No trash anywhere from what we saw.


13 posted on 09/12/2009 5:49:15 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: dogcaller

Stockpirate/ Instipundit/ Patriots left mall clean...thanks for the info!


14 posted on 09/12/2009 5:49:15 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: Chet 99
From the article

Park police declined to provide an official crowd estimate.

Why does the Park police decline to provide an estimate?

15 posted on 09/12/2009 5:49:47 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: stockpirate

I hope someone in the press calls attention to the fact that this was a fantastic clean peaceful march


16 posted on 09/12/2009 5:50:29 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Irish Eyes
Why does the Park police decline to provide an estimate?

Because the turnout will shame all the moronic leftist and black marches on Washington in the last 50 years.
17 posted on 09/12/2009 5:51:05 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: dogcaller

(Opps, left some words out; tired from a long and exciting day.) During the entire time we were there, the grounds were remarkably clean. No trash anywhere from what we saw.


18 posted on 09/12/2009 5:51:56 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Chet 99
The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.

Then those Republicans must be thrown out on their asses come 2010, along with those who criticized Joe Wilson for stating out loud that the emperor has no clothes.
19 posted on 09/12/2009 5:52:37 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan

Park police have been refusing to give estimates for years now. Nothing sinister about it-they are just tired of getting attacked by both sides when they release numbers.


20 posted on 09/12/2009 5:53:47 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Irish Eyes
Why does the Park police decline to provide an estimate?

They probably didn't. The Slimes just doesn't want to admit that the Right Wing Crazies could put 2 million on the street when their Million-Whatever marches can usually only get out a hundred thousand or so. Which of course they still refer to as a million.

21 posted on 09/12/2009 5:54:55 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property)
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To: granite

It looks wonderful. The signs are fantastic!


22 posted on 09/12/2009 5:55:22 PM PDT by LakeLady (When lies abound, that is the time to whoop and holler! The Joes have it.)
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To: Starboard
During the entire were there, the grounds were remarkably clean. No trash anywhere from what we saw.

AND.... The Port-o-johns were CLEAN TOO!!! (At least when I used them.) I couldn't believe it!!

This is what happens when you have a LARGE group of people who respect themselves and OTHERS. Things remain clean and unbroken.

23 posted on 09/12/2009 5:56:46 PM PDT by bayliving (Government is NOT the ANSWER!!!)
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To: icwhatudo
Park police have been refusing to give estimates for years now. Nothing sinister about it-they are just tired of getting attacked by both sides when they release numbers.

There must be someone that has a semi accurate crowd count.

24 posted on 09/12/2009 5:56:50 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Chet 99
The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.

WT...???? What "incendiary" element? Who are they talking about? This rally was 100% save America. Since when is being pro-American "incendiary?"

25 posted on 09/12/2009 5:58:09 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Irish Eyes
Freedom Works, a major sponsor of the event, says 450,000. NRO says 350,000.

I don't buy the "tens of thousands" or the "2 million."

"A House leadership aide warned fellow Democrats in a memo obtained by FOXNews.com that up to 2 million people may attend.

“It looks like Saturday’s event is going to be a huge gathering, estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to 2 million people,” Doug Thornell, an aide to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., wrote, noting that a demonstration held Thursday turned into an impromptu rally for Rep. Joe Wilson, who has come under fire for his outburst during Obama’s nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress.

Conservatives have seized on this memo as proof democrats are playing an expectations game. They say the House leadership wrote the memo in hopes it would be leaked and inflate expectations for the turnout anticipating that it will fall short."

26 posted on 09/12/2009 6:01:55 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: stockpirate

Wasn’t two million and the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency did not use that number. That was from a UK newspaper.

More like 200,000 to 300,000 which is a huge number. Be happy with it and don’t play into liberals’ gaame with a number they can easily refute.

No official agency in Washington makes estmates of crowd sizes.


27 posted on 09/12/2009 6:04:30 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: dogcaller

I was there today in DC. There were WAY more than “tens of thousands” of marchers. I have been to many college football games with 100,000+ crowds. The group today was far in excess of that. Many people marched, but then left, having made their point.

It was the most polite, well-behaved, and good-humored “mob” that I have ever witnessed. If there was any trash at all, it might have been around the garbage receptacles that were full and hadn’t been emptied.

The main themes displayed on signs were, in order:

1. Obama’s “czars”
2. Hell-care, death-care or whatever else you call it, and
3. The career politicians must go, starting on 11/02/10

It was worth the trip just to read the home-made signs. These were very funny, creative people at work. Conservatives are very definitely NOT the soulless, unimaginative drudges that some would have us believe.
We are also highly P.O.’d

I was SO very proud of my fellow citizens today!

Today was not the end, it’s only the beginning of the restoration of America to We, the People.


28 posted on 09/12/2009 6:05:52 PM PDT by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: Regulator

They don’t give estimates because the numbers would then be used for political purposes, and the Park Police is not in the business of advancing anyone’s agenda.


29 posted on 09/12/2009 6:06:47 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: granite
Thanks for the pictures. Lived for a short time in Temecula.

Loved the Golf course, and the only place to shop was Target.

:)

30 posted on 09/12/2009 6:07:21 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Chet 99

They’re a little too smug with that ‘incendiary’ remark; I’d expect it from the caviar crowd in the NY Times but not from a bunch of taco stufffers from America’s biggest barrio.


31 posted on 09/12/2009 6:08:44 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: ncfool

Those numbers were decided on before the event. DC Fire Marshal estimates “70,000”. LOL.


32 posted on 09/12/2009 6:13:06 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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33 posted on 09/12/2009 6:15:00 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Chet 99
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.

34 posted on 09/12/2009 6:19:32 PM PDT by sourcery (Party like it's 1776!)
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To: Chet 99
How does the size of the crowd compare to the Inauguration Day crowd — which the Washington Post put at 1.8 million people?
35 posted on 09/12/2009 6:20:22 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Chet 99
The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.

United we stand. Divided we fall.

36 posted on 09/12/2009 6:20:34 PM PDT by sourcery (Party like it's 1776!)
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To: icwhatudo

Awesome shots! Thanks for helping put this in the magnitude that it deserves!


37 posted on 09/12/2009 6:21:45 PM PDT by NorwegianViking (Organizing for America)
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To: Starboard
We made note of that as well. They place was possibly more clean when it was over than when we arrived. We've been to DC a few times to counter the “hundreds of millions” (/s) of anti-war protests and they ALWAYS left their trash all over the grounds and streets. It was truly embarrassing.
38 posted on 09/12/2009 6:24:48 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: oldbill

Are you thread hopping with your be happy with it phrase??????

Thread hopper!! ;-)


39 posted on 09/12/2009 6:25:18 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: stockpirate

The important thing isn’t whether there were 500,000 or 2,000,000 at the D. C. rally.

The important thing is that there are many times more than that who were not abler to make it to D. C.

We are many millions. Underestimate us at your own political peril, Future Former Speaker Pelosi.


40 posted on 09/12/2009 6:29:46 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Walrus

Thank you for being there and for the report!

Awesome crowd, left things cleaned up, well behaved, creative, full of good sense and good humor.

THESE give me hope for America!


41 posted on 09/12/2009 6:30:28 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: icwhatudo

I have no idea how many were there, but our local Conservative radio station had several people over there and they were making cell phone broadcasts from there several times during the day - 10 am the report was between 700 and 800,000 by 1 pm they said that a police Capt. estimated between 1.2 and 1.3 million. They said that there were buses still backed way back trying to get to where they could unload and the metro was still running fully loaded bringing in more people.

Appears there were enough people there that they were overloading the cell towers, as they said they were having to try 15-20 minutes to get a cell phone connection each time.

Oh, wasn’t that little program Thursday the group of Doctors over there opposing 0bamacare?


42 posted on 09/12/2009 6:31:28 PM PDT by DelaWhere (Politicians and baby diapers should both be changed regularly. Mostly for the same reasons!)
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To: Chet 99; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
The rally was embraced, after some hesitation, by congressional Republicans, some of whom were leery of associating with the more incendiary elements of Obama's opposition.
The problem in a nutshell.
43 posted on 09/12/2009 6:32:56 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: DelaWhere
Appears there were enough people there that they were overloading the cell towers, as they said they were having to try 15-20 minutes to get a cell phone connection each time.

I posted earlier that we couldn't get cell phone service several times throughout the day. It took several minutes for text messages to go through--sometimes they wouldn't go through at all.

44 posted on 09/12/2009 6:35:40 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: stockpirate
Where is your quote from?
45 posted on 09/12/2009 6:37:00 PM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: Chet 99
Protests even here in VT!


46 posted on 09/12/2009 6:38:44 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: dogcaller

Here ya go:

http://constitutionallyspeaking.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/conservative-patriots-v-government-trough-feeders/

(I don’t know how to post pics)


47 posted on 09/12/2009 6:56:16 PM PDT by KansasGirl ( Obama's heroes have always been left-wing radicals.)
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To: icwhatudo

My God, are you serious... are those real?

God bless every single one of those patriots.


48 posted on 09/12/2009 6:58:13 PM PDT by Gator113 (YES WE CAN.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cMxJBenigY&feature=related)
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To: ncfool

THis is infuriating...tens of thousands? Really? Unbelievable. Did you read the patronizing article the New York Times wrote? You can see it on Drudge...We’ll just have to come back bigger and stronger...They have no idea the rage they have unleashed.


49 posted on 09/12/2009 7:00:10 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: AnnaZ

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2338258/posts?page=1
“Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as ‘Obamacare makes me sicka’ as they protested the president’s health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol,**** according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency****.”


50 posted on 09/12/2009 7:05:09 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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