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We The People Come To Washington
They came from every state; they came from other countries, proof positive that the Lamp of Liberty long ago set alight in America, burns to the present day in the Free World.
They came with their neighbours, their children and grandchildren, their flags and their pets. They came to take a strong stand for the values and principles that make America.
In a sea of red, white and blue, Americans from all walks of life and their supporters proved that patriotism will always trump politics.
Aware that the mainstream media would downplay their numbers and the significance of 9-12, hundreds of thousands of Americans out today to protest massive government spending and massive government health care no longer count on the MSM for coverage…
Judi McLeod Canada Free Press
Up to two million march to US Capitol to protest against Obama’s spending in ‘tea-party’ demonstration
Daily Mail (UK) By Mail Foreign Service 12th September 2009
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.
People were chanting “enough, enough” and “We the People.” Others yelled “You lie, you lie!” and “Pelosi has to go,” referring to California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Demonstrators waved U.S. flags and held signs reading “Go Green Recycle Congress” and “I’m Not Your ATM.” Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of “judgment day” – Election Day 2010.
Richard Brigle, 57, a Vietnam War veteran and former Teamster, came from Michigan. He said health care needs to be reformed – but not according to President Barack Obama’s plan.
“My grandkids are going to be paying for this. It’s going to cost too much money that we don’t have,” he said while marching, bracing himself with a wooden cane as he walked.
FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organization led by former House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey, organized several groups from across the country for what they billed as a “March on Washington.”
Organizers say they built on momentum from the April “tea party” demonstrations held nationwide to protest tax policies, along with growing resentment over the economic stimulus packages and bank bailouts.
Many protesters said they paid their own way to the event – an ethic they believe should be applied to the government.
They say unchecked spending on things like a government-run health insurance option could increase inflation and lead to economic ruin.
Terri Hall, 45, of Florida, said she felt compelled to become political for the first time this year because she was upset by government spending.
“Our government has lost sight of the powers they were granted,” she said. She added that the deficit spending was out of control, and said she thought it was putting the country at risk.
Anna Hayes, 58, a nurse from Fairfax County, stood on the Mall in 1981 for Reagan’s inauguration. “The same people were celebrating freedom,” she said. “The president was fighting for the people then. I remember those years very well and fondly.”
Saying she was worried about “Obamacare,” Hayes explained: “This is the first rally I’ve been to that demonstrates against something, the first in my life. I just couldn’t stay home anymore.”
Like countless others at the rally, Joan Wright, 78, of Ocean Pines, Md., sounded angry. “I’m not taking this crap anymore,” said Wright, who came by bus to Washington with 150 like-minded residents of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “I don’t like the health-care [plan]. I don’t like the czars. And I don’t like the elitists telling us what we should do or eat.”
Republican lawmakers also supported the rally.
“Republicans, Democrats and independents are stepping up and demanding we put our fiscal house in order,” Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said.
“I think the overriding message after years of borrowing, spending and bailouts is enough is enough.”
Other sponsors of the rally include the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Center for Individuals Rights.
Recent polls illustrate how difficult recent weeks have been for a president who, besides tackling health care, has been battling to end a devastatingly deep recession.
Fifty percent approve and 49 percent disapprove of the overall job he is doing as president, compared to July, when those approving his performance clearly outnumbered those who were unhappy with it, 55 percent to 42 percent.
Just 42 percent approve of the president’s work on the high-profile health issue.
The poll was taken over five days just before Obama’s speech to Congress. That speech reflected Obama’s determination to push ahead despite growing obstacles.
“I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than to improve it,” Obama said on Wednesday night. “I won’t stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are.
“If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we’ll call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution.”
Prior to Obama’s speech before Congress U.S. Capitol Police arrested a man they say tried to get into a secure area near the Capitol with a gun in his car as President Barack Obama was speaking.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said Thursday that 28-year-old Joshua Bowman of suburban Falls Church, Virginia, was arrested around 8 p.m. Wednesday when Obama was due to speak.
Bowman’s intentions were unclear, police said.
Today’s protests imitated the original Boston Tea Party of 1773, when colonists threw three shiploads of taxed tea into Boston Harbour in protest against the British government under the slogan ‘No taxation without representation’.
The group first began rising to prominence in April, when the governor of Texas threatened to secede from the union in protest against government spending. Waves of tea party protests have crossed America since.
Today’s rally, the largest grouping of fiscal conservatives to march on Washington, comes on the heels of heated town halls held during the congressional August recess when some Democratic lawmakers were confronted, disrupted and shouted down by angry protestors who oppose President Obama’s plan to overhaul the health care system.
Thousands March to U.S. Capitol to Protest Government Spending, Health Care; Many Chanted ‘You Lie’
Carrying signs depicting President Obama as Adolf Hitler and the Joker, and chanting slogans such as “‘No big government” and “Obamacare makes me sick,” approximately 60,000 to 70,000 people flooded Pennsylvania Ave, according to the Washington DC Fire Department.
Organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative activist group led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, many of the protestors were affiliated with the Tea Party movement, grassroots demonstrations that began across the country last spring to protest Democratic tax policies, and government bailouts of the banking and auto industries.
“Mr. Obama, you try to instill socialism into this country. Our message to you is “No you can’t,” said Debby Dooley, a Georgia woman who riffed on Obama’s “Yes We Can” campaign slogan.
As he left Washington this morning aboard the Marine One helicopter, President Obama flew over the crowds forming near the Capitol. But as the protests continued, President Obama’s own ralley was already under way in Minneapolis.
Firing up a sympathetic crowd of 15,000 in Minneapolis, Obama pitched his plan for a government-run health care option and reiterated many of the points he made in a Tuesday speech to a joint session of Congress.
Obama said that with a public option “no government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between you and the coverage that you need.”
In Washington, the crowd pounced on Obama’s absence.
“Our president ran to Minnesota to get away from us. Let’s let him hear us in Minnesota,” Ashley Kenny, a student from Valdosta State in Georgia, told the crowd.
Galvanized by the Democratic control of the White House and the Congress and a perceived lack of Republican leadership, only a handful of GOP lawmakers were among the crowd.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., also spoke at the rally. DeMint said he’d had enough of “Alice in Wonderland” politicians promising more programs at the risk of financial disaster.
“The president has warned us if we disagree with him he’s going to call us out,” DeMint said. “Well, Mr. President, we are out.”
‘You Lie’ Outburst Gains Momentum at Protest
Many of the protesters made a rallying cry of Rep. Joe Wilson’s, R-S.C., impromptu comment during Obama’s speech to Congress Tuesday, shouting, “You lie! You lie!”
Wilson’s outburst and today’s protests cap a summer of simmering conservative outrage, punctuated by a number of angry town halls around the country in which Democratic lawmakers were assailed for their support of the president’s healthcare agenda.
WSJ By JAKE SHERMAN
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on Capitol Hill Saturday, protesting the expansion of government spending and illustrating the network of conservative activists that has emerged in opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies.
Organizers said they believed people from all 50 states came for the “Taxpayer March on Washington.” Crowds filled nearly every pocket of open space near the west lawn of the Capitol, many standing and listening without a view of the stage. They marched from Freedom Plaza, adjacent to the White House, as shouts of “U.S.A.” echoed through downtown Washington and marchers dressed as colonials banged drums. Some people stayed stranded on Constitution Avenue as the program began near the Capitol, unable to find room to watch the speakers.
A spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services estimated the crowd at “in excess of 75,000” people. Local and federal law enforcement authorities don’t provide crowd estimates.
The gathering was largely peaceful. Speakers and demonstrators said they opposed Democratic plans to overhaul health care, as well as the bank bailouts of the past year. “It’s not about health care, it’s about Obama seizing our freedom,” said one sign. Opposition to climate-change bills moving through Congress was also on display, with coal workers in hard-hat helmets lining the front of the stage during a speech about energy.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, a Texas Republican, roused the crowd when he criticized Mr. Obama for big spending and rising deficits, suggesting that the president had violated his “commitment of fidelity to the United States Constitution.” Much of the crowd then repeatedly chanted “Liar!” “Isn’t that wonderful?” Mr. Armey replied
Current Republican lawmakers also spoke, including Reps. Mike Pence (Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn..), Tom Price (Ga.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.).
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Waterloo!” Mr. DeMint said to a wave of roaring applause, referring to a widely quoted comment he made earlier this summer, professing hope that Mr. Obama failed in his quest for health care overhaul. “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo,” Mr. DeMint told conservative activists on a conference call in July. “It will break him.”
“While some are prepared to write the obituary on capitalism and the conservative movement, I believe we are on the verge of a great American awakening,” Mr. Pence told the crowd. “And it will begin here and begin now and begin with you.”
While Mr. Obama’s critics were flooding the streets near the White House and Capitol, the president was in Minnesota Saturday afternoon, speaking to a rally that police estimated to have drawn 15,000 people, to drum up support for his health-care plans. While Mr. Obama didn’t directly acknowledge the protests back home, he did refer to his opponents. “Now, what we’ve also seen in these last few months is the same partisan spectacle that has left so many of you disappointed in Washington for so long,” Mr. Obama said to applause. “Too many have used this opportunity to score short-term political points instead of working together to solve long-term challenges.”
Some of the Washington marchers and featured speakers praised the outburst of South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, who shouted “You Lie!” at Mr. Obama during the president’s Wednesday night health-care address to Congress. One held a sign saying: “Joe Wilson Speaks for Me.”
“I thank God for Congressman Wilson to have the courage to say ‘You lie,'” William Greene, the executive director of the political action committee Right March, said in his speech to the crowd.
Hi-Caliber, a conservative hip-hop artist, took the stage with lyrics that called for “more Anne Coulter and less Bill Maher.” The last line of a two-song set posed the question, “Where’s your birth certificate,” referring to widely circulated — and debunked — argument that Mr. Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.
Those who marched and demonstrated said they did so for different reasons.
There was the Brown family of North Carolina and Florida. Jason, 31, his father Jimmy, 55, and Jason’s young son Tucker were near the front of the march. Jason watched as his son bounded up and down on the street and said, “Obama’s values, those aren’t the values I was raised with.”
Vance Elliott, 56, of Lincoln, Neb., had the top of the constitution tattooed to his right shoulder. Mr. Elliott said he flew from Nebraska and pitched a tent 30 miles from the Capitol, in Maryland. He said rain washed his tent away but he still managed to make the morning start of the march, Army rationed food strapped to his waist.
“We need to take our country back,” Mr. Elliott said, blocks from the White House. “That’s why I’m here.”
Some, like 45-year-old Lee Hopkins of Houston, were in the military and feel a personal connection to public service. Mr. Hopkins, who was in Germany with the U.S. Army, recalled how Adolph Hitler destroyed that country. He said he sees shadows of that now in America.
Others, like David Stanley, a 34-year-old construction worker from Richmond, Va., came alone to protest one issue: high spending.
“People have had enough of paying too much,” Mr. Stanley said.
While some Republican officeholders were at the rally, not everybody there called themselves Republicans. Theodore Korponai, a 28-year-old automotive technician from Charleston, S.C., said he didn’t vote for Republican John McCain last year. “I wont vote for a lesser evil,” he said.
Tens of thousands of angry conservatives converge on Washington to denounce the president’s healthcare proposals and more, echoing Rep. Joe Wilson’s accusations.
Los Angles Times: By Mark Z. Barabak
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.
“The coming weeks and months may well set the course for this nation for a generation,” said Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, the No. 3 GOP House leader, voicing the apocalyptic tone that rang through much of the day’s rhetoric. “How we as conservatives respond to these challenges could determine whether America retains her place in the world as a beacon of freedom, or whether we slip into the abyss that has swallowed much of Europe in an avalanche of socialism.”
If there was a unifying theme, it was the notion that the federal government, starting with the financial bailout last fall and continuing with Obama’s vast economic stimulus plan, has grown too big, too costly and too intrusive.
“I have five children, and I worry about their future and the country we’re going to leave them,” said Michele Meyer, 59, of nearby Vienna, Va., who marched with a small blue-and-white sign that read: “Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy” — a reference to the late Massachusetts senator and longtime champion of universal healthcare.
The healthcare overhaul, a centerpiece of Obama’s agenda and one of the most contentious issues facing Congress, was a central focus of the rambunctious crowd. From a small stage near the Capitol steps, one speaker after another condemned the president’s plan as a liberal (some said socialist, others collectivist) power grab that would drive up costs, undermine care and, eventually, bankrupt the country.
“We must stop this government takeover of healthcare and we must force the president and Congress to fix what’s broken instead of replacing what’s right,” said Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. “Friends, this is a crucial battle for the heart and soul of America, for freedom itself.”
Less than eight months ago, Obama stood at the Capitol to take the oath of office. He immediately embarked on the most expansive set of presidential initiatives since the New Deal, responding to the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression.
The backlash, however, has been fierce. It manifested itself here on a cool, gray Saturday, in both the mass of demonstrators stretching far down the Washington Mall and the reaction — a lusty chorus of boos — at the mere mention of Obama’s name.
Pointing toward the Capitol, its dome a majestic backdrop, former Republican House Leader Dick Armey alluded to the oath that Obama took Jan. 20. “He pledged a commitment of fidelity to the United States Constitution,” Armey said.
“He lied!” the crowd chanted back. “He lied! He lied!”
Similar words from Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina breached congressional protocol when he hollered out them Wednesday night during Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress, drawing condemnation from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. However, Wilson was a hero to many in today’s crowd. People wore “Joe Wilson for president” stickers and waved signs saying, “Joe Wilson was right” and “We need more Joe Wilsons.”
“I believe he lies about everything,” Dottie Dupree, 38, an off-duty law officer from Maryland, said of Obama. “I came out today because he needs to hear from people like us, exercising our 1st Amendment rights.”
When people gather in vast numbers, ‘official’ estimates often run wild
MSNBC – By Steve Doig, Jan. 15, 2009
Almost as soon as Barack Obama was declared the winner of the Nov. 4 election, projections of how many people will huddle on the Capitol Mall to witness his inauguration as the nation’s 44th president started inflating faster than the federal deficit. Would 1 million, 3 million or even 6 million (or one out of every 11 Americans who voted for him) join the throng?
And if you suspect those high-end projections are laughable, wait until you see the post-inaugural arm-wrestling and nay-saying from partisans and pundits over the dimensions of the “official” count.
When it comes to accurately counting crowds, the slogan should be “No, we can’t.” In reality, estimating the size of crowds at mass public events is much more about public relations than a quest for truth. Whether the crowd is gathering for an anti-war protest, a sports team’s victory parade, a golf tournament, a pope’s outdoor Mass or the swearing-in of the most powerful man on Earth, organizational reputations and personal egos are ballooned or deflated by public perceptions of whether the crowd is surprisingly large or disappointingly small.
Washington has been the site of many such examples of political popularity arithmetic, with inauguration crowds being only one example. Supposedly, George W. Bush drew 400,000 in 2005 and Bill Clinton 800,000 in 1993, compared to the record crowd of 1.2 million for Lyndon Johnson in 1965. “Supposedly” in all cases because no one knows for sure.
The most public brawl over the size of a big Washington crowd occurred in 1995, when Park Police estimated that 400,000 people had gathered for Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March. After Farrakhan threatened to sue, Congress banned the Park Police from making crowd estimates. Almost as bitterly disputed were the crowd estimates from a 2003 antiwar demonstration in Washington, which drew between 30,000 and 500,000 protesters, depending on who was doing the estimating.
A method for mob measurement
Even absent publicity-driven pressures to hype the size of a public gathering, no crowd that doesn’t go through a turnstile can be counted without some margin of error. (And as recent election recounts have proved, even counting something as simple as a stack of ballots can have a considerable margin of error.) But some fairly simple math can be used to make defensible estimates of crowd sizes.
The method goes back to the late 1960s and a University of California at Berkeley journalism professor named Herbert Jacobs, whose office was in a tower that overlooked the plaza where students frequently gathered to protest the Vietnam War. The plaza was marked with regular grid lines, which allowed Jacobs to see how many grid squares were filled with students and how many students on average packed into each grid.
After gathering data on numerous demonstrations, Jacobs came up with some rules of thumb that still are used today by those serious about crowd estimation. A loose crowd, one where each person is an arm’s length from the body of his or her nearest neighbors, needs 10 square feet per person. A more tightly packed crowd fills 4.5 square feet per person. A truly scary mob of mosh-pit density would get about 2.5 square feet per person.
The trick, then, is to accurately measure the square feet in the total area occupied by the crowd and divide it by the appropriate figure, depending on assessment of crowd density. Thanks to aerial photos or mapping applications like Google Earth, even outdoor areas can be readily measured these days…
Could 2 million jam into the mall?
Happily for the District of Columbia, the inauguration crowd certainly won’t reach electoral landslide dimensions. But if people jam into the 81 acres of the National Mall between 1st and 14th Streets Northwest at a tight 5 square feet per person, about 700,000 could squeeze in. The open area around the Washington Monument between Constitution and Independence Avenues, back to 17th Street Northwest, could wedge in another 700,000 at the same density. And assuming a looser crowd far back from the inauguration stand on the steps of the Capitol, perhaps another half a million could be milling around in the Mall area in front of the Lincoln Memorial…
Review America: By Alan Caruba
There have been many mass marches on Washington, D.C., so the locals know how to make plans to anticipate the congestion and the police are polite and skillful in the science of crowd control. They can afford to be polite because the crowds, no matter how large, are too.
Oh, sure, they shout a lot, but that’s what a protest march is all about. Back in April 1894 unemployed workers known as “Coxey’s Army” showed up to demand that Congress do something. It was the second year of an economic depression that would last another two years, but it was the worst that had hit the nation barely three decades since the end of the Civil War.
Americans know where to head when they are at odds with their government and most know or suspect that the source of their problems can be found in Washington, D.C. and they are always right.
Bloodshed has been extremely rare at such events. On June 17, 1932 a “Bonus Army,” some 20,000 World War One veterans and their families massed in the Capitol seeking advance payment of bonuses from the Hoover administration. The year is significant. It was four years passed the beginning of the Great Depression that began in 1929.
Orders were given to disburse them and to destroy the shanties they had built. An Army General named Douglas MacArthur led the troops. Several of the veterans were killed. Hoover’s reputation never survived that march.
Americans tend to march to protest economic issues and/or wars. Some social issues draw crowds such as the March 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which most people remember because Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech, “I have a dream.”
The 1960s were punctuated by many marches to protest the Vietnam War. The crowds massed in 1965, 1966, 1967, and1969. They kept coming back as in 1971. In April 1974 some ten thousand gathered to demand the impeachment of Richard Nixon. On August 10, 1974 Nixon resigned; the first and only President to do so, the final act of the Watergate scandal.
The 1980s had a smattering of smaller marches, but they were about things like lesbian and gay rights or global nuclear disarmament. It wasn’t until another war that a lot of Americans got on the buses to Washington, D.C. again. The Gulf War ginned up a crowd estimated at 75,000. The 1990s saw a handful of marches of not much consequence.
The war in Iraq stirred familiar passions and the first protest march was on September 24, 2005. By 2007 the pace picked up, but while the war was unpopular with many Americans, it did not generate the kind of anger that Vietnam did. Barely ten thousand showed up in July 2008 and, by Washington, D.C. standards, that was small.
What is significant about the Saturday, September 12, 2009 march was the totally grassroots nature of the event. It was billed as a “Tea Party,” a name taken from the rather spontaneous tea party events that occurred shortly after Congress went insane and started spending billions of taxpayer dollars on bailouts, the takeover of General Motors, ownership of an insurance company, and a huge so-called “Stimulus” bill.
With the economy heading south, Americans quickly and correctly concluded that the Democrat controlled Congress and the new President were taking the nation over the cliff with their spending, borrowing, and printing of dollars.
September 12, 2009, however, was a protest against President Barack Obama.
Second and third in line for public protest were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Having achieved total political power, the President and Congress had generated a massive grassroots resistance barely seven months into his term.
On Saturday Americans from around the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand that the U.S. Constitution be obeyed!
The U.S. press initially described the crowd as “tens of thousands.” It was so big that, by evening, even the Capitol police had not yet released an estimate of its size, but British press observers pegged it at two million!
America was born in protest and a new generation is carrying on the tradition. It is not an idle thing. They could have gone to a football or baseball game. Instead, they came to Washington, D.C.
Only fools would dare ignore them.
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