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Debate Over Tea Party Protest Numbers Masks the Real History Made
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Debate Over Tea Party Protest Numbers Masks the Real History Made

BY Rick Moran

It is a truism that protests in American history have been pretty much the province of the left. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, since most protests — especially in the 20th century — were to support the liberals’ idea of “progress” and the advancement of civil rights for blacks, women, Hispanics, gays, and other minorities.

09/14/2009
9/12: Race, the Tea Party Protesters and a Battle of Interpretations
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9/12: Race, the Tea Party Protesters and a Battle of Interpretations

BY Garance Franke-Ruta

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today brushed aside suggestions that Saturday's protests against President Obama were in any way racially motivated."I don't think the president believes that people are upset because of the color of his skin," Gibbs said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think people are upset because on Monday we celebrate the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse that caused a financial catastrophe unlike anything we've ever seen."

09/14/2009
Tea Partiers Take D.C.
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Tea Partiers Take D.C.

BY Connie Hair

An enormous crowd of conservatives gathered Saturday in Washington, D.C., for the 9-12 Patriots’ Rally at the West Steps of the Capitol Building to protest the Obama spending spree and tell Congress, “Enough."The crowd -- which appeared to be hundreds of thousands in number -- stretched down the mall and for several blocks to the West and also to the North and South along the avenues. It took all of the protesters several hours to complete the march from 14th Street down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Building. It was billed as the largest gathering of fiscal conservatives ever. Out-of-control spending, bailouts, the House passing the national “cap and trade” energy tax, the government takeover of the banking and auto industries and the current proposal for government-run health care were the hot topics of the day as people from every state in the Union traveled to the nation’s capitol to attend the massive protest."The president has warned us if we disagree with him he's going to call us out," Fox News reported Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) as saying. "Well, Mr. President, we are out."“This is the most exciting thing that’s happened since I’ve been in Congress,” said DeMint, who spoke with HUMAN EVENTS before addressing the crowd. “You see Americans from all over the country from all ages and political parties come here to take back their government.”I asked the senator what the people were saying to him. “A lot of them try to encourage me, tell me not to give up,” DeMint said. “They know I’m one of a small number. They say, ‘Speak for us. Don’t back down. Keep fighting.’ They’ll hold up their children and say, ‘This is what I’m fighting for.’ I haven’t heard anything about ‘Republican’ -- this is not a ‘Republican’ rally. This is a freedom rally. I think it’s going to help realign politics in America. I think you’re going to see a lot of Republican primaries, a lot of conservative Republicans running against maybe incumbents who have not been true to the message in the House and the Senate. I think you’ll see more Republicans winning in the general elections in surprise states that we don’t expect them normally to win.”Did the Democrats and the President misread their “we won” mandate?“They really did because we keep hearing the President won, but he didn’t run on this stuff,” DeMint said. “He didn’t run on a trillion dollar government spending stimulus. He promised no earmarks, and he’s signed thousands of them. He didn’t run on national health care. If he’d have run on the things he’s doing he wouldn’t have been elected. So this is a bait and switch if I’ve ever seen one.”House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana also spoke to HUMAN EVENTS before his speech.“It’s overwhelming and profoundly encouraging,” Pence said. “After fighting against runaway spending here in Washington, D.C. over the last nine years, this crowd looks like the cavalry to me.”I also asked Pence about all the shout outs he was getting from the throngs in attendance.“We’ve had a lot of shout outs and a lot of encouraging waves,” Pence said. “It’s evidence to me that Americans are tuned into Washington, D.C. like never before. They’re aware of those of us who are fighting for limited government and they’re also aware of the runaway federal spending that has happened under Republican and Democrat administrations and I think they’ve had it.” What does this say about 2010?“I think that’s all up to the President and the Democrats,” Pence said. “They’re going to either get the message before the election or they’re going to get the message on Election Day. I really do believe this is not a Republican movement, this is not a Democrat movement, this is an American movement that wants to see American ideals and principles put into practice again here on Capitol Hill.”Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee was also on hand to address the huge crowd.“It’s absolutely incredible,” Price told HUMAN EVENTS. “People as far as you can see. It’s just phenomenal. American patriots from all 50 states who’ve come to say we want our government back. These are hard-working Americans from all over, from all walks of life and it is incredibly inspiring. All they want is the government to listen, and if the government doesn’t listen, they’re going to take it back.” And you’re here to listen?“Amen,” Price said with a big smile.Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), another conservative warrior, was very enthusiastic about the turnout and the message.“I think the crowd has far exceeded the estimates that Capitol Hill police were prepared for today,” Blackburn said. “All the way from the White House to the Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue is packed with people. To me, it’s exciting. It’s people showing up, defending their liberty because they care deeply about America and they are the ones making the sacrifices to be here this weekend.”“People want to make certain that the message gets to Congress, that they are tired of the spending, they’re tired of the bureaucracy, they’re tired of Washington trying to run their lives,” Blackburn added. “I think this says that people are looking for a housecleaning in 2010 of people who got elected saying one thing and came to Washington and did another.”I also caught up with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) in the crowd. “This is fantastic,” Gohmert said. “This is America finally waking up and letting its voice be heard because for far too long the American people’s government has been taking power away from them. Thomas Jefferson said the natural course of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain. Government has gained so much and liberty has yielded so much that this is absolutely essential to get liberty back into the hands of the people -- which is where our divine Creator meant for it to be. But like any inheritance, you don’t get to keep it unless you’re willing to fight for it.”“This cannot stop today,” Gohmert added. “It has got to carry through the election next year or people will continue to lose their liberties.”Best sign of the day: “Can you hear us now?”

09/14/2009
March On, My Friend
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March On, My Friend

The Morning After, I struggle to find the words to fully explain the significance of what happened yesterday at the March on Washington.  The day belongs to the thousands of volunteers who joined together to organize this marvelous day.  To those who worked so hard, and to every single American that marched: Thank You. The crowd was HUGE.  Any reporter that claims thousands, or even tens of thousands of attendees was either not there or was willfully misreporting the significance of the event.

09/13/2009
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Check out photos of FreedomWorks' events so far!

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09/11/2009
FreedomWorks Dominating the News
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FreedomWorks Dominating the News

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09/11/2009
Obama's health reform speech galvanizes opponents
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Obama's health reform speech galvanizes opponents

BY Matthew Bigg

ATLANTA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Congress on healthcare reform has galvanized activists opposed to his proposals who plan a mass march on Washington on Saturday as the next step in their campaign. Groups that reject Obama's reform and seek limited government and lower taxes said that nothing they heard in Wednesday night's speech to a joint Congress session would deter them. Instead, it provided fresh fuel for their opposition to the government plans for the $2.5 trillion sector, in part on the grounds that it would raise the country's budget deficit -- a charge Obama denies. That opposition took the form of often rowdy town hall meetings over the summer and Saturday's march provides a new opportunity for the campaign to seize the agenda, they said. "Every group (going to the march) has its own agenda but we have a common agenda to get the country back," said Jack Staver, who leads a Tea Party Patriots group in northern Georgia and plans to attend the march. At least 20,000 people are expected for the march, said Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union, a conservative group. The event will gather groups including FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union, the Tea Party Patriots and Smart Girl Politics, all of which rely on the Internet and social networking sites to communicate with members. The groups said they have seen a spike in membership and activism since a political fight over a big economic stimulus package passed by Congress in February, and again more recently over healthcare. "We are educating and motivating citizens to get involved in this debate through petitions, faxes, phone calls, personal visits," said Ron De Jong of the conservative Grassfire.org group. "Obama's speech has only galvanized our opposition." MARCH DAY AFTER 9/11 ANNIVERSARY But supporters of Obama said he succeeded during the speech in clarifying a series of gross distortions of his reform plans perpetuated by conservative opponents for political reasons. Marches on Washington are a potent symbol because of a 1963 civil rights march at which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Saturday also falls one day after the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Groups participating in the march said Obama's speech made little difference to their opposition plans. "There wasn't anything new in the speech except that it gave us new talking points," said Rebecca Wales of Smart Girl Politics, a conservative women's organization founded last year. For many conservatives, the stimulus package, Obama's energy reform bill and now healthcare reform evoke raw anger because they view them as fundamental violations of the way the United States should be governed. "He (Obama) is an out-and-out Communist," said Lynn Kartchner, who runs a gun shop in Douglas, Arizona. "He's a Socialist to the core and he doesn't really care who he has to steal from to get what he wants. What he wants is power. "He wants as many people as possible totally dependent on the government, just like the Soviet Union," Kartchner said. These activist groups share a common position with many Republican politicians as well as with lobby and industry groups opposed to Obama's healthcare plans. Many draw inspiration from conservative talk radio. Opposition to healthcare provides a focus for conservative energy but, in the longer term, several activists said they were focused on congressional elections in November 2010. Republicans lost ground in congressional elections in 2006 and 2008 but many conservatives believe public anger over healthcare reform proposals provides an opportunity to change that trend. (Additional reporting by Tim Gaynor in Arizona; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Bill Trott)

09/11/2009
Health-Care Reform, One Stop at a Time
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Health-Care Reform, One Stop at a Time

BY Daniel Eggen

President Obama's supporters hope to recapture the energy of last year's triumphant election campaign in a bid to regain control of the health-care debate, planning more than 2,000 house parties, rallies and town hall meetings across the country over the next two weeks. The initiative began Wednesday with a rally at a labor hall in Phoenix that featured the Obama sunrise logo and placards that became fixtures of the 2008 presidential campaign.

09/11/2009
Fiscal Conservatives Plan ‘Largest Gathering Ever’
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Fiscal Conservatives Plan ‘Largest Gathering Ever’

BY Katharine Q. Seelye

A demonstration against government spending and “socialized health care” planned for Sept. 12 in Washington could become “the largest gathering of fiscal conservatives ever,” organizers said on Thursday. Among the sponsors of the march is FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group that was instrumental in fueling opposition to a health care overhaul at town hall-style meetings this summer. The National Taxpayers Union and the Tea Party Patriots are also major sponsors. The groups began building momentum earlier this year with opposition to President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan and bank bailouts. Over the summer, their opposition to big government spending found an outlet at the health-care town halls. Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, said that the groups had started planning the protest and obtaining permits last February, realizing that Congress would be returning to Washington this month and taking up major legislation, including health care. “Health care has always been one of our primary focuses, and we guessed right about the timing,” he said in an interview. “It is emblematic of this broader theme about spending money we don’t have and the government getting involved in things it has had no success on.” Asked if Medicare was not a success, Mr. Kibbe said it was underfunded, broken and financially unsustainable. Organizers said in a conference call that they expected tens of thousands of people at the march but could not predict a number because many demonstrators planned to come on their own. They also said that the crowds were not being “ginned up.” “All we’ve done is create the space for these guys to show up,” Mr. Kibbe said. “If they aren’t angry enough to pay their own way, we couldn’t gin it up.” Andrew Moylan of National Taxpayers Union said that his group had been around for 40 years and only now were thousands of new people responding to the movement. “The story of this is that it’s not just conservatives anymore, who were always concerned about this,” he said. “It’s the story of the disaffected moderates who have had it up to here with the actions in Washington.” Adam Brandon, a spokesman for FreedomWorks, predicted this would be the largest gathering ever of fiscal conservatives, distinct from the social conservatives who have organized major events around issues like abortion and gun rights. Fiscal conservatives, he said, had never really gathered in groups of more than a couple of thousand. “This is the beginning of a big tent on our side,” he said.

09/11/2009
My 9/11
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My 9/11

[These are my recollections as best I can recall. You can imagine that between the chaos and the years, some details may be slightly incorrect…but only slightly.] Eight years ago today, I was sitting in my office in Chicago when I saw news of an airplane hitting one of the World Trade Center buildings. My company’s New York office was just a few blocks away (at Rector and Trinity), with my partners, employees, and friends preparing for another trading day.

09/11/2009

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