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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
Is Hillary Using 9/11 To Expand Federal Role in Health Care?
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Is Hillary Using 9/11 To Expand Federal Role in Health Care?

BY Amanda B. Carpenter

There are signs in the Senate record of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) that she has never abandoned her dream of federalizing the U.S. health care system. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Clinton has pushed an escalating series of proposals to make the federal government the funder and regulator of new health care programs for “first responders” and others who may suffer ailments as a result of the attacks.

10/24/2006
Net Neutrality Debate Turns Ideological
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Net Neutrality Debate Turns Ideological

BY Matt Kibbe

High-tech giant Google, locking arms with MoveOn.org and a host of high-tech lobbyists, is pressing Congress to pass "net neutrality" mandates purportedly needed to protect the open nature of the Internet, where all consumers, content providers, and application providers can interact.

06/13/2006
Net Brutality: Pro-Regulator Strikes Protest Warrior
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Net Brutality: Pro-Regulator Strikes Protest Warrior

BY Amanda Carpenter

FreedomWorks staffer and Protest Warrior Brendan Steinhauser was struck with a sign by a "net neutrality" supporter when he counter protested their Capitol Hill presser.

05/18/2006
Net Neutrality Nonsense
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Net Neutrality Nonsense

BY Arpan Sura

The current system of an unregulated Internet has fundamentally enhanced the way we communicate and conduct business. Unfortunately, several senators with little understanding of technology or economics are pushing for new government regulations called "network neutrality" that would alter what has made the Internet so successful in the first place.

05/05/2006
Conservatives Renew Their 'Contract'
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Conservatives Renew Their 'Contract'

BY Robert B. Bluey

Members of the Republican Study Committee gathered on Capitol Hill this morning to outline their alternative spending plan, cleverly named the “Contract With America, Renewed.” See Ivy’s complete report on the press conference for more details. FreedomWorks rounded up the large swath of supporters (and nice-looking signs). Special thanks to Matt Lahr from Rep. Mike Pence’s office for providing the photos. For photos of event, visit: http://www.humaneventsonline.com/blog-detail.php?id=13061

03/01/2006
National Review in '72
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National Review in '72

BY Alan Reynolds

One of many delightful surprises at National Review's 50th anniversary celebration was a marvelous new book by Priscilla Buckley, "Living It Up at National Review." Living it up? Aren't conservatives supposed to be deadly dull? One story I remember well. William F. Buckley's puckish sisters Priscilla and Carole conspired with the impish senior editors Jeff Hart and James Burnham to put together a bogus issue of the magazine while Bill was out of the country. The editorials were to contain every element of bad writing and bad taste we could dream up.

10/13/2005
Kerry's Class Warfare: Wrong War, Wrong Enemy, Wrong Means
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Kerry's Class Warfare: Wrong War, Wrong Enemy, Wrong Means

BY Jack Kemp

I agree with Bill Bennett's description of the first presidential debate on Sept. 30, which centered on foreign policy, the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism: "John Kerry won the debate, but President Bush won the argument."

10/08/2004
Black Conservative Tops North Carolina Primary
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Black Conservative Tops North Carolina Primary

BY John Gizzi

Vernon Robinson, a black conservative graduate of the Air Force Academy who serves as a Winston-Salem alderman, was top vote-getter in the first round of the Republican primary in North Carolina's 5th Congressional District. Robinson, who pulled 24%, now faces an August 17 runoff with State Sen. Virginia Foxx, who pulled 21%. Robinson was the most conservative candidate in the field.

07/26/2004