September 12th, 2009
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Tea Party Express rallies against 'big government'

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Tens of thousands marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to protest health care reform. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) – On the final stop of the Tea Party Express, thousands 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 their trip in Sacramento, California, and made its way across the country, hosting rallies in about 30 cities. Washington is the final destination. Members gathered on the west side of the Capitol on Saturday.

At each stop, the tour highlights 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."

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. We can't afford these things any more.

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  1. Jack in Florida

    I guess it gives you a great view of these right wing nut jobs!!

    September 12, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Brian

    Where were all these "concerned Americans" duing the Bush Administration's eight years of rule, when government spending and growth was out of control?

    September 12, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    Teabaggers aren't defenders of freedom.

    They are childish sore losers who shout nonsense, HOPING TO CREATE CONFUSION while telling themselves that they're debating real issues.

    This movement isn't about defending civil liberties.

    At best, they're screaming to protect corporations' rights to continue, unregulated, to abuse our health care system in the name of profits.

    At worst, they're ignorant racists opposing a president because he's black.

    September 12, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. ICARE

    It's too late. Ya all should have done that the last four years. Where were you?

    September 12, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Death Panel Sarah

    Too bad the final stop wasn't the middle of the Atlantic!

    September 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. KP

    Wow thousands of fearful, hateful, angry white people Who want to return to our roots. I guess that means slavery, no health care, no rights for women, no modern technology or education, no rights for workers or minorities etc.

    September 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. RR

    no numbers given for the crowd size today?

    When will people wake up and realize democrats and republicans only care about two things: getting re-elected and sucking up to their big campaign contributors, whether their corporations, trial lawyers, activists with a radical agenda left or right, etc.

    Time to vote third party!

    September 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. D. Tree

    These "Tea-baggers" are so confused. They can't complain about taxes because President Obama gyve 95% of taxpayers a TAX CUT this year as part of the Recovery Act.

    So now they complain about "big government." The government isn't changing in size – its just being changed to represent YOU better!

    And wasn't that the original purpose of the Boston Tea Party? Its not just about taxes, its about REPRESENTATION, and we finally have a President who cares about representing the middle class, not just the wealthy 5%!

    September 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Tom in CA

    "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    I reckon the TEA Party wants an uncivilized society. Just look at the outbursts at the townhall meetings,etc., and Rep. Joe Wilson's vitriol during a Presidential address – the Grand Obstructionism Party is going down the road to making the USA a 3rd World Country.

    September 12, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. ib

    CNN and the rest of the country needs to look and see that these people are not only conservatives but demo's and independents as well. It will never happen the far left will pass them off as liers and far right wingnuts. In 2010 they will be forced to see the truth unless things change from what they are now and that means the far left moving toward center in order to keep controll.

    September 12, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Maria

    Let's hope that Obama and our representatives take notice and realize that time for Big Government is finally coming to a close.

    Next years election will see the Change we desire. The change that Obama promised and did not deliver. We don't need his kind of change....I can't believe that Obama actually expects us to "Serve" him as if we are all a bunch of slaves. He's half black, he shouldn't be advocating for "Slavery".

    September 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Beatrice B.

    Given the choice between the "tea party" crazies and the government, I'll take the government anytime.

    September 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. al in san diego

    what big corporate sugar Daddy is sponsoring these guys? They are the definition of "astroturf" in the grassroots context

    September 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. DA

    When will the media point out what is really going on with these group. These group are basically against anything that is being proposed by the President because he is BLACK!!! NONE of the idiot right wing said NO to Bush when he sent billions to Iraq due to his WAR!!! So now that we have a President that is out to help the people he is deemed a Socialist? PLEASE!!! This is just a bunch of folks who just can't seem to get over the fact that we are a country of all races and that we are now at a turning point where one race no longer is the majority when it comes to leading this country!!! GET OVER IT!!! TIME FOR THE MEDIA TO POINT WHAT THIS REALLY IS ABOUT!!!
    RACE!!!!

    September 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Jim

    Interesting Tea Party, from what I've seen on TV it's a party for "white's only". Interesting indeed.

    September 12, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. rickfro

    I hope those who speak against government involvement in health care say NO to medicare when they turn 65! My guess is they will welcome the government's involvement when it helps them.

    September 12, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Jane from NH

    I wonder how many of the marchers collect social security and are on medicare? From the video I've seen it looks like quite a few are senior citizens. Just a little hypocritical of them.....

    September 12, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. jim

    Right Wing Mentality: Republican President hijacks presidency and wins election b/c his father stacked the supreme ct and his brother ran elections in FL. Same president exploits fear from 9/11 attacks and pursues a war for personal gain and profit for fellow republicans in Iraq, playing the fear card to give billions to private contractors doing "security work". No problem. Four more years!!!
    Now, another president (one who is black) tries to make sure that the thousands of people who are dying in the US each due to lack of health care can get some relief............ Now they're PISSED and they're not going to take it!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. jim

    Right Wing Mentality: Republican President hijacks presidency and wins election b/c his father stacked the supreme ct and his brother ran elections in FL. Same president exploits fear from 9/11 attacks and pursues a war for personal gain and profit for fellow republicans in Iraq, playing the fear card to give billions to private contractors doing "security work". No problem. Four more years!!!
    Now, another president (one who is black) tries to make sure that the thousands of people who are dying in the US each due to lack of health care can get some relief………… Now they're MAD and they're not going to take it!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    If I were a republican I would be very worried, because these people are non-partisan. They hate government, whether it is run by republicans or democrats.

    September 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. BJ in NC

    Has anyone taken a close look at the appearance of the people taking part in this rally? If this was in the olden days, these people would not be allowed to come in the front door of their rich counter parts because they were embarassed by them. They too would have back door entry. They are so uneducated on the information available, they are being used as pawns in the chess game of "keeping the majority at a level that is beneath their status". Don't they (Cantor, Beohner, McCain, Pawlwnty, and et. al) have health care that we the real taxpayors pay for every day? If it wasn't so cynical and calculating it would almost be funny. The Tea Party, Birther, and Deathers should take a look in the mirror. You know like an individual is encouraged to do before they go out the door.

    September 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. g canada

    with all that has gone on in US in last 30 years needless wars, jobs being sent to lower wage countrys,then products sold back tp them, borrowing money from cummunist countrys to keep capitalism alive and people are protesting to keep there health care in the hands off the people that destroyed it with greed i can,t stop laughing

    September 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. wackymaggie

    Wow who'd a thunk you could get that many nuts in one place at one time. Do the have enough straight jackets to accomodate all those loons?

    September 12, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. disgusted

    So, they're not upset by any particular politician or party? That is why only GOP are invited to speak there. And why they shout out when the President is mentioned. And why they carry signs calling health care reform Obamacare. Sponsored by Dick Armeys organization.

    Not everyone is low info. Not buying it.

    September 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. lovable liberal

    Thousands! They should be covered by the media. But there were protests against the Iraq war where the protesters numbers in the tens or even hundreds of thousands. Those stories should have been covered for more than a single day, too.

    Some liberal media!

    September 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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