January 7th, 2010
12:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Tea party song goes viral

Songwriter Ray Stevens dresses as a founding father in his YouTube sensation 'We the People.'
Songwriter Ray Stevens dresses as a founding father in his YouTube sensation 'We the People.'

(CNN) – By 1990, two-time Grammy award winning recording artist Ray Stevens had four albums that had sold more than 500,000 copies. In 2010 and at almost 71-years-old, his new single entitled "We The People" is a YouTube sensation that has been viewed one-and-a-half million times in three weeks.

In the song, Stevens lambastes "Obamacare," a popular term among dissidents of the Democratic health care reform bills. "You vote Obamacare, We'll vote you outta here, We the People have awaken to your tricks," the songwriter sings.

Stevens is shown in front of backdrops of the U.S. Capitol Building, President Obama's first State of the Union address, the White House lawn and a very bright American flag.

He also appears as almost every character in the nearly four-minute video, including a plumber, doctor, grandmother, construction worker, farmer and founding father.

The country singer is known for his novelty songs and in 2002 released a single that went gold entitled "Osama Yo' Mama."


Filed under: Health care • Tea Party movement
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Yes! Keep heading for the cliff losers. NY23 all over the country in 2010.

    January 7, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Dar

    I will say one thing about the tea party movement, They have a voice and it is getting louder by the day.

    And by the way Orange Curtain, CA, most of these tea baggers are very successful business owners that have made their own money the hard way, they worked for it and dont want to hand it over to the likes of you lazy Dem's that want everything for nothing.
    Try working and see how you can too, be a real American and pay taxes.
    2010/2012

    January 7, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    I pay taxes and I believe in this country and its elected government. The Tea Party people are sore losers, cowards and/or idiots. They belong on YouTube - coming up with real solutions to real problems is clearly beyond their collective ability or attention span.

    January 7, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    The Tea Party movement is taking back our government and returning it to the people. Democrats and Republicans can either get a clue or be pushed aside. Term limits for both the House and the Senate are on the way along with goverment at the size and cost the people can afford.

    January 7, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. notews

    not for nothing, but 1.5 million views in several weeks is not exactly the biggest youtube sensation. i think a cat playing the piano does that in 10 days.

    January 7, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I sure both sides will love bashing each other over this, but the truth is there is no difference if you vote Democrat or Republican Liberal or Conservative. We will get the same we have always received from big brother, the people who can attract the billions needs to be elected are not getting that money from the people.
    I say in 2010 ask who is funding you representative? Look to see where the money is coming from? If the money comes from outside your district then who do you think they will represent if they are elected or re-elected? We need to bring these professional politicians back into line.
    Think, if they are in office than put them out no matter what party they belong to, and if given a third party choice vote third party.

    January 7, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Ray Stevens is the corniest of country singers who wrote such cerebral hits as "Ahab the Arab", "Too Drunk to Fish" and "The Streak", about a streaker. Not one of your deep thinkers, which makes him a good fit for the Tea Baggers. Or, maybe he's latched on to them to revive a career that has long been over.

    Either way, this ain't news, CNN.

    January 7, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. John in Indy

    of course, when liberals don't have a cogent argument to argue a funny parody they resort to bomb-throwing name calling...

    January 7, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. jane seattle = jane hanoi

    CNN, why the term viral in the title? According to your goddess Hillary Clinton it is patriotic debate and disagree with any administration. Does that include the Obama administration?

    January 7, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Joe M

    Go Ray.....Anything to make Obozo look like the "TOAD" he really is..

    January 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Mike1952

    The liberals continue to shred the U.S. Constitution. The tea party movement seeks to save our country's foundational document. This movement is picking up steam each day. We're tired of democrats and republicans irresponsibility with, and abuse of, the power they have been entrusted with.

    January 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. jj wiggins

    oh and the jobless rate is at a 18 month low. but these caffiene drinking Rushbots will say bush put us on a path to this right... How about no.

    January 7, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Walt

    The Tea Party has 0 credibility because they never called Bush out when he expanded government or did the first bank bail outs. They are just an Obama/Democrat bashing group. If they were a group of conservative principles you would see them all rally around people like Ron Paul rather than Michelle Bachman.

    January 7, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Hasn't anyone in that group noticed that their lives were worse off after 8 years of Bush (and 30 years of Reaganomics)? Haven't they noticed that the GOP stirs up their fears and hatred to get them to the polls, then screws them over for the sake of the wealthy?

    FDR pulled us out of the Great Depression, lead our country to victory in WWII; Clinton left us with a budget surplus; Social Security, Voting Rights, Clean Air and Water, the Interstate Highway system, the National Parks system; the list goes on and on.

    Democrats put the people first; Republicans put money first.

    Democrats have ideas; Republicans have only fear, hatred and division.

    Why anyone would listen to teabaggers is beyond me ...

    January 7, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Whatever happened to Ray "Everything Is Beautiful" Stevens? He's turned out to be an easily duped fellow, along with all the other teabaggers.

    January 7, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Stu - Las Vegas

    Tea Party – Yeah, just a bunch of uneducated white folks that hate everyone and everything.

    Always screaming about higher taxes, you'd think they would have enough common sense to know "Public Education", Fire, Police, Military, are not FREE !

    Maybe, those folks would rather teach their own children, put out their own fires, and defend their own property.......

    Or maybe just cut taxes, then reduce teacher, fire, police, and military service peoples salarys, just to appease the Tea Partiers....

    I consider these people to be the epitome of "UN- American

    January 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Just because someone dresses up like an historical figure doesn't mean that figure would say these things ...

    Before the teabaggers get together, they should all have to pass a 9th grade U.S. history test before they can say or do anything ...

    January 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Lulu'

    There is no limit to the decadence!!!!!

    Poor country!!

    January 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. aware

    Bravo! :)

    Obama, the "prince of prevarication" needs to be revealed for who he really is!

    January 7, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Tired of The Rhetoric

    It's nice to see yet another wealthy Republican is weighing in on healthcare.
    Let's level the playing field and bill insurance based on a flat rate percentage of income or new worth and then let's seee how many people are against reform.
    Mr Stevens may fin himself paying 40 or 50,000 a month ( maybe more!) the the same coverage that a family eanring 40,000.00 would pay 1200.00
    It's funn how those on Medicare, have employee paid benefits, have money or goverment-related plans are all against reform.

    January 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. cmb

    Dang, I used to like him.

    January 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. HypocriCNN/FOX Nuisense Channel Of Fools!

    The Tea Baggers Should Title And Trademark Their Song As Follows. :We're Goverment Antichrists! :Hypocricy, Hear My Cry! :Don't Worry, It's The Democrats Fault Anyways! :Point The Finger! :The Trustfund Babies Inheritance Blues! ...And Finally :Somebody That Nobody Knows!

    January 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    I used to like Ray Stevens.

    January 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. ebooggie

    Where were these people when George Bush was running the country from a surplus to a deficit with his personal war against Saddam? Why weren't they concerned about the country then? A lot of these people are just Republicans disguising their racism as patriotism.

    January 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Angi's mom

    I'm not impressed. Would Ray Stevens and the Tea Partiers rather live the Bush years again?! Where were the cute songs entitled "Mission Accomplished" and "The American Economy are Fundamentally Sound".

    January 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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