August 28th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
12 years ago

'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - They're angry and not going to take it anymore. And now they are doing something about it – again.

On Friday, the "Tea Party Express" group will travel cross-country on a bus tour starting in Sacramento, California and winding down in Washington, D.C. on September 12.

It's at that point, the group notes, that a three-day march on the nation's capitol will take place to protest the country's rising deficit and fear over taxes being raised.

The tea party movement gained momentum this year as several parties were held across the country this summer to protest President Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plans, among other things.

On July 4, nearly 2,000 advocates - toting signs and chanting slogans - rallied outside Congress. Activists said the TEA Party Day - an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already" - was in response to what they called runaway government spending.

But now, the focus is namely on health care reform – a key issue that has created the spark for a bigger, wide-encompassing debate throughout the country and in Congress.

"What brought everything together was the Obama-care idea, which contains every odiferous objection," Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams said Friday. "Is it health care? [Ted] Kennedy care?"

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  1. Jon

    Got to love people who spout about healthcare for everyone when they refuse to use it themselves( senators ). The new care will increase the demand with out raising the supply. How do the senators plan to fix that problem? Why is the government telling me that I have to have health care anyway? I'd like to do that myself thanks. I'm still not completely dumb, my rights are my rights.

    August 28, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Mark

    I love these folks!!!

    August 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. CanadianLexie

    It just amazes me that people can't put two thoughts together on this whole debate! What the USA has now is disciminatory and should be against the law!
    Don't people understand it's the insurance companies and doctors who are putting all this BS into the media to fire up people who don't/won't take the time to understand on their own. Once again, being lead like little mice by the wonderful Insurance Pipers.
    I listen intently to people on tv talking about 'death panels' LOL
    Give me a break!! What do you think your wonderful insurance companies have been doing for decades? They decide every day if grandma is going to be treated any longer for her long term illness!!

    Proud to be Canadian where EVERYONE, regardless of how much you can afford, is treated without question. And if you believe the propaganda that the Canadian health care system is so bad – ask the hundreds of US people who come by bus loads across the border to get their pescriptions. Ask a Canadian – don't trust a US politician with an agenda.

    August 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Carl

    You know, we conservatives WERE complaining when Bush wasted billions on construction projects in Iraq that were poorly managed. But you liberal loonies get something straight...Bush defended our country against terrorism...that's in the constitution, just in case you didn't know (and it's obvious you don't). Why are we conservatives upset now? Because Obama, Pelosi and Reid insist on trillion-dollar give-aways intended to serve only one purpose...get them reelected. And how are these trillions of dollars being used? To dismantle our democratic republic and replace it with an elitist-controlled, Government-owned socialist dictatorship. Where is that in the constitution? I tell you get the constitution amended to include what this treasonous government is doing and I'll stop fighting against it. As for me, I still honor the oath I took as a Marine to support and defend the constitution against all enemies...foreign AND DOMESTIC. Guess which category left-wing radical socialists fall in?

    Keep drinking the kool-aid all ends in 2010

    August 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. SweetP

    What a bunch of Loosers!!

    August 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Sari

    This both sickens and irritates me. I think the real reason these protesters are trying to destroy health care reform is that working toward being rich isn’t nearly as enjoyable for them if they can’t see the difference when it comes to how much better their health care is versus the suffering of everyone else. I would argue that they don’t see how bad things really are outside of Suburbia, except I think they do. I think that they are riding the thrill of schadenfreude as far as they can, and using it to bolster their belief that they personally did things “the right way”.

    August 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Len Smith

    What a bunch of dead beats. They know nothing about why they are protesting and nothing about healthcare. Wait until they need it. It will be mighty expensive if we don't pass healthcare, NOW. Deal with insurance companies and have them tell you what they will do and what they won't do, and what medication to take and when to stop a medication, because they want you to take another kind.

    Where are these people coming from? Mars?

    August 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    Please continue...the Flat Earth society still exists today (no kidding), with staggering opposition to evidence that our Earth is, indeed, roundish.

    What I'd like to know is what segment of this crowd also believe the Earth has only been around for 6,000 years? It's a valid question.

    Too often facts, evidence and science are ignored in lieu of hear-say, misinformation and a stubborn will that rejects any valid argument against one's stance. History has left this segment of people behind, much like the conspiracy theorists of the past, which is helpful to those of us wishing to move forward.

    August 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Carl

    Typical liberals...attempt to discredit the messenger instead of simply answering the questions. I that because there is no reasonable answer to a few reasonable questions? I guess that's all they can train you to do in the new employee handbook when you join ACORN.

    August 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Rigging

    Thank God for those good Americans willing to say something against the Supreme leader. Obama is the worst President of my lifetime. Any mid-level executive in my company has more experience than who we have running the country. He is a sham and a joke and its clear the Amerincan public has buyers remorse.

    August 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Tarheel

    The democrats have done a pretty good job so far at redistributing the wealth in this country from the ones who earned it to the "poor". The only question is when do you start the transfer of land and property owned by the rich to the poor. It worked so well in Zimbabwe.

    August 28, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Republicanssuckbigtime

    The morons are on the march!!

    August 28, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. nea

    some of you have a nerve talk about people on Welfare well they are people too not everyone wants a handout i worked hard all my life as well every since i was 13 i started working with my Mother doing side jobs i also worked on the farm as well and their was a time i was on welfare but i wanted to do better so i worked my way up and now Thank GOD i work 2 jobs a partime health care worker and a full-time production worker for a pharmeucetical company. so just because i voted for President Obama now dont mean im on welfare which nothing is wrong with if you dont have a choice and want and are trying to do better. Everybody will need help at 1 point in life and some have to welfare or whatever to make it and some may have the support of family that can afford to help them. So im glad that Government is there for the sake of people like me which had no choice but to turn to.

    August 28, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Kahuna

    You see, this is what happens when people actually believe the garbage that Limbaugh and Beck, et. al. spew.

    They probably think Iraq attacked us on 9-11 as well.

    August 28, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Obama Victim

    isn't it interesting that when the left was protesting the war...they were "concerned citizens" but when these people express their views and cocerns about government they get trashed.......does anyone know how to spell "hypocrites"

    August 28, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Joan

    These people probably all have health insurance and don't care about anyone else. It might be interesting if some of them get a serious illness and are dropped by their insurance providers so that they have to spend thousands of dollars or go into bankruptcy. Then they might look at the health care issue quite differently

    August 28, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Tough Lady, NC

    Great Reality Show Entertainment. They have been brainwashed by Communists. And they call themselves Patriotic. Don't these people work or are they collecting government unemployment. I am sure they are not refusing govrnment help, how many traded in clunkers, their gramdma gets social security or medicare, their children or grandchildren attend public schools(local, state, federal money. They need to get a life and a GED, because the federal government helps everyone. They are traveling on Interstate highways(federal money). Don't get me started. Have a Great Weekend Everyone. Yesterday is Gone, Today is Here and Tomorrow is a New Day.

    August 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. AntiRush

    What are these people talking about. Obama hasn't raised taxes. Oh wait. They must be responding to the Republican position that a new health care plan will raise taxes. It's funny how the Republicans didn't complain that taxes would go up when Bush spent billions on the ill-sdvised war in Iraq. How do they think we are going to pay for the war?

    August 28, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. sopastey

    So sad....these are surely the same folks who brag about going to church every Sunday and you ought to be generous and giving....

    but to SUGGEST....that they give a little money out of their pockets to help people get the most basic of .....that sends them into a RAGE!

    August 28, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Neutralizer

    TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party is good. They're standing up for America, they're from every walks of life , democraps, republicans, greene, libertarian, independents. The biggest group of TEA Party goers are Independent voters; they're also the BIGGEST group of voters. Democraps will be losing a lot of seats next year, people are angry, very angry with democraps.

    August 28, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. IndyVoter

    Some people just like living in their fantasy bubble that has no grounding in reality that even when presented with facts, they will cling to a lie......March on O ye Americans. Its your right, even though you are flat out WRONG.

    August 28, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. T Mckinley

    "What brought everything together was the Obama-care idea, which contains every odiferous objection."

    Odiferous Objection #1: Barack Obama, a black man, is President of the United States.

    Odiferous Objection #2: Barack Obama, a black man, might be a successful President of the United States if we do not stop him.

    I wonder if these are the REAL "odiferous objections"?

    August 28, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    All the talking heads can say is that these people are opposed to healthcare. When will they listen and understand that we are against all government control in our everyday life. Against socialism. The media and administration would like to make the issue healthcare, but people have started to realize that our freedom is the real issue.

    August 28, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Chandler

    The worst thing about this, is that it is obvious that these people are incredibly misinformed about what reform would actually mean. I can not believe that the Republican Party, Michael Steele, Sarah Palin, Rush, Newt, and the entire cast of Fox News can be allowed to distribute such unfactual information. These protests seem incredibly ignorant in the eyes of the world. Insurance company fat cats are sitting back, laughing at how gullible the American people are and how easily they will do their bidding.

    August 28, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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