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. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    I don't like all these taxes and gov't spending either, but some of these people need to get a job, and a life.

    August 28, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    The Obama Administration has been making a series of miscalculations, each of them putting American taxpayers into the newest deepest hole we have ever been in. They underestimated unemployment so the 'first' $1 trillion stimulus did not keep it at 8%.
    They overestimated the economic recovery so that the defecit for the next 10 years is going to be $2 trillion higher.

    Every indication is that they will continue spending and march us into deeper and deeper debt. What is the magic number that liberals will finally choke on ( $100 trillion ? $250 trillion ) before they admit this is a problem and how much time will this administration get before it starts looking at actually managing the Federal spending? How many more expensive programs can they blow money on with no results?

    Yes, it's time now to march and wave signs. This has already gone too far and nothing is getting fixed. The more noise the better!

    August 28, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    Doesn't anyone see this trend in GOP politics and antics ? The GOP loses and the right wing wierds come out. Remember history 1993, Waco Texas, a right wing religious disaster. 1995 the bombing in Oklahoma, and what was McVey wearing ? The same shirt the idiots wear at the town halls that Obama attends. The religious right gets more involved, more abortion doctor killings. Do we see a pattern after the GOP loses an presidental ? I am for the 2nd amendment but lets be fair. When our founding fathers created it they had no idea about technology and the vast amounts of easy access to automatic weapons. I hust and fish but I don't use a ak 47. This really scares me when you see whats going on. GOP control your right.

    August 28, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Can spreading lies and misconception still be considered "educating". CNN you might want to amend the article to use the right terminology.

    August 28, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Alfred E. Neumann

    The Tea Party is working for the common man just like Ted Kennedy.

    Why is CNN villifying them in such a manner.

    They want fiscal responsibility and more in the pocket of the common.

    Yet we read comments that are vulgar and offensive. Ted Kennedy would be sad indeed. Ted was a saint don't you know.

    CNN – just another cable outlet filled with bias and censorship.

    August 28, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Kevin B

    These folks are the willfully ignorant and uneducated, they are the result of 8 years of the dumbed down , fear mongering GWB presidency.

    Americans must focus on reason and civility over contrived irrational, fear driven emotionalism from the shrill right wing.

    August 28, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Jack in Florida

    I can't believe what sore losers the Republicans are.......Bush created the deficit that we now have and Obama is attempting to get out of the mess he inherited. Fools come in all shapes and sizes.....

    August 28, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Tim

    I think that the reporters need to do their diligence in checking out the funding for this lunatic show. It reminds me of the things the La Rouche organization does.

    August 28, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. notfooledbydistractions

    They're stupid, gullible lemmings that have been convinced that health care reform is bad. If they did they're research, they'd realize that they'd be the beneficiaries of of solid, cost effective health care system for years to come.

    So it's ok to go into debt for needless wars, but it's wrong to spend on millions of Americans to benefit. Dolts.

    August 28, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. O P Gomillion

    JUST OPEN YOUR EYES, Dumbocraps, and you can see the headlines of > $9 Trillions deficit now thanks to Obama "Helping" the citizens of this country. No thanks, we don't need more of the same. How many more trillions will Obama add to the deficit with Obamascare? Who the devil do you think is going to pay for all this?

    August 28, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. donttreadonme

    It is true most people want Healthcare reform but...... most people do not want the Government Option!

    Just more lies by liberial socialists.

    August 28, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. JAC

    Who pays for the buses? The people riding them do. They are not whackos. They're your neighbors and mine. They're single, partnered and family people. They have everyday concerns like paying for property taxes, Federal, State and local income taxes, Social Security taxes, sales taxes, self employed taxes, utility bills, food bills and more. They're trying to save for their childrens' college educations. They worry about their families and friends in the military and the health and safety of their communities. They were raised on the American dream in school, temple and church. They admire the successful and want to move up the same ladder for themselves and for those who follow. They love this country and want it to always be the best. What they have seen their government doing lately concerns them. They want to be heard. Let them speak.

    August 28, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. JD

    I seem to recall that 0bama ran on a campaign of "hope and change." Yet all his style of government has been has been "ruin and bully." And all I ever hear from the 0bama supporters is "Bush this and Bush that."

    Quit whining and offer something besides socialism and maybe the rest of us real Americans will give you clowns the time of day!

    August 28, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    The health care industry is spending 1.5 million a day to spread lies, fear and hate among the gullible.

    August 28, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Buford

    OMG...Are you serious. These people are crazy. The last 8 years of "BUSH" is the only reason that our defict is out of controll. The Republicans said nothing with all the spending that Bush made. God forbid that Obama try to help the people unlike Bush and gets hell for it. We can see that the Republicans care nothing for the American people but only for their on selves and their own pockets.

    August 28, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Chris Kirkpatrick

    First, let me say that I appreciate people exercising their right to peaceful protest. What concerns me, though, is the idea that these Tea Parties are divisive in their intent. They seem more concerned to stir up anger and discontent rather than in creating a dialogue between the parties. I also take issue with the concept of the Tea Parties themselves. Historically speaking, the Boston Tea Party was the result of the American Colonies discontent of "taxation without representation" but these people have a voice in our government under our current system just like everyone else.

    What saddens me is that the election of Barack Obama has brought out the best and, yes, the worst in people. I have heard more negativity from both sides and my heart breaks. We're on the same team people, but we will never move forward, we will never go anywhere if we keep on digging in our heels and refuse to do something positive.

    This is America, for God's sake! It's about time we start acting like it!

    August 28, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. why

    Where were these people when we sent thousands of men and women to Iraq to die? Why didn't we all protest? Why can't we now sit down and work out the problems of our country instead of SCREAMING AT EACH OTHER ???? I believe there is not a problem that can't be solved if we care enough to resolve it. What happened to country first instead of party? In this country now, you're going to hell if you're a Democrat and only Republicans are going to heaven – this has got to stop.

    August 28, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. leapfrog

    If we could only harness the gas coming out of the mouths of the TEA partiers, we could tell the Middle East to go packing.

    August 28, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. BloodofPatriots

    The hypocrisy and outright lies so-called conservatives probably shouldn't amaze us as much as they do. I guess some things you just don't get used to. I wish the reporter had asked Mr. Williams why, if they're as mad at Republicans as they are at Democrats, we keep seeing Obama's name on the signs with nary a Republican name in sight. Or maybe he should have been asked why, if they're protesting taxes, so many of the signs are off-topic and/or racist.

    This is no "silent majority". This is a crowd of activists paid to shout hatred and ignorance.

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

    Not only do they not have jobs, but they homeschool/brainwash their children so that they think this is the right thing to do.

    As others have said, silent as church mice for 8 years while our 401K were gutted, we lost tons of jobs because of lack of government attention to Wall Street shenanigans, we spent trillions on a war in a country we had no business being in, but let someone suggest something like healthcare for all, which would save us all money on the amount each one of us spends, not to mention resolve half of the bankruptcies in this country? Oh, yeah... they're all mad now.

    August 28, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Mike Sk

    Here comes the Hate Obama tour to your town. Get your tickets to the Just say NO march on Washington.

    August 28, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

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

    I wonder how well these protestors actually understand health care...HIPAA, COBRA, the difference between a PPO, HMO, etc. This debate isn't about who can scream the loudest, it should be about what is right and best for the American people. In the long run, it costs our country less money to take care of people who have had insurance and have been able to use it. Pharmaceutical companies are worried that the rates of heart disease and diabetes will go down, because then people won't need to be forced to take medication for the rest of their lives. And insurance companies love taking money from healthy people and dropping coverage for the sick. Insurance is about spreading the risk, and they haven't been doing this. We need reform now!!!

    August 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Never Repub again

    Repubs dont love America, ONLY MONEY. Dont believe their lies, and donate to the DNC, and now.

    August 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Bill Sampson

    A bunch of nuts with a lot of time on their hands. All contrived and funded by the "health" insurance lobby.

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