September 12th, 2009
12:29 PM ET
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Tea Party Express rallies against 'big government'


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. N

    More power to these people, everyone has the right to assemble and voice their opinion. It’s what this country is based on, freedom. When we lose the freedom to express ourselves, it will be a really sad day. Right now we are all over the world pushing our fundamental rights on others, while we ourselves are not paying attention to our own back yard, we are losing them here at home and the world is laughing so loud that we cannot even hear it for our own stupidity. This is not about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about we the people. I see a lot of posters out there saying one party should shut up, because the other won an election. You are all wrong, this country does not belong to either party, it belongs to the people, and both parties elected officials need to shut up, and listen to the people.

    September 12, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Wade

    This teaparty picture looks just like the country-western crowd who enjoys the Chili Cookoff's across the country. Where is Brookes & Dunn when you need them?

    September 12, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Aubrey

    No rain no rainbows. Taxation is a fact of life- we all need to put a little extra in the pot to help bring our country out of the hole it's in. I don't think these people realize that a lot of programs are not in place simply because they are "nifty"- they're things that are aimed to increase the overall wellness of the American people through education, health, and lower crime rates. I'm no supporter of careless spending, such as what I think happened with the automakers and the banks, but I do support spending reasonably. These protesters would see our President and our Country fail before giving a dime to anything that make actually help.

    September 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Angie in Pa

    Wow Why didnt they come out when Bush and Republicans were spending us in to a hole with Iraq and Bailouts oh because we have a Black President now and these Fruitcakes cant accept it!

    September 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. 1984

    Its surprising how many people can be bought to march.

    September 12, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Len Smith

    These people got where they are because of a great government, and now they want to bring it down. They will be very sorry if they are successful, however, not all people are as stupid as they appear to be. Most probably don't even know who represents them in congress.

    September 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Jane/Seattle

    Many of these folks have legitimate concerns, but they rally on the wrong side of issues to blame Obama who is NOT the guiltiest party in this mess created since Reagan and others began the incremental erosion/elimination of U.S. Laws and government structures
    and controlling departments. Why do these folks who usurp authority over the masses not have to do drug/integrity tests as we who work for unethical/immoral companies must be squeaky clean. How easily indiscretions, moral weaknesses, and outright law-breaking are condoned/excused for these folks as countless brown-skinned and others get sent to prisons with disproportionate sentencing by race or low income folks pay with years in lucrative prisons? Not fair an we cry FOUL! I've sued a company for non-payment of overtime and got many paid their just wage as the owners run free for lawbreaking to enmass large fortunes. Capitalism has run amuck and who corrects this. No one. Yes, we have reasons to protest. if only these Tea Folks could see that we are deliberately mislead to creat the divisions that cement the elites power. Elementary. These are the true Minorities. We are the Majority! We can take them out without a shot fired to follow the M.L. King's and Mahatma Gandhi's. Let it be.

    September 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    I've seen this racist picture before, one of Hitler's speeches back in 1933, on the newsreel. Same old racists propaganda, same old racist message, same old crap, just different day, and different bunch idiots. Look at all the racist signs, WOW, Hitler would certainly be proud of this gang of thugs. Joseph Goebbels is alive and well. Oh well, tomorrow's Sunday, and this hypocritical bunch will all be in Church, Praisin' the Lord and Hallelujah. God Help us all, our country is doomed to repeat history. The Rise and Fall of a pseudodemocracy, we call the U.S.A. True Democracy does not recognize racism.

    September 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. thomson

    I am watching tv and i see a lot of people protesting about the so called gov spending on health and high taxes, they also claim they made their way to washington DC without any outside funding. To me this is evident that these people are richer than I am they can afford to go to washington DC stay in fancy hotels and probably visit a few places while the protest is in progress.
    i need health reform because i can not even afford to make a trip 50 miles from where i live for fear that i would be broke.
    in other words the rich and the wealthy are organizing because they benefit from this health care/insurance mulpractices and seeing the doors close or heavy duty gov competion would be devastating to their OBDURATE life saving/inheritance styles of living, how can you be proud of unfair and/or inhuman money making on the expense of adversly poor people for generation and generation? its a shame is there realy love in this world realy i mean seriously, if this trend is not stoped soon we will be looking at each other as animals do. atlist animals hunt for food, not jealous malice or personal gain and hate.

    September 12, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Connie, Indiana

    What I find interesting is this "tea baggers" want less government in their lives, less taxes etc etc., but when that anti-abortionist was killed yesterday, a "REPUBLICAN" was screaming for a federal investigation, when the state police hadn't even started their's, is there something wrong with this picture....No government intrusion in our lives etc etc and scream for federal government can't have it both ways....So if these tea-baggers don't want any government(federal) intrusion in their lives, the next time a flood, tornado, bridge collapse etc etc, happens they and their like can take care of it themselves and leave the government out of it... States will be on their own, then they will scream about which way is it...

    September 12, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. andrew

    wish I was there!

    Less faith in government more faith in the people!

    September 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Debra R

    1. For the federal govt to try to take over health care is unconstitutional. We do not have a "right" to free healthcare. The states have control of this issue
    2. I work so i can have insurance so you don't have to pay my way. I certainly do not want to pay for anyone else
    3.We have Medicare and medicaid. if they werer an correctly there would be no need for this.

    September 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Scott

    I am so sick of these idiots waving the Constitution, yet I doubt they have ever read it. The preamble and the section on congress, CLEARLY states....that government is charged with many things, including "providing for the common defense and promote the GENERAL welfare....etc". Why is it that these wing-nuts are perfectly happy with sinking $1 trillion dollars into two wars without having a way to pay for it yet are up in arms about trying to come up with affordable health care for all?? What a bunch of immoral hypocrites. Wake up people!!

    September 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Bryan

    LOL. When I read the first story about this, it was said that a few hundred were expected to show up! As usual, most liberal-biased news channels don't have a clue how many people actually have views opposed to their own biased reporting.

    September 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Connie, Indiana

    Oh and leave the constitution out of it. Quit using this as a instrument to substantiate your position...which by the way is kinda of ridiculous...

    September 12, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Just be honest tea baggers, you hate the President because he's black and you will never accept a black man no matter how intelligent, wise, compassionate or brilliant he is. Holding up signs with President Obama done up as hitler is not a protest, it is hate, pure and simple. You people are disgusting! BTW I am a middle aged white man, very educated and you bums are white traxx!

    September 12, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. republican VICTIM!

    Where were your protests when bush bankrupted this country with his illegal war based on a lie? When the rethuglicans deregulated the banks? When wall street was being bailed out? Where were you goons then???

    September 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. NadineCA

    So everyone who attends this thing and are on medicare or any goverment program should submit their name to be taken off these programs or they should shut the heck up.

    September 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. george clinton

    we do not need health care reform we need congressional reform.. from the white house,the senate and the house of representatives.,first they need to do away with their big health care which is private for them and go into the same options that the common people are able to affford no more or no less.. second do away with their retirement system and put them into social security, when these are accomplished then we can start on a path to reform health care in the Unied States of America...

    September 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Vote out all republicans

    Sure could have used your protests when bush and the republicans were destroying this country!

    September 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. FL for Change

    Why don't these people do something constructive to HELP this country...I don't know, like volunteer @ a homeless shelter, a nursing home, their local school. Then they would make a difference. Now, they just look like a bunch of Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck haters who have nothing better to do. They are simply laughable. And this from a white, conservative Republican (changing to Independent ASAP).

    September 12, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Independent

    Just were these people at during the Bush Administartion??????? Three quarters of this deficit is Bushes......

    Bush spent money right and left and some Republicans will admit that...NOW it is all the Democrats fault....DON'T think so people...

    September 12, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Will in Minneapolis

    If these people really want less government and lower taxes I would like to see them rely on less government services.

    They can start cleaning and disposing of their own trash, fix and pave the roads, deliver their own mail, stop receiving medicare, and not rely on the police to help them.

    September 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Grace

    I would like to know the ethinicity breakdown of this rally. It would be educational. Is this rally representative of the Nation or a protest under disguise?

    September 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Barbara Independent in NY

    In response to the "one woman", I can't imagine how anyone can think that waiting more than 50 years for health care reform is too fast. These "tea partiers" look like a sea of white people with no concern for anyone other than themselves. Honest citizens know the "real" agenda here–there's a huge segment of our population that can't deal with having an African American as our president. Tea party my behind.

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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