November 5th, 2009
09:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office

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Washington (CNN) - GOP leaders and thousands of Tea Party movement protesters gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to call House Democrats' health care reform bill a full-blown government takeover of the nation' health care system.

"My colleagues and I last week were wracking our brains trying to figure out what could we do, because quite simply Republicans don't have the votes to kill this bill," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told the crowd. "Every lever of power is controlled by one party now in DC. We tried to figure out what we could do. We knew that we were limited. But what we knew was unlimited was the voice of persuasion of the American people, and that's why you are here today with your voice of persuasion.

"....Let me assure you your efforts to stop this bill are being heard loud and clear. And I will guarantee you that we are committed to making sure that not one Republican will vote for this bill."

Actor John Ratzenberger, known partly for his role as Cliff Clavin in the 1980s sitcom "Cheers," slammed the Democratic bill as a form of socialism.

"These are Woodstock Democrats," he said at the rally. "We have to remember where their philosophy comes from. It doesn't come from America. It comes from overseas. It comes from socialism. And socialism is a philosophy of failure."

Police later arrested 12 protesters outside Pelosi's office for unlawful entry or disorderly conduct, according to Capitol Hill police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

Democrats have rejected an alternative $60 billion House GOP reform plan as inadequate for meeting the goals of expanding health coverage to most of the nation's 46 million uninsured while bringing down costs and ending controversial industry practices such as denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

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  1. STILL unemployed in Iowa

    The tea party are just petitioning against the american nazi pelosi.

    November 5, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Debi Wingate

    Seems to me that if the Dem's had staged such an event, it would have been a major news story on your network.

    November 5, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Ethan

    Those who would use imagery of Holocaust victims at a concentration camp - dead bodies piled like cord-wood - to serve their political agenda are truly the most disgusting people in the western world. Anyone who would defend that, much less bring it to a public event, has NO sense of human decency whatsoever. There is a word for people like that. PURE EVIL.

    November 5, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I guess that it could be said that the tea baggers are a lot more principled than the Kool Aid Drinkers that populate this site. These Kool Aid Drinkers are not even smart enough to realize that the very news agency and the issues that they support are getting close to going bankrupt because of loss of viewership and trust in what they report.

    Even Ted is very concerned about this and may make a move soon to take it back to avoid a total loss of his investment and time.

    Dream on Kool Aiders and meet your maker in 2010! Socialism is not an option in the United States. And finally, it you really like all these European Socialist Societies, why don't you move there and get out of the way!!

    November 5, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Barbara -

    Simply Google U.S. Senators campaign funds from Health Industry to see which Senators are getting HUGE campaign funds from this lobby. Very interesting.... Republicans dominate top then, but then check out the Blue Dogs. 'Nuff said – will answer your questions about the potential vote. Hold them accountable....

    November 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Southernhrt

    Some of you have commented that the Dems can pass anything they want because they are in the majority. True and those of us (not just a minority) will have to pay for this. Canada may have universal healthcare but how many of you have traveled to Canada. Believe me they PAY for this. Items at the grocery store and gas are twice as much as we pay here. Why do you think when they travel here they stock up on cigarettes and liquor because those are totally outrageous there. My boyfriend and I traveled through on our way to Alaska this summer and we only bought minimally food and fuel that we needed. We will all pay and pay dearly for only a small percentage of the population. My boyfriend has always been self-employed and by his choice did not buy health insurance. He should not be forced to buy insurance now. And yes he does pay for himself for any healthcare he needs. Nothing free.

    November 5, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. ASHER

    I love when one party continues to condemn the same actions they are generating with such statements and's amusing.

    November 5, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Most of the comments on this story are very childish and uninformed. To stoop to calling people names and disregarding what this legislation will do to our country's future is very disrespectful. I think many far left liberals have no idea what they are doing to destroy any chance of keeping the house or Senate next year and the presidency in three years. It's comments like these that keep me dead center and from taking anything you say seriously.

    November 6, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  9. eyeswideopen

    So I guess when democrats protest it's all flowers and peace signs. Does anyone remember the Vietnam and Iraq war protesters? What about ACORN protesting anything? Liberals are the biggest hypcrits out there. Get me approved for a home loan I can't afford, give me health care I don't have to pay for, pay me a huge salary with great benefits regardless of my quality of work. The union loving liberal mentality destroyed GM and is wrecking this country.

    November 6, 2009 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. Thomas

    Soldiers of Misfortune
    Volunteers or Victims
    Weapons of diversion
    Pawns of Power

    November 6, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. Allen

    Looks like the tea partiers have their own hollywood crazies. Keep it up morons, behavior like yours makes the passage of the healthcare bill all that much easier.

    November 6, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  12. ** AnOldTexasLass **

    Where were all these holier than thou wingnuts when the Bush/Cheney administration was ignoring the Constitution & stripping away our person freedoms the past 8 years?? What a bunch of hypocritical malcontents.

    November 6, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  13. CG

    What I love most about the Tea Baggers is the lack of contempt and rage shown during the Bush years. I can't possibly imagine this fundamentalist movement ever calling out Bush and the Republican party of the last 10 years for their socialist agenda. Let's see their is medicare D, destruction of civil rights through communications monitoring, oh and lets no forget Bush's pet Aids medication project in Africa.

    I have one question for Mr. Bohner, Mrs. Bachman and the other Republican voices at this event: Where were your votes during the Bush years while your party doubled the national debt?

    November 6, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  14. zago

    Keep them inside and feed them with a cup of tea everyday. They will develop a good sense of TEA

    November 6, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  15. Eyes Wide Open

    So let me see...

    Anti-War Protestors are Heroes and Great Americans. Protesting is the highest form of Patriotism.

    BTW, where are all those Code Pinkers, Nancy Sheehan – Remember the hero of CNN, who was on daily? Her views were unquestionable not because she lost a son in the war but because she was anti-Bush and would help John Kerry win an election.

    Guess what, she is still protesting but is no longer a useful idiot because she is protesting Afghanistan.

    So GET OFF OF IT, look right now, it's YOU who are being hypocrites by slandering protestors.

    I'd be willing to be it's memebers of Daily Kos dressed up and acting like Tea Partiers, getting arrested and trying to make the Tea Partiers look bad. Cause before this, NO ONE was ever arrested and the Code Pinkers can't feel good about themselves unless they are arrested.

    November 6, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  16. Gisele

    Did CNN cover the 9 activists arrested at "Traitor" Joe Lieberman's office on Thursday?

    November 6, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  17. lasvegasrose

    Having a grandmother who left Germany to escape the camps, I find it highly offensive to see that DACHAU sign. If those people hate the USA so much, I say LEAVE. Since ole Goofy couldn't even recite the pledge of allegiance correctly, how is he any better an American than the rest of we Americans who were properly schooled? And, how pray tell in the name of GOD, did Boehner get elected when he stands us and proceeds to read from the "Preamble to the Constitution?" haha. There is NO preamble to the Constitution. He was reading from the Declaration of Independence!!!!

    These are the ignorant, fools elected to run the country by their constituents? I was shocked to watch Boehners fellow Senators behind him, nod in agreement as he read the wrong document and the crowds cheer showing their ignorance to what he was reading. GOD SAVE US from false teachers and false preachers.

    November 6, 2009 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  18. Sheri in Tennessee

    Can we now expect protests about "government takeover" of roads, bridges, police and fire departments, trash service, national defense, public libraries, courthouses, etc. etc. etc.?

    These morons are advantaged by a socialistic system every single moment of their otherwise miserable lives. On that note, "Cheers" re-runs have lost their appeal.

    November 6, 2009 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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