September 12th, 2010
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Tea Party activists gather in Washington ahead of midterm elections

ALT TEXT Conservative activists gathered in the nation’s capital for the ‘9/12 March on Washington.’ (PHOTO CREDIT: David Jenkins/CNN)

Washington (CNN) - A damp and enthusiastic crowd of self-proclaimed "Tea Party patriots" gathered at the U.S. Capitol building Sunday for a second straight September 12 march on Washington.

The collection of disparate groups and individuals, all supportive of the Tea Party movement, came together to protest what they consider to be out-of-control spending, excessive taxes and a government run amok.

Under the theme of "Remember in November" - a reference to the upcoming mid-term congressional elections - they warned both Democrats and Republicans that it was time for the American people to take back Congress.

"There's only one power on Earth that is big enough to wreck this country, and that's big government," said former House leader Dick Armey, chairman of the FreedomWorks group that organized the rally.

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  1. ruty

    These nuts should go back and live like the REAL tea partiers did. Sick idiots who have not enough to do is who these nuts are.

    September 12, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    All the snide remarks about the age of the Tea Party Members is amusing. These are the folks that have worked hard all their lives to support themselves, their families, and the government supported folks that don't work and won't work, created by Lyndon Johnson's great Society. That great experiment gave birth to two generations of welfare dependent and made them lifetime voters for the Democratic Party. The longterm plan is to keep folks beat down and dependent on somebody else's tax money.

    September 12, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. pennrandy

    Thank God for the Tea Party and Glenn Beck! The only people WISE enough to understand the problems of Real Americans with the GUMPTION to do do what is necessary to turn this country around before it is too late! I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!!! I'm not a socialist and you never find Socialism advocated anywhere in the Constitution or the Ten Commandments! If we follow these laws of God and our Founding Fathers, we will persevere. The Tea Party is the ONLY party that matters. Republicans want the country for the rich, Democrats want to give it away to everyone on Earth and pay for them to take it too. Only the Tea Party wants to strengthen America for the benefit of all of us! VOTE TEA PARTY IN NOVEMBER!! WE WILL TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

    September 12, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    The tinfoil hat crowd would like to imagine that nothing has changed in 250 years.

    September 12, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. D. Bunker

    "Our days have been darkened. Our Son wants us to fight back by doing the exact opposite of what he preached. We must attack these Christian tenets of social justice, truthfulness and caring for the least well off. We must live in fear and cowardice. We must prevent the truth from emerging. This we will do by scaring fearful and ignorant people. We will spread lies and propaganda. Gather your sheeple."

    September 12, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Lisa St Paul, MN

    Fruit cakes! They're all a bunch of bigoted nuts!

    September 12, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Ben Singleton

    Wish I could have been there with them.

    September 12, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Eli

    WHY is this news? It's absolutely INSANE the amount of news coverage this faux-movement gets! Millions and MILLIONS of people showed up on dozens of occasions to protest the Iraq war – in NYC, DC, SF, Portland, Chicago, Boston, LA - and CNN totally ignored them for SEVERAL years. Some groups protested EVERY single Friday for many years, and the only coverage they got was on their own blogs.

    Why does the Tea Party get wall-to-wall coverage for a few hundred people wandering around on the National Mall when the Netroots Nation convention was the biggest one EVER and CNN didn't even mention it ONCE?

    September 12, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. JIM

    Tea party people are just a bunch of Republicans trying to lure the ignorant with their poster child Sara.
    What about having a new party called the "Beer Party", it would at least not be as boring as the" Palin people" and would better represent the middle class.

    September 12, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. Jim

    I will never vote for another republican again...ever!!. these teaparty folks are going to ruin our country sn the so call moderate republicans don't care just as long as a so call republican is elected. Well right is right and wrong is wrong and the teaparty folks are all wrong!!! If they should win in november I hope the ones who voted them in is ready for their social securiy to be gone along with other rights which will be taken away from us.

    September 12, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. JD

    Will these Tea Party "activists" please stop making a mockery of American history? It's shameful.

    September 12, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. WAKE UP

    .....and if they get their wishes and the teaparty candidates take over???? Who will they blame for privatized SOCIAL SECURITY, Unaffordable HEALTH CARE and no JOBS? OH, I see the big picture....They will join the armed services and get health care and housing through the "BIG GOVERNMENT". If they are motivated enough they GI BILL also pays for college education.

    September 12, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Mike

    I'd actually respect these people if they were present during the Bush years, but based on what I see I'd say they don't need their sheets when they march anymore. I bet they'd like a fiery cross as their emblem.

    September 12, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Cooper5

    What a stupid Comment by an ignorant man. There are plenty of powers that can destroy this country: a tyrannical government? Sure, under extreme circumstances–hardly likely under the dysfunctional system we have at present. in the meantime, there is corporate America; Wall Street; racism; Xenophobia; irrational fear; and widespread ignorance. There are many forces working to destroy this republic, and they are manifold and complicated. Armey's comment is a shallow and volatile statement by a shallow and ignorant man. God help us.

    September 12, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Ken, AZ

    "There's only one power on Earth that is big enough to wreck this country, and that's big government," said former House leader Dick Armey. Obviously he has forgotten that he was one of those who contributed to the wrecking of this great country, along with Newt Gingrich and that ilk. Just because he left the congress before the GOP lost it to the Democrats in 2006 does not absolve him of what he did.

    September 12, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. George

    I think the Tea Party and its influence is highly overrated.

    September 12, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Sally

    If Republicans were not so terrified of LOSING seats in November, they would be running on an actual agenda for the future instead of scaring people about Obama and the dreaded progressives/liberals/commies or whatever we are to them this week. Evidently Obama has accomplished plenty even without their support, and they are really afraid that people are going to wise up. Democrats will be voting, and it won;t be for any Republicans. I am praying my 20 year representative, who has NEVER voted against the party line, is finally ousted.

    September 12, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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