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. g

    what has republicans every done for middle class exept help corperations ship jobs overseas -nothing

    September 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. Kathleen

    DEMOCRATS Take the Day off! in November for the elections and VOTE-for the Middle Class and the Poor--TAKE THE DAY OFF! JUST VOTE!!!!!! Don't let anybody stop you. Repubs plan to win anyway they can. THey may think to close the lines early or have less polling places. THEY PLAN TO WIN ANYWAY THE CAN!

    Read or look for Arieana Huffington's new book, THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Can you imagine NO BIG GOVERNMENT which cuts
    S.S. Medicare entitlements and continues WARS!!!!!!

    September 12, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. jim

    The tea party members are hard working citizens that don't like the direction that the country is moving toward.To be subjected to all the name calling by the liberals is sad.But that's what it has come down too. However, after will be the liberals that will have the sad look on their faces.

    September 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. nowaybro

    Wow ten people showed up, talk about news event.

    September 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. harold

    Well well.. Dick Army ehn leader of the T party army?..When Army was representative of his district in Denton Texas.. There was a young fellow without health Insurance..He came to the back door of a hospital there....and the hospital staff gave him his inhaler for his asthma.. Do you really think dick Army and the T party Republicans care for this young fellow?. Of course not.. As long as they have their private health insuraance... they care nothing for have Insurance that takes care of health needs. The t party cares only for big insurance company profits at your expense.. And they want thir so called small government to tell you what to do about birth control.. So vote T party and have NO health Insurance.. or Medicare or Social Security.. they want to REPEAL it all.....

    September 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, the GOP & Fox News loves you that way.

    P.S. has the proof that right wing loonies are retards in patriotic clothing…

    The Tea Party is with run with foreign money, Un-American Ideals, and the use of the least educated Americans as it's base.

    P.S. I'd like to know where all this fiscally conservative Americans were when Bush/Cheney spent the USA into a full blown depression?

    September 12, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Jason

    Yes, they warn against Democrats and Republicans... yet they always vote Republican anyway. If they were that serious, they should run as a 3rd party. Otherwise they just appear as a mouthpiece for neo-conservative Republicans.

    September 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Topher

    Where were they when the Bush Administration grew government and took away privacy and civil liberties under the deceptively titled "Patriot Act"?

    Something tells me that if these people don't like the direction the country is going, we must be going in the right direction.

    Why can't these people see that Republicans are against big government but it's only because they can't profit substantially off of the government. They don't shift government power to individuals they shift it to multi national corporations where their friends and themselves can fleece America to make a profit. If you're for the Corporate States of America you will vote Republican in November.

    September 12, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Marcus

    Really, which kind of government took trhe USA to its current condition? Oh, wait, I can't blame Bush for what's happening today because ALL the problems (unemployment, Iraq & Afghanistan, etc...) magically materialized themselves after January 2009, right?

    September 12, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. jay

    They are fighting to send more jobs overseas.

    September 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Hugo

    Big Government IS the problem, Corrupt politicians, lobbyist and special interest payoffs and unethical actions. Vote them OUT and start anew, for the libtard's that think Government needs to take care of everyone, suck a little harder on that nipple when the cow goes dry, you will all still starve when there is no milk! To all others, you want to know who the paid Democratic bloggers and CNN plants are on here, just check out how many times they post in a row...and the content of their posts.

    September 12, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Sgt. USMC

    Hilarious, tea poops are so last year. Next story!

    September 12, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Sally

    If big government is indeed the enemy, why did Armey and his cronies support the biggest era of government growth in history while Bush and Republicans were in control? Sour grapes, Dick?

    September 12, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. dennis

    Where were all the Democrat "Yes" men when Bush was President, Democrats are the origional party of "NO!" for all 8 years!

    As this photo shows, there are now just a few real Patriot's and millions more Democrat Govern Mint "Give Me a Handout", loffers, cry babies, and welfare caddilac drivers.

    September 12, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    "...government run amok?" If you think things are bad now,... just imagine Congress with the likes of the Tea Party candidates in control. (Fortunately, I don't think that will happen). However, the very thought of it makes me want to encourage all registered voters to vote for anybody but a Tea Party candidate. RINO Republicans are Okay, Democrats are Okay, Independents (no party) are Okay. Both 'conservative' Democrats and 'true conservative' Republicans are NOT Okay. And Dear God please not allow John Boehner to remain in the House. (He's just a 'lobbyist panderee' and an obstructionist who clearly is off his rocker). Dear God please expose the Koch Brothers billionaires for all the damage they did to America for 3 decades and funding the Tea Party in cahoots with Fox News who lies and distorts the truth to influence public opinion and thus the Gallup poll.

    September 12, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Common sense

    Democrats, Moderate Republicans and Independents mount up! It's time to put the Tea Party on ice in November! Get register now!! And vote early! Vote Team Obama!!!!!!

    September 12, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. King

    Aaahhhh these stupid americans. They are a people ruled by propoganda, fare and ignorance. Hitler took over germany with these attributes. And led them in a false pretense into caos. The tea baggers are against every thing that makes america great even their own self interest. They want to get rid of government and let corporate greed help us. Your on your own because weve tried that for 8 years and i saw what it brought us.

    September 12, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. maripil

    the tea party is another extension of the crazy nut wing party of the republicans!! They are so crazy as to do anything just to call attention even if it means death to their causes......

    September 12, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. D0 Not Reply 2 this.

    I guess that if you have the money to spend and participate, go for it! My family and I are willing to stay home and will VOTE with our feet to the polls before traveling to DC and looking like fools. We KNOW how the system works and HOW to influence it. BY VOTING! This would NOT have been a good time to visit the Capitol City! I would feel uncomfortable having my children to ask me..."Why do those people hate living in America so much Daddy?"

    September 12, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Oleo Magneto

    How many of these "patriots" attended this event? Also, how many are drawing Social Security benefits? If they hate deficit spending so much, they should return (1) Social security benefits, (2) Medicare benefits, (3) home-mortgage tax benefits , and (4) any other benefit that stems from the efforts of the Democrats to help the middle class. That would certainly make a dent in the deficit. Put your money where your mouth is!

    September 12, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Jimbo (The real one)

    The Tea Party really amuses me. Their partisans come to Washington with their lawn chairs (that are barely big enough to hold their girth) and "rail" against everything government. Can you imaging the outrage from this group if they were asked to give up their social security, medicare and other government programs when they need them? Do you know how they can ease the strain on the heath care system? Educate themselves and then LOSE SOME WEIGHT....!

    September 12, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. ted

    Tea Party Patriots. OMG – please save me from this outright BS. the tea partiers – all of them – are just po'ed Repukelicans that think the mainline GOP is a bunch of pantywaists. I agree.

    Vote straight Democratic party in November. Save the country from the ignorant Republicans – all of them.

    September 12, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Billy

    Dick Armey has first hand experience in big government wrecking this country. Do we really have to remind these folks about a surplus turned into a deficit, about cutting taxes for the rich while funding 2 wars, 1 of which was an unprescedented/un-American preemptive strike, about more intrusion into our lives(parts of the Patriot Act), multiple ethics violations, hypocritical homophobia(i.e Cheney's daughter, one of Bush's aides), violation of the separation of church and state..... I could go on and on. I'm not saying that the Democratic party's, nor this administration's performance has been stellar, but these folks are delusional if they think that looking to the Republican Party with the likes of Palin, etc. is actually going to either return us to our roots or move us forward. Where were these folks when the Bush administration was taking us about as far away from our constitutional heritage as ever before or since??????

    September 12, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Texas Progressive

    It's like a snow storm in September. A white blanket will cover the Mall. I guess the sheets and pointy hats are pretty cool – especially if you go "commando". That's an ugly picture...

    September 12, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Mike, Albany

    The tea partiers hope that the debt we've racked up from the two longest wars in American history, funded by massive borrowing because Bush refused to increase taxes in order to pay for them, will simply go away. The fact is, these debts will not. Now, who should pay for them. They are being fought on the backs of the middle and poorer classes for the benefit of members of the wealthiest class, namely, big oil. The wealthiest citizens don't need a tax cut (the money will NOT trickle down as is often claimed). Rather, they are the ones who need to pay for the wars. As former Pres. Bush once said of the wealthy elite, "I call you my base." Good, let his "base" pay for his decisions.

    September 12, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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