The purpose of this post is tell about the Tea Party at the Capitol Building today.
A Visit to Congressman Gerry Connolly’s Office
This afternoon I visited Congressman’s Gerry Connolly’s office. That was actually the last thing I did. However, due the pictures below, I think it best to deal with that first.
Connolly’s office is in the Cannon Building. Since this Tea Party rally turned out to be a biggy, they were lots of people in line to get into the building. So we spent a fair amount of time watching as our congressmen walked in and out of “their” buildings. It was easy to identify who was who. All the congressmen had a fancy lapel pin. Moreover, the Republicans were happy to see us, and the Democrats had this sour look emblazoned on their faces.
Finally, I got into the building and reached Connolly’s office. One of his aides, serving as the gatekeeper at the office door, says Connolly intends to vote “yes” on the Health Care Bill. That was disappointing, but not surprising.
What did I have to say? For what it was worth, I told the aide I would vote against Connolly and work against his reelection. The aide snapped back that I would have done that anyway. I digested that for a moment. Then I replied that unlike Connolly I had never pretended to be undecided.
Anyway, this aide said he was not going to argue, but then he proceeded to argue. Since they were plenty of other people for him to argue with, I went into Connolly’s office. In the office, there was a small crowd of people filling out a one-page form. This form provided people a way to explain their reason for visiting Connolly’s office. So like everyone else, I left Connolly a farewell note. Believe me, when he moves on to another line of work, nobody who was there will miss him.
The First Fruits of the Tea Party
After I left Connolly’s office, I decided to head home. The Tea Party rally is continuing, but I cannot be there. Nonetheless, I was favored to see something I had not expected. Smiling and sourpussed congressmen trickled back to their office. Some actually took the time to shake our hands and thank us. Why?
House Democrats on Saturday decided against using a controversial tactic to pass the Senate’s version of the health care bill, a senior House source confirmed to Fox News.
House Democrats on Saturday decided against using a controversial tactic to pass the Senate’s version of the health care bill without an actual vote.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD., said he believes Democrats have enough votes to pass the legislation.
The decision capped an ongoing discussion on whether to use a so-called “deem and pass” strategy that would allow House members to approve the Senate version of health care bill without an actual vote before taking up a second “fix-it” resolution, known as reconciliation.
The stage is now set for three big votes on Sunday: the first to bring the “fix-it” bill to the House floor. The second on the bill. Then the final vote would be on the Senate bill itself. (from here)
Our voices have made a difference. We killed the Slaughter Solution. Even though the Health Care Bill itself is also unconstitutional, the House will not compound their folly by using unconstitutional means to pass it.
Meeting at the Capitol
Considering the short notice, we put together a huge Tea Party rally at the capitol, 25,000 at least. We must thank and congratulate the organizers. They did an excellent job. With the help of those attending, they filled the lawn. With the help of those making speeches, we sent a clear message to Congress: KILL THE BILL!
I have nothing more than a cheap cell phone camera. So if you want pretty pictures, you can find them elsewhere. In fact, I intend to update this post and link to other sites. Nonetheless, I think it important to post some of what I saw.
FoxNews provides a report.
Just days after holding a rally in Washington, Tea Party activists returned Saturday to make one final stand against the health care reform bill ahead of an expected Sunday vote. (continued here)
Naturally, the Deemocrats and the Washington Post had to bring race into it.
Black lawmakers said Saturday that “tea party” protesters outside the Capitol hurled racial epithets at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a former civil rights leader who was nearly beaten to death during a 1965 march, as he headed out of the building on his way to President Obama’s final health-care rally. (continued here)
As I mentioned earlier, I saw many lawmakers heading back to their office buildings after they had voted. That included a group of three or four black lawmakers. Some in the Tea Party crowd shouted at these lawmakers. What they all shouted I don’t know. Most shouted “KILL THE BILL.” I don’t think that is a racial epithet. Did some shout racial epithets? Perhaps. I don’t doubt some congressmen lie. However, I am also aware that in a crowd of 25,000 we will find some people willing to shout racial epithets. Since the Tea Party rally was on public property, I have no idea how to stop such people from participating. Nonetheless, given time I am sure the busybodies in Congress can come up with a solution that infringes on everyone’s rights. Just consider what they want to do with that health care bill.
Bearing Drift posts Health care protests today in DC. That has some good photos.
Below the Beltway got caught up in the distraction with Report: Tea Party Protesters Yell “N****R” At Two Black Congressmen. Yeah, if it is true, it is disgusting. But that is not why more that 25,000 people showed up at the Capitol Building. If people really want to call somebody a N****R, I am certain they can do it without going into Washington, DC.
The right-wing liberal has details on why the “deem and pass” went down in Deem and pass fails, and the Stupak deal is dealt away.