I attended the National Tea Party in Washington, D.C.
on Sept. 12, and as an eyewitness, I would like to make
some corrections to claims by many in the liberal media
that the protesters were there to "slam big
Rather, the protest's
central focus was to prompt Washington leaders to listen
to their constituents and follow the Constitution they are
sworn to uphold. It was not a Democrat or
Republican, black or white, rich or poor man's
march. And the chant repeated over and over was,
"Can you hear me now?"
The vast majority of
participants in the march believe there is a severe
disconnect between elected representatives in Washington
and the constituents they are supposed to serve, as
exemplified by the laws these elected officials enact but
are seemingly exempt from, ranging from taxes, to the way
business is conducted, to health care, to name a
And, we are not getting the
I estimate that hundreds of
thousands of people marched, not the "tens of
thousands" reported. The organizers were forced
to start the march one hour early because of the
overwhelming crowds and congestion. There was
standing room only, and the crowds stretched from Capitol
Hill all the way to the Washington Monument, and clogged
the side streets radiating from the Capitol as well.
Members of the Billionaires Against Health Care
group demonstrate during a taxpayer rally,
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, along Pennsylvania
Avenue in Washington. Tens of thousands of
protesters fed up with government spending
marched to the U.S. Capitol, showing their
disdain for the president's health care plan.
No one imagined in their
wildest dreams that this many people would turn out.
And we paid our own way to participate, some traveling 20
hours or more roundtrip, perhaps as a response to the
pejorative names bestowed on the silent majority:
"Astroturf," "mob," "Nazis."
What should be learned from
this march is that the silent majority has reached its
tipping point. It has been awakened.
A message to all liberal
Democrats: You'd better watch out.