“Hear Us Now” The Story of The “Kill the Bill” Rally March 20 &21, 2010
On March 20th and 21st, 2010 history was made on Capitol Hill; two events which foreshadow Americas potential future. One was the passage, by use of the nuclear option, of radical, leftist healthcare legislation. The other was an unprecedented, spontaneous showing of opposition by ordinary, patriotic Americans, who, standing shoulder to shoulder, heralded the call for a new direction in American history. These two influential forces were on polar opposites of moral, philosophical, and political worldviews. One was forced through by a few left-wing elites using other peoples money, and the brute power of partisan politics, while the other was embraced by salt-of-the-earth, middle and working class Americans, who were not forced or funded, but with passionate conviction used hard-earned income to come from across the nation to be heard! Although reflecting diverse classes, races, genders, and interests, they were unified in their opposition to the radical agenda of the current administration.
Why did Tea Party protesters from many different grass roots movements go to DC?
They went to exercise their God-given right, as stated in the Constitution, to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances. The common thread of opposition expressed by these citizens, was based on appeals to personal freedom, political liberty, and fiscal responsibility. Put simply, they declared themselves free citizens of a republic, not willing to stand for Centralized Government hijacking a huge section of the economy. They believed an encroachment on free markets is an attack on freedom. They came to confront the duplicity of the fiscal projections of the legislation. History shows that all budgets for centralized health programs have exploded well beyond forecasts. They believed the CBO was fed manipulated numbers for a desired outcome. The Tea Partiers insisted We cannot afford this legislation!